Thursday, January 28, 2016


I just finished this painting this morning.  It has been a while since I have spent any amount of time at my easel.  My 12 year old Labrador Retriever, Logan, required surgery last week for a knee problem, and I have been in "care" mode since then.  The inspiration for the title of this painting is a reminder that life is fleeting and we are never assured a life that is constantly under our control. It also is a reminder that we need to live life to its fullest, and this is something that I have seen played out daily with my dog.  Even though he cannot do much in terms of walking or running, he has accepted it and has adjusted his attitude to fit the situation.  So this painting is dedicated to Logan, my loyal companion of 12 years.                     ENJOY!!!

Thursday, January 14, 2016



I spotted this old work truck while scouting out places to paint during the OPAS painting competition last fall in Alexandria, OH.  The truck looked like it had seen better days and it's parking shed wasn't much better, but I love old ramshackle things so I stored the photo as a possible painting. This painting brings back memories of farm trucks and the years I spent growing up on the family farm.

This one is done on gesso board that's toned in a dark mixture of burnt sienna and ultramarine blue.
After toning it, I wiped it down and some of the stain remained as my background. I especially like the red of the truck and the little pops of color in the downspouts and brick building in the background.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016



This painting is another attempt at doing a night scene.  I usually walk my dog, Logan, in the evening before I break for dinner.  One of our favorite "walkie" spots is across the street at the elementary school.  There is a large playing field in back that works great for smell and potty purposes. Because it is winter, it usually starts getting dusky around 5pm and if I go much later, it's totally dark, so this scene is during that time of transition to darkness.  

There is a teacher at the school who is always the last in the parking lot and she drives this cute little red VW.  I've painted her car before and love that she gives me opportunities to practice various angles of her car. The painting pictured below is the first painting  I did of her bug. 


Sunlit Willow

Click to Bid The willow tree is one of my favorites. I love the shape of the tree, it's tiny leaves that glimmer in the sunlight and ...