Sunday, October 5, 2008

First Saturday Still Life #2

This painting is a result of another meeting in Ft. Smith, Arkansas
with the First Saturday group at the Ft. Smith Arts Center.
A very pleasant experience and it's always good to meet new
people with a passion for painting.
This is 11" x 14" oil on gessoed board.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Another Outdoor Still Life

This is a 9" x 11" oil on masonite still life painted outdoors.
I painted one similar to this earlier in the same location
because the sun on the warm plaster wall gave warmth
to the colors and with the cobalt blue pots, made it
even more attractive as a still life subject. Painting a reflective
surface like the blue pots is always fun.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Del Rio White House

Here's another scene from Del Rio, Texas. This house is in the old
section of Del Rio. It's all white..kind of wished it had a blue or red roof
on it but I may go back over and add that once it dries. It's hard
to make white look interesting at noon on a sunny day!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Sharon's Pond

This is a 9" x 12" oil on gessoed mdf board
painted in a plein air session last Friday.
It was a challenge to make a lot of green look
interesting, so I bumped up the reds, purples and
yellows to create a little more interest.
Trying to get loose with this one.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Christmas Cactus

This is a quick still life study for a session and
it's on gessoed MDF board. That's a little different from
masonite and it's very sturdy. Once gessoed, it's very
firm and has a good texture. No warping at all.
More landscapes to follow after this one.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Fishing The Arkansas

I live near the Arkansas River in Tulsa and on one of my
regular walks, I took my camera for some photos to use
for reference for paintings. I found this guy fishing off the
edge of the walkway around the fountain and thought
it would make a great study for water as well as a human
form. It's larger than I normally work ( 14" x 18").

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Outdoor Still Life

Here's a quick painting done outdoors,
with a few modifications from the actual images.
I didn't finish before coming back to the studio
and decided to do so only after the painting
had dried and I worked from memory.
Which, in my case, is a mistake most of the time.


Indian Woman

This is a quick study that I had posted before but
decided a background color change was in order.
I've added some stronger color to the whole painting
to give it more depth.


Sunday, July 6, 2008

Clay Jar With River Rock

This is a quick still life study, 8" x 10" on
a gessoed board. It's in oil as well.
I haven't done many still life paintings
lately and this one felt good while painting.
I experimented with using MDF board
instead of masonite. It's a little rougher
in texture but the material has a great surface.
It's easier to cut than masonite but heavier.
Best for use on small paintings.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Glenview Stables

This is another painting from the day spent
at Glenview Farms just outside of Tulsa.
It's on the main road going into the
farm and these are the outbuildings just
before going into the expanse of open
It's oil on board
8" x 16"

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


This is a portrait of Chom Davies and is an 11" x 14"
oil on gessoed masonite.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Noontime in Del Rio

This scene in the old section of Del Rio, Texas, is
painted from a photo taken last summer while visiting
our son, who is stationed there as an instructor pilot
at Laughlin Air Force Base. Del Rio is quite old and
there are some interesting sights and shopping in the
old original section of town.
This is oil on board. 11" x 14".


Friday, May 2, 2008

Glenview Road

I went with David Halpern, one of the best photographers
in this part of the country, to visit a farm just east of Tulsa
to take photos of the countryside for possible painting ideas.
I took a ton of reference photos and this is the result
of one of them. I plan to add more of the images from
my outings in the near future.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

More Ducks

I had some good shots of ducks to work from but this is it
for the ducks. It's good practice for painting water, though.
But time to move on to boats or something else....
This is 8"x10", oil on gessoed masonite.


Bill's Garden

My father-in-law is an avid gardener and this was painted at
the close of day in a very quick plein air exercise. He lives in
in Fayetteville, Arkansas and I think that wheelbarrow is
getting ready to be dusted off once again very soon with
more activity.


Saturday, March 15, 2008

Greer's Pond

This is a quick painting that is an exercise in using very thin oils
and painting over a very warm underpainting. This scene is
in Roland, Oklahoma and depicts a late afternoon in very
early spring.


Saturday, March 1, 2008

Class Exercises

When teaching a beginning or intermediate class, I like to do a simple
image demonstration to show how I work and how quickly you can
create an image by using under paintings. A simple pear and apple can
be very basic, or complicated depending on your point of view and also
the amount of detail included in the painting. These two images
took about 20 minutes each to complete and are 8"x 10" oil on panel.

Thursday, February 28, 2008


This is a detail from one of my earlier posts. I like it
better than the whole image because it shows some of
the technique better. This painting is a couple of years old
and I don't possess it any more but come spring, I have
this feeling I'll be painting more tulips. Love the shapes...