Saturday, December 31, 2011

Sunset Patterns




SOLD
Oil on Linen
24"x30"

Starting to think about some of the upcoming juried exhibits. I wanted to follow up in the mood of Morning Fog and let this build with a pattern of reflections on the water. I added a few colors to the basic palette.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Morning Fog



SOLD
Oil on Linen
24"x36"

Morning Fog received the Best of Show Award for the 79th Annual Indiana Artists Membership Exhibition. The exhibit is on display at the Art Association of Henry County in New Castle, Indiana. The juror was Arne Kvaalen, painter and former Professor at Purdue University.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Landscape Mosaic



SOLD
30x40"
Oil on Linen

Landscape Mosaic is an evolution of the abstract, studio landscapes I have been working on for the past 3 years. I have enjoyed the creative discovery that each new painting brings. The colors are all muted slightly and greyed down by using an alternative to white. White is present in some of the tinting, but the neutral color helps unify the colors on the palette.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Stand and Be Counted



Oil on Board
20"x24"

Back to a more representational style of painting. This work was influenced by Southern Indiana where the flat farmland gives way to the rolling hills as seen through Kentucky and Tennessee.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Sunflowers



I switched from oil to pastel painting as I was working with a student in preparation for art school and portfolio requirements. I enjoy the medium and decided to keep the line very evident in the piece.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

John Lennon/Imagine



Oil on Linen
30"x40"

This is the second painting I have done from this phoo of John shortly after he and Yoko moved to New York. The first one was sold at the Stutz theme show for the Beatles a few years ago.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Color of October



SOLD
Oil on Linen
30"x24"

I started this painting last week with the colors starting to change for Fall. I really enjoyed making the color choices and playing one against the other. The contrast of warm and cool along with the value changes, creates a kind of visual dance among and through the trees.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Sunflower Day



SOLD
Oil on Board
12"x16"

Had a chance to paint along with 15 students at the Debra Huse Workshop. A nice change of pace, painting flowers.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

On the Scene



The Indy Star photographer was shooting the various artists for the Zionsville Paint Out and photographed my work in progress. He mentioned he liked the shadow and hand when he did the shot and I agree.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Lesley Jane in Zionsville



Watercolor

Wanted to try something different today at the Zionsville Paint Out. It must have worked because it won Best of Show. Back in college I was doing renderings for an architectural firm and it was nice to return to that medium.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Morning Fog



SOLD
Oil on Linen
24"x36"

This is the larger painting that followed the small study. Always a transition going to a larger canvas and brushes. I used a palette knife on this work to create some contrast in the grasses growing around the trees and also to soften some of the edges that were very evident from the early morning photographs. I liked the feel of mixing aggressive brush work with the knife.

Early Morning Fog



Oil
9"x12"

Returning from painting in Door County for a week, I wanted to try and capture the feel of the heavily wooded areas. The area was so beautiful with water and boats, I didn't have a chance to really set up in the woods and capture the look of light and early morning fog. This is a small study for a larger one that follows.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sailboat at Sister Bay



Oil
9"x12"

What can I say, but another hot day at the beautiful Sister Bay. I had my umbrella set up to block the sun, but it was so windy, I had to take it down. I picked up the pace and finished in 2 hours as I was baking standing on the concrete and catching the noon sun. I loved this small sailboat and of course the color.

Sunset at Sister Bay



Oil
12"x16

The 40 invited artists were invited to paint the sunset at Sister Bay on one of the hottest nights of the week. The sky was void of clouds, so there was some last minute scrambling as the artists painted the sun before it touched the horizon.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

1981 Honda Scooter



Oil
9"x12"
SOLD

This was the painting I did for the quick draw. 2 hours and done, frame and delivered to the auction tent. It sold, but I did learn a lesson. When in Fish Creek with a beautiful dock...paint boats. They always sell at a higher $ than scooters.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Sculpture Garden


SOLD
Oil on Linen
20"x20"

This was a painting completed at the beautiful Edgewood Orchard Gallery. The artists again had their choice of where and what to paint, and I chose the entrance of the Sculpture Garden. It seemed to fit my abstract dappled light style as I looked down the garden path to the white marble sculpture.

Fire Boat and Tug at Sturgeon Bay



Oil
12"x16"

Drove down to Sturgeon Bay from Fish Creek to look at the great tugboats and found the old Chicago Fire Boat and the big red tugboat docked behind it. I loved the reds and the funky details of the boats. Another hot day, but cool breeze coming off the water. Again, I had to paint fast as the Fireboat took 2 tours before the painting was finished.

