"Greener Pastures" 12"x9" oil on canvas. As you see, this is a highly textured painting. I love how it adds to the feel of this landscape with the old broken down truck. A lot of farms seem to have an old truck "put to pasture". Merry Christmas Eve.
sold "Herd on the Horizon" 6"x6" oil on panel. I really enjoy the "alla prima" wet in wet process. It keeps the painting fresh, not bogged down. The essence of the moment captured in minimal brushstrokes.
A winter landscape inspires many artists whether they are a painter, writer, poet or musician. I had fun simplifying the details and focusing on the subtle value changes and neutral warm and cool colors of the snow in the dimming twilight.
Once in a while I will have a day where I spend more time trying to figure out what I want to paint than I actually spend time painting. I think this happens if I get in a rut. This explains why somedays I will paint cow after cow and then all of a sudden I throw in a beach scene or some other subject matter. Most days I just start painting shortly after I enter the studio. Otherwise, I would have a whole lot of nothing! I have had a few people ask me how do I find time to paint everyday. I recently responded in one of my posts: "I don't know. I wish I could paint more :) but I am grateful when I do. Somedays the laundry piles up and the dust bunnies unite. I heard a saying once, "the less time you have, the more you get done" I find this very true.
sold "Baby's Firsts" 6"x6" oil on panel. Baby's first time at the ocean. One New Year's Resolution I am going to set for myself is to paint more children. Considering I have a house full of them I will never be short of this subject matter.
~Not for Sale Commissions similar to this welcome. "Sunshine Children" 6"x6" oil on panel. Sweet children enjoying a sunny day. I love their body language, they look so fidgety. As we all know kids don't sit idly even when they're uh, sitting :)
click pic to see detail "City Sidewalks" 8"x8" oil on panel. After the sun went down the sky was still a very royal blue. The perfect backdrop for the holiday lights. This is the first time I have painted on this size, it seems considerably larger than the 6"x6" I am used to in my daily painting. A fun, colorful, contemporary piece. "Contpemporary Couple in Chicago Painting 8 x8 Holiday Shopping North Michigan Avenue
sold click pic to see detail "Chicago Theater Sign" 6"x6" oil on panel. whew! Paintings of architecture are always a challenge and can be rewarding. My goal is to keep it fresh and not get caught up in too many details. I live a few hours from Chicago and am always inspired to paint this beautiful city.
click pic to see detail "Chicago in Winter" 9"x12" oil on stretched canvas. I love to paint crowds of people. I focused on shapes edges and negative areas. I really had a difficult time getting a decent digital image of this. I think it looks better in person.
"First Snow" This is what I woke up to this morning. Our first snow of the season. The kids were pretty excited. It wasn't a "snow day" but their buses were running late. Painting snow can be tricky especially in the woods. You dont want to get too busy with details yet capture the delicate branches and somber grays.
I forgot to get a picture of this painting before the sun went down, so my lighting isn't the greatest. I will post new pics soon. Believe it or not these vineyards were at a little farmers market here in Indiana.
"Crows in Golden Wheat" 6"x6" oil on masonite. The autumn trees and fields were golden especially in the sunlight. The contrast of the black crows was breathtaking. Of course anytime I see crows feasting in the fields I immediately think of Van Gogh or Tipi Hedron in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds"
sold "Across the Lake" 6"x6" oil on primed masonite. This is one of my favorites. I painted it a couple of years ago. I painted another similar to this on a very large scale yesterday. It will hang in my family room.
"Calm before the Storm" We had left the Grand Canyon and were heading towards Colorado. Seeing the Southwest for the first time is hard to put in words. You see the land in pictures but not until you see everything in person are you really amazed. I grew up around corn and soybean fields. I am used to seeing storms roll in but nothing like this. The formations and elevations made me feel like I had landed on another planet. I have always loved Edgar Payne's amazing paintings of the west, now I see his inspiration first hand. This is one of just a few large pieces posted on this blog it is 11"x14" on Raymar canvas board. click on "southwest" label below to see similar paintings