Monday, December 29, 2008

Dark Glasses

Dark Glasses
5 x 7 inches
Oil on wood panel.

This painting was inspired by Ashleigh, a lovely young woman from Ontario, Canada, who has a fashion blog, http://rantingsofafashionaddict.blogspot.com/. I noticed a photo she had taken of herself in her room, and I thought it full of mystery and interesting light. She graciously allowed me to use the image. Thank you so much for that, Ashleigh.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

My Bedroom Corner


My Bedroom Corner
8 x 10 inches
Oil on wood panel.

This is a view on my side of the bed in my bedroom. It is one of my favorite places. I love to walk in at night, when the light is on low, and see how the light and shadows play up the deep red walls and across the frames.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Walking


Walking
5 x 7 inches
Oil on wood panel.

This was my piece created to share on the Different Strokes from Different Folks web site created by Karin Jurick. Check it out. Lot's of interpretations of the same image.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

English Cottage



English Cottage
5 x 7 inches
Oil on Masonite.

I love traveling in England. This is a scene of late afternoon sunshine striking a lovely English Cottage.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Shadows


The Shadows
5 x 7 inches
Oil on wood panel.

This was my piece created to share on the Different Strokes from Different Folks web site created by Karin Jurick. Check it out. Lot's of interpretations of the same image.

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Yellow Room

The Yellow Room
5 x 7 inches
Oil on Masonite
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I love to do little paintings that just catch a moment. (I have tried and tried to photograph this one better, but it just is not as vibrant and alive as the real painting.)


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Monday, October 27, 2008

New York Movie


New York Movie After Edward Hopper
8 x 10 inches
Oil on wood panel.

Earlier this year, I went to the DAM (Denver Art Museum) to see, "Inspiring Impressionism," an amazing exhibit that focused on how the Impressionists were influenced by the art that came before them. Many of the top Impressionists spent time at the Louvre and other great museums, copying paintings of others, and learning in the process.

I've been to many of the top art museums around the world and have seen some remarkable exhibits, but this one had to rank with the best. It brought paintings together from nearly 70 museums and great collections, and in addition to being beautiful, for an artist, it was instructive of how the creative process worked for these great painters.

Featured prominently at the exhibit was a quote by Edgar Degas, "[An artist] should copy the masters and re-copy them, and after he has given every evidence of being a good copyist, he might then reasonably be allowed to do a radish, perhaps, from Nature."

In that spirit, my painting today, is my impression of part of a great 1939 work, New York Movie, by one of my favorites, Edward Hopper.

So paint on and don't worry about copying or being influenced by others, as long as you are learning your craft along the way.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Muse by the Window


Muse by the Window
8 x 10 inches
Oil on wood panel.

This one was a long time in the making. I started on it months ago, then put it aside for what I thought would be a few days, but turned into much longer. I recently would work a bit here and there on it, but decided today it was time to finish.

Muse, (yes, that is her real name,) is a lovely model and actress from England, who graciously allowed me to use a photo of her for this painting. She is a true muse and has admirers around the world. I have not done her beauty justice with this one, but hope to do better with another. Her web site is here. (There is nudity on her site, of course, but it is all done tastefully, and beautifully.)


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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hotel Room


Hotel Room
8 x 10 inches
Oil on wood panel.

I have been somewhat blocked lately. I have four paintings, that are all about 90 percent finished, and I have either not painted, or puttered around a little on them, but never finishing them. So yesterday morning, I got up and told myself I would complete a painting no matter what. And I did!

There is something about a hotel room at night, with the television off, and one light on, casting its glow on the impersonal objects around it. It makes for mystery, interesting lighting, emotion and a little eroticism thrown in. All things I like, so that is what I did.

Now, back to those unfinished paintings.

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Waiting for the Metro


A fashionable Parisian lady, waiting for the Metro.

This is based on another wonderful photo by, Miss Glitzy. She has graciously allowed me to use her photos as inspiration for paintings. This is my third based on one of her photos.

She recently featured me on her blog. You can see that here.

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Monday, September 29, 2008

First Light


First Light
8 x 10 inches
Oil on wood panel.

