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Good afternoon on this very cool Tuesday. Seems the cool weather has found Florida this week. Still not as bad as the MId West and Great White North.

 "Reclaimed State Road 640A" kinda popped in my head over the weekend. I remember traveling this road many times when working in the phosphate industry. Reclamation has always been a big part of the phosphate industry in recent years.. Polk county Florida  had many acres mined over the years and it became important in the industry to clean up the mined areas. Traveling State Road 640A allows you to see reclamation that has taken place. 

 This painting is 15x22 MIxed Media on paper.

Have a blessed week and will see you soon. See ya!

Good Morning. Early cool day here in Lakeland Florida.  Everyone waking up to losing numbers today after power ball drawing last night. I did get one number right. Oh well

back to scratch offs.

  "Calm Atlentic - Melbourne FL. " is a different approach to my art. I had been fascinated by 5"x 5" paintings as of late and reading about  it as a good test of a artist to improve control of the brush and perspective depth. Thought I would give it a shot.

 The panels are hardboard 3/8 in. I covered them with Golden Coarse Ground and then used fluid acrylic for the painting. Once the painting had dried I came back and did some of the detail. Once that dried I sprayed it with a Krylon Varnish. THe pouring was Liquitex pouring medium. One point if you use this medium make sure your painting is raised up and level. It will take roughly 24 hours to dry. The Panels are 5" x5". 


 This was fun and took some time but working with 5" panels I think wil lchallenge any artist who hasn't done them before. Have ablessed week and see you soon.


Good morning. I am back in my studio finally. Holidays have passed and my painting

is going well this week. Wanted to share this painting with you.

 "Green Swamp in Pink" is a painitng I thought about when I was painting another landscape earlier this year. The Green Swamp is partially in Polk County and most of us have heard of it or been there. I wanted to give it a early morning pink hue which I am sure can happen if the light is just right. This is watercolor with some graphite pencil and is 15x22 Unmatted. Working on another painting and hope to share by the end of the week. Have a blessed week and see you soon. See Ya!!


Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays. We are in take down mode this week on decorations. Thinking the tree will come down tomorrow. Anyway I am painting some, as always, this week. Dying to get my Fabraino watercolor paper from Jerrysartarama. This paper from Hobby Lobby just doesn't absorb the paints correctly. 

 Anyone who has followed my paintings over the years has seen this 1941 Pontiac numerous times so I it painted again  and this time it is a 18x24 watercolor . The cars are always in my genes so had to paint it again this week. No background on this one.  I just want it to standout on its own.

Everyone please have a safe and great New Years. Will see you soon with a landscape I am sure next time. Have a