Aug 10, 2020

DRAGONFLY SUMMER



                                   

"DRAGONFLY SUMMER"
8x8inch oil on panel

In the quiet of a late afternoon summer a most delicate dragonfly awaits.
I slowly lifted my camera, focused and clicked, got her before she took flight and disappeared into the shadows of the setting sun.  

COMING ATTRACTIONS


                                          "COMING ATTRACTIONS"
                                             8x8inch oil on panel

Slowly I made my way to a spot, shut the engine, rolled down my window, grabbed the speaker hooking it onto my window, opened a bag of popcorn I bought from home, put my arm around my lady and watched the coming attractions.  What a fun night. 

Jun 27, 2020

NO PLACE TO GO


                                                                  "NO PLACE TO GO"
                                                                         8x8inch oil on panel 

After years of traveling, crisscrossing countless cities, small towns, back allies, snow storms and hot deserts I finely caught-up with you; Your looking great, we have so much to catch up on, and with no place to go, we have all the time in the world.  

Jun 20, 2020

LATE NIGHT


                                                                   LATE NIGHT
                                                       8x8inch oil on panel 

I wanted to capture life at that late night moment when most are someplace.  This is a part of life that also exists.  The reasons are many and matter not, I just wanted to recognize and say I see you.   

Jun 12, 2020

TRAFFIC JAM

                  
                                                       TRAFFIC JAM 8x8inch oil on panel

I have painted this once before as a 6x6inch oil about 8 years ago.  I rediscovered the photo and decided to do it again, what I found this time around is I got more involved in the color, I made the dark deeper in tone, its not black, oh I know how it looks it but, none to be found.  I started off with the light yellow sky and worked my way forward painting the rest all dark, then when dry the taillights began to emerge into TRAFFIC JAM.  

Apr 6, 2020

BY GONES

                                                     
                                                         BY GONES 
                                                 8x8inch oil on panel

It was amazing this was still open, I got some gas, bought a snickers and kept going.  looking up in my rearview mirror I watched the station disappear like time itself; Turning back to face the road, I wondered what lies ahead and with that smiling to myself,  I took another bite of my snickers and kept going. 

Apr 2, 2020

EASTSIDE


                                                       EASTSIDE
                                               8x8 Inch oil on panel

It's so interesting to study ones works. I painted this last year, it's been hanging out on the wall in my studio along with all the other works, so it has plenty of company; I usually gance over all that I have painted, gering up my mind for the next masterpiece hahaha.   So the other day I zeroed in on this one "EASTSIDE" and thought this could use a little tweak here and there and, to my surprise I was correct in my decision.  First off I softened the street lights and their reflection on the ground, added the crossing sign in the foreground, pulling the eye into the picture, put some warmth in the doorway of the little diner, the sign is in the front out of our view, strong some more lights in the back for the outside dining, I'm now happy; Oh by the way, good fried chicken every Wed night.   

Mar 12, 2020

UNDER THE BOARDWALK


                                               UNDER THE BOARDWALK
                                                 8x8inch oil on panel

The sounds of laughter and music field the air; then came the smells of popcorn,  hotdogs, and bbq.  I have visited this memory many times over the years, doing this painting had me return to my youth and a time gone by.  Hope you have good memories as well.   

Mar 11, 2020

FIRST CAST


                                                    FIRST CAST
                                             8X8inch oil on panel

It was kind of like a magical hour, the sun was just beginning to illuminate the sky, everything was so quiet.  It's just you and nature and that first cast; then it's the wait and time to let one's mind drift as silently as the boat.   

Dec 12, 2019

FIRST DATE


FIRST DATE
8x8inch oil on panel

The party was tonight, she must get ready for the big event; what to do first, so many things to think about, one thing is for sure, the right shade of lipstick and finish it off with pearls.
Her first date


Nov 23, 2019

LEFT HAND CREEK


                                                         LEFT-HAND CREEK
                                                         8x8inch oil on panel

It was a joy to paint this and wanting to do justice to the original photo taken by Mark Guttridge owner of Ollin Farms www.ollinfarms.com   In painting this I did not want to copy the photo but capture the feel, the essence of, and in doing so, I got to re-visit dear friends and Marks farm.   Thanks, Mark for caring about this planet. 

