Thursday, October 29, 2009

Marsh

7x12 on masonite board
Guana Park is just 5 minutes away from where I live in Florida. The wide open expanses are beautiful. I had originally planned to put more detail into this painting, but when I got to this point, I liked the basic shapes and simplicity. I plan to do another of the same scene and go father with the detail.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Grasshopper

6x6 on masonite board
I almost didn't get any paintings posted for September. Since this is the 30th, this one and the "Streets of San Francisco" will have to do. This was a fun painting to do. What a face, it could rival any thing Hollywood could come up with!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Mini Lighthouse

4.5x14.5 on masonite board
This is a miniature light house on the fox river in Batavia, Illinois. The view is from a bridge that crosses over the river in Fabyan Park. The reflection of the trees and sky in the water gives the painting the feel of a beautiful summer day. Don.t forget, you can click on the painting to see a larger image.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Blues

5x7 on canvas board
I have been working on quite a few landscape painting. It was an enjoyable switch to paint the latest challenge for the Different Strokes from Different Folks. I cropped the image down fairly close to get some recognizable detail in the face. I purposely left out detail in the background to bring more attention to the character.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Cat 637

8x10 on canvas board
I gave this painting as a gift to my brother in law who worked many years for Caterpillar Tractor. The view into the cab is my favorite part of this painting and the most challenging part to paint. Little boys always have a fascination with tractors and big earth moving equipment.... and most of us never grow out of it!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Beach Boy

5x7 on canvas board
This little boy is so cute. He reminds me of my son when he was that age. The painting was done from a photo that I took mid morning at the beach.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Rolling Midwest


5.5x11 on masonite board
Growing up in the midwest, this farm is like a picture of an old friend. The Different Strokes from Different Folks chalenge was to create this painting from a black and white image and apply colors that we imagined. This is one of those scenes that can transport you somewhere for a mini vacation!

Monday, May 18, 2009

New York Street

7x8.5 on masonite board
The challenge for Different Strokes from Different Folks is a street seen from New York City. The bold yellow cabs stand out well in the shadows of the buildings. One of the elements that I wanted to capture was "the light at the end of the tunnel".

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Statue 2


I wanted to show a little more of the detail from my previous post. The brush detail gets lost in the reduction of the image. This was painted on 1/4" masonite board. I understand that others are using 1/8" board for their work. While I like putting a frame on most paintings, this could be hung without a frame because of the thickness of the masonite.

Statue


6x9 on masonite board
The figure really pops out with the limited pallet and high contrast. I'm glad we had several weeks to accomplish this Different Strokes from Different Folks challenge, I have been very busy. I got started the first week and then walk by my roughed in work for a couple of weeks. I had to check the history behind the goddess Diana. Why the spear and dog? I discovered that in Roman mythology, Diana was the goddess of the hunt, being associated with wild animals and woodlands.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Surfer Girl


5x7 on canvas board
This is my submission to Different Strokes from Different Folks. I'm happy with the way this painting turned out. The original image for this challenge had a lot more activity. I like what simplifying the composition did for the painting

Sunday, January 11, 2009

17th Hole

8x15 on masonite board
I painted this for my daughter and her husband that live in Florida. She works at the TPC at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach. This is a view of the famous 17th island green hole. It's a beatiful golf course and fun to live near a PGA Tour event.

Cream Pitcher

6x6 on canvas board
This is another painting that I did for a Christmas present. I sent this one to my dad and his wife. They both enjoy antiques and the Pansy adds great color. I wish I could say this composition was mine, but this is a variation of a painting I saw online.

Water Way

6x12 on canvas board
I painted this for my brother and his wife. They live on Fox Lake in Illinois. This painting is not of any view at the lake but very much could have been. Living near water is great. Alway something different to see and very relaxing.