Friday, June 9, 2017

An oil painting 16"x20" on canvas of two girls chatting on a bench in Boulder.  Looks like they just finished a yoga class and are deep in conversation.  Enjoy!  NFS

Monday, October 24, 2016

Crested Butte Plein Air Open Juried Show 2015

I found a couple of photos of my first juried show--thanks to Oh Be Joyful Gallery in Crested Butte! I actually had 5 paintings juried in but the top photo shows only three of the five. A good friend of mine made the frames; he is an artist and custom frame maker.

I did not understand the rules well before entering the show. One could paint for several weeks before the judging as long as the canvas was stamped by the gallery.  I showed up 2 days before the jurying, got my canvases stamped and painted 6 scenes in a day and one half.  I took the paintings into the gallery wet! They juried on the spot. I was so fortunate to have met this wonderful gallery!

Monday, September 12, 2016


Just a quick sketch from a photo.  Vine charcoal on a smooth paper--such fun!  Kinda large--18"x24"!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Little Girl Cook

I like the ambiance of this picture--dark home, small primitive stove and a little girl setting a large pot to help cook the family meal.  I was inspired by a small photo that I saw in a local newspaper--loved the composition, light and shadow shapes and most importantly, the subject matter--I had to paint it!  Hope you enjoy! 16"x 20", oil on canvas. 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Laughing Girl

I think that Nicholai Fechin was a superb draftsman--maybe the best in recent history!  This charcoal drawing was done in his style and the source material was inspired by his photographs from his travels to Mexico. I do enjoy drawing in charcoal; indeed, it is like painting but without color--just value.  Instant gratification! 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Light on Blue Vase

This was a study of how light hits a flower arrangement resulting in a warm glow on a dark background.  Oil on board, 10"x12", still life.