Friday, July 4, 2014

Zionsville Hollyhocks

























12"x16"
Oil on Canvas Board

For the last three years I have been driving over to Zionsville to paint hollyhocks that have been growing in one of the resident's yards. This time around a young woman came out of the house to see what I was doing. She had moved in during the Winter and said she was quite shocked when the flowers started growing. Does anyone ever plant these flowers as they are rare to see in modern gardens.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Last Light


















12"x16"
Oil on Panel

This is a plein air painting I did last summer and recently reworked the color as well as bump the contrast a bit. I also have started using the cold wax in the mix with my paints.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Black Bamboo



















Oil on Linen
30"x40"

As I started the design, I was reminded of the bamboo grove I have  near the studio. It was interesting to play the strong vertical shapes against the warm/cool and light/dark colors. I thought of Munsell among the trees.

T. C. Steele



















Oil on Canvas Board
12"x16"

This was the painting I completed at the 2013 T. C Steele Paint Out. Always enjoying painting on his property as I feel the spirit of him paint in his nearby studio every time I've been there.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Autumn Walk Through



















Oil on Linen
30"x40'

After completing the smaller version, "Over the Hill" I wanted to do a larger version. I changed the ratio of sky/ground with more pattern creeping in with the curves of the limbs.

Landscape Patterns

















Oil on Linen
30"x40"

The painting is a continued exploration of abstract patterns and shapes in the landscape.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Zionsville Path
























Oil on Canvas
24"x24"

I was gett ing ready to send several paintings to Steeple Gallery and realized I had not photographed a painting completed last summer South of Zionsville. The path back through the field is always a mystery as to where it goes and who may choose to walk it.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Just Over the Hill















SOLD
Oil on Linen
40"x23"

Continuing the series. Started out as a 40"x30", but I didn't like the bottom and the horizon ended up at the middle point. I liked the spatial contrast better with this crop. Of course, now I have to adjust the stretcher and stretch again.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

January Ground Cover

















24"x36"
Oil on Linen

The 2014 Winter has been a record breaker with one snow storm followed by another. With little or no traffic in the gallery, I have been painting in my studio. This image is based on my many looks at Indiana fields covered with snow, melting slightly before the next blanket of white.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Into the Woods

















24"x36"
Oil on Linen

This is a smaller version of the Secret Passage painting completed a few weeks ago. This work has the same color palate, but with slight changes to the various color passages. Also need a smaller version as the entries this year for the Indiana Artists Exhibition are going to be 38" max in dimension.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Secret Passage




















30"x40"
Oil on Linen

Secret Passage is all about laying down soft, low key colors and creating a space that leads the eye through the entire painting. It also brings back the fond memories of walking in the woods as a child, moving branches, creating a path and finding an opening to the field void of trees.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Field of Dreams



















30"x40"
Field of Dreams

This was completed during the snowstorm of January, 2014. With 3 days in my studio, I wanted to continue the exploration of color and design in the modern landscape.


Friday, December 13, 2013

First Snow




















First Snow
24"x30"
Oil on Linen

The painting was influenced by the late evening long shadows. The snow takes on so many colors in the shadows and shapes created by a light source. Using the square brush, I painted the various shapes and tilted the horizon for more design interest.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Among the Trees


















Oil on Linen
24"x36"

I have started a new series of more fragmented color shapes in the landscape. I plan to explore the subject with various color palettes. In this painting almost every color is greyed down with a mix of "bluf" made by Vasari and Gamblin Mars Black.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Montana Cabin



















Oil on Panel
12"x16"

This was the cabin that the six artists stayed in for a week to paint and view the sites, mainly Yellowstone. The cabin is located on the J Bar L Ranch owned by one of the granddaughters of the Rockefellers. The ranch is in the very Southern area of Montana near Idaho and Wyoming. With 20,000 acres, it took 2 hours just to drive across the rand from East to West.


Early Morning at the Ranch



















Oil on panel
12"x16"

During the first part of the week we drove to the ranch to see the cowboys prepare the horses for the morning work. There were horses coming in from a night on the range to be fed and saddled. There were many photo opportunities and as I turned I saw this view of the moon with this strange color in the sky.

