Friday, July 18, 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014


" Hill Country "  What could be around the corner ? Probably  more rolling hills and beautiful landscape to explore. I remember as a kid riding my bike with my best friend asking that same question. How exciting to be on a adventure with nature. Come join me as I explore the hill country in this scene.

Monday, June 23, 2014

" Summer Glow "

" Summer Glow " I'm not sure, however I think sky's are my favorite subject. They are never the same not to mention the beautiful colors and variety of shapes and stages. They are always changing and  bring me closer to my belief in a true Maker. A beach sunset has two of my choice subjects, warm sky's and cool oceans what I call a fire and ice combinations.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

" Breaking Light "

" Breaking Light " The  Light changes everything that sounds Biblical ? You know the tree line has greens and browns in it right? That's what your brain tells you, I tell my students don't paint what you know.Paint what you see regardless of what you think.. Paint the color that is actually there I painted oranges and purples and just a touch of the green.. That's what I push myself to do its not easy. The Sun breaks through and the woods look like they are on fire it's the light. Paint the light and everything else will work out.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

" Glowing Sky Clouds "

The size of the Texas sky and this cloud filled it up. The colors and the glow was unspeakable. For a 5 X 7 painting there's allot in there. I'm Going to let the picture speak for itself.

Monday, June 16, 2014


Set off into the distance and off by itself was this little red shed. The woods where very dark and the sun just broke through and it appeared like a stop sign. Well it caught my eye and so I new it would catch yours. Simple composition yet the colors are what sets it off . cooler foliage in the foreground trees and the warmer ground set by the sun that just appeared. Warm and inviting ready for your home to enjoy.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


"Farmland fields" The story is the fields of cut hay seem to have a unique pattern that captures your thought. The design and how they eventually get cut and laid out create a maze of interest. The sky was just warming up and yet the fields where still covered with the morning coolness . Just enough heat breaking through to cover the tops of the bails and shine through some of the trees. I prefer the painting to tell the story so her it is. Enjoy

Monday, June 9, 2014

" Caddo Lake # 2 "

More on Caddo Lake TX.,. I have had both these pictures in ornate frames as a pair, what an exciting set they make. I'm also thinking on painting an additional set in a more cooler than warmer setting.  Either later in the evening , late afternoon or foggy morning. The lake adds mystery and interest to the setting in the lake filled woods. The Spanish moss in also a bit different to paint as well.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

" Caddo Lake # 1 "

This is one of my forever friends favorite places Caddo Lake TX. I find this area a real mysterious part of this lake. The colors and the feel of light is incredible.  I also did another one like this scene as a grouping, I will post tomorrow. The value and reflection in the water is very key and quite the challenge worth painting.  I want to do some more of this natural beauty so close to me in the East Texas Area. Will keep you posted take a look tomorrow at the Caddo Lake # 2 as well. Thanks for all the questions and kind words. For my Forever friend Liz thinking of you.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

" Country Stream "

I was thinking about selling these painting with frames. Then I remembered the conversation I have had with people buying my art. That they loved the painting however didn't care for the frame. So here is a 5 X 7 painting ready for one of your favorite frames. It has a glow in the field that has caught my eye, probably could have used a touch of purple to set off the orange a little better. What do you think it may need ?

Monday, June 2, 2014

" Moonlit Sail"

Taking a Moonlit Sail across the lake. A reflection of the sun off the moon. Guiding the boat in the darkness. Now there's a thought to think on. The silence and peace of just the sail and the calm and quiet of the nights rest. You can almost write your own story as you look into this scene. May your journey in life have a guiding light on your path and a peace that surpasses all understanding as you sail through life.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


So many elements in this one painting brass, China, Pottery fruit and flower. Once again  painting a challenge.
Love the brass/ copper bell with the wooden handle next to the fruit high light. The shadows with the slight hue changes from cool to warm..

Sunday, May 18, 2014

" Camilla's Still Life "

I wanted something metal and shiny so I used my wife's stainless steel tea pot.  Like the Camilla's and just added the green grapes to compliment the red in the flower's. I like still life and the setup along with the lighting effect that you get to control . I have learned so much from my resent workshop. The thing that surprised me the most where the little things that mean allot to painting in general. I call it an tune up and well worth it. The painting is 10X better than this photo and will be hard to let go of. this is not a mini a stretch canvas 16 X 20. I  painted this against a thick tapestry  style drapery you can see the subtle waves of the material in the back ground. Who would have thought a shadow would look so cool , I think what makes it so cool is the fact its right next to the highlight. Another Happy Happy accident. enough gabbing let paint and have fun doing it.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Workshop day three

Wanted to show a better picture of the painting from day 1 above. Now on day three after studying with the master was only able to get to the 2nd stage of seven which is one was the drawing sketch and stage two is the value painting. .I included the picture of the set up and a Black and white and of course my rendering of the object.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Demo Day 2

Like I said earlier it has been 5 years since the last workshop with " One Stoke Whong ". This was the nick name given him at the workshop. Trust me this is a compliment and a strong testament to his style.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

" Day 1 Work Shop W/ Qiang Huang "

Not the best picture ( From My Phone ) Well It's time for a tune up and Back to the basics / Fundamentals.
Chong Wang ( Spelled Qiang Huang ). I have the pleasure of attending an workshop with Him this weekend. The way he explains and shows the foundation of painting is very valuable. 1. Drawing 2. Values , 3 Color. Sounds Easy right well here is my attempt about 3 hrs and still needs work. However its amazing to me the things you forget. It has been 5 years since the last time with him. Well worth the effort if you get the chance . Will keep you posted .