Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Rebel Gathering

These colorful tomatoes caught my eye in the supermarket.  I don't know why
they are called true rebels.  They are beautiful regardless of the name

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Sunflower Dazzle

I have not posted my paintings in awhile.  We have had some serious health issues in our family. Everything is working out well and I am so glad to be painting again.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Summer Day

I hope that I captured the heat that I felt while painting this tree.  I feel very fortunate to be able to pursue this very important art form.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Pear in a Bowl

I painted over a previous painting, made changes and improvements.  I now view things differently than I did just a few months ago.  Learning to paint is learning to see.

Monday, June 27, 2016


This is the painting that I am entering in The Oil Painters of America Salon Show.  Just preparing for this competition has made me a more focused artist.  If my entry is not selected for this very prestigious event, I'll just work harder.  I photographed this outside just a little while ago and it is getting cloudy and stormy -- not a very good photo.  I  definitely will take another one.  (The original image was replaced on July 1st).  Definitely working on my photography skills.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Pear and Orange

Painting these small pieces has taught me a lot.  I have been putting into practice all that I have learned in my workshops and videos with Master Artists.  The plan was to improve these still lifes -- make them more interesting -- so that I will be prepared to enter the Oil Painters of America 2016 Salon Show competition.  Forcing myself to meet these goals has improved my work.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Grapes and Orange

As a wise fellow artist said "There is no road map to being an artist".  I keep struggling, going forward, falling back and starting again.  It is a blessing to be able to pursue this very worthwhile endeavor, but it takes commitment and persistence to keep on -- always with the desire to improve.  Hopefully, there will be one person our there who responds to my work.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

One, Two, Three

I changed the lights and darks in this painting in order to produce a more interesting composition.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Footed Bowl

After studying still life videos and the work of several artists, I have taken a second look at my paintings in an effort to improve. Because of my architecture background, I pay too much attention to the rendering of subjects and get lost in little details.  The overall idea or concept needs to comes first which means composition and design.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Oil Painters of America Annual Conference

I had the privilege of attending the Oil Painters of America Annual Conference and Exhibition which was held in Dallas from May 11 to May 15th .  This was truly a wonderful learning experience.  The gorgeous demonstration painting pictured above was done by the distinguished artist Jeff Legg.  The photograph below is of his still life set up.

I purchased his instructional video, but have not been able to view it yet.  I am very much looking forward to studying and learning from the video.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Silver Pitcher with Tangerines

I was taught in painting to not use black on my palette.  Black could take the life out of the painting. We would mix our own black using complementary colors.  Anders Zorn used only four colors in his palette, white, yellow ochre, cadmium red and black and created a world of color.  I used ivory black in this still life and am very happy with the result.  Thank you for following my art blog.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Springs

This is another painting completed in the Grapevine Springs Preserve.  I plan to paint a lot more in this natural preserve as long as the beautiful weather holds out.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Bayou Boat

This rugged old boat was painted at the dock in one of the many inlets that lead to the Gulf of Mexico.  There is a large fishing industry in this community.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Sam Houston Camped Here

In my committment to painting daily, I sought out this historic preverve in Dallas County called Grapevine Springs.  Today it is surrounded by urban growth, but it was at one time part of a vast wilderness.  In 1843 Sam Houston camped here while negotiating a treaty with local Native Americans. 

The rock wall in the foreground was built by the Works Progress Administration in 1938.  

Monday, April 4, 2016

Shadows on the Teche

This old, old oak was painted on my recent trip to New Iberia, LA.  It is on the grounds of Shadows on the Teche, which was built in 1834 and is listed as a National Trust Historic Site.  It was a wonderful experience painting on these historic grounds in such a beautiful setting.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Avery Island Bird Sanctuary

This is a painting I did in my recent workshop with Roger Dale Brown.  It was actually painted in the Bird Sanctuary on Avery Island where Tobasco Sauce is made.  You know that famous and wonderful sauce.  I am so grateful for having had the opportunity to study with Roger, a Master Artist and true gentleman.  What I learned in this workshop will benefit me for a long time to come.  I have made the committment to paint everyday, for whatever amount of time I can afford.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Roger Dale Brown Workshop

Roger Dale Brown Painting
This beautiful painting is done by Roger Dale Brown.  I had the privilege of participating in a workshop in New Iberia, LA. this past week with Roger, an exceptionally gifted artist and a very generous instructor. His depth of knowledge and incredible skill made this well-organized workshop a very valuable experience.  I am grateful to have had this opportunity to learn from a master.

