Saturday, October 24, 2015

Radish Still Life Painting

The paint is finally dry on the series of miniature still life paintings I created about ten days ago. You can view my original post about this series here. This little radish painting is one of my favorites. It was created with oil paints on a 5x7 inch flat canvas panel and is available here, in my Etsy Shop. When it has sold, reproductions will also be available. Visit the Still Life Gallery at my print shop for more information about sizes and other options.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Study in Red -- Abstract Painting Hot Box

This painting is about the color of emotion. It was created with layers of transparent color, crimson, red, and magenta. Yellow and orange are bundled together in geometric shapes. This painting is on a 20x24 gallery wrapped canvas with finished edges. The original painting is available at UGallery

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Red is the Color of Rain--Miniature Still Life Oil Paintings

Fall is here. The weather is cool and the rain showers of the Pacific Northwest have begun. It was the gloomy weather of mid October that prompted me to paint this series of colorful little still life paintings. It has been a long time since I focused on small still life oil paintings, so I thoroughly enjoyed painting these little ones. All included some bright red to chase away the gloom. They range in size from 4x5 inches to 5x7 inches. They are painted with oils on canvas panels. As soon as they are dry, I will be selling them in my Etsy shop. Hope you will stop by.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Northwest Travel Series

Inspired by the autumn season, this 11x14 inch acrylic painting has been added to my Northwest travel series inspired by my recent road trip. There are several in the series that have been added to my Etsy shop where I sell my small format original paintings. Hope you will stop by and check out my paintings of fields and trees. You can view a larger version of this painting here.

Monday, September 28, 2015

No Water, Dry Creek

Still working off the inspiration of my recent road trip, I created this 11x14 inch landscape painting that depicts one of many dried up creeks and rivers that I crossed on my journey. Before the rains begin again, the scene of a rocky shoreline and an absence of water is common. I enjoyed using paint to create the contrast between the sparse greenery of the land and the dusty ground. Right now this painting is available as a reproduction here. When I finally get myself organized, the original will be offered for sale in my Etsy shop, Small Impressions, along with many of my other small format originals.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Road Trip Inspiration

After spending almost three weeks on the road, I have finally made it home and am back in my studio painting. It was a wonderful trip, but I missed creating art with a brush and paint. This painting was inspired by the beauty of open spaces found across the North American continent. Changing light, huge open spaces, and agriculture that feeds the world were a part of the drive and a big part of my most recent inspiration. The original painting was created on an 18x24 inch stretched canvas with professional grade acrylic paints. Right now it is only available as a reproduction. I want to hold on to the original for a while. I may eventually offer it for sale, but for now it will hang on my wall at home and remind me of my most recent adventures.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Last of the Sunsets

After a glorious summer, the rains have returned to the Pacific Northwest. A severe windstorm that toppled trees, days of dark gloomy skies, and lots of shower activity mark the return to the usual weather pattern. It makes me glad that I painted some summer sunsets because they remind me that the weather won't always be gray. Today's painting is the last of a trio of 11x14 inch oil painting on stretched canvas. The paint is almost dry, so the original will be available in my Etsy Shop soon along with some miniature sunsets in smaller sizes. Reproductions are available from my print shop. Check out my Sea Gallery for more West Coast Seascapes, boats, and ocean creatures.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Blue Skies at Night

This painting was conceived a last week while visiting the Pacific coast. As I watched the sun go down, the clouds turned rose and deep purple. The wonderful colors inspired the painting in this season of beautiful sunsets. The original oil painting was developed on an 11x14 inch stretched canvas with professional grade oil paints. Reproductions are available here in my print shop. The original will be for sale in my Etsy Shop as soon as the paint is dry.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Beach Time

Just got back from a week at the beach where I spent a lot of time studying the sky and the clouds and the local way of life. The result is a series of paintings featuring clouds, sky, and sea. It was a wonderful experience and I was able to participate in what the locals call, "Beach Time." From what I've discerned "Beach Time" is a relaxed attitude that isn't overly concerned about time. Things get done when they get done. Usually there is no rush. Hurry is a foreign thought. Thus, lots of time observing the environment. This painting was created in oils on an 11x14 inch stretched canvas. When the paint is dry, the original will be available in my Etsy Shop, where I sell my small format originals. If you are in a hurry, reproductions on paper or canvas are available from my print shop, here.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Kitchen Market Adventures

Everytime I go to the grocery store, my eyes are enamoured with the produce section. Stacks of fresh fruits and vegetables are colorful and full of unique shapes. Sometimes I buy fresh items just because they are beautiful, even when I have no idea how to prepare them. After I get them home, the first thing I do is create a still life painting, sometimes an entire series of paintings. When the fresh items have done their duty, they head to the kitchen. This time I brought home Anaheim peppers. I didn't know if they were hot or mild, all I knew was I loved their color, that mellow green, and their long, robust shape. After I painted them, I did some research and they ended up as Chile Rellenos. So good. The original 6x6 inch oil painting is available for purchase here. Larger reproductions are also available at this address.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Bicycle Art

This past week I had some fun combining traditional and digital art. The background for this piece is a design created with acrylic paints on paper. I like the combination of red orange and turquoise, but it really didn't have a focus as a finished piece of art, so I decided to use it as a background. I added a digital silhouette of a bicycle and liked the results. I did a series of images that combined original work and digital overlay. Since my family and I are big bicycle fans, the designs were cheered by all. Prints of the composition can be purchased here on either paper, canvas, or acrylic. You can also view the other designs in the bicycle art series at this link. And if you want it on a pillow or a phone case, those are options, too.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Another Dose of Floral

Beautiful yellow roses and red day lilies were the attraction when I created this little still life painting. I'm gorging on their beauty before the fall when they all disappear. This painting was created on a 6x8 inch stretched canvas with professional grade oil paints. It is a available as a reproduction on paper or canvas here. Eventually the original will be listed in my Etsy Shop with the rest of my flower indulgences from the summer bounty.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Summer Flower Attraction

Although I spent much of the summer working on larger works, I had to take a break every now and then to revel in the blooms of summer. The color of the flowers in my backyard was irresistible. Every few days I had to pick a bouquet and mix up some paint. This is one of a series of backyard color that slipped off my paintbrush in the warmth of summer. This painting is 6x8 inches on stretched canvas with professional grade oil paints. The original is for sale in my Etsy shop.  If I decide to have some reproductions printed, they will be available here, along with other floral paintings that are now available as reproductions.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Glowing Summer of Art

The summer has passed quickly and by the look of my postings, it seems I have not been working very hard. This is only an illusion. I've worked hard and played hard. This 18x24 inch abstract mixed-media painting is one of a pair in a series I call my Glow Series that was created this summer. I call it glow because there is a reflective sheen in the design. Photography doesn't show it off well, but a layer of foil creates a surface that bounces light in a delightful manner. Reproductions of this work are available here. Please contact me at if you are interested in purchasing the original or check out my "available" tab at the top of the page. I will post more of the work I have developed this summer, so please stay tuned.