Beach at Ephraim Bay



Oil
12"x16"
SOLD

This was an early morning painting from the beach at Ephraim looking up at the village on the hill. The 2 churches with the white steeples caught my eye..Plein air painting rule is paint fast and don't chase the light. Another that I should add is paint fast before 300 kids are on the beach throwing balls that land on your palette.

Land Cruiser



Oil
9"x12"

The second day painting was at In-Line Gallery and the owner of the gallery had parked her Land Rover out on the side. The vehicle was eventually in the shade, but 3 of us suffered through the intense heat to capture the beautiful shapes and shadows.

Flower Truck



Oil
12"x16"
SOLD

This was the first painting I did for the Door County Paint-out. 40 artists invited and blanketing the county to paint. I loved the placement of the truck with the flowers and parked next to an old garage that has become a landmark for Highway 42 going North through Door County, Wisconsin. And, I painted quickly to capture the morning light cast across the old garage.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Distant Fields



Oil on Linen
22"x28"

This is a continuation of my abstract landscape series. I like the switch to vertical and creating a design that reads vertical through the composition instead of the traditional horizontal landscape. I used linseed oil with the mix of paints and liked the richness of the intensity of color. The problem is, without liquin, it may take a month to dry.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Lily Pads at Japanese Garden



I am teaching a two day plein air painting workshop and wanted to get a jump start for a painting demo. This is a small painting from the pond at the Japanese Garden in Carmel. Now tomorrow, I'll see if I can paint a demo, talk, answer questions, chew gum and avoid Murphy's Law.

9"x12"
Oil on canvas board

Monday, June 27, 2011

Field Patterns



Oil on Canvas
36"x48"

I love plein air painting, but when I'm in the studio I like the challenge of design and color. I enjoyed the design patterns and contrasting colors in this work and it felt like putting puzzle pieces together to create the patterns of the field. With the large canvas, I painted in the color notes and continued to change each shape with scumbling and glazing.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

IMA Bridge



Oil
18"x24"

This is the painting I did earlier of the IMA Bridge. I decided to work back into it and make a few adjustments including removing the two people on the bridge. This will be one of my entries in the Hoosier Salon Exhibition.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Trader's Point



Oil
12"x16"

This was one of the paintings completed in the Randy Sexton Workshop, held in Zionsville, Indiana. We went to a working farm and after the morning rains stood on the porch and painted.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Alley View, Noblesville Courthouse


SOLD
Oil on Panel
16"x20"

This was a painting I completed for the Noblesville paintout. The work is 16"x20" and was a challenge to finish in plein air. I spent some time looking for a different view and when I say the stairs in the alley, I knew that was the design contrast I wanted for the painting. A lot of plein air artists in these paintouts play it safe and paint something they have painted many times before. I think I would rather try something different as I think that is what the creative process is all about.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Campfire at Dusk



SOLD
Oil on Panel
12"x16"

New work with a slightly different and limited palette of color. Working, for the most part, with a rather worn, #8 Utrecht Filbert Brush.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Into the Woods



Oil
12"x16"

First day in New Harmony I returned to one of my favorite painting spots up on Old Dam Road. This is an area looking East and moving into a wooded area.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

New Harmony River Walk



Oil
16"x20"

This was a painting from the New Harmony First Brush of Spring Paint-out. Worked with 3 students and painted near the Wabash River on a beautiful day.

New Harmony River Cabin



SOLD
Oil
12"x16"

Friday was a rainy day in New Harmony, so up at 6:30 am to paint at the end of Old Dam Road outside New Harmony. I liked the old cabin that was built with scraps of everything. Empty now after many years. Always a mystery as to it's former life.

