Friday, November 30, 2018

When In Italy

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On a trip this summer to Italy, I had the great fortune to be able to paint with a great instructor, Joe Lombardo, from Columbus, OH. We painted in the Tuscan region of Italy and each day was very inspiring. One of the days was spent at a Ceramics school where we painted on site. At the end of the session, we were treated to a traditional Italian cocktail, the Aperol Spritz. Comprised of prosecco, Aperol (a bitter orange/rhubarb liquor) and soda water, it was the perfect ending to the session. It's a very pretty drink and a great subject for this painting.


Thursday, November 29, 2018


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During a recent plein air event, I was able to take lots of photos from the ranching communities where we were painting.  Since I was raised on a farm,  I have a very strong connection to farm animals,  and this cow caught my attention.  She was calmly munching grass and I caught her staring at me when I approached with my camera.  Great memories of farm life came flooding back.  I painted this on a gessoed panel toned with violet and you can see some of it peeking through.
This is reposted from a previous post earlier in the year for the benefit of new readers and a new website.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018


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Since our move to Utah, I have been doing lots of hiking. The inspiration for this painting is from a hike into Big Cottonwood Canyon near Brighton. It was a clear bluebird day and the colors of the surrounding trees and grasses were at their peak. I decided to paint on a black toned gessobord as an experiment and I like the result. This painting is offered on my auction page through Daily Paintworks.

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 ...