Thursday, February 26, 2009

Slate Run

Solitude on Slate Run 18x24 oil (SOLD)

Slate Run is one of the trout streams we visit on our yearly trip in October. Its crystal clear water runs through the valley of these steeply sloping mountains in northcentral Pa.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sticky Bun

Sticky Bun 5x7 acrylic
The last sticky bun in the box became a still life subject. I had to repaint the nuts on top a few times until they started looking like nuts. It was good practice, I think I will continue exploring food as still life subjects. It sat overnight till I could finish it in the morning. Yes, it was to hard to eat by the time I was done with it.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Homemade Portable Paintbox (cigar box)

I went out today to test a paintbox I fashioned out of a cigar box. The weather was overcast and raining, not ideal painting conditions. But this was one of the reasons I wanted a small portable box. I wanted something small enough to use in the truck or when I take longer hikes thru rough terrain.

My paints, brushes, pallette knive fit inside. I taped a 5x7 panel to the lid (tape on the back of the panel to the lid). I glued two strips of wood inside the box, top and bottom. I cut a piece of masonite for my pallette that sits on top of the strips of wood when painting and also acts as a lid to keep everything inside. To keep the lid in a upright position when painting I put a screw in the lid and side of the box and used hanging wire to hold the lid tight.
The box worked great, I painted this with the box on my lap in the truck. This will work equally as well in the woods sitting on a rock or log.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Evening Glow

Evening Glow 8x10 oil $380 comes framed

Available at Canal Frame-Craft Gallery

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Peeking Through

Peeking Through 5x7 oil

Thursday morning we had a full moon but the sky was full of clouds so I had to wait for about 8 minutes before a slight opening in the clouds revealed the diamond in the sky. After quickly studying the scene I went up and painted this on a small 5x7 panel all the while keeping one eye on the clock so I was not late for work. I'll try a bigger painting using this as a guide.

Sunday, February 8, 2009


Apricots 5x7 oil   (SOLD)

One day while I was getting fruit I noticed how soft the skin was on these apricots and decided they would make a good still life. I was curious to see if I could capture their softness with paint.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing 5x7 acrylic

My brother and I went ice fishing on Sunday. Two years ago we bought some equipment but never saw any safe ice to use it, so we took advantage of some mild weather and 7 inches of thick ice and spent the afternoon on Nockamixon Lake.