Thursday, April 24, 2014

Still Life Spring

Since I haven't posted for a while, I'll bunch all of these into one post.  These are some still lifes I painted this spring.  Setting them up is a challenge - great exercise in composition.  

More From West Virginia

Here are a few more paintings from West Virginia.  

John Poon Workshop

In March, I attended a workshop with landscape painter John Poon at the Greenbriar Resort in Lewisburg, WV.  We painted from photos he supplied, and it was an inspiring and productive week.  John Poon is an amazing painter and teacher, and you can see his work at

Here's my work from that week:

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Finished Color Charts

They are far from perfect, but I have finished my first round of paint charts which document all the tube paints I use and what they become when mixed with each other and lightened with white.  A very useful and meditative exercise.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Spring at Last!

First day of spring break and the boys got to go painting with me.  Not too much of a hardship, it was glorious at the beach, and they found plenty to do.

After some adjustments at home...I added a red wing blackbird that I saw today.

                                          oil, 8x10"

At the Dock

Silver Lake in Barnard, Vermont.  One of my favorite places with my favorite people.

                                           Oil, 12x12"

Friday, March 22, 2013

Day Two at the Lake

It's not really the same lake, but what the heck.  Value study of wet kid in a lake on a sunny day.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Point No Point

Painting the lighthouse at Point No Point, another REALLY cold day, but the sun was out!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Indianola Part II

Yesterday's painting from Indianola beach again.  I must have just turned slightly from my spot the day before, because my paintings almost fit together like a jigsaw puzzle.  Not planned, but cool!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Indianola Beach

Yesterday's painting from Indianola beach.  I had to leave after an hour and a half, because the dog got too cold.  She needs to toughen up if she wants to be my painting companion.  She would probably rather stay home on the couch.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Rutland Tracks

This is a 6" VT landscape.  An exercise in simplifying a complex scene.  I found the little frame at an antique store here, $2 for 2 frames.  

Friday, February 1, 2013

Jim by a Blue Chair

I painted this yesterday from a photo taken four years ago.  The boys are almost old enough to sit for paintings, with "incentive" of course.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Sam, a Cat, and Anders Zorn

My attempt at painting Sam using Zorn's palette, black, white, yellow ochre & red.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Pink House in the sun.

Another Bremerton house.  It's raining and grey today, nice to paint sun.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Two Pitchers, Two Pears

My still life attempt yesterday.  Trying to be loose, but still fussing with the edges too much.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Persimmons & Coffee Pot

Robin Weiss is an incredible painter whom I have been lucky enough to get some lessons from recently.  I did this painting during one of those lessons after he did a demo of the same setup.  It was great fun to paint, and a revelation for me in paint handling methods.  Check out Robin's amazing work on his blog

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Missing spring.

Our yard rabbit.  It's not quite this green out there now, though.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Some paintings from my visits to Vermont, my home state and where my parents still reside.  

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


We moved to the Kitsap Peninsula in the winter of  2011.  This small oil painting is of a house on the water in Indianola, one of the first outings I made with the kids after we arrived.  It was one of our many excursions that confirmed that I was really going to love living here, and I do.

oil, 6x12"

oil, 6x12"

My small Bremerton house paintings.  








I found a sheep farm/bed and breakfast on a drive one day in Beaver Valley, and not able to pass up sheep, I knocked on the door and asked if I could take some pictures.  Did a few little paintings from that day.