Thursday, April 7, 2016

Simple Abstract

Sometimes it is refreshing to just work with shapes and color.
This is acrylic one 140 weight watercolor paper.  Have not come up with a name for it yet.  Working on it was like doing mathematics, (believe it or not my favorite subject in school).
It is said that when an abstract composition works it should look complete any direction it is turned.  I was excited that flipping this one around it looked good any way I turned it.
    But then I realized I really do not know which way to hang it, and have no idea which corner should get a signature.

So I guess it will just get signed on the back and let who ever ends up with it decide what way they want to hang it.

Adventures in Art

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Interesting Beginnings

"Curly"  Mixed media on watercolor paper 20 x 16 inches
                                              Available at

   I love making interesting under paintings to work from.  Sometimes those under paintings are pure experiments in color combination.

I started this one with experiments in mixing oranges and blues, then roughed in with white acrylic the mass of the sheep, I wanted to  work up.  From there I worked back and forth with acrylics, inks and charcoal.
   Just thought it would be fun to share the process of how "Curly" was painted.
Thanks for looking

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Painting Too Much?

Sometimes  get so involved with painting I forget to share what I have been up to.
Carnations on White, 14 x 11 inches, oil on gallery wrap canvas
I painted this last year and simply forgot all about it.  Sometimes I get so excited about new ideas that all I can think about is starting the next painting.  This is a really nice painting and it is about time it got shared.  Today I varnished, matted and sorted a number of forgotten works.  Although I would rather have been painting it felt good to get a little organized for a change.
Yellow Daisies, 14 x 11 inches
Yellow Lab, 18 x 14 inches
  Thanks for looking

Monday, February 29, 2016

Daily Art

Frumpy Cat
I am what you call a Daily Painter, (my main website is on ).  An often people assume I do a finished painting every day...nope.  What daily painting means to me is, working towards a painting everyday.  Often I do cartoons, a great way of getting a feel for the character of a subject.  Sometimes I do black and white sketches, with ink or charcoal, to understand light and shadows, mass, and line.

longhorn study
   It is all part of the process, that I love about art.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Drawing is Important

"What Cats Do"  Acrylic on watercolor paper 24 x 18 inches
     Draw, draw, draw important advice to any painter.  This loose painting of cats, (what my cats actually do most of the day) started with a number of drawings.  Quick charcoal sketches help for getting to know your subject and for planning a composition.
my easel with reference drawings
   After doing about a half dozen charcoal drawings of various cat poses, I picked my favorites and used them for reference while painting.  My models do not sit still for very long, so quick drawings, (lots of them) really help me to capture posture, and the attitude of each stance.
abstract layout
   I also use black and white chalk, to create an abstract of what I plan to paint, this is extremely helpful for planning the basic composition.   With this step I am not trying for any realism just light and dark contrast, and line movement.
   So when ever you have time grab a pencil, or charcoal stick and sketch.  You never know what those sketches will lead to.


Monday, February 1, 2016

30 in 30

Actually painted more than 30 paintings, but collaged the favorites for this post.
The hard part was not painting them, but stopping to post them.