Oxen in New Harmony



Oil
12"x16"

Painted in the New Harmony Paint-out last week and there were oxen on display for the Frontier Days. Painted this guy and kept moving my easel around to get the view. Kept it in a sketch format.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Wyoming Stream



18"x24
Oil

Starting to think ahead for some of the juried exhibitions in the next few months, knowing that their selections are going to be more on the representational side. So...looking over some reference pics from my drive through Wyoming a few years back, here is the work...a combination of 3 reference photos.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Falling Leaves



SOLD
Oil on Linen
30"x40"

Just off of the easel, this new work is a continuation of exploring design and color in the landscape format. It is always a challenge to work on a larger canvas, but satisfying to see it come together. This may be one of my entries for the Hoosier Salon. Might be a bit modern, but one never knows.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Morning Mosaic



SOLD
Oil on Linen
24"x30"

This is the third painting in the series of poems and paintings. The collaboration with Polly has been a creative experience. The paintings are done first and the second stage is for Polly to study the work and write the poem. Easy for me to say. The poet looks at paintings and images in a total different way than a visual artist. What I see is a blazing sunrise, she would describe as a kindling of morning light. I guess that supports the fact that my books all have lots of pictures and Polly gets excited over the latest edition of the Oxford Dictionary.

Morning Mosaic

Kindling of first light ignites a fiery dawn. In
spectrums of color, sunbeams shimmer like

morning flames. Burning off the mist, day
breaks into fragments of dispersed dreams.

Sunset and Senses




Oil on Linen
24"x30""

The second in the poetry/painting series.

Sunset and Senses

Suspended between dusk and dark, clouds of blue-
steel and cotton cool the day. A sunset simmers
and lingers on a tongue of land. More liquid than

substance, it melts like butter and is swallowed by
the horizon. Between the smell of marsh air and
the musky croak of frogs, a sense of uncommon.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Painting a Poem




Oil on Linen
24"x30"

I have started a series of paintings that will be a collaboration with Polly, my wife and poet. Sometimes, the words come first and other times the painting can be an inspiration for words. We will try both in what I hope will be an enjoyable series of new works.

Painting a Poem

A blank canvas and a palette of words – some for sunlight,
some for shade, some for the distant storm. That sky, those
clouds, a line of jeweled trees – a composition as common

as color, a poem painted by many before. Will this time be
different? Possibly not, but inspiration is in the odds. And so,
I wait for the words to dry.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Pantone Overload



Oil on Linen
18"x24'

Sometimes in the dark of February, the sky is grey too long and the night still comes early. The direct contrast of that is to create a painter's world with a celebration of color on canvas. Pantone Overload is in reference to a color system developed to standardize printing inks. The swatch books include thousands of colors. As a graphic designer, it was one of my favorite books.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Walk In or Walk Out



Oil on Linen
24"x36"

Working with the darkened path as a design device to lead the eye into the painting. Or, does the focus start from the middle of the painting and move down? Either way, I enjoyed the painting process.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Selected for Door County




Good news this month as I have been invited to participate in the 2011 Door County Plein Air Festival. The forty invited artists are from around the United States and will be the featured artists, painting and exhibiting for 6 days in the beautiful Door County Wisconsin landscape. The ad above will appear in their event guide.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Southeastern Indiana



Oil on Linen
18"x24"

Started with a little different palette here in the early scrub in and tried to hold on to the rich browns and deep reds. More scumbling on this studio painting this time around.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Oregon Cabin



SOLD
Oil
9"x12"

This is a painting from a photograph of a cabin tucked away in Portland Oregon. It is a quaint little discovery where the neighborhood grew and built around it. The story goes that the couple that found the beautiful wooded area built the cabin and lived in it while the house nearby was being built. It remains today with moss covered stones and a place where Hansel and Gretel would surely approve.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The In and Out Back



Oil on Linen
24"x36"

I did manage to brave the elements and slide into the studio for the last two days to paint. Nice and quiet, just me with the paints. The painting led me. Once I had a few colors in mind, the painting and design shapes seemed to dictate something different and bold. It's nice to follow the flow and get lost in the work. All painters know the feeling. Every once in a while the painting paints itself. It dictates, we follow.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Calm Before the Storm



SOLD

I have been working on several paintings for a possible commission I am in the running for. One of the three themes is "Ocean" I really enjoyed the time on this one as it brought the memories from a trip last year to the Big Island of Hawaii. The actual commission will be for three paintings that are each, 12'xx24'

Friday, January 14, 2011

Hills and Valleys



Oil on Linen
24"x36"

Painting allows me to work with color and experiment with the endless possibilities of color combinations. This work is about design and pattern as well as color in an attempt to create a fantasy landscape. The road is a design device to lead the eye from the bottom of the painting to the horizon.

Red Bark Passage



SOLD
Oil on Linen
24"x36"

This is another work in a series of exploring color combinations.