Saturday, December 21, 2013

Venice at Night
9" x 12"  acrylic on canvas
 sold

Finally! Google maps recently added new sites to their street view, and The Virtual Paintout has at last visited La Serenissima!  Venice, it's not only serene, but beautiful! I can't say enough about the beauty of Venice, the sunrises and sunsets, but also how magical it is by moonlight!

To see more of my work, you can visit my Gallery page at The Daily Paintworks, my page at Artistes de Studio, or find me on Facebook.

Thursday, December 12, 2013


Mystery Sunflowers
9" x 12"  oil on canvas
starting bid: $65

I came across this glass vase of sunflowers while on a walk one morning. There they were,  just sitting in an empty driveway, and there they stayed for several days. What's the story here? I'm sure there is one... 

This painting is painted on all sides, so it can be framed, or hung just as it is.



To see more of my work, you can visit my Gallery page at The Daily Paintworks, or find me on Facebook.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Saying  Good-bye
11" x  14"   oil on canvas
 $75

Adieu to this nice tree. It, and the many trees behind the fence are slated for demolition. This is where a new apartment complex is going in and the tree-lined parking lot is on its way out. Sadly, this guy is in an especially bad place - a new turn lane is desperately needed here. So everybody can agree: it's a good tree in a bad place. It seemed important somehow to capture its likeness and to quietly celebrate its life. It's been here a long time.

This piece is painted on all sides of the canvas. It can be framed or hung as it is.





See more of my work - please visit my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks, or at the Plein Air Artists, a website devoted exclusively to Plein-air paintings done by a variety of artists. 

To purchase this painting, email me, or simply click on the Paypal button below.






Thursday, November 21, 2013

In Town
Akranes, West Iceland
9" x 12"   oil on canvas
 nfs

The Virtual Paintout has traveled to Iceland this month to do some painting and drawing.  A Nordic  island country that has vast landscapes, high peaks and (obviously) lots of ocean views. All wonderful subjects for the landscape painter, and many have done a fine job, as you can see. However, it was this bright sunny neighborhood that caught my eye. I was in a mood to paint houses, I guess, and this house with its tall peak roof and high steps, the cart in the yard and all that sunshine just caught my eye. I just put some flowers in that pot on the steps!

This painting is painted on all sides, so it can be framed , or hung  just as it is.



To see more of my work, you can visit my Gallery page at The Daily Paintworks, or find me on Facebook.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

A Majestic Tree
Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve
14" x 18"  oil on canvas
$110

This tree is gigantic! All the trees around it are mature, so you can see how big it is.  It is right at home with the many other big trees here, and not even the biggest tree around. It was both a pleasure and a challenge to paint it.

This piece is framed in redwood lath and is ready to hang.



You can see more of my work, you can visit my Gallery page at The Daily Paintworks, or find me on Facebook.









Friday, November 1, 2013

Washington Street, Mountain View
11"  x 14"    oil on canvas
$75

Our city is growing and changing at a phenomenal rate.  Many old neighborhoods are giving way to high-rise housing, and streets like this are disappearing - no more houses with pyramid roofs are even thought about. I wanted to capture this charming old neighborhood with this brilliant magenta bush and that peaked roof so people could see what Mountain View looked like in days gone by -  it shouldn't be forgotten.


This piece is painted on all sides of the canvas. It can be framed up, or  hung  as  is. 




To see more of my work - please visit my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks, or at the Plein Air Artists website. Lots of nice paintings there!

To purchase this painting you can click on the Paypal "Buy Now" button, or email me. Information is on your left. Thank you.







Saturday, October 19, 2013

Dusk 
Lima, Peru
9" x 12"  oil on canvas
sold


Evening falls on the outskirts of Lima... the sun goes down, the lights begin to flicker on. The waxing moon, a whisper in the sky, has been up for a while. Night time begins....

So it seemed when I found this site, traveling around on the Google Maps Street View with The Virtual Paintout  - our destination was Lima, Peru this month. Lots of interesting paintings and drawings, check 'em out!

This painting was painted on all sides, so it can be framed up, or hung, just as it is.




To see more of my work, you can visit my Gallery page at The Daily Paintworks, or find me on Facebook.




Tuesday, October 1, 2013

 Trees of Heaven - Again!
12" x 16"  oil on canvas
starting bid $75

More than a plein air painting, this is a portrait of a tree that I think is pretty special. It is very big and graceful, and it spreads out expansively, shading the street below, the highest branches visible for blocks around.  It's pretty old - it's hard to say if it started out as two trees that grew together, or one that just branched off from the bottom. It doesn't matter -  its size and beauty - that's what I'm trying to show. Its future is uncertain; it might get cut down. 

It's some type of "Tree of Heaven," and though it sounds lovely, making one think of branches reaching right up into the sky, it's a species with very bad reputation for being messy and invasive. So for now it's a Heritage Tree with an uncertain future. The land around it is being developed into a high rise apartment complex, and the plan is to clear the area here to make way for a more "manicured" look. I thought I should paint this lovely tree in case it just becomes another old memory. I've painted it before, but didn't feel like I had caught its size and majesty - I hope I have done so now!  

This piece is painted on all sides of the canvas. It can be framed up, or hung as is.



To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks, or visit the Plein Air Artists website. Lots of nice paintings there!


Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Mill Pond
9" x 12" oil on canvas
 $45


The Virtual Paintout traveled to the Isle of Wight this month, a small island in the English Channel. Using the Google Maps Street View, I looked here and there until I found this picturesque little area, just begging to be painted. The scene itself reminded me of a Constable painting! I've called it the Mill Pond, though I'm not sure it really is one, just looked like it to me. See what you think by clicking here.


This piece is painted on all sides of the canvas. It can be framed up, or hung as is. 




To see more of my work - please visit my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks, or visit me on Facebook. Thanks!


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Three Trees
100 Moffett Blvd.
11" x 14"   oil on canvas
$75

I thought I should paint these trees before they (and many more) are gone. They are on land that is soon going to be developed into a high-rise apartment building. For decades this area was made up of one or two story houses with lots of beautiful trees. But according to the new thinking, that is just wasted space. So out these trees go. Off with their heads.

To me, they are beautiful. I live a block away, but I can see the biggest tree top from my kitchen window. For years I have watched the sun make its daily journey, lighting the leaves up in the morning, and giving them a golden glow as the sun sets in the evening. So by painting these beautiful trees, which once shaded this old garage, I hope they will not be forgotten.

This painting  covers all sides - so it can be framed, but it can also be hung up as is, flat against the wall.




To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks, or my page at Plein Air Artists.  Thanks!



Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Trumbull Street Underpass,
Detroit, Michigan
9" x 12" acrylic on board
sold

The Virtual Paintout took a staycation this month and only traveled as far as Detroit. There were so many things to paint, big city buildings, some nice houses, some ruined ones, lots of industrial sites and some interesting examples of Americana and its curiosities. Looking at the work submitted by the different artists, you can see what I mean. Personally, I was really in a mood to paint trees, and discovered that the railroad tracks have lots of greenery around the underpasses. When I found this water tower peeking out through the trees, I knew I'd found my spot!

You can see more of my work by visiting my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks, or visit me on Facebook! Thanks for looking!




Thursday, August 1, 2013

Storybook Sunflowers 
12" x 16"  oil on canvas
sold

What's the story here? I don't really know -  part fact, part fiction, like many good tales. Starting out as a real stand of sunflowers growing by my house,  it turned into a fable of somewhere wonderful to live. The perfect little house, the perfect little garden, the perfect summer day. Simple as that!

This piece is painted on all sides of the canvas. It can be framed up nicely, or  hung  just as it is.



This picture can be found at Fine Art America (print-on-demand), where you can order a print of any size or a card. It's worth a visit.  To own this piece, simply click on the "Buy Now" Paypal button on your left, or email me.

To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks, or visit me on Facebook.  Thanks!




Thursday, July 18, 2013

Sundown, North Charleston
9" x 12"  oil on board
 gifted

The Virtual Paintout is traveling around Charleston, South Carolina.  The idea is to paint from Google Street Views, and I found this lovely corner of North Charleston that just seemed like it would make a great painting. (You can see it here.)  As you can see, I used a little artistic license to make it look just like this, but it works, 
right?!

You can see more of my work, just visit my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks, or visit me on Facebook.  Thanks!



Monday, July 1, 2013

Sunflowers, Gathered
available as a print

I am featuring this bouquet of sunflowers as one of my images that are available as prints. It is a detail from a larger piece, and is featured on my Fine Art America print-on-demand page. It can be ordered in a variety of sizes, including greeting cards. Here is the original piece:


By the Back Fence
24" x 36" oil on wrap-around canvas
sold

It is available for purchase using the Paypal "Buy Now" button on your upper left. On wrap-around canvas, it is painted beige on the sides which are 1.5"deep and needs no framing.

If you would like more information, please email me, address above, upper left.

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

Friday, June 21, 2013


Sao Bras Ahead
Azores Islands, Portugal
11" x 14"  oil on canvas
$60

The Virtual Paintout is touring around The Azore Islands off the coast of Portugal this month - there are many fine paintings so far. I stopped to paint this stand of trees on the road to Sao Bras. I was taken by the lacy pattern their branches made against the sky. 

You can see more of my work by going to my Gallery page at The Daily Paintworks.

This piece is painted on all sides of this canvas. It can be framed, or it could be hung, just as is.




To purchase this painting, sinply click the Paypal "Buy Now" button below, or send me an email if you prefer to buy with a money order. Thank you!







Saturday, June 1, 2013

Just Plain Peonies

Just Plain Peonies
11" x 14"  oil on canvas
 $75

These peonies, blooming in my garden were so spectacular that they just didn't need any thing else around them! Well, I used a lot of thick paint to set them off and convey how lush they are!

Like many of my paintings, this piece is painted on all sides of the canvas. It can be framed, or it can be hung just as it is.



To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks, or visit me at Artistes de Studio, a website devoted to studio work. Lots of nice art there! Thanks for looking!

To purchase this piece, simply click on the Paypal logo below. Thank you!




Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Country Road
11" x 14" acrylic on canvas
 $75

This month The Virtual Paintout is visiting Lido di Iesole  just north of Venice.  It is a coastal region, and mostly caters to the tourist industry. But if you get beyond the beach cottages and hotels, you can find some old forgotten buildings like this one. I loved the peaceful feeling of this quiet corner of Venizia, it seems like it is rich in history, with many of its stories still untold (see it here).

This piece is painted on all sides of the canvas. It can be framed - or it can be hung just as it is.



To purchace this piece, simply ckick on the Paypal logo below. You can see more of my work by visiting my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks, or visit me on Facebook! Thanks for looking!