Good Afternoon and hope your week is going well. I have been busy in my studio with new paintings and getting some out to local shows. 

 First the painting is titled "After the Storm" The painting is from a photo in Northern New Mexico. I did a 6x6 of this painting last year and thought I would tackle it again on a larger canvas. I used a limited palette and painted on a linen panel. The linen is Claessens #66 Landscape oil-primed linen and is on a 1/4birch board. I started making my own panels and this is one of them. Canvas is 16x20. 

I really enjoyed painting this and I hope to have it in a show locally before sending it to a gallery in Arizona. Something about painting snow that is always fun. 

 If you are looking for any of my art, this month you can see pieces at RP Funding Center in Lakeland, Mitchell's Coffee House Lakeland through October 26, 2020. Also at Ridge Art Association  Gallery in WInter Haven Florida. Those paintings will be up I believe until the 8th of November. Last I have some early watercolor paintings in Haines City Florida at the City Library.  They are  up until September of 2021. Remainder of 2020 shows will be in Winter Haven and preparing art for a gallery in Scottsdale Arizona. Busy time but fun always. 

 Try to get out and see local artists shows. It really is supporting the community and art can always find a space on your wall. 

 Take care and see you soon. 




Good afternoon to all. It is Saturday September 12 and not feeling really like fall yet here in Florida. Probably another 5 weeks to get that first feel of Autumn, 

 Ok  this painting is called Mesa. A small painting 10x20 oil on a galley canvas. This was one of my favorite places in Northern Arizona last fall when I visited. Probaly image taken around 9;30 in the morning, Lots of shadow before we really got a lot of sun that day. These red mesas are so paintable because of the colors of reds they produce. Really was fun to paint. I think now I have painted about 8 mesas from the trip. I really need to return soon or when I can. 

 Ok this painting will be going to the Faust Gallery in October in Scottsdale, Arizona.. I have paintinga also in Santa Fe with the Faust Gallery. Really nice the way the gallery has promoted and hung my art. Kudos to Bill and his gallery. 

All for today. Hope you enjoy this painting. 

 September 17th is the reception at the city LIbrary in Haines City Florida by the Ridge Art Association titled Heart of Florida. Great Art by local artists. .Early reception starts at 5:30 PM. If you can make ir stop by. I won an Award of Excelleance for a water color titled Farming US-27.

 More information coming up on shows locally and some I have entered out West. Stay tuned, See ya! 




Good morning Thought I would get  a blog out today since we are now in September and I havent put a blog out for 3 months.

 FIrst this painting is FIrst Snow Cainesville Badlands. I completed it last month, Another painting from my trip to Utah last September. Boy how time flies. The Badlands is made  up of old mud flows from volcanos and it is really a very desolate area near Capitol Reef Utah. I was there of course when it wasn't snowing so that was added to my painting.. Painting is 12x24 on a gallery wrap canvas. 

 Updates on my art. Currently I have 3 paintings that are at the Faust Gallery in Santa Fe New Mexico. If interested go to Faustgallery.com and look me up under artists. Also In May I was selected by the Western Gallery in Dallas Texas to show my art with 46 other national artists for a show that ran during May on the their website. It was a national show so really was excited to be accepted. 

 Locally not much going on for my art although I did win a Award of Excellence at the new show at the Haines City Public Library. Reception is September 17th and should be hung now. 

 I am consistently entering shows out West so will update when any good news comes from that. All for now. 

 So glad when this pademic can be ended with a vaccine and when  we can see life near a new norm again. We did get our flu  shot so that is good. 

Stay say and mask up and practice social distance. See ya!

 



Good Morning to all. Nice rainy day that is a soaker. Always enjoy rain steady and so far no thunder. 

Well losing count. Think we are around 76 day since we started this stay at home, social distancing, face mask stuff. It has been frustrating but I have found a good time to paint in my studio. 

 This painting is titled "At the End of the Day". it is 12x12 oil on a wood panel. Got the idea back in January and thought it would make a great painting. I know the feel of working all week but not on horseback, in the rain or snow all kinds of weather and being dog tired to know you have get up and do it again the next day. Anuway I think this cowboy scored that idea pretty well. this painting is now available for sale. shipping free on it. 

Contact me if you are interested in it. 

