Friday, September 15, 2017

"Painted Roses"
Spotlight Artist

The Daily Paintworks blog, Daily Paintworks News is promoting my work on their "Spotlight Artists" feature. It is an honor and I am grateful.

The Daily Paintworks is an online gallery and art auction site, and their blog gives a more in-depth profile of selected artists. There is an interview with me, and a selection of my paintings for viewers to enjoy. If you have purchased a painting from them in the last thirty days, you are eligible to enter a drawing to win "Painted Roses," above. It is a way for them to say thank you to the art buyers supporting them, and I am happy to participate. I certainly feel supported by them and I am pleased to be part of this promotion. "Painted Roses" has always been a favorite work of mine, and I hope it will also be loved by whoever wins it. So thank you Sophie, and thank you Daily Paintworks for our continued partnership.

Here are a couple of paintings showcased in the "Spotlight Artist" feature. I hope you will check out the article, read the interview, and see some of my other work. The blog also includes the work of other fine artists, as well.






To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at The Daily Paintworks  and as always, thanks for looking!










Friday, September 1, 2017

The Sunflowers' Song
14 x 11" Oil on canvas
The Daily Paintworks Auctions
starting bid: $99


It seems like every picture of sunflowers has its own story - you could call it a song. Some are happy and full of hope, others express the power of beauty, while others might convey a feeling of poignancy. No matter how you think about them, they seem to symbolize great emotion. Rarely are sunflowers depicted as “just flowers.” While I feel differently about sunflowers at different times, they always attract me - to grow, to display, and to paint. What these sunflowers sing to me is a song with a little of everything in it. A happy melodic tune that ascends to sweet, high notes, but then turns down to catch some minor chords, reminding me that in so much beauty, there is often a hint of sadness. But perhaps that’s just me. I hope you find a worthy tune that plays in your head when you look at this painting.

To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks. Thanks for looking!




Friday, August 18, 2017



Laundry Day on the River
9 x 12” Acrylic on canvas
starting bid: $75

The Matanza River flows thorough the southern edge of Buenos Aires on it’s way to the Rio de la Plata and from there to the South Atlantic Ocean. Buenos Aries is where The Virtual Paintout has traveled this month, and using Google Street View, artists paint or draw the local landscape as if they were standing right there. I found this quiet corner of the river where it seemed as if everybody was doing their wash. It seemed so calm and peaceful, and unhurried that I thought I would just set up my virtual easel and paint the colorful laundry, the slow moving river and this very unusual fence. It all has such a charming feel to it, which you can see for yourself by clicking here.


This piece is painted on all sides of the canvas. It can be framed, but you could hang it up just as it is.




To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks. Thanks for looking!






Wednesday, August 9, 2017




Late Spring at the Annex
20 x 16"  oil on canvas
The Daily Paintworks
$295

On August 9th and 10th, I am featured on Keith Linwood Stover's The Cyber Art Show. This is an online gallery that showcases  landscape works of a variety of very accomplished artists. The styles and countries they come from differ, but the work is always excellent. It's an honor to be included.  Thank you, Keith!

I hope you will take time to look at the many artists he exhibits there in his Daily Exhibitions. In addition to the Cyber Art Show, he also shares the work of different artists on his Facebook page, and any post of his is worth stopping to take a look at for the beauty and excellent craftsmanship displayed there.


And to see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks.  Thanks for looking!



Sunday, July 23, 2017

"Temple Ruins"
9 x 12 ” Acrylic on canvas

When the Virtual Paintout decided to explore the island of Malta, I knew I would be checking out the aerchological sites. The Virtual Paintout is an art challenge, where we use Google Street View to paint or draw the local landscape. Malta is one of the oldest civilized islands in the Mediterranean. It has aercheological excavations dating as far back as the Stone Age, and this site, Tas Silg, dates from about 3500BC. to about 350A.D., with one temple being built on top of another.  I decided to paint here, because I was facinated by what these buildings might have been like,  and the contrast between these old blocks and the quiet, timeless landscape around them. 

Done in acrylics, I wanted this piece to have the feel of a visitor sitting there and sketching what they saw. You can see it yourself here

To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks.  Thanks for looking!







