Monday, September 1, 2014

Vermont Maple Sugar Shack 11x14

I am so in love with Vermont and thrilled I get to go back there next month!  This is from my friends old blueberry farm between Rockingham and Bellows Falls.  Several of the small farms on the road share this one building and equipment in the spring to make the maple syrup. It was the perfect subject for the recent DPW "Sky Holes" Challenge.  I will be in Putney VT for a figure drawing workshop with the legendary Michelle Dunaway.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Red Daylily 6x8

Found this beautiful super red daylily on our big Fourth Of July trip north to see family in Rochester. Our mom Alice took us to an amazing all daylily farm on Seneca Lake.  I had no idea of the new varieties out there.  The colors were insane and the new shapes and sizes were amazing.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Highland Sheep 8x10

I keep a file of must paint reference photos and it overwhelms me sometimes with too many choices.  When there is a new DPW Challenge that fits one of them perfectly, in this case "Intimate Landscape". It helps to narrow down the choices and one of them finally gets painted.  This happy family was spotted along a stream leading away from the Falls Of Dochart in Scotland.  This magical moment really summed up what an amazing timeless place it was.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Pink And Blue 1422, 6x8 Plein Air Garden District New Orleans

Braved the heat and managed to start a new 6x8 plein air landscape in the Garden District here in New Orleans.  Met the very nice owners of this beautiful pink house with the working shutters. I loved the color scheme of the house and the great flowering tree right next to it.  I had wanted to do a larger more detailed painting of this spot but only had my small box with me it turned out.  Loved the lighting and may try and return again to this spot.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

End Of The Day On The Nuupia Ponds Trail MCBH Hawaii 6x12

This was one of my favorite things to do back in Hawaii.  There was a great 3.5 mile loop from the gym that took you through this amazing wetlands and bird sanctuary on Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Hawaii.  This was the best view especially at the end of the day like this.  On the right you can see some of the base buildings in the distance.

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Perfect Day 9x12

I once again got way behind on the DPW challenges.  This one had me hooked from the great reference photo. I thought the orange umbrella would be a nightmare but it was a lot of fun to paint.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

White Picket Fence And Palm 6x8 Plein Air

Here is the second plein air painting from that great day painting in the summer heat.  The palm tree caught my eye at first but then I got sucked into the great terra-cotta roof with dark green paint on the house.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Garden District Gate 6x8 Plein Air

Here in New Orleans the weather has been crazy hot but I had to get out of the studio and start some plein air paintings again.  Found this great brick wall covered in flowers with an old wood gate.  The house was painted an amazing bold blue/green color as well which probably got me to stop in the first place.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Garden Steps 8x10

The first new painting done on my new portable setup.  Spent a few days finally building my dream gear for painting. That is the photo  below with this painting at the halfway stage on day one.  This scene is from the amazing garden at the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu Hawaii.  It is at an old estate with great constructions like these stone stairs winding through the tropical gardens.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Paddington Bear 11x14

This is my actual favorite stuffed animal from my childhood.  I was so excited to find him in a box in my dad's barn on a recent trip home.  He has survived mostly even though his blue felt jacket is a tattered mess.  Amazing how strong of a loving bond we can have with an inanimate object.  We will see how the new feature film of his character turns out.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Squash Blossom 9x12

Tried something new with this one. I worked on a larger taped down piece of linen and let the composition go where it wanted to go. Then after I finished I was able to crop it down to a 9x12 with the balance I liked best. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Old Fishing Dock New Orleans Plein Air 9x12

Painted this Plein Air here in New Orleans on a beautiful sunny day this week.  I love painting water.  It's all about what you leave out that makes it pop.  Speaking of pop the bright green floating on the top of the water was really this colorful.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Avocado 5x7

I wanted to try a more detailed simple subject with my new oil-primed linen.   Also remembered to take some photos along the way so I assembled them into a quick video.  Check it out and share on Facebook please!
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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Enchanted Clearing 8x10

Okay picture this with a little less contrast and a little less crazy yellow.  The photo was not exactly right once again. Did this one for the DPW summer challenge.  Brightly lit scenes like this are hard to do but it really said summer to me.  I love how it came out since I managed to have some restraint and keep things from getting muddy.  I did as much as possible with the early stage drawing and gave it a day to dry before going over with the colorful details.

Monday, June 30, 2014

White Birds Of Paradise 9x12

Some more of my favorite tropical flower the "Giant White Bird of Paradise". The colors are similar to the regular blooms except for the white petals instead of orange and they are almost twice the size.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

English Garden Cottage 9x12

The sun was at our backs and barely breaking through on an overcast day.  This created a great mood that I had to try and capture in color.  A beautiful garden that was just coming to life in late spring deep greens with the first of the bold summer colors rising up.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Santa Rosa Afternoon 8x10 Oil On Linen

I have said it before but I really love to paint in California.  Something about the light and the scenery that just keeps me inspired.  Just finished this one from the last trip to Santa Rosa.  This was one of the many amazing rose varieties I had to pick from.  Could not resist pairing the incredible Cobalt Blue vase with an orange.  The large vase in the background is a hand blown mix of blues and greens.  I hope you guys like it. Please leave a comment and pretty please share it with your friends so I can find more art lovers.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Morning Angels 8x10 Oil On Linen

This is my new favorite flower to paint the Angel Wing Begonia. They are named for the amazing leaves in the shape of wings but I love the new bloom varieties.