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
starting bid: $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"
18" x 24"  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!




Saturday, April 15, 2017

Morning Light
9” x 12” oil on canvas
starting bid: $75


This month, the Virtual Paintout has traveled to Tunisia. Using the Google Street View, artists paint or draw the local landscape as if we were all there. I traveled around until I found some early morning sunlight peeking up over the buildings (to see it yourself, click here). When a scene could become a painting, you can just see it in your head. I saw one in this view of the morning sunlight!



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!



Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring Song
9”  x 12" x 1.5"  oil on Gallery-wrap canvas
$75

Well, it’s spring - finally! The Spring flowers came into bloom but are now are leaving us. Can one show how quickly they come and go using paint and brush? It's part of the whole  “flower story” so it seems right to include that, while showing the idea of how beautiful they are, even in memory. The “minimalistic” approach felt right for this painting, putting in just the basics - flowers, stems and vase. I hope you like it!

This piece is painted on gallery wrapped canvas, the black background continuing on all sides of the canvas. It hangs flush against the wall and does not need framing, but you could if you like. 


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



Sunday, March 12, 2017

Flame Tree
9" x 12"  Acrylic on canvas
  $75

Ghana was the destination for The Virtual Paintout this month. Using Google Street View to find a place we might paint or draw, we travel around looking for just the right spot. I found this scene on Tema-Jasiken Road in eastern Ghana where the flame trees were coming into bloom. I like this industrious little yard - it seems like you could imagine a good story unfolding here. You can see it for yourself by clicking this link.

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!



Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Mc Neil's Produce
9" x 12"  Acrylic on canvas
 $75

The Virtual Paintout is an art challenge using Google Street View to paint or draw at a chosen location (somewhere around the globe). This month we are in Nashville, Tennessee. Using the little peg-man, I traveled around downtown and then to parts beyond, looking for a scene that I could relate to. I came across this little produce stand, which also seems to sell plants and flowers. It looked like the perfect spot for me to paint - a charming little place - half garden, half small business, and completely picturesque. Small businesses like this one are what give character to the community. You can see what I mean by clicking the location, 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, February 1, 2017

 Nocturne in Blue
12" x 16"  oil on canvas


This is an imaginary landscape, made from slathering on favorite colors with knife and brush, working up textures and adding lines till there was "something". I really didn't know how it would all come together, but eventually a scene developed. I like the feeling of calm and mystery; it turned out well.

This painting covers 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!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The House of Stars and Moons
9x12"  Acrylic on board
The Daily Paintworks 
$75

Using Google Street View as a reference, The Virtual Paintout, an art challenge, goes around the world, painting or drawing at selected locations. This month we are in Puerto Rico. So with the street view, I wondered around cities and beaches, until I found this wonderful little house all decorated with stars, moons and other objects d’art. This little house is so picturesque and charming, it seemed right to paint it like an illustration in a story - I can imagine a story here, can’t you?  I only changed it a little, as you can see by clicking here.

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