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. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Parking Lot in Crested Butte

I did this one while competing in a plein air show in the beautiful town of Crested Butte, Colorado.  It is a simple oil on board, 8"x6" of some aspens and flowers planted next to the parking lot at the visitor's center.  It was juried into the show!  It verges on the abstract which appeals to the innate senses of the viewer. I have shown this one in two shows including the juried Colorado Plein Air show that is held annually in Denver. Hope you like it and if interested, I will part with it.  It is framed in a black satin wood frame with gold insert.

Monday, July 11, 2016

South Platte Park in Summer

Here in Denver we are never in need of picturesque spots--from urban scenes to mountain views to tranquil city parks--this is a great area for subject matter for plein air.

This little oil on canvas board is plein air 6"x8" of a small path in the South Platte River Park on the southside of Denver near my home.  It was a hot summer day so I found a shady spot and sketched this one out in about an hour or so.  Hope you like it.

Saturday, July 9, 2016


Portraits of sisters in my old neighborhood done in oil on canvas. 16"x20". NFS 

I enjoy portraiture and would like to do more. These little girls have such large personalities that I had trouble capturing them. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Native American Dancer

Such a beautiful female in a beautiful outfit!  I had to try to paint it and wanted to capture the joy and dignity of the dancer.  Hope you like it!  Oil on canvas, 24"x18".

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Bear Creek

I stopped by my favorite "home waters" trout stream to do a little plein air painting and came out with this.  I entered this 12"x12" oil on board into the 2015 Colorado Plein Air juried competition and was accepted!  It showed in the Denver Downtown Library last year.  Lots of impasto which I love.  I must fish this hole as soon as I can since I know that the big troutsky lives there!  $700 + shipping.  I have a custom antiqued gold frame that looks spectacular on it.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Delaney and Siamese

A sweet little girl and a Siamese cat painting.  oil on canvas 16"x20". Such a fun painting of a neighborhood kid and a cat taken from a reference photo that I shot.  The interesting composition along with the loose brushstrokes makes this a favorite picture of mine.  NFS

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Queen's Portrait

Have you ever used Maroger? Do you paint on slick wooden panels? Have you been instructed to make brushstrokes?  This painting was an experiment in all of these areas and I was exhausted in trying to keep in mind all of those ideas.  Nonetheless, I enjoyed the experience and the model was so good to work with.  Yes, an artist and a model have a unique connection and there is a balance in every portrait--model and artist.  Oil on panel, 16"x12", $600 framed.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Brock Holding Umbrella

I tried to convey the light filtering through trees and striking the umbrella after a rain storm. Oil on canvas. NFS 20"x16"

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Water Pitcher and Paint Tubes

I wanted to do something a little more artsy so I used some art materials in the composition! The pitcher was such fun with all of the modeling and reflected lights, core shadow, etc.  This is a smallish painting, 9"x12" oil on canvas and would look nice in a dining room, kitchen or study.  Thanks for viewing and leave me a comment please on this or any other art piece--I am still trying to figure out what folks like.  Pretty soon though I will be choosing subject matter that I wish to do for my own satisfaction....hmm, really that is what we as artists should do anyways, yes?

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Uninstructed Long Pose

This portrait study was from a live model during a long pose figure class--3 hour pose. The model was so sweet and the class atmosphere was perfect. I enjoy painting portraits and figures. 20"x16" oil on canvas, $200.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Toni's Dad

A portrait of Toni's Dad done in oil on canvas with thick impasto. I love doing portraits like this and really have not done enough!  His ruddy complexion changes according to the light that falls on this painting--late day or sunsets causes a reddish glow, midday northern light brightens up the skin tones--really interesting to see how the skin tones vary with the light! 20"x16" oil on canvas, NFS.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Indian Portrait

A vine charcoal portrait drawing of an Indian.  I used a historical photograph as reference material and emphasized his features that interested me most.  20"x16" vine charcoal. NFS

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Honey Crisp and Spatula

I enjoyed studying the white fabric which looks especially realistic against the dark background.  In person, the fabric looks like it jumps off the canvas.  The apple was fun and painting fruits and vegetables is always a challenge and is satisfying.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Blue Coffee Cup and Tangerine

I am beginning to really enjoy these small still life sketches!  Oil on board. 6"x8". The reflections always are fun and my favorite coffee cup complete with a chip in it is satisfying to paint

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Ebony Carving

I picked up a native carved ebony wood animal figure, I suppose it is a gazelle, while travelling to Africa. The wood figure is heavy, hard and has a dull shine--simply beautiful.  I paired this with a hand thrown cookie jar that I bought in Kentucky and situated some Cuties and a beautiful red onion on my art table for an interesting composition in oil on board.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Blue Vase and Radishes

I have never been a big fan of the still life but after taking a lesson from the great masters Lefell, McGraw and Kamin, I have taken up the challenge!  And what a challenge it is!  I have never used Maroger before the lessons so that transition is tough enough let alone the pursuit of paint quality, light and shadow and all things David!

David teaches that one does not copy what one sees; rather, one uses the arrangement to compose and manipulate until the desired image emerges.  Easier said than done.  And above all else, create beautiful paintings (visual delight is what he says).

This is a large still life, 16"x20", oil on canvas, $120 +s/h $5. 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Yellow Pepper

A large still life of several peppers. I like the contrast between the dark greenish background and the yellow pepper. This oil painting is on stretched canvas and measures 16"x20".

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Russian Bowl and Onions

Russian Bowl and Onions

I bought a hand-painted and lacquered wooden bowl when I worked in the Far East Russia a while back.  It is a luminous gold inside with a high gloss black finish on the exterior.  Really a work of art! The red onions are fun to paint and the challenge here was depicting the loose paper-thin skin peeling back and casting a shadow.  Oil, 6'x8", $60 + s/h $5. If interested, email

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Still Life Fruit and Bottle

A small still life 6"x8" oil on board, "Still Life Fruit and Bottle".  A dark background of olive green gradation to add some dark with light on the fruits and vegetables. I like the garlic and the reflection in the bottle. $60 +$5 S&H. Email if interested.

Calf Roper 20"x16" oil on canvas

​The action and intensity drew me to this image.  The horse looks off to the side in a wild eyed manner but stays on course due to his training.  The roper is snugging up the rope will staying on task--the mouth is taunt, the head is down, the arms doing their part! The calf is furry and fleeing. The late Nevada afternoon is hot and dusty and no one but the roper knows the struggle going on except perhaps the other cowboys awaiting their jobs.
$120, oil on canvas, S&H $5,