May 23, 2015

HQ

Acrylic on Panel - 8 x 10 inches

I used to like painting trees, but the more I try to simplify them, the less pleased I am with the results. I tried to do this tree with only two colors, but twenty minutes later I had about 50. I scraped and painted over, but it's still just not where I wanted it to be, or where I imagined it.

April 25, 2015

Kyoto Chef

Acrylic on Panel - 9 x 12 inches

He only paused for a brief moment before continuing his non-stop prepping of tapas for all the hungry guests. It was all so good I wanted to order one of everything.

April 21, 2015

Those Young Ladies

Acrylic on Panel - 9 x 12 inches

Well I know these gals, and have known them for some time. The reference photo for this is a few years old, because that's how long I've been wanting to paint this picture. Finally finished it this afternoon, just in time for their mama's birthday dinner.

April 8, 2015

Ice-O-Mat



Acrylic on Panel - 9 x 12 inches

Bartenders friend or child's plaything? My grandmother had a similar one and I loved to grind ice for my sodas. Now I prefer bigger solid ice cubes.

March 24, 2015

West On Page III

Acrylic on Canvas - 30 x 30 inches

At a patron's suggestion, ahem, I tried another version of this scene, painting not from life or source photography, but rather, the previous painting. Bigger brushes, bigger swaths of paint, and in a rushed fashion. Interestingly enough, each version shows an increase in contrast. I'm not sure why that is. Yet.

March 22, 2015

Lighthouse

Acrylic on Panel - 14 x 11 inches

This was a commission of sorts. I thought it would be compelling to paint the lighthouse as seen at midnight, but it turned out to be a very dark mass of blue/black, so I painted an early morning light on top of that and it was much more interesting.

March 17, 2015

March 7, 2015

Take Off

Acrylic on Cardstock - 6 x 4 inches

This is my entry for the Daily Paintworks Flying Spirit Challenge. I used a reference photo from the great collection of Eddie Bartley at NatureTrip.com. He can tell you what specimen this is. I can only guess (but will not).