Prints might become available in the future, but for now, please enjoy 

Nov 10, 2019

BREAKFAST FOR TWO


                                                   BREAKFAST FOR TWO
                                                   8x8inch oil on panel

                   Part of my ongoing series in the GrayScale series  Still-life


Nov 6, 2019

THE STANDOFF


                                                          "THE STANDOFF"
                                                         8x8inch oil on panel

On a back dirt road, this young longhorn stopped and stared as I did as well.   I was in my van, window down and we just looked at one another.  After a time he moved on, joining the rest of his group. and I did the same.     
                             

Nov 1, 2019

BY-BY



                                                                  BY-BY
                                                      8x8inch oil on panel

Road to the Flat-Irons in Colorado while on a visit to my good friends was magical.  I was struck by how flat and broad the landscape was.  The feeling of space was amazing to my eyes.  I wanted to say by-by to all.

Oct 31, 2019

CARNIVAL



                                                                  "CARNIVAL"
                                                         8X8inch oil on panel

A disappearing happening of the big-top, circus, tent-show that would come into the heartland either by train or a caravan of trucks, find a field and set up a show of shows.     

Oct 13, 2019

FENCED IN




"FENCED IN"
oil on panel 8x8inch

The drive back to Los Angeles was slow. What began as a soft rain was the beginning of a downpour. With no place to stop, I just kept driving as the lightning made contact and the distant sound of thunder speeding me along.  

Apr 20, 2019

WHISPER


                                                             WHISPER
                                                     14X14 oil on panel

How could I not want to paint this?  Challenging is it was, I needed to wander down this magical of paths to completion.  This will be in this year's Festival of arts 2019 Laguna Beach CA.
   

Apr 9, 2019

HEADING SOUTH


                                                       HEADING SOUTH
                                                         8X8 oil on panel

It was early morning, the sun had not made its way over the tops of the hills, the ocean; calm I was made my way to the pelican diner on Coast highway, I could taste the pancakes and smell the bacon.  Soon it was going to be showtime at the festival of arts and the beginning of summer for us crazy's.  

Mar 19, 2019

A NOIR EVENING


                                                        A NOIR EVENING
                                                       8x8inch oil on panel

It was just one of those evening.  The theater just let out, I turned my caller up on my coat, shoved my hands into my pockets and began to walk in the misty night air.  Everything was going fine, all was as planned, another hour and I was a free man.  I smiled to myself when out or the shadows she stepped, gun in hand.

Mar 16, 2019

1952 POWDER BLUE


1952 POWDER BLUE
8x8inch oil on panel

Distant hills, winding road soft focus and a 1952 Dodge Nash Stationwagon and I had a painting.  I wanted a feeling of a time gone by, I think I captured that. 

MONDAY'S WASH


                                                     MONDAY'S WASH
                                                    8X8inch oil on panel

This is part of an ongoing series of my black & white paintings.  The original is 24x24inch canvas fall color, so to do this in a black & white scale was the most fun.

Mar 3, 2019

THE VALLEY


                                                          THE VALLEY
                                                      8x8inch oil on pane

As I moved deeper into the valley the vistas that opened were breathtaking.  There were countless things to photograph no matter where I turned, I was dizzy with Ideas of things to paint.   An hour had passed before I realized I had not taken even one photo, then finally, this came into view; I had my next paintings in my sights. 

Mar 2, 2019

IN THE SHADOW OF



                                                    IN THE SHADOW OF
                                                     8x8inch oil on panel

The magic of the mountain, changing, growing, ruling the sky and lands below.  The Barn also changing, fading, empty, and yet adding to the magic of the mountain. 

Feb 16, 2019

HILLTOP


                                                              HILLTOP
                                                        8X8 oil on panel

After a long hike, I finally made it to the top.  From there I was able to look out over the valley, feel the cool air, see the fog rolling in, smell the sea just on the other side of the valley below. 

Feb 10, 2019

ONE-WAY


                                                                ONE-WAY
                                                         8x8inch oil on panel

Thanks to Eric Demarcq a photographer from Paris allowed to interpret his photograph.
I, not wanting to copy it, but use it as an inspiration that caught my attention.  
One way street in downtown L. A.  

