Friday, November 16, 2012

More Dogs and Landscapes

Black dog, Oil 11x14. This is my problem - painting a black dog on black canvas. The dog is from a picture of a facebook friend's dog. I did her dog Taz awhile ago and she has another dog and takes really good pictures. I am always looking for good pictures. This had its problems, but was fun to paint and made me work.

Landscape off of Hwy 101, Oil 11x14. This is from my head, once again it is what I see when going down hwy 101, the farmland, not quite sure what they are planting.

Cows and the Coast, Oil 8x8. This is from a smaller painting without the cows, it is what I see when driving down hwy 1 along the coast.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Hwy 101 by San Lusio Obispo

Hwy 101 On the Way to San Lusio Obispo. Oil 11" x 14" This is from a photo I took from my cell phone on my drive down highway 101 to San Lusio Obisop, where my son is going to school. The shapes and colors of the landscape, not knowing what is really going on in those hills. SOLD

The Rows off the Highway, Oil 11"x 14". This is from my head, the farms and rows you see when you are driving, Very loose and abstract.

Friday, September 21, 2012

More Paintings

This is a small oil, 6"x6", wanted to do something other than a dog.

Three Pears, Oil 5"x 7" SOLD

Hwy 1 Looking at Monterey, Oil 11" x 14"

The Lunch Dog, Oil 12" x 9" This is from a photo I took of a dog I happened to see when having lunch with my family in San Lusio Obispo. The dog came over to our table and just hung out...I couldn't help taking a photo, glad to have my cell phone. What a great dog...oh ... they are all great dogs.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Norman, Oil 8"x 8" After painting two other dogs for an owner and having them a little tighter then I like and not so goofy. I got this photo from something posted on facebook ... no commission. I love it, I call him Norman cause he looks like a Norman....could be anything. This painting was fun, it is loose, off center, and has a crazy background, all of which makes this a more lively painting. I can't seem to do this with every dog I paint, but when it happens I just love it.

Sunday, August 12, 2012


Duke, oil 8x10. Boy what a good looking dog. After doing 50 small landscapes I had a hard time jumping back into painting bigger and other subjects, that why I painted the three little panels prior to this, and it help in doing this one. Tried to stay loose with bold brush strokes.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Three Good Friends

These are all on very small 2x4 panels. I was having a hard time painting and these helped me get back in the swing of pressure to do a great big beautiful painting. Two SOLD

Sunday, July 15, 2012

New Painting Sketch

This is a sketch in oil I did the other night at a painting and drawing group I had in my studio. When I am just playing around I like to make oil sketches on canvas torn from a canvas pad, not on a panel. I tape the loose canvas on some plastic, paint it with a colored gesso (normally black) and sketch away. This was a still life apple I had set up for the group, it's about 5x7. When this drys I can and have in the past framed these small sketches under glass. SOLD

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Two Landscapes

Abstract Trail, oil 6x6. This is from my mind and is what I see when walking the trail out at Ano Neuvo State reserve. In the fall and spring there are all kinds of colors and shapes popping up. This is very loose and abstract. SOLD

Forest Fog, oil 8x8. This is from a cropped photo I had of a forest with fog coming in. This is hard to pull off, this was a painting done before I did a smaller one for the 50 paintings in 50 day show. This one came across, I get it, but the smaller one I don't think worked as well. Oh well,

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sleeping Dog and a few Other Paintings

Sleeping Dog, Oil. This is Bill again this time sleeping, very cool dog very boney. I just found out that Bill the sleeping dog passed away, he was a great dog as all dogs are. Glad I got to paint him.SOLD

Three Cherries, oil 5x5. This was done as a demo I like doing fruit, it is fast and good practice and can be fun...good thing to do if you have to throw out bad fruit. SOLD

This is from my 50 painting in 50 days show, please check out my blog that has all these for the show on August 24, 2012. SOLD

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

More Paintings

Ano Nuevo, Oil 8x8

The Bark, Oil 6x6

What to do with cherries when they go bad, paint them.
Oil 6x6 SOLD

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bill and Other Paintings

This is Bill, he is a wonderful old guy that sleeps in wild positions, where his bones appear.
                                                      Bill, Oil 8x8 

  This is a quilt landscape, the shapes you see in the hills seems like that of a quilt.
                                                            Oil, 12x12

This is the back road the rangers take at Ano Nuevo State Reserve, sometimes I walk this path back to my car after a day with the Elephant seals, there was wild mustard one day next to the road,
                                                                  Oil 8x8

                                                        Portolia Pastures, Oil 8x8

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New Paintings

This is Bill, we will see if it passes the test. Oil 11X14
Another California Hwy 1 Landscape
14x11 Oil

Nothing to paint, but I did have an old orange, the problem here, paint within 30 minutes and keep loose.
8x8 Oil

Sunday, March 11, 2012

March Paintings

This is a small 8x8 Oil done with a gal I am teaching, we used a black and white photo and came up with our own color scheme.

Pink Clouds, Oil 11x14 SOLD

The Group, Oil 20x20 SOLD

Sawyer, Oil 6x6

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Two dogs and a landscape

Below are a few current paintings. Some come easy and some are really a problem. I am doing a dog now, not shown here, and it is my third attempt and still nothing I would show. I took a picture to post (the third one), but once I saw the picture I just can't say it's right. I keep removing the paint and re doing....... it's not as easy as it looks............

Oil 6x6 SOLD

This little dog was in our newpaper, a story on the large amount of small dogs up for adaption. This one was waiting. Oil 6x6

Into the Clouds, Oil 11x14 SOLD

Sunday, February 19, 2012


Here are three paintings which were so fun to paint. They have all sold which makes my day and pays the studio rent.....yeah.

Jake, Oil 11x14

Oil 6x6

Oil 6x6

Sunday, February 5, 2012

New Paintings

At Christmas I was down at Santa Barbara this is small painting of a photo I took from my phone.
Oil 8x8

Small Oil Sketch 4x4

Small Oil Sketch 4x4

This is from a friends photo of her cat, not sure I have the eyes right yet.
Oil 6x6

This is a blue dog done from a great black and white photo of a dog named Jake. I did a smaller 11x14 in true colors of the dog, which the owners liked, but I thought I would play around some more, since it was such a great photo. This is like the great photo of Taz I got to paint,  the dog posted awhile ago. It makes all the difference when you get a great photo, and the dog has some kind of feeling. Both Jake and Taz have passed away, boy what cool dogs. Not sure what I'm doing with the background yet.
In process, Oil 20x 20

Monday, January 9, 2012

Best Friends

Mia, Oil 6x6 Gift

Oil 6x6 SOLD

Taz, Oil 6x6 SOLD
Taz was done from one of those rare great photos, clear and fun. The owner, who sais Taz was a joy (and a joy for me to paint) is allowing me to play around some more with the image...can't wait.

Maggie, Oil 6x6  SOLD