Yellowstone



















Oil on Panel
12"x16"

Midweek, we drove to Yellowstone to view the absolute wonders of this park. I set up my painting gear on the side of the road and painted this great view. Impossible to capture the feeling of the vast space, the running water, the fly fishermen wading into the waters, the animals roaming about. And, not forgetting the raven, about 18" long that was determined my palette had colored food for him.

Montana Barn



















Oil on Panel
12"x16"

This was another painting that took almost an hour to find. We drove across the ranch and turned North to reach the end of the 20,000 acres to find this barn sitting nicely on a hill with the Aspen trees behind.

Idaho Aspen



















Oil on Panel
12"x16"

This was the final painting during the Montana trip. We had to drive for almost an hour to get to the wooded area. When I saw this area, I knew this was the set up. Stood in the road and painted for about two hours. The Aspen were just starting to change. The area was about 100 yards into Idaho.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

November Evening in Indiana


















Oil on Linen
24"x36"

I was asked to do a larger Winter painting for a photo session this week. My smaller plein air canvases are prepped with an orange background, but for this studio painting, I started with a dark blue background. It's always interesting working in a different manner and analyzing color as the painting builds. For this landscape, I wanted to show the snow in the last light of the day as well as the dark trees silhouetted against the sky.

Wisconsin Road

























Oil on Panel
24"x18"

This painting was completed in my studio after returning from the  Door County Paintout. It was interesting there driving some of the back roads. I could see a house back to the left that this road led to and after setting up, sure enough a woman drove out to see what I was doing. I used the small study to create this work with a more inviting sky. The original session ended in a hard and long rain.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The House of the Singing Winds


















SOLD
14"x18"
Oil on Panel

Drove to Brown County yesterday to paint the house of T. C.  Steele. Always a magic place to paint and be with the spirit of a great painter.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Summer Field


















Pastel
14"x18"

Working on pastel painting and experimenting with various papers. Thinking about doing pastel and oil paintings at the Door County Paint Out.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Landscape Mosaic



















30"x40"
Oil on Linen

Finished in the studio this week. Continuing the series of color shapes in an abstract landscape format.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Western Sky West of Noblesville

























Oil on Panel
16"x20"

This was the painting I completed for the Noblesville Paint-Out a few weeks ago. It was actually my second painting and came off better than the first. No fuss and only had 1.5 hours to finish before judging. Won a merit award...pleased with that.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Earth Layers II



















Oil on Linen
30'x40'

Reworked this painting after getting it back from a show. I hated to break my rule of going back instead of moving on to a new one, but thought the changes were worth it.

Added note: Just heard today that it was accepted into the 2013 Hoosier Salon.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

ACA Awards



















An exciting night last night at the Art Collector Awards, sponsored by the Art Design Consultants in their beautiful gallery space in Cincinnati, Ohio. I received two awards from Studio El, one of the largest publishing companies in the US as well as gallery representation from Art Design Consultants.

Monday, May 13, 2013

New Harmony Country Road



















Oil on Panel
9"x12"

This is the small work I completed for the "Field to Finish" Exhibition that will be held at the New Harmony Gallery in April, 2014

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Backyard Mosaic

















Pastel
15"x22"

Continuing with pastel this week working out some new patterns and compositions. I like the softness of the pastel and the ability to build color with the density of the mark.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

New Harmony Country Road


















Pastel
16"x21"

This is a pastel painting I did coming back from the New Harmony Paint-out. This may be the finish study for the "Field to Finish" Exhibition 2014 Exhibition.


Into the Woods

























Oil on Panel
14"x18"

I made the annual trek to New Harmony for the First Brush of Spring Paint-out. This was one of the works on the Old Dam Road leading to the Wabash River. Update: this work was also juried into the 2013 IHA Exhibit in Nashville, IN.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Door County 2013

























This will be my ad that will appear in the Door County Plein Air Festival Program Book. It is a true for honor to receive the invitation and paint with 39 excellent painters from around the United States. The event is in July and attracts many visitors. I painted there two years during the heat wave with temperatures in the 90s and it was an effort to finish two paintings a day. The event is sponsored by the Peninsula School of Art and the dates are June 22-27.

