Tuesday, December 13, 2016

One Last Illustrative Hurrah

I am pleased I was able to update this extremely trying illustration I did a few years back, in order to make it work for this project. Also the drawings for a 14-page commemorative coloring book, on which I've spent the past month.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

I've gone to the dogs

acrylic gel texture and oil on wood cut-out--about 20x16"
This is my dog art entry for Rocklin's Woofstock dog festival, August 26-28th. It will be displayed around town and auctioned at the event, with proceeds benefiting local dog rescue organizations. The city supplied the wood cut-out. I adjusted the shape of the head with some gator board and painted it.

Made a 6-hr round trip to hang 22 paintings in Salinas Thursday-Friday and did this piece yesterday and today--my swan song for the time being. I have some household chores to finish this week, including a bathroom I'm painting with diamond shapes, then begin my one-year paralegal training program on August 17th. See you in court.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Still Wild

12 in. x 12 in. oil on canvas
One more auction before I head off to my out-of-town gallery show for a night, then return and start paralegal certification classes next week. Looking at my little studio and all the supplies, I have mixed feelings and some nostalgia, maybe even grief--but no desire to jump into another painting yet. I think I still prefer "having painted" to actually painting.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Truth About My Art Career

Almost Spring, Monterey Hills, 20 in. x 24 in.
New version, different format of an earlier work, for an upcoming August show in Salinas
Revised: It was OK, until it wasn't.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Monarch of Another Nation

8 in x 8 in. oil on panel - SOLD
 This is not something I would have thought of painting if not for the challenge. I still often do best with an assignment.
 I did not get all worked up about the Cincinnati zoo's recent killing of the gorilla to save a kid, but I find the confinement and exhibition of most primates disturbing.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Pucker Up

8 in. x 8 in. oil on panel
Another take on this shot from a little tree on our patio. I love the subtle differences between the various shades of green and yellow.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Summer Delights

The Daily Paintworks Fruit Challenge (click to see other entries)
6 in x 6 in. oil on panel

This week's Challenge is sure to get a lot of entries. The Challenges get a lot of "looks," though most seem to be other artists rather than buyers.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Colorful Apricots

8 in. x 8 in. oil on panel

Another version similar to an earlier painting, from one of my many alternate shots. Three days since my last post. So much for being a "daily painter"--I have "stuff."

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Apple Blossom Glow

6 in. x 6 in. oil on panel--SOLD
In preparation for being the "Spotlight" artist on Daily Paintworks, this is the first of some small paintings  I am  saving to post during my week on the featured artist page. It's a slow time of year, so no apologies for reaching back into my photo cache for some realism and "pop." 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Merriam's Chipmunk

6 in. x 6 in. oil on canvas - SOLD

My old research habits kick in when I start thinking about titling and describing a painting. This time they led me to find the species of chipmunks  in the Tahoe area and then some information about the doctor whose name they bear--a pretty prolific scientist.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


6 in. x 6 in. oil on canvas

"Cria" is the name for a baby camelid, such as a llama. Ages ago, while on a break from college and before art school, I spent several months tightly rendering charcoal "portraits" of horses and dogs. Horse shows were a great market, and I was super busy for the two months before Christmas of whatever-year-that-was. After that I  never wanted to draw or paint animal portraits again. An occasional creature is OK, as long as it doesn't have to look exactly like somebody's pet.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

West Shore Tahoe, Afternoon

8 in. x 8 in. oil on canvas
I was at Lake Tahoe with some other painters the week before last. I am not much of a plein air person to begin with and was fighting a cold to boot; so painting out on the pier was a stretch. The one above is a studio re-do of my original effort posted below. Actually I think each has some qualities the other lacks. 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Happy Place

8 in. x 8 in. oil on MDF panel

My greens got all muted, but it's OK. I've learned to love the mud. Something about chromium oxide green mixed with almost anything...

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Good Morning, Redux

6 in. x 6 in. oil on canvas/MDF panel

I am trying to rely less on the colors in my subject or reference photos (a little) and more on my own internal color sense. With that in mind, I reworked this painting shortly before last month's open studio, making it essentially a new one.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Garden Glow

6 in x 6 in. oil on panel - SOLD
This represents my return to work--and to DPW. I need to continue doing larger works, but I am still addicted to the auction format.