Sunday, April 30, 2006

Home for Orphaned Art

This is the newest addition to my "Home for Orphaned Art". It came from a junk store for $2.00 and it's a pastel. Some people rescue orphaned kittens and puppies, I rescue orphaned art. This is a really nice painting, but it's not signed, so there is no clue to who made it or where its from.

Saturday, April 29, 2006


I just finished this. A landscape at that time of day when you can't tell if its dawn or dusk. I think it gives a feel of that other-worldliness, and is still subtle about it. I tried for that anyway.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Country Yard

This is one of my favorite photos. When I took it, I knew I liked it right away. But it came out better than I could've expected, so it was still a surprise. Sometimes things just arrange themselves and then wait to be found.....and that is the job of the artist.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Asparagus and Orange

I love the white asparagus tied up with purple. I added an (orange) orange for a warm color. Looks pretty good, but I'm not sure how it would taste. Eating the moth is optional.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006


Geese are the Rottweilers of the farm yard. A hissing goose will stop most people dead in their tracks. This photo was taken last week, a respectful distance away..... and behind a fence, too.

Monday, April 24, 2006

First study for Pears

I did a study for a new painting called "Pears". It's a beginning study, really small, done in charcoal. I think this painting is going to be about color and value- close colors and close values. And maybe color temperature. Anyway I start with a charcoal sketch, just to get a feel of what to do later.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Old Barn

This is a practice piece, which means that I just keep painting it. It's gone through many variations and everytime something pops into my head to try out, this is where I do it. It had its origin at a class where someone brought in a photo and said, "Let's all paint this". That class is long gone, but this painting just keeps going and going...........

Friday, April 14, 2006

Illustration Friday "Spotted"

I'm going to be too busy to do a painting for Illustration Friday this week, so this is the entry for the category "Spotted".
It's a piece I did about two years ago. He's just breezing along, smile on his face, wind in his hair.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

River and Trees

Its Spring and time for pictures of trees with actual leaves on them. Two days ago the trees and bushes had no sign of life. Today little leaves have appeared, and the trees look like they have a green haze around their branches from just those small buds.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Two Girls

This is a photograph that I found in a basement junk store. It has an almost hypnotic quality to it, the more I look at it, the more I want to look at it. It was taken in British Columbia and I think it was a summer vacation for one of the girls. Its the kind of picture to make up stories about, about the girls adventures and about their lives. I hope they were happy.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Illustration Friday "Spring" Bid here

Whew! Just in under the deadline for the ever delightful Illustration Friday. If any thing in painting this could go worng..errr, wrong, it did. But I love *Peeps, especially if they have been in a still life
for a while. Mmmmmm.
*No Peeps were harmed during the production of this painting, unless you count the ones that I ate.

Monday, April 03, 2006


It's Spring and time for dandilion still lifes. This is a small painting done with just a few colors and a couple of weeds. I made a digital print of piece, matted it and put it on eBay. This is a new experiment for me, I hope it'll work out.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Storm on the Marsh

It's raining today and I just finished this sketch. Its a soaking rain, not a thunderstorm, so it isn't so exciting. No lightening to start fires and scare people.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Vermeer for April 1st

One of Vermeer's most evocative and timeless images. The sleeping man is supposedly a self portrait of the artist. It was recently discovered that the original backing of this painting was a menu and beer list from the tavern where it was painted. It was removed and is now in a museum in Delft.

Its Spring!

I found these in a garden center, nestled in the Astilbe.