Saturday, July 1, 2017

Porch Flowers
16 x 12 ” Oil on canvas
starting bid: $99


This is a plein air painting as the flowers were outside on the front porch, and I stood in the doorway painting them. That was how the light was best. The dappled afternoon sunlight raked across the street, the yard, onto the porch and then on the flowers. And that is what this painting is all about - begonias on a table, yes, but really the effects of the afternoon light. I hope I’ve caught that!



To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks. Thanks for looking!





Sunday, June 18, 2017

Pinks
9  x 12 ” 
mixed-media (oil and acrylic) on canvas
starting bid: $75


These flowers were found in Retalhuleu, Guatemala, near the Pacific coast. Guatemala is where The Virtual Paintout has gone this month, and participating artists use Google Street View to paint or draw the landscape. I found these flowers on a street corner, and felt they would make a good subject for a painting,I hope you think so, too. They are of an unknown variety (unknown to me, that is) and if you know what they are, please let me know. You can see them for yourself by clicking here.


This piece is painted on all sides of the canvas. It can be framed, but you could hang it up just as it is.  It is painted with a mix of acrylics and oils, as I wanted to contrast the lushness of the flowers with the dry dusty feel of the city behind it.





To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks. Thanks for looking!


Friday, May 26, 2017

Modern Tulips
12 x 12  x 1.5 "
Oil on Gallery-wrapped canvas
sold

Why call it "Modern Tulips”?  Like many of my paintings, this piece started much different than it ended up! Originally, it was supposed to be a traditional piece, some tulips in a vase. But it soon became a study of how the colors work together - the darks and lights, cool colors next to warm ones, how the eye moves around the painting, and the texture of the painting surface itself. The style of the painting became as important as the subject it portrayed, and thus its title.

Painted on gallery wrapped canvas, the picture continues on all sides. It is meant to hang flush against the wall and does not need framing. 



To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks.  Thanks for looking!





Friday, May 12, 2017


“Last Night, I Dreamt of Home…”
9 x 12 ” Acrylic on canvas
 $75


This is a picture story. I have provided the picture, you tell this story. The Virtual Paintout has gone to South Korea this month, and artists use the Google Street View to find something interesting to paint. I came upon this huge apartment building which is home to many fine people. The dreamlike quality of the picture was was what attracted me, and the theme of this picture developed quickly. We often dream of home. I used iridescent paints and simple shapes to encourage the dream like quality. You can where I painted for yourself by clicking here.

Painted in acrylic with a dark border, it can be framed, but you could hang it up just as it is, too.


To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

"Bob's Iris"
24  x 18 "  oil on canvas
commission


Our long time but far-away friend, Bob, decided he wanted a painting of mine. Bob is a writer, musician, journalist, seeker of truth and justice, and kind hearted soul. I think Bob is an unsung hero, but I also think his usual taste in art runs from abstract expressionism to famous jazz album covers, so when he said he wanted one of my paintings, I was pretty surprised and flattered. We searched through all my pieces to find something he would like, but the only one he found was a painting that had sold years ago.  I decided I would just repaint it for him, but bigger this time.  I really do not repaint paintings - it never seems  to work - but Bob is special, and I thought it was worth it to try and please him. So I began a painting, and what emerged was far from what I was planning. I liked the painting, but I knew it was not right for Bob.



(Not Bob's painting, and 
not finished...)

 I sent him a picture when it was nearly done, saying "this is what I have for you.” “Fine” he said, "send it on.” Now, I should say that Bob is very adept with words, and that was just the wrong answer. That piece, my work, is better than fine, “ fine"  is just not good enough for me. But then he wrote: “I thought the bottom was part of the painting, and I got all excited. Then I saw that it was just your easel." 

So I went and looked at my easel, and... it was a mess! It has smears, slashes, splotches, paint from twenty years worth of work. And then the proverbial light went on in my head. I went to work making a painting that was as chaotic as possible. Here are some details.




It must be said that I am not a chaotic person, but that was what I tried to create. I smeared, splashed and gouged on the paint, using knives, fingers and dirty brushes, anything that seemed right at the moment. And here’s the thing, the very best thing: I loved it. I had the most wonderful time. I invited chaos into the workplace and it was wonderful. For that and so many other reasons,  I love this painting. 


I wrote Bob when it was finished, and said “Here it is, but you don’t have to have it, no hard feelings!" (I was really hoping he wouldn’t like it, so I could keep it.) But no, he loved it, so it's his now, and I am forever grateful that he helped me to see  this new way of painting.


To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks.  Thanks for looking!