Friday, February 15, 2013



















SOLD
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
Oil on Linen
20"x30"

This impressionistic landscape of a winter evening is in homage to our dear friend, Maxine Williams, whose full and vibrant life is on the horizon. As the poet Dylan Thomas so aptly wrote and "Mackie" has admirably fulfilled, "Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

Monday, January 28, 2013

Snow Field in Southern Indiana



















SOLD
30"x40"
Oil on Linen

I wanted to capture the look of an early November snow with one of the late day sunsets. If you have driven South along I-65, south of Shelbyville and looked to the West, you have probably seen something similar.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Confetti Landscape II


30"x40"
Oil on Linen

I started this painting with the idea of Southwest colors and almost every color has parts of Vasari Adobe Hue. This knocked the chroma down and it was a matter of creating puzzle like shapes with contrasting hues. There was no attempt at atmospheric perspective as I didn't want the background to get too chalky. The other challenge was the design and breakup of spaces directing the eye to the horizon.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Autumn Glow




















24"x30"
Oil on Linen

This was a studio work with aggressive brush work and working
alla prima to complete the painting in about 5 hours. I continue to explore color relationships and intensities.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Fractal Layers II



















SOLD
Oil on Linen
30"x40"

Normally it is difficult to find motivation in a painting that is a larger version of a smaller work. But,   in the case of this commission it moved quickly with a few changes that made it interesting.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Indiana Patches



















30"x40"
Oil on Linen

The last painting of 2012. I am starting to explore the shapes and patterns from Indiana farms and gardens and placing them into an overall design of contrasting color and shape.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Field Patterns



















30"x40"
Oil on Linen

Another abstraction looking at what the landscape can give you with shapes and color. Marc Chagall said....all colors are friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites. Update: This painting was juried into the 2013 Indiana Artists Exhibition and received a Merit Award


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Indiana Hues













24"x48"
Oil on Linen

Worked on this over the last two weeks. Many more color shifts and a bit more impressionistic. The challenge on these extreme horizontals is to create a visual design that moves the eyes left and right and top to bottom. The larger the work, the harder this is.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Hickory Hues II



















SOLD
Oil on Linen
30"x40"

Pixel time in the studio. This work was awarded a Merit Award at the 2012 Indiana Artists Exhibition. Juror was Charles Shepard III from the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Silence Over the Marshes



















30"x40"
Oil on Linen

The nice thing about painting in the studio is the complete escape and the quiet times, listening to music and stepping into memories through the painting.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Cloud Gate Sculpture




















Oil on Canvas Board
12"x16"

One of my favorite public works is the Cloud Gate Sculpture (also called the Bean) in Chicago. Did a painting a couple of years ago and painted this  new one from my photo reference.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Sunset After the Storm

























Oil on Canvas Panel
12"x16"

After working with the larger abstracts and square brushes, I wanted to return to the filbert brush and push paint around. The painting came together quickly as I wanted a plain air feel to the brush strokes. Finished with little fuss in two hours

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fall Mosaic




















Oil on Linen
30"x24"

After going through some old inventory I found this work. It was one of the first attempts at starting to abstract the landscape image and using the square brush. It looked very unfinished in comparison to my works three years later, so I went back into it to beef up many of the color passages and introduce a different pattern in the foreground.
This is the end result.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fractal Layers

24"x30"
Oil on Linen

Another work in the series of breaking up spaces in the abstract landscape. Just when I thought I was getting away from the computer, that little pixel shape surfaces once more.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Amber Glow




















SOLD
Oil on Linen
22"x28"

With the approach of Autumn, I wanted to capture the late evening with the setting sun turning the landscape into an amber glow.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Trunk Show














SOLD
Oil on Linen
24"x48"

This is the first of a series of paintings I am doing in this longer format. It does create a design challenge in an attempt to keep the eye moving across the canvas and back again.