 Ok on shows in the area we have a few going on. LDDA currently has a Plein Air Show hung in Lakeland at the LDDA office. Also The Ridge Art Association has a online show currenlty on their web site. Additional shows for Ridge are coming up during the summer so check out their website also. I current am showing 3 paintings on the Western Gallery website on Instagram. This is a juried show  for Western emerging artists throughout the US. 47 artists are partcipating in this show. you can see it on Instagram at @westerngallery and go to their link. I am entering more shows and putting more art in a gallery in Santa Fe soon and will update everyone. That all for now. Stay safe stay well and social distance. See Ya!

 




Afternoon everyone, FInished this piece today. Kinda fits for my current situation. I based this painting on my fall trip last year. Wow seems like a while ago. I like  the idea of the peacefulness of this painting, Open country large expanse, time to think of everything around you. Nature gives us so much to apperciate. With this virus she is untouched. Her beauty remains and probably improves in most cases. So Mid Day Thoughts gives this painting a quiet time to think about all that is going on and hope for some improvements from where we are coming from and where we are going to.

Mid Day Thoughts is a 16x16 oil on Gallery Canvas. 

Hope your days are safe and hang in there. Have a blessed week and see ya. 




Good Afternoon to all, First of all I hope everyone is staying home and being safe. Here in Florida they haven't done a Stay at Home for the whole state as of this blog, which is to me, crazy, but we dont't need to get into that. I looked at my last blog and that was February 19, 2020. Wow today is Apri1 1, 2020 and so so much has changd roughly in just 6 weeks. 

 I have been painting but start and quiting paintings mostly before they are complete. Also lots of sketches as of late. For all artists drawing is the basic requirement to do your art better. So thats been my goal . 

 Red Mesa Late Day is a painting of a mesa that is on the Navaho Reservation in Northern Arizona. I have used it in other paintings but this one is a little more contemporary and I liked the distance and expanse in it. Also the forground creates the depth by layers to the mesa. This is a 12x36 Oil on Canvas. It will hang in my studio until we get through this crisis we all share. 

 Art shows are none to be found locally until all this clears up. I did enter a online show through Western Gallery and we will see how that goes this month. Otherwise painting and drawing will continue and I feel positive this will clear up hopefully sooner then later. We all will now have a different perspective on social distancing and socializing I am sure.

Again stay safe be safe and hang in there. We have to stay positive in our hearts and for our families. Have a blessed day and see ya!




Good Morning, Nice morning here in Lakeland. A early morning walk by the lake and it was short sleeves and shorts about 72 Degrees. Thats Florida for you. Anyway a new painting to talk about.

Finding The Trail is a 24x24 Oil on a Gallery Wrapped Canvas. Basis for the painting was again utlizing some of my photos from the trip to Utah last fall. Specifically the Burr Cattle Trail. This trail went through Glen Canyon and Grand Staircase. Pretty Country and rough but the trail was used to move cattle back and forth for grazing between winter and summer ranges and also to market. Time Line was during the 1870's and 18880's by John Burr. I used Capital Reef for the basis of this painting. 

 News on my art. Currently I am showing some paintings at the Faust Gallery in Scottsdale Arizona. Greatly opportunity for a Florida artist to show there. Some shows comiing up and on my radar are the Melvin Gallery Show in May. Also some online shows in the West I am trying to enter also. All these shows are juried so we will see where this goes. Stay tuned!

Have a great week and a blessed one also. See ya!

 




Good Afternoon  Cool day today and I have had a cold for about a week now. Seems like it is improving so have been indoors quite abit. I have been wanting to do a blog a month and this one is the first in awhile so I am doing it today. So lets get into it. 

Nocturnal Movements is a 18x36 Oil on a gallery wrapped canvas. This painting took up most of the month of January. I think it came out more early dawn then nocturnal. I studied some paintings of well known Western Artists Bill Gollings, Bill Anton, Olaf Wieghorst. The best of the Western Nocturnal Artists has to be Frank Tenney Johnson. His paintings utlized moonlight and blue colors to make his paintings come alive at night.

This painting has a very limited pallete but needs more blues to be a truer nocturnal painting. With all the struggles of this paintings it was a  great learning curve and I think a great start to more real nocturnal paintings. 

 Not to much on the gallery scene locally. RP Funding Center currently has a show up for the lakeland Art Guild. I will update on any shows or galleries I am working with. All for today have a blessed week and go 49ers at the Super Bowl. See ya!