Sunday, December 31, 2023



  I started this drawing after coming back from our trip to Italy a few years ago. Quite a bit later, I transferred the image to a larger sheet of watercolor paper intending to complete a painting of the scene. Well, the work sat around in my studio for quite some time until I decided to finally begin painting. Hopefully this time around, I will be able to continue working on it until it's finished.

Wednesday, December 27, 2023



This small cattail marsh is just across the way from where we are staying and I often spend time walking around observing the many birds, animals and insects using this area. Now that it is winter, most of the birds have migrated and for many days, the water is frozen over. Still the place retains it's special charm so that one evening after the sun had set, I looked across at the pines and marveled at the contrast between them and the sky which had taken on a purplish hue. The cattails were lighter accents in the foreground but I kept them subdued so that they only filled that section of the painting and didn't distract from the tree/sky relationship. Size is 10 x 8 inches, acrylic on board.

Wednesday, December 20, 2023



When we lived at our old house, we would walk most evenings to a nearby hill and watch the sunset. Sometimes I would do quick sketches and small watercolors trying to capture what I saw. The sky and mood changed so quickly, I often had only a very short time to get anything down. The painting shown here was one such an evening as a few minutes later, almost all of the color had faded from the sky. With what I had seen firmly in my memory, I later did a smaller study of the scene when I got back to the studio then modified it a little for this larger painting. Attention is drawn to the farmhouse by the single light shown in one of the windows but I was careful to keep this subtle. Size is 12 x 9 inches, acrylic on canvas.

Friday, December 8, 2023



I found this bottle on one of my walks and decided it was interesting enough to try painting it. The glass is actually a very deep orange so over a dark purplish background, I started with some cadmium orange modified with burnt umber and a touch of black to lay in most of the bottle's shape. I then added highlights - the label was the most difficult and I had to let the off-white dry before adding any of the final details. I do plan on keeping this bottle as I'm sure that I will do more paintings of it! Size is 10 x 8 inches, oil on panel.