Thursday, May 10, 2018

Breakfast on Main

16x20, oil on canvas panel

If you've had breakfast in a diner on Main Street of pretty much any small town in America, this might look familiar to you.  In this case, the diner is in Indiana, where I was painting in April.  

Monday, April 16, 2018

Pit-fired pottery

Pinch pots made with Raku clay.  I applied terra sigillata after bisque firing, then I pit fired them with copper carbonate, salt, cat food, salted string and other colorants. Fed the fire for two hours, then let it burn itself out.  The next morning the pit was still smoldering, so the pots were carefully excavated and removed with Raku tongs.

Study of Pears

6x8, oil
Painted in north light at dusk.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


12x12, oil on linen

It is just too cold here today. I want spring and I want it now. 
(Sometimes you just have to make it yourself.)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Sun Dog

12x9, oil

A little something different today:  Different paint (Cobra water miscible oil), different limited palette (magenta, cyan, yellow and white), different brushes (synthetic), different support (natural clear-primed linen panel) and a different approach.  Same favorite model though. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Lovely Little Girl

12x9, oil
A recent painting of a lovely little girl, a ballerina.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Two German Dogs

A recent commission. 
I truly enjoyed painting these dear dogs and the recipient was happy!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Mother and Child

Sweet to hear their whispers and laughter.

10x8, oil

Monday, September 25, 2017

Twilight on Osage Creek

12x16, oil

Day is done. The sun is waning, casting its golden glow.  Cattle are heading toward the barn; the birds to roost. The thrum of cicadas provides the musical backdrop to an early fall evening.

Update:  I'm so pleased that this painting won a Merit Award in the 2017 Illinois River Salon under judge Jeff Legg.