Monday, December 27, 2010

Shadow Rock Smashing Waves

This is the first two stages with this one. I will post the current stage in a few days because I want to let it simmer for a while before calling it done. This is an unusual perspective and a different composition. This is a scene from the Fort Bragg, California area.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

McKinney Falls III

This is the last of the ones done at McKinney Falls State Park with Plein Air Austin. Have a Merry Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, etc all

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Plein Air Upgrade III

The third in the series of ocean sunset paintings.. The original is 5 by 7 inches and painted oil on copper. This is 20 by 24 inches. I think this set of paintings would make a great triptych. I wasn't really married to the colors used in the study.

Monday, December 20, 2010

McKinney Falls I

The first piece from my paint out with Plein Air Austin. As you well know Ive been itching to "finish" this one. Its packed away safely until I get new eyes.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Plein Air Upgrade II

The 6 by 6 inch plein air sketch. Oil on Copper.
Inspired by a plein air sketch in oil. This one is still not there for me so stay tuned.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Plein Air Upgrade I

The plein air sketch completed on site. Oil on copper.

With this piece I started out with a plein air sketch that I completed this summer. I did two six by 6 by 6 inches paintings and one 5 by 7 incher. Last Friday night I churned this one out. I'm not touching it again. This one is 20 by 20 inches and summarily kicked off the easel.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


This is a crosswalk in New York. Its amazing how one can fell alone in this type of world. The visual stimulation is numbing.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Back Out Again (fini)

I'm calling this one done. I didn't spend too much more time on it as I wanted to keep some energy in the paint strokes. El Granada, CA which has an excellent seafood place real close to this scene.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Delay Trial Sketch

I will get around to making a painting from these one of these days. I think both watercolor and pastel would be great starts.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Harmony fini

I posted the simmering version of this one on last Thursday. I didn't want to lose the energetic strokes so I just darkened his shirt a bit. I'm calling it done.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

Steep Drop

I like taking pictures of the ocean from a cliff as long as its safe (lessons learned). I think this area is on the Point Reyes National Seashore or Fort Bragg. I used the smooth side of a piece of Canson paper.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

Stacks (in progress)

This is a Commerce landscape with hay bales. Photo inspiration taken on a trip this summer. This one I finished last night. I will post it as soon as it is processed.

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Another one for the music series. I'm almost done but I don't want to lose the current energy I see in it. I just need to refine a few areas. These musicians were photographed during one of our many Pecan Street Festivals.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

From the Delay Trial

Original sketch in black ink. Drawing time about 20 minutes.
I plan on working larger because I want to include more of the trial team.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Going Back Out

This is part of the marina in El Granada, California. The guy with the beard had a wetsuit on. It looked like they were headed out for a larger fishing boat or scuba diving. This one is simmering on the easel right now.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Retail Sp

This is part of my Boston cityscape series. We were in the Chinatown area. My focus in shooting during that trip was on the solitary person in a big city. I may tool with it a little more.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Looking Up in Redwoods

The photo for this one came from my camera phone. We were headed back home from Fort Bragg. I like to look up into the woods.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

A Cooking Pear

One of our lawyers has a farm with pear trees. Every year she shares her harvest with the office. Another lawyer noticed these pears with great leaves and suggested that I paint them. This is the second painting from the three pears she selected. Thanks to Beth. I'm trying not to overwork my pastels and leave evidence of the pastel stroke. I think it projects energy.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Small Town Square

I grew up in a small town that still had the most quaint town square. The area reminds me of an Edward Hopper painting because their are no people. There is only the evidence of people. I have painted this scene many times in watercolor. This is the first attempt in pastel. Those of you in Commerce should recognize this area.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Trash Pick Up

Side street in New York the air is crisp and the day is getting started. With that comes the noise and striking light on the truck.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Trial Sketches

Some sketches from the ongoing trial in the 331st District Court. I rarely draw the courtroom as it is. I tend to get the body language of the participants down and then construct paintings with everyone in their proper place from the sketches..

Monday, November 15, 2010

Delay Trial

This is a sketch from the Tom Delay trial taking place in Travis County. I was drawing from the audience section of the courtroom. The guy in front of me is a reporter for a local paper. In front of him is a prosecutor questioning a witness.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Bend Waterfall (larger version)

This is a work in progress. I posted the study last week. Its on hold (the study) for a collector who likes it.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


I think first and foremost that I am a figurative painter. This is s mixture of images. The girl I photographed at the first urban music festival. The water replaced the crowd.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Redwood Forest 1 (study)

This is the second painting that I worked on in my new studio at Austin Art Space. Whenever I look at a study I always want to go back in and fine tune areas. It's best to leave them as is to keep the "fresh" in the painting.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Friday, November 5, 2010

Redwood Forest 2 (study)

On our way back from Fort Bragg we usually ride a few miles through these beautiful redwoods. We normally stop to smell the air and shoot a few pictures. This was the first study completed in my new studio.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Pea Soup (study)

This is the study for two previous posts associated with coastal fog. In the pastel version I included a person to give scale to the rock formations. For reasons unknown I left the person out of the study. Its also interesting to see the differences.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Bend Waterfall (study)

This is a 9 by 12 inch study for a larger piece. The subject is a waterfall located in Bend,TX at the Colorado State Park. I remember when we were hiking down to it the park official mentioned that he had already seen a few rattlesnakes. I'm glad he did because this place was too beautiful, I did watch my step after the warning..

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Like Pea Soup Revisited

I posted the pastel version of this one last week. It's the third of three paintings of this image. My palette was less muted than the original version. This to me offers peace to the viewer.