Monday, October 31, 2005

wipe off trees

fun with paint, not a keeper! i used some pine needles as a brush for the small branches. 11x14" oil on masonite. wiped it off when finished so now i have a nice toned panel for another day.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

busy today

i fiddled with the apple/spoon painting on the advice of some artists forum friends, matt and I got haircuts!!! (its been awhile), i worked on my website. still need to clean my palette and set up a new still life and just haven't time to start on it 2day.
so here's the final (really) apples and a spoon painting. don't know if you can see much difference, i improved the roundness of the red apple, and resolved the spoon a little more. i think it's working better.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

sittin man tonal study

hmm, need to make corrections, but here it is for today. from a photo, 8"x10" oil on yupo

Friday, October 28, 2005

old pals tonal study

old trucks that live off a busy, narrow highway. i risked life and limb to get the photos, no way i could paint them from life.

8"x10" oil on yupo

i am trying to upgrade my website, my own domain and some other enhancements. but it's not going well, never had problems b4 the upgrade, so i may cancel. customer service response is s l o w.

well it seems to be fine now, so i did most of the upgrade. still some tweaking to do, but i'm satisfied for 2day. hey, i discovered how to make tan and beige tones for the web.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

sky is cloudy

the last cloud study i have photographed. 6x8" oil on yupo

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

apples and spoon day 2

think this is finished. 11x14" oils on canvas board

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

apples and a spoon

a current work-in-progress, seems promising. 11x14" oil on canvas panel.

Monday, October 24, 2005

a sketch at the lake

i did this one awhile back. do not adjust your monitor, it is only a sketch! oil on board 9x12"

Sunday, October 23, 2005

another value study

doorway to my room, (the least messy part!).
when painting, i feel like i'm translating what i see into another "language" form, value, hue.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

value study

the right values are critical to the success of a painting. i intend to do more value studies. 9x12" oil on board. done from a photo.

Friday, October 21, 2005

begonia again

another version, may need some tweaking. forgive the glare, hard to photograph wet oil paint sometimes. 12x16" oil on pintura canvas panel.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

back to the clouds

clouds are everchanging, and everpaintable! yupo 6x8" oil paint

Wednesday, October 19, 2005


12x16" oil on masonite

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

can't stop

love those clouds! on yupo 6x8"
these are all studies, not s'posed to look like finished paintings.

Monday, October 17, 2005

more clouds

6x8" on yupo
looking at this reminds me of the pure joy i had painting it!

Sunday, October 16, 2005

cloud b

another from yesterday.
7x11" oil on w/c paper

Saturday, October 15, 2005

cloud study a

the most fun i've had with paint to date, spent time on cloud studies today.
6x8" oil on yupo

Friday, October 14, 2005

an effort

and sometimes they just don't turn out well.

Thursday, October 13, 2005


hmmm, it looked better at the park!
9x12" oil on panel

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

there is a spoon

yupo was probably not the best choice, tiny 4x6" oil paint

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

a quickie, with feeling

a spontaneous twist to an old favorite...
oils on yupo

Monday, October 10, 2005

cup and spoon

my daily exercise. oils on yupo 5x7"

Sunday, October 09, 2005

dovetail antiques

i had fun this a.m. have wanted to paint this shop for awhile, but waited for cooler fall weather. i think it needs a few adjustments, but overall happy with it. the owner came out to chat and is interested in buying it.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

iceland poppies

today's effort, did not get the effect i wanted, need more practice! oil on yupo synthetic paper, 7"x9"

Friday, October 07, 2005

pudgie sleeping

my cat is fat! may do a little more on this, but pretty happy as is.

Thursday, October 06, 2005


nothing is right about this one, a total waste of paint. sigh.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

palette color chart

not much painting time 2day, decided to work on a color chart. this is the palette recommended by artist ken backhaus, i've been using it lately and am surprised at the color range achieved thru this limited, but versatile, palette. i've discovered that mixing paint is dynamic, a little of this and a smidge of that color you used for something else brings a harmony to a painting, even if the color itself may not be exact. it's like better than exact. hurrah! the chart is incomplete, but ran out of time.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

fav sunflower

my favorite sunflowers have red dye put into the water, when they soak it up they turn orange red and the leaves become red violet.
just a quick study here. 6"x9" oil on w/c paper.

Monday, October 03, 2005

canyon afternoon

i did this on sunday, but could not post til 2day (mon)
9"x12" oil on panel

Saturday, October 01, 2005

purple plant

i love plants with colored leaves, i got this one from my sis. using the modified backhaus palette.
9"x12" oil on panel