Tuesday, April 14, 2015

"7th and West Main"

11 x 14 oil

I just got back from a great workshop with Anne Blair Brown, in Nashville, TN. This painting was done from a plein air study. I brought it back and re-painted, trying to apply the things I learned.
I met some other artists, the weather was good and I had a great time.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

"House of Blues"

8"x8" oil

Ahhh, spring is here. The snow has melted. It was a beautiful day when this house caught my eye. Everything was blue, the sky, the house and the car. My wife came up with the name. I was thinking "Feelin the Blues" But, she is so much smarter than me.

Enjoy and thanks for looking!

Friday, March 13, 2015

"Undercover Ford"

8"x8" oil

These truck paintings don't seem to be real popular. But, I am loving painting them. So that's what counts, right?

This is from a place that sells restored vintage cars and trucks. It is actually for sale. I didn't even look at the price. But I would love to buy it.

Enjoy and thanks for looking!

Monday, March 9, 2015

"Don't Blink First"

8"x8" oil

It's paintings like this that keep me painting. I loved painting this truck. Everything seemed to go right. I took my sweet time painting because I was afraid I would screw it up. The whole time I kept thinking I was having a stare down with the truck and who was going to blink first. I think the truck lost because I think it turned out pretty good.

Now, what to paint next? Any requests? (you know this is just a test to see who is reading these posts ;))

Enjoy and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

"Chevy Truck"

12"x12" oil

Click here to purchase

I've returned to painting a truck. I painted an old one awhile back. I really enjoy these front end views. I might be on a truck kick for awhile. I hope you don't get bored.

Enjoy and thanks for looking.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

"Wisconsin Farm Yard"

8" x 8" oil

This is a farm I pass by on the way home everyday. I love this farm. I will probably paint it more from different views. I was trying to concentrate more on creating some interesting texture with my brushstrokes. I liked how the shadows are crossing the driveway.

Enjoy and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Back to basics

I hit a wall this last week. I'd start a painting and it just wasn't working like I wanted. Can you say FRUSTRATING! So I decided to regroup. I started reading Richard Schmid's "Alla Prima" book. It is such an awesome book. I realized I just have to slow down a little and think more about each stroke I put down on the canvas. I decided I am going to create his color charts, one each day, consisting of the colors I use. After I did that, today, I started a new painting but first creating a value study. I always want to skip or rush through this stage. I didn't do that this time.  So, here are today's accomplishments. I feel so much better!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


8" x 8" oil

These ole cars are stuck here for the winter. Well, actually they have been stuck there for years. After that last snow storm they caught my eye, out in that snowy field. And guess what, I had to paint them!

Enjoy and thanks for looking!

Monday, February 9, 2015

"T Intersection on The Trail"

8"x8" oil

I need to explain the title of this painting. I live at the end of this road. The road is called Pottawatomi Trail and everyone just refers to it as "The Trail". I go to the post office and they say "oh you live out on the trail". This T intersection is the only intersection on the trail. So, hence the name of the painting. Last week we had a big snow storm come through and the next morning the sun was out casting great shadows across the snowy "trail". I had to paint it!

Enjoy and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

"Cooksville Store Sunset"

8"x8" oil

Returning to landscapes in preparation for the upcoming Plein Air festivals this summer. It's hard to think of summer when we just got dumped on with over a foot of snow. This sunset gives me hope and warms me up.