Sunday, October 23, 2011


Orange Slices, Oil 6x6

Once again I had a few oranges in the studio that needed to be tossed, so I painted them before they hit the trash. Only a few strokes with the bush, not too much, keeping it a bit abstract. These paintings are done on canvas panels that have been painted with black gesso, this is my favorite background to paint on.

                                          The Last Slice, Oil 6x6

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

More furry friends

This is a 6x6 oil of Rocky, the one eye was all black, which is hard to pull off, so I added a highlight, I think I need to gray that down a bit. Sometime when painting from a picture you need to add or change a few things to make it come off. SOLD

Lilly, 6x6 Oil SOLD

6x6 Oil, SOLD
This is another cat owned by the same person that owns the gray one I did below, Slits and Fur

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Slits and Fur, the Cat

This is a 6x6 oil of a picture or a cat a friend gave me. The picture was just slits and fur, no defined features, no nose or eyes that popped out. Good subject for abstraction and loose brush strokes. As always click on image for a closer look.  SOLD

Thursday, October 13, 2011

No Dogs...landscapes and fruit

Landscape, Oil  SOLD

This is a landscape done with a palette knife and some brush work. The landscape is what I see when I am driving on the highways through California. What I notice are the colors, and the shapes in the hills and in the farms along the road. I am not done with this yet, but I need to step back and think a bit on what direction I will go next.

The Farm, Oil 20x20
When driving down hwy 101and looking over at the farms on either side of the road, sometimes I wonder what the heck they are growing, it all  looks like patterns on a piece of fabric. 

Oil, 6x6
This is a simple study of an apple and a orange, great fall colors.

Saturday, October 8, 2011


Big Ears, Oil 8x8

This was a dog done from a photo in an old book I found, A Thousand Dogs. Normally when I use a photo, the dog is not too much like the photo cause I abstract it, but this one was a bit too close to the photo, so I marked on the back of this painting, the photographer's name and the date when it was taken. There is a line when using someones work to do your work. May have crossed it with this one, so I will hold on to this one and mark it up to practice.  

                                                                             Oil, 6x6 SOLD

This is another attempt at the dog I did below, which is a photo of  a friends dog. The first one below, the head is too wide and I am not sure about this one either. I do not paint as if it's a photo. I don't block out with a grid, on the photo and then create that grid on the canvas, I like the abstraction of what I do, but having said that, when I am doing a dog for someone, it misses the mark sometimes.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Nice Puppy

Nice Puppy, 12x12 Oil
Nice puppy....I have seen a few pictures of dogs barking, and thought I would try something different. Not so cute. This is a 12x12 oil. It was hard to define the month, which is mainly shades of dark black. The upper mouth has ridges, but they are different shades of black with a few glimpses of pink. All this and still wanting to paint loose and not blending much. Good problem to solve., not sure I ever solve the problems I set up for myself.