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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Friday, December 7, 2012

Dean - pastel - sold

Im still doing portrait and figure type paintings.  Here is my latest. 11 x 14 inches.  It was fun and challenging to do.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Brady the Buster - pastel - sold

11 x 14 inches.  A challenging piece for me due to position of the kids body as well as preserving his youthfulness.  But Im happy with how turned out.  Hope ya all like it too.  (sold)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Full of Bull - pastel - sold

Finally getting some painting done.  This one is 12 x 12 inches, pastel on board.  Commission piece that I finally got around to doing.

Now that hunting season is over, and winter is here, I should be able to get more paintings posted soon.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

On the Ready - pastel

14 x 18 inches, pastel on board.   This was a challenging piece for me.   I used four reference photos and combined them into this painting.  I almost scrapped the painting in the early stages due to the complications of combining so many references.  I like being able to do this.  I can tell any story I wish, and lets face it.... no photo of a scene like this is going to have everything thats needed for a painting (unless you have the time and photographic equipment, and access, then maybe you might luck out and get a photo with clouds just right, cows just right, horse and rider just right, etc) 

Hope you like it.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Final Turn - Pastel

Finally got around to completing this painting.  Size is 16 x 20 inches, pastel on board.  Had fun using alcohol wash to create the diffused background.  And splattered the pastel in the dusty foreground by dipping brush in alcohol and rubbing on pastel stick, then splaying bristles and splattering (like watercolor painters would do).  This is 100% pastel, no watercolor underpainting or anything.

I still am wanting to complete one or two more rodeo scenes next.

As with my last couple rodeo  paintings, I need to give a shout out to Howard for letting me use some of his great rodeo photos for references.  Thanks Howard.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

1200 Pound Explosion - Pastel - sold

16 x 20 inches, pastel on board.  Im trying to get a series of rodeo paintings done before rodeo season arrives and along with that many visitors and tourists.  These rodeo scenes using an abstract type painting method have been recieved positively by many, so I thought I would continue along these lines and see what happens.  I do enjoy this method of painting very much.  For it allows me to use my imagination more, and not be so concerned with making things look too "real".  More artistic freedom, I suppose.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Good and Hot - pastel - sold

5 x7 pastel on paper.  A fun, small piece that I did for one of the monthly challenges in wet canvas.  Used mostly the Maggie Price basic value set from Terrry Ludwing pastels.  Great set of pastels to use for quick set up, and a smaller pallet that has wide value ranges.  And the Ludwig pastels are just plain fantastic to use.  I did use ref photo, but also got out an actual bottle of Tobasca and set it up to see how it looked in real life.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Fruit Still Life- Oil

Here is an oil I did as part of an oil class in wetcanvas.  Size is 9 x 12 inches, on canvas.  Using just three colors: utlramarine blue, alizarian permanent, and hansa yellow medium.  This was a fun lesson, and good practice for my oil painting.  And it was fun to do a still life; for I dont do many of them (no real reason, just busy doing other things I guess).  Thanks to my friend Jim, for putting on the class in sw/western forum in Wetcanvas.  Its never too late to join in on the class, so come over to the forum and check it out.

Check out Jim Connelly's work at his website.  He does some great western artwork, and other themes as well.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Out Looking

Size on this is about 12 inches by 22 inches; on light cream colored Canson mie-tients paper.  All I used was a single bit of willow vine charcoal, kneaded eraser, and blending stump.  I wasn't sure if I could pull this off with just a single value stick of charcoal.  These good ole fashion charcoal drawing have always been some of my favorite artworks, and good practice for color paintings.  I just dont like white paper, and I think the cream colored paper give this an old time feel to it..
Now I have to make a custom frame for this since its such a odd size.  I normally do standard size pieces, but those just wouldnt work for this composition.

A couple things I kept in mind on this:
1.  Anchoring my darks to the edge of the picture window, i.e. the cast shadow
2.  Saving the color of paper for brightest lights, making sure not to get charcoal in those areas
3.  Not smearing charcoal in background,  keeping clean paper around the subject
4.  Using very few "lines", just shapes of very subtle values, like in oil painting
5.  Making sure to have the viewer "feel" the light