LUNA & DANDELIONS


                                                     LUNA & DANDELIONS
                                                        8x8inch oil on panel

Sometimes everything just works out.  Art is such a crazy thing to have to do. I say have to, for if I'm not paintings, searching, and needing to paint I would go nuts.  So for me, it's a lifeline to who I am.  It is a great escape, it is my moment to get lost and explore the wonders a never-ending moment.  I'm at home 


Feb 5, 2019

ROAD TO SIENA


"Road to Siena"
                                                             8x8" oil on panel

Several years back, I along with 13 others all from two families met in Rome and ventured out to Tuscany.  It was truly an amazing time that went way to quick.  So to recapture those memories I did this little painting.  More will come as each image will play its self out.


Jan 22, 2019

BORDERLINE


                                                            BORDERLINE
                                                          8x8" oil on panel

I'm on a road that travels with no end, I can see a sky with endless blue, I can feel hope so close at hand, why; I can see the borderline, freedom just ahead.   



Dec 3, 2018

"OASIS"


                                                                 OASIS
                                                         8X8 oil on panel

This was a dry wash but with the help of a really good rain; I get to grab my camera and take a shot, go back to the studio and, here you go, a painting.   This can be yours just click here:

Nov 18, 2018

WILD FLOWERS


                                                   "WILDFLOWERS"
                                                     8x8 wood panel

 Not sure how I came to have this photo but was compelled to submerge my mind into it, only to get lost in the field of flowers and eventually disappear in the grove of trees ahead.

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Aug 8, 2018

TAKE FLIGHT


                                                          "TAKE FLIGHT"
                                                     8x8" oil on wood panel

On a warm summer's early evening with the sun making its way down one lone seagull takes flight.  I followed it's flight clicking away with my camera.  So here it is, I hope you all enjoy.

Jun 3, 2018

LAGUNA


                                                            LAGUNA
                                                       6x6 oil on panel

For those that know Laguna Beach, I don't have to say where this is.  It is such a recognizable iconic spot.  I had an opportunity to be at a house that was at this location giving me this view.  Three photos later and back at my studio I put this to oils immortalizing it.    

May 31, 2018

THE WEDGE


                                                             THE WEDGE
                                                          6x6inch oil on panel

Newport Beach, summer, big waves, surfers, suntan oil, put that all together and you have the "WEDGE."   I go down to watch the crazy, skillful surfers risk their lives to master the crashing thundering waves that brake this part of the coast.  Now you ask, "Do you surf" I don't even know how to swim so my answer is a resounding NO!.  I just love watching and painting the beauty of it all.    
     

May 24, 2018

CLOUD COVER


                                                         CLOUD COVER
                                                      6X6inch oil on panel
Racing ahead of what looked like a change in the weather, I turned my car around and back down the hill I went.  It was hours later I heard a storm moved in with road closers just where I was.  I will try another day, the mountain isn't going anywhere soon. 

May 17, 2018

EMPTY


                                                                EMPTY
                                                         6x6 oil on panel

In crossing the heartlands sometimes up close most of the time far away; one can see empty barns, some standing proudly most looking tired, all have stories if when one stops to listen.  I stood for a time and stared at this one, took a few photos and now in painting it I feel I've given it life again.

May 15, 2018

PASSING THROUGH


                                                    PASSING THROUGH
                                                     6x6inch oil on panel

Many years ago I would travel back and forth through the desert between California and Lake Havasu on a road less traveled, to say the least.  I loved taking it, one could drive for hours before you saw another car.  This painting is an homage to a wonderful memory.

May 12, 2018

MINNESOTA MORNING


                                                   MINNESOTA MORNING
                                                       6x6inch oil on panel

My son sent me this.  Its morning time in at the Schwartz's, coffee is brewing, kids are up, its school time, Duk the family pet is eating and my son is getting ready for work.  Why its morning time in Minnesota.

May 11, 2018

SNOWFALL





                                                                SNOWFALL
                                                          6x6inch oil on panel

This last winter when with my son we went back to a magical place with quiet.  The only sound was the water moving over and around the stones in this icy cold stream.  It was picture perfect, I hope I did it justice to paint such perfection.      

May 10, 2018

SPRING


                                                                SPRING
                                                         6X6 oil on panel

A quiet place just 30 minutes away from where my son lives.  A short walk off the road and one is lost in the beauty.  It took some time for me to finally step back to reality and take a photo.  The end result and a year later I finally finished my walk.  

May 3, 2018

"DRIFTING"


                                                          DRIFTING
                                                  6X6inch oil on panel

Revisited this painting and added the skiff for me made all the dif.  Glad I said hello again to it.