Wednesday, March 30, 2016

"Citrus Fun"

One of the 154 oranges my little tree gave me this year. 
It was great fun to paint.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Pacific Rose Gentle

"Pacific Rose Gentle"


This is the "destroy and rebuild" version of the 
Pacific Rose - which I finally ate - very tasty!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Upcoming Show

I'm so pleased to announce that the above two oil paintings have just
been accepted into Toscana Gallery's upcoming show "Landscapes: 
Sunlight and Shadows." The opening will be 5:00 to 9:00 on
Saturday, April 16. 

Both these paintings were painted primarily en plein air, with a palette knife.
Top:  Pusch Ridge
Bottom: Santa Catalinas

Saturday, March 26, 2016

"Pacific Rose Bold"

6 x 6 palette knife oil on Raymar panel.


I just joined Daily Paintworks so a few of my small paintings will be listed for sale there.  I truly am not sure of what I'm doing yet, but hopefully will manage to figure it out within a few days.

Using social media is important these days.  I’ve been doing only the bare minimum until recently.  Much as I prefer painting to spending hours on the computer, it’s time to buckle down and learn what I need to know to “get dangerous.”

Happy Painting!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016


Another episode in The Secret Life of a Tulip
6 x 6 palette knife oil on Arches paper for oils.

This one felt soft and dreamy to me, somewhat tentative, as
if it were just awakening and stretching a bit.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Granny Smith #2

"Granny Smith #2"

 Palette knife oil on 6 x 6 canvas panel,
fractured and somewhat rebuilt

I'm still deep in Wallace Stegner's descriptions of various parts
of our country. He's presently describing the landscape and history 
of Southern Utah and I've been to so many of those areas 
when I was RVing. Wish I'd had him as a tour guide!


6 x 6 palette knife painting on Arches paper for oils.

The third in my series "The Secret Life of a Tulip"
This is my favorite so far. Who knew that tulips were so 
incredibly sexy? 

Thursday, March 17, 2016



 6 x 6 palette knife oil on Arches paper for oils.

I have really been enjoying painting on this paper; it stands up 
to the palette knife with no trouble at all. Some say it's too 
absorbent, but I don't have any problems - maybe because I use
the paint right out of the tube with no medium.

I hadn't thought about framing or mailing. Have discovered that to 
do either, the painting needs to be mounted onto a backboard. 
Though I'm not happy about the extra work involved, I bought
a sheet of Crescent mat board & some Liquitex fluid medium 
to use as a bonding agent - this was the advice I got from
a nice guy at Arizona Art Supply. I'll let you know how it goes.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

In a Spin

"In a Spin" 

Palette knife oil painting on 6 x 6 
Arches paper for oils

The first in a new series titled "The Secret Life of a Tulip"

A few weeks ago, an artist friend and I took a road trip to 
San Francisco to spend a couple of days with my younger son and 
his family. A highlight of the visit was "Tulipmania" at Pier 39.
Absolutely hundreds of tulips were on display.

I was wandering along taking photos of bunches of 
tulips, then noticed my wonderful daughter-in-law, Laurie,
with her camera and her nose right inside a tulip!
Soon we were all spying on the intimate details of
tulip anatomy and a couple of us were getting
excited at what looked like a fantastic new series.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Granny Smiths take the Stage

"Granny Smith #1  

I'm still having lots of fun with apples, but am about to start a 
new series, so stay tuned.