Roger's palatte

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


The first sign of spring. These beautiful little yellow flowers are more challenging to paint that I had originally thought.  I would like to do many of these flower studies.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Taking Flight

Another Lladro figurine.  I have never been a collector of Lladro, but I found these at a thrift store. Thrift stores have taught me a lot about learning to see, really see. . .  very important for an artist. These porcelain pieces offer a great opportunity to practice values and render light and shadows.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Milk Glass Bowl

I don't know how many out there have ever attempted to paint, but like any other art form it is very difficult.  Like learning to play the violin, attempting to write well, learning flower arrangement or designing a living space -- yes, inerior design, it takes perserverence, dedication and a true willingness to make an absolute fool out of oneself.  I just keep on keeping on. I am truly dedicated to this craft and will pursue it.  Thank heavens for the generous spirit of my family.  On subject, another still life in the search to develop my skill.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Lladro Swan

I enjoyed painting this Lladro porcelain.  The weather has been so rainy that I was unable to paint outdoors.  I look forward to painting more of these pieces.  Great exercise in values.

Friday, February 26, 2016


Once again, I am painting tea cups.  This is a good way to practice my craft.  I made an effort to pay close attention to my design concept. . . trying to make an interesting composition.  That was fine for this little still life, but the other challenge is executing the drawing and painting really well.  I paid close attention to modeling the forms in this one.  

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Pear in a Bowl

After viewing the exhibit by the impressionist artist Caillebotte, I wanted to replicate the brushwork that I saw.  Impressionists were famous for placing patches of different colors adjacent to each other. From a distance they read differently than up close.  My goal was to make the pear the focal point of the composition.  I think it was relatively successful.

Yesterday's Roses

It is a real challenge depicting roses.  I studied many artists -- one of the most helpful tools for me in this study was a video by Michael Klein. There is so much subtlety, restraint and mystery in his work. It takes constant study to paint well.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Gustave Caillebotte Exhibit

We live in Dallas, Tx. and have access to many fine museums.  I recently saw an exhibit of Gustave Caillebotte at the Kimbell Art Museum.  Now, when I was an art student, I was taught that the Impressionists were beyond reproach,  Hmmm, I wonder.  The impressionists were revolutionary and were rebelling against the strict academicians.  To them, art had become stale, dried up.  They wanted to breathe new life into painting and emphasized painting ordinary people and subjects en plein air capturing fleeting light as opposed to in the studio,  We can thank them for that.  However, did we need to turn our backs on the artists who preceded them?  Look at the work of Jean Leon Gerome or Adolphe Bouguereau, artists who taught at the Academie de Beaux Arts.  Their technique -- their tremendous skill was based on what had been developed over centuries of painting and drawing passed down by the great masters.   I may be getting myself in trouble here but can we go on.

After viewing the Caillebotte exhibit we walked over to the Amon Carter Museum where we viewed the work of John Singer Sargent.  Sargent was a contemporary of the impressionists but was not held in high regard by them.  He used their techniques -- spontaneous, alla prima brush strokes with great skill and to better render his subjects.  However, he was a master at painting and composition.  May I just ask the question of who could draw and render better  Please compare the artistry of Caillebotte with Sargent. Why has there been a return to academic education in painting.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

C.W. Mundy Study

It is a time-honored practice in the learning process to copy master painters.  On my journey to becoming a better artist, I did a study of this C.W. Mundy still life.  I have a long way to go in learning how to render the solidity of the forms while portraying light.  The artist rendered these objects so beautifully in the original.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Hand Painted

This tea cup was found in a thrift shop.  There is a signature on the bottom by the artist, but I cannot detect much.  I love painting solid objects with structure, but am working on my ability to capture light and shadow.  I'm looking for simplicity, but less ambiguity in my work.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Quang Ho Study

In order to improve my work, I attempted a study of a painting by a Master Artist, Quang Ho.  It is a challenge to try to get into the mind of the artist and understand what they were thinking when doing the painting. Doing this type of study helped me a great deal because areas that I need to work on became immediately apparent to me.  My work looks very rough when compared to the original.  I need to think more in terms of massing in large areas.  My brushwork needs improvement.  Moreover, I need to delineate more clearly areas of light and shadow.  Learning to paint is an ongoing, never-ending process.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Silver Pitcher

I have painted this pitcher many, many times.  I am always attempting to improve my technical expertise.  There are so many ways to capture the light and dark reflections.   I like the contrast between the green apples and the silver pitcher.