Wednesday, July 29, 2015

"Still Waters"

This is from a series based on Psalm 23… "He leadeth me beside the still waters". I wanted to evoke that time at dusk when everything is quiet, still and peaceful. The colors just add more beauty to the whole experience. It was tricky getting the values in this backlit scene to not look black and to allow some detail but not too noticeable - everything should be vague. Thanks for visiting!


Sunday, July 26, 2015

"Idaho Pastoral" after Kathryn Stats

This is a copy I did of an artist I admire, Kathryn Stats. I love the colors and the loose feel with all the shapes and brushstrokes. This was quite a challenge and it took me many sessions to get it where I wanted it. I copy other artists work sometimes - for the practice and the learning experience. Not For Sale. Thanks for visiting!

Friday, July 17, 2015

"By the Old Shed"

I found this nice little area out in the countryside of New Hampshire. It looks like from time gone by. I love the overgrowth that comes late in the summer season. I challenged myself to paint this scene with only three cool colors, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, and yellow ochre, and of course titanium white. What do you think? Thanks for visiting!

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Thursday, July 16, 2015


The final plein air piece.

The actual scene.

A short video.

Another plein air adventure in NH. Today I was at a fishing spot in Hopkinton NH - it was a beautiful day. The sun was in such a way that my canvas was in the shade (good) but my palette was in the sun (bad). I worked it out eventually but it was a frustrating session - I was working on an 11 x 14 which is larger than I'm used to and the panel was very absorbent. Anyway, I finished with a nice start to continue on in the studio. Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

"Streaming Light"

This was the scene as the sun was getting very low on a hot summer day at dusk. Of course I started the painting earlier because this type of light situation will only last a few minutes. I always find this kind of light so beautiful. Thanks for visiting!

Monday, July 13, 2015

"The Gate"

I found this old gate in an out-of-the-way place and walked into the woods a bit to get a good angle for the light. The actual scene looks quite different but I created a piece that hopefully invites the viewer into the scene. I hope you like it. Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, July 9, 2015


A nice portrait of a beautiful cardinal. I get them around my house all the time. I enjoyed using a lot of pure color in rendering the bird. I hope you like it. Thanks for visiting!

Monday, July 6, 2015

"Rest by the River"

At the height of summer take a rest by the river. This piece came together quite quickly and almost painted itself. It has beautiful colors and evokes a sense of peace. I wanted the light to really show and the colors to pop a bit. I really like this piece. Thanks for visiting!

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