Saturday, December 26, 2015

Justice Through Trees

I have to be a lawyer in this building. I made the sketch from my office and added watercolor later. This is from the corner of 11th and Guadalupe.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Home Cooking

I did the sketch for this painting while sitting on my sister's porch on Thanksgiving day. My work lately has been focused on lines and color.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Fresh Sea Air

The jumping off point for this painting was a photo taken over the labor day holiday. This young man was part of a church group from Sacramento, California. I took photos of him on his skate board from the hotel balcony. They occupied a large percentage of the rooms. They were easy to spot as they all wore yellow hoodies. They had adult supervisors too and lots of activities for the young adults. This young man would hang out on the deck while I painted from it in the mornings. Uart paper and a variety of pastels.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Copper and Fruit

I love painting still life pieces. I like to work from life rather than photos. Pam always has interesting objects around the house plus she has an organic garden and lemon trees. Add the California light and you have instant inspiration. I worked on Canson paper.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Rain And Tourists

I am doing a lot of studies in my sketchbooks. I think its good to play around with ideas for compositions. Plus it adds to the painting miles. This is the front of a hotel on 6th street.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Thanksgiving Moon 2015

My sister called my attention to the moon on Thanksgiving night. I took photos with my phone. This is the first painting from that series of photos. Night time paintings are really a great challenge with regard to values.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Beach Sport

One of many paintings completed in early September. I worked in ink with watercolor washes on Garza Papel (paper). I love handmade papers. I enjoyed the group dynamics of this set of people.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

California Calm

This painting was inspired by a car sketch and Frank Reaugh. I often execute small ACEO trading card paintings and sketches while Pam is driving us around. We were exploring the Point Reyes National Seashore and I made a small painting of three cows. We also went to see the Frank Reaugh exhibit at the Harry Ransom Center on the University of Texas campus. I took that small painting and what I learned from the exhibit to create this piece.
This is the car sketch.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015


My friend Roy lost his mother recently. I was in Commerce and stopped by his place to pay my respects. He was clearly hurting and all I could do was listen and offer hugs. Losing your Mom is very hard; I know. I really needed to capture this emotion so of course I drew him.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Dusty Peace

Dusty Peace came from my thoughts about the beach. Its peaceful but the dust can be a pain when you return to the room. The people were good models because they didn't move much. I was happy.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Vessel No Name

This is a painting from the Noyo Harbor area of Fort Bragg, California. Ink drawing on site and painted later. I liked the reflections in the water and the background.