I was experimenting a little on this one. I wanted to do something a little softer, more atmospheric in nature. I love the time as first light creeps in to light up the day.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Tintagel


Tintagel
8 x 10 inches
Oil on wood panel.


Tintagel Castle is the legendary birthplace of King Arthur, located in Cornwall, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on the west coast of England. The ruins of the castle are still visible on the upper left. The large building on the right in the background is the Camelot Castle Hotel. It in itself is an interesting place. I stayed there several years ago, in a room with large windows affording incredible views of the Atlantic. Tintagel is a magical, mystical place. If you ever get the chance, go there.


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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Red Carpet

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5 x 7 inches
Oil on Masonite.

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I recently happened on a blog by a very talented woman in Paris. She goes by, Miss Glitzy. She has graciously allowed me to use her photos as inspiration for paintings. This is my second based on one of her photos.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Cable Car


Cable Car
11 x 14 inches
Oil on wood panel.

For awhile I have been kicking around the idea of painting iconic American images. This is the first of those paintings.

San Francisco is a wonderful place to visit. So much to see and do. If you have never been there. Go.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Afternoon Light


Afternoon Light
5 x 7 inches
Oil on Masonite.

Near my house is a small lake, ironically named, The Pond. I spend a lot of time on walks around it. This is a late afternoon look at the shoreline.

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Early Morning Stream


Early Morning Stream
5 x 7inches
Oil on Masonite panel.

This is a small stream, not far from my house, near Standley Lake in Westminster, Colorado. It was early morning and the sunlight was creeping up over the trees behind me.

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Monday, September 1, 2008

Foggy Small Town Street

Foggy Small Town Street
8 x 10 inches
Oil on wood panel.

This is an early foggy morning in a small town. I spotted a photo by artist, Carol Gillott, and she graciously allowed me to use it for inspiration for this painting. Check out Carol's blog, Paris Breakfast.

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Van Gogh Corner


Van Gogh Corner
8 x 10 inches
Oil on wood panel.

Last year, I visited the National Gallery in Washington, DC. It is an amazing gallery filled with wonderful natural light. I call this Van Gogh Corner, as two of his significant portraits of women, reside there.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

A Few Days Off

I haven't done any painting the past few days, as we have had a guest. An old family friend, Jeannie Sweet, originally from Bristol, England, but who now lives in Sterling, Virginia. Yesterday we drove into the mountains, to Golden Gate State Park, near Golden, Colorado.

We were only in the park for two minutes, when we saw two coyotes trot across the road. I was able to snap off a couple of quick shots out the car window, while they climbed the ridge, all the time, watching us carefully.




Golden Gate is a great place to visit. Close to Denver, lots of wild life, and beautiful views.

This view is just inside the entrance to the park. I haven't done any landscapes in awhile and after reviewing some of the photos I took, I may use them for inspiration for some paintings.


Stop anywhere for a picnic and you will be visited by ground squirrels. They are cute, and consummate beggars. We were visited by a family of five. The little ones were fun to watch as the scurried around, leaping here and there.

I call the photo below, Flying Ground Squirrel.


There are great views of the Continental Divide from the park. Most of the peaks shown are between 13,000 and 14,000 feet high.

I hope to get back to painting this evening, but welcomed the days off and the wonderful time spent in the great Rocky Mountains.


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Resting Before The Party

Resting Before the Party
8 x10 inches
Oil on wood panel.

A lovely woman rests and dreams before an evening out.


This is the way it looks in a frame hanging on my bedroom wall. With some of the paintings I really like, I frame them and live with them for a while before I sell them.

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Under the Umbrella


Under the Umbrella
5 x 7 inches
Oil on Masonite panel.

I love beach paintings and like the way this one turned out.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Parisian Heels


Parisian Heels
16 x 20 inches
Oil on canvas.

I recently happened on a blog by a very talented woman in Paris. She goes by, Miss Glitzy, and describes herself as, "A Loulou forever. And a photographer and video "podcaster" in 16:9... a vamp and a tramp... a free spirit who loves shoes, designers who create them, women (& men) who wear them."

