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Welcome to my art site! This is the place where I display some of my paintings and give some thoughts as to the process invloved in creating a painting. All paintings are for sale unless stated otherwise. If your interested in purchasing a painting, please contact via email for pricing and any other information you would be interested in. Thanks for stopping by.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Fall Aspens - (sold)


9 x9 inch pastel. I did this last night as part of the monthy challenge in the southwest/western forum in Wet Canvas. Thanks to Deb for supplying the great reference photo.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Higher Ground


11 x 14 inches, pastel on paper. This is my son, Garrett, climbing the gate to reach Junior. Junior is really BIG, has clydesdale blood in him.

I tried a little different approach to this painting. I wanted to use less detail and make things more suggestive. I see these types of paintings from other artists and really enjoy them. I think the reason why is that when paintings are suggestive, it invites the viewer in, engages with their senses, and allows the viewer to use their imagination. This can create some emotional connection between viewer and painting. Hope I was able to make some of that work with this piece.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Two New Plein Airs- pastel


The weekend before last, the kids and I went camping. I managed to do some plein air pastel painting during our trip. Its been quite a long time since my last plein air (since May I think). Both paintings are about 8 x 10 inches. I originally was not going to post these. But my wife liked them as well as my Wet Canvas friends, so I decided to share them with you all. If you squint REALLY hard and use your imagination, you might see what I was trying to show in the paintings. LOL


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Man on a Bicycle- Pastel


Image size in 8 x 10 inches. This was an experiment for using ink to tone and create a background. Basically, I "borrowed" my wifes ink pads (that she uses for cardmaking) one night when she wasn't home. I rolled a few colors of ink using one of her rollers; dark brown, lighter brown, and rusty color rolled vertically. Applied a couple coats of Colorfix primer over the ink after it dried- which was fast by the way. A little bit of pastel over that, but much of the ink is still visable in the background. The purpose of this background was to have a more abstract background, using "old fashioned or antique looking" colors to go along with the antique bike. And I needed to "ground" the bike by adding the illusion of a road, and added in some slight reflection for fun. Hope you like it.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tree Frog- Pastel


Just having some fun with my pastels. This is a small, 5 x 7 inch, painting. I have some larger pieces that I am wanting to do, but I need to force myself to set aside the time to do the necessary preliminary sketches and research. Hopefully, soon, I'll get started on those things. In the meantime, these small pieces have kept things going.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Feeding Time- Oil - (sold)


It rained all last weekend. So, yesterday, to help pass the time, I did this quick painting of one of my parents cows. Image size is 5 x 7 inches, oil on masonite.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Bird Brains- Oil


Finished this last night. 8 x 10 inches. Had some fun with my oil paints, still learning how to use them. All work was done wet on wet. This was for the monthly challenge in sw/western forum in Wet Canvas. The paint was still wet when I took the photo, so there is a slight glare.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Hereford Calf- Oil- sold


Was finally able to paint something new. The size is 5 x 7 inches, on a piece of masonite primed with gesso. Spent around 3 hours, completed in wet on wet, in one painting session. It was an enjoyable painting, and I tried to capture the fluffy, youthfullness of the young calf, snuggled alongside the mother. This painting was part of the May challenge in Wet Canvas (southwest/western forum).  (sold)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Roses for Steph, pastel


I decided to try something different from my usual subject matter. This is 9 x 12 inches, pastel. I had fun painting these roses. Tried real hard to keep things loose and "painterly", and not get caught up in all the small details of each rose petal. I will be giving this painting to my wife, Steph, for Mothers Day

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Winter Hold Outs - pastel

Just finished with this one. 11 3/4 by 36 inches; soft pastel. I've been wanting to paint this scene for quite some time. Inspriration came one evening last November while driving home to Cheyenne from Laramie. The colors in the sky were fantastic. The reddish colors near the horizon on the left comes in part from pollution along the Denver front range of Colorado. If your not familiar, these are snowfences. They are built parallel along highways and railroads to catch blowing snow, preventing drifts from forming on the road or railroad tracks. These drifts can get quite large and are often the last snow to melt.

Winter is still hanging on. Got 3 inches last night. "If" or when spring decides to get here, the prairies are going to be green, green, green! Which will be a nice change from 7-8 months of browns.
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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Fired Up! - charcoal


Its been forever, it seems, since I did an old-fashion black and white drawing. I spent between 2 to 3 hours on this. Image size is 7.5 x 10 inches, using 2b, 4b, and 6b charcoal pencils. It was fun and relaxing to just sit and do a drawing. I'm not sure if I have the patience to spend days and days on a more elaborate, finished type drawing. But it could happen I suppose. LOL

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Old Truck, Oil


Haven't posted in a while. Work has taken over lately. Finally got around to doing some painting. This is 4 x 6 inches, oil, on gessoed masonite. It was for the southwestern/western forum monthly challenge in Wet Canvas. It was a fun exercise and a chance to work on my oil painting skills.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tree of Strength


Well, I've started to do some oil painting. This one is 9 x 12. Based on some photos taken near Cheyenne last week. I'm in the process of figuring out the feel of the paint, how to hold brushes, mixing colors etc. Its lots of fun and I have a lot to learn. I'll still be doing pastels as well. So much to paint, so little time! This particular painting would be my second landscape using oil paint. My first was a week or so ago... and will go into the "learning experience" file! LOL

Monday, March 8, 2010

14 Feet, 3 Inches

9 inch x 9 inch, pastel. Did this last night experimenting with a square format as well as using an alcohol underpainting. If the painting were a rectangle, then the edges of the painting would compete with the rectangle shapes within the painting.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

First ever oil painting

For some reason, I'm in a period of downtime for creating new pieces. So, I decided to share my first oil painting that I completed about a year ago. 8 x 10 inches on canvas board. I rummaged through some of my kids toys and set up this small still life. In retrospect, I should have changed the "M's" to "W's " or something else, but I wont be selling or showing this piece, so copyright issues wont be a problem. I am getting the bug to do more oil painting..... so be on the lookout in the future.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Cattle Guard Shadows - -sold


9 x 12 inches, pastel. Finished this last weekend. Based on some photos I took last November while walking off a big Thanksgiving dinner.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tearing Down the Gate - -sold


9 x 1 2 pastel. Based on some photos from last summer. I painted this as a Christmas gift and finally got it delivered... so now I can post a picture of it.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Latest Plein Air Paintings


I managed to get out and do some more plein air paintings last week. This time I cruised the prairie for things to paint. These are scenes from north of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

More Plein Air Paintings



I went out again last week and produced these two paintings. It was a little windy, but overall a really nice day. The first one is 8 x 10, and the second is 8 1/2 x 11.