Wednesday, June 24, 2015


"Sunbeam" 8"x8"


The last 6 months have been very enlightening for me. Since I have been painting full time, I have been able to really explore who I am as an artist. What I like to paint, what medium I enjoy working with. You know, all that art stuff. I have played with plein air, realism, acrylic, oil, back to acrylic, then finally landing on oil. I have found I am a studio realist artist. I do really love the freedom of plein air but will only continue to paint outside as an exercise to help me in the studio.

Another thing, I have been studying the works of artist Neil Hollingsworth and David Gray. Both fantastic artist. I unintentionally painted this piece that closely resembles Neil Hollingsworth's work. Oh well, I guess I've been looking at his work to closely. But, I assure you that this is 100% my work, this is not a copy. 

Anyway, you can expect more work from me along the line of this one.

Enjoy and thanks for looking. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

"It's The Real Thing"

Acrylic on gessoed board


Not sure what to say about this. Except I had a blast  painting this one. After 3 attempts I finally completed this piece. The first 2 attempts I used oil paint, then decided I can get the same look using acrylic and it will dry faster. And I was right, go figure.

Enjoy and thanks for looking.

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

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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!