Friday, December 28, 2012

Sunset With Cranes 2

I'm exploring this image further in pastel. I will probably work on a different surface for the next exploration. I used Uart pastel paper for this version. Earlier in the month I posted the watercolor version. This scene was on the University of Texas campus. In the foreground I tried to give the impression of a person walking to the right into the deep shadow.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sunset With Cranes

My friend Tony and I were on the University of Texas campus when I snapped this shot with my camera phone. We were on our way to a performance. This is the initial study of the image; my intent is a larger pastel and watercolor.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A Conversation

After painting the alleyway I walked over to the area in front of Chase Bank and sat at one of the tables. These two guys were sitting on a bench to my right. I did the graphite work on site and finished it up with watercolors.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Warm Wave 2

I used the acrylic 5 by 7 inch plein air painting as inspiration for this larger version. If I remember correctly I was working with Golden Open Acrylics.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Austin Alleyway 1

I worked on this last Sunday after the gym. I was standing next to the Athenian Grill looking across at this alleyway. I worked with my aquarelle graphite block and watercolors on my 11 by 14 watercolor paper block.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Austin Bus Stop 2

Two weeks ago I sat down on a bench at 6th and Congress and painted the corner across the street. I was working with watercolor and trading cards. I'm working on painting from memory and also just trying to capture as much data as I can for larger paintings.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Abstract Crosby 1991

Another abstract from the archives. I have always painted them. So this is really not a new trend. I just tend to keep the abstracts to myself. I think they reveal more about the artist than realism. Just my opinion.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Friday, December 7, 2012

Inside Diva

The larger painting completed from the study posted earlier. As with any abstract image a little poetic license to deviate from the original.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Austin Bus Stop 1

Last Sunday after my workout I sat on a bench in front of the Littlefield Building and painted the bus stop across the street. I used the watercolor ACEO trading cards.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


After I drew her grandpa J. W. Taniya said "draw me" so I did. She wiggled a lot and got distracted by other things. With her eyes I got two separate directions because she shifted her focus. The beauty of working from life.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Sunday, December 2, 2012


Another in my People of Commerce series. The standing figure is my niece Elizabeth and the seated one is my baby sister Karen who hates posing for me. I did this quick study while home for the holidays this Thanksgiving. Elizabeth is a licensed beautician. I used the new Graphite Aquarelle pencils.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012


This holiday season I intend to work on my People of Commerce series. This is my brother-in-law. He sat for me for about 30 minutes this weekend.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Out Of The Fog 2

I am really enjoying this exploration of a field study. The plein air sketch was completed at Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, California. Fog comforts me; I like its intimacy and mystery.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Where Was I

This is a painting from 1990. I am at my core an abstract painter because I have bad eyes or I see different. The title comes from me looking back at this image and wondering were I was in my life. I know it was when I moved back to Texas from Massachusetts.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mind Landscape

I used an ACEO trading card image as a jumping off point for this painting. I am really enjoying painting from sketches completed on site. Far better than working from a photo. One plein air painting is worth hundreds of photos.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Train Strangers

I did this painting a few years ago. A collector saw it on my site but wanted it a bit larger. So I revisited this image and enjoyed it. I worked exclusively from the painting as I couldn't find the reference photo.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Saturday, November 3, 2012

On The Way Pastel

The first pastel version of this image. The original version was a watercolor trading card image painted while traveling up to Fort Bragg, CA.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Clouds From The Plane

During my many plane rides I have painted cloud formations. I usually use the ACEO trading cards or 5 by 7 Shizen Watercolor Paper. I enlarged this one to an 11 by 14 watercolor painting.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Can't Sit Long

I noticed this passenger early in the flight. He would stand up for about 10 minutes and sit back down for a while before standing again. He probably had a back problem. His face was interesting so I did a quick sketch.