Sunday, March 30, 2008


I finished this small oil painting study of a Cherry on a plate. It's 4x6" and is oil on masonite panel.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Secret Key

I finished this Key painting a while ago too but I wasn't sure if I was going to add something else to it. My better judgement was to finally leave it as is. Sometimes a painting will let you know when it is done..and sometimes they take a while to get that idea across.

"The secret key" got it's name by finally letting me know it was done. The secret is out. This is oil on wood panel and is 4x6"

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Key #4

Finished this small oil painting last week and forgot to post it on this blog. "Key #4" is an oil on wood panel and is (7x5"). This takes on a different meaning after reading the critique from my last post.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Art and Critique spotlight #2 (Keys to Desire)

Elija from did another critique of my oil paintings, this time it's the series of Key paintings I did and you've got to see the slant he put on them...on me. It turns out I'm a horn-dog..go check it out for yourself, you can read Elijas latest critique of my painting here:

Thanks again Elija. Alison read the critique and thought he may be on to something.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Art and Critique spotlight

I recently received an email from and they are currently posting an extensive critique of my boat paintings. I would like to thank Elija and include a link to his very cool web sight. You can check out his critique of my work here:

I have to be honest and tell you I'm flattered and my ego is stroked, Elija has an amazing insight and quite a way with words.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Key #4 (Under painting)

I'm trying something new for me..I'm transferring about 20 drawings to 20 panels and will try to work simultaneously on all of them rather than just hammering one out at a time. A few of my art friends have suggested this for several reasons: 1) it will keep the work fresh and you'll be less likely to "worship" the current piece and loosen up 2) If you get stuck on an area simply move to another painting and return later with a fresh eye...and 3) Productivity increase. This is important I think, productivity means you are releasing all those ideas that are bunched up in your head. So, we'll see how it goes.

Today I am posting an under painting of another key, this will be "Key #4". It is an oil raw umber wash with some under painting white in some areas to make the lights pop.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The Heifer (Finish)

"The Heifer" (14x11") Oil on Masonite
I finished "The Heifer" painting last night and put it in this wood frame (see below for detail and framed painting image). I was working on a companion piece to this simultaneously but ended up cursing the counterpart...perhaps later this year I'll revisit the companion. We'll see, lots to do and the limited time seems to fly.

I hope you are all well, the weather is looking better and I'm looking forward to dusting off the pochade to do some outdoor plein air painting soon.

Detail of "The Heifer" (click on image for larger view)

"The Heifer" Framed. email me for purchase inquire:

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Max eating sketch

Max likes strawberries and can pretty much eat on his own now. This afforded me the opportunity to do a quick pen drawing of him in my sketch book while he ate lunch.