Her blog is creative, fun, and filled with wonderful images. She has graciously allowed me to use her photos as inspiration for paintings. This is my first one. It is a screen shot I took from her video, "If it Don't Fit, (Don't Force It)." There was a very short segment of a woman striding across a white carpet (I believe at a fashion show) in Paris. I loved the beautiful shapes and the muted colors.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Artist's Studio


The Artist's Studio
5x7 inches
Oil on Masonite panel

I am a regular watcher of an interesting and informative online show, on www.Ustream.com, called Dave The Painting Guy. David Darrow is the guy, and he is one terrific portrait painter. This painting was based on a web cam shot of Dave's former studio. He is currently moving to a new one. I have taken certain artistic liberties with colors and things. Thanks for permitting me to use the photo, Dave. You can see Dave's show here, www.davethepaintingguy.com.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Black Pump


Black Pump
5 x7 inches
Oil on Masonite panel
What a wonderfully designed object, simple, elegant, and sensual, all wrapped up in one.

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Morning Light


Morning Light
5 x 7 inches
Oil on Masonite panel


I love to go for walks, just as the darkness of the night gives way to morning light.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Ocean Dream


Ocean Dream
5 x7 inches
Oil on Masonite panel

The warm weather has me thinking of the beach. I lived in Hawaii for six years and spent many wonderful hours staring out at the deep ocean blue. (Also sailing, snorkeling, boogie boarding and swimming in it.) Being on the beach and experiencing the power and majesty of the ocean is something that is difficult to fully express. (I guess you can tell, I miss it at times.)

The other night, when I finished a painting, I noticed a big blob of blue paint on my palette. It was if it were calling out to me and immediately I had the desire to paint. This is not from a photo or any other source, other than my dreams. My only thought when I started it, was, sky, ocean, beach. So instead of cleaning my brushes and going to bed, as I had intended, I stayed up and finished this in one quick session.

I've tried my best to photograph, Ocean Dream, to show it properly, but the real thing is so much better. The photo just doesn't show the richness of the colors and the brush strokes.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Beach Umbrella


Beach Umbrella
Oil on Masonite panel
5x7 inches

It's summertime, so my thoughts are drawn to the beach. I love the intense sunlight and the deep blue of the ocean.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

In Her Room



Spring Bloom
8 x 10 inches
Oil on wood panel.

After five days of painting and tiling in the basement, I needed to get back to art. I decided to do a quick painting of a nude lady in her room. It took around an hour to do and I really enjoyed the fast work. I like the way the room seems to vibrate around her, in celebration of her loveliness.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Spring Bloom



Spring Bloom
8 x 10 inches
Oil on wood panel.

I was walking one morning and spotted this fruit tree glowing in the brilliant sunshine.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Notting Hill Lady


Notting Hill Lady
5x7 inches
Oil on Masonite



This is a fashionable young woman walking up Portobello Road, one morning, in the Notting Hill section of London. I was actually taking a photo of my daughter, and later realized this lady in the background, would make an interesting image.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Lady Elizabeth


Lady Elizabeth
5 x 7 inches
Oil on Masonite

The lovely lady relaxes in the light from a window.

The Wrong Kind of Painting

I have been doing a lot of painting lately, unfortunately, it has been the wall, doors, and woodwork kind. Our daughters have fled the nest, and we are in the process of redoing our basement, or as we like to call it, the lower level luxury suite, in the Brauker Towers.

I hope to be able to start my oil painting again in a couple of days, until then, I will be posting some paintings that I did the last couple of weeks, but haven't had time to upload yet.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Popham Beach


Popham Beach
9 x 12 inches
Oil on Canvas


This painting was based on a photograph by David Spencer, a terrific photographer based in Massachusetts. David graciously allowed me to use his wonderful shot as inspiration for this painting. It is Popham Beach, Maine. See David's web site here: http://www.davidspencerphoto.com/

Monday, May 26, 2008

Dear Mountain Trail


Deer Mountain Trail
5x7 inches
Oil on Masonite

This is a scene from the trail up Deer Mountain, in Rocky Mountain National Park, near Estes Park, Colorado. I was snowshoeing in the morning and the thick cover of pines, cast wonderful blue shadows across the snow. This was between the 9000 and 1000 foot level.


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