Tuesday, December 15, 2015


Bald Eagle [12 x 12 inch oil on wood panel]
This painting was completed in Jan 2015.
The next two were both done in April 2015.
Tires [9 x 12 oil on canvas Panel]
This was painted with the local plein air painters at Delidios Ranch in San Luis Obispo.
I arranged some junk as a still life.
Rusty lock [9 x12 inch oil on canvas panel]

Sunday, December 13, 2015


These herons were on the beach below the Cliffs Hotel.
[5x7 inch oil on canvas panel]
This painting was my contribution to the
Santa Maria Bonsai Club gift exchange raffle.


Friday, September 25, 2015


Double  Arch [completed]
I darkened some areas in the Rocks, and adding some darks and shadows in the foreground.
Double Arch [9x12 oil on canvas panel]
This Arches National Park painting was for Bill Guffey's VIRTUAL PAINT OUT blog.
I used two Ref Photos.
I found the tree back up this trail and it made me think of my Bonsai plants.
The painting is not complete, I will bring out more definition to the tree and shrubs.

Sunday, November 10, 2013


Battery Street Boys (12x16 oil on canvas panel)
I painted this scene from the Google map for Bill Guffey's VIRTUAL PAINT OUT blog.
It was not finished in time to enter it tn the VPO blog. 
Ref Photo
Battery Street, Charleston S. Carolina.
I painted the background dark green to bring out the Mules.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


The photo club memebers are teaming with artists to develop a PHOTOGRAPH/ART show. The Show will be on display for the month of August at the Gum Tree Museum, Tupelo, MS. I am pleased that Laura Curry has asked me to team with her, because her photos are terrific. I have completed two paintings so far.
I really liked this photo the colors, and composition are wonderful. I enjoy painting details.
I cropped the photo to fit a standard frame, and simplify the composition.
FALL LEAVES (12 X 16 oil on  canvas)

This was my all time favorite Laura Photo. I love all the dust and grunge on this jug. But I found my eye attracted to the WHITE cap. I used Widows Paint to modify the photo, replaced the cap with a cork and showed the top threads. Then I took some of the back ground from the right side, and used it to covered over the corrugated metal panel on the left.
This is my modified photo cropped for a standard frame.

I generally make a fairly accurate pencil sketch on the canvas.

JUG (16 x 12 Oil on canvas)
I generally paint at least three passes over the canvas. In the first pass I try to accruately get the shape and size of major elements. And the successive passes I refine the painting and bring out the details. 


This  painting was done for Bill Guffey's VIRTUAL PAINTOUT blog.
 The Trail of Rocks (12 x 16 oil on canvas)
My painting site was near the Niarbyl Visitor Center on Trail Road of The Trail of Rocks.
The paiting is not finished, I want to define the forground some more, and add some of the sea birds.

Friday, December 21, 2012


This painting was done for Bill Guffey's VIRTUAL PAINTOUT
Saint Martin's Cathedral,   Bratislava, Slovakia
(16X12 oil on canvas panel)
This was a very difficult reference site to find tucked on the north side of the Church. I was attracted to the light/dark composition, and the weathered look of the old stone walls. There was a white box to the right of the statue which was impossible to define, until I brought up the monitor brightness, and discovered it was a cross. We are using this image for our Christmas cards.

Monday, October 29, 2012


This painting was done for Bill Guffey's VIRTUAL PAINTOUT blog.
Railroad Crossing (16x12 oil on canvas panel)
I hiked all over Corsica and finally found this site just north of Donja Dobra. [Ref photo]
I liked the way the tracks fade into the fog. I drew the crossing closer to the crossing guard, which brought more ties into the composition. The painting is not finished. The ties need more grays, the power lies at the top need to be darker and I may want to add darks in the railroad bed.

Monday, October 08, 2012


FOGGY BOTTOM II (16x12 oil on canvas panel)
This image is from Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, I used a Panoramio photo on the Google Map. I drew two versions of this photo on to canvases and liked the second drawing better. It can be seen in the previous post. I liked how it came out so decided to paint this as well.

OIL CANS (12x15 oil on canvas panel)
This was done from a jigsaw puzzle on shockwave.com. I used Burnt Sienna, Ivory Black, and Raw Umber to get a warm background, which brings out the bright colors of the cans. The table top looked like marble so I used Ultramarine Blue, Ivory Black, and Raw Umber to get a cool black.

 PARKED (12x9 oil on canvas panel)
This is another high contrast image I found in the Costco magazine. I wanted to do a larger painting, but the image was rather low resolution. I used the same colors for the background as in the Oil Cans.

Monday, August 13, 2012


(14X11 oil on canvas panel)
This painting was done from a photo. I simplified the background removing tree reflections on the water.  I enjoyed painting the boys and dog on the back of the shirt.

(16x12  oil on canvas panel)
This one was done from a photo I found at Peggy's cove, when hiking though Nova Scotia on the Google map. The ropes were bright red, green, and yellow nylon. I used my artist licence to change them to old fashioned hemp rope.

Railroad Workers
(9x12 oil on canvas panel) 
This statue is at the San Luis Obispo railroad station and was painted en plein air. The sketch turned out looking fairly good. I worked on getting a good composition and capturing the variation in the colors of the bronze. The buildings in the background were intentionally left out to bring out the statue. Final touch ups were done in my studio.
(12x16 oil on cavas panel)
The reference photo for this painting was one of the many old time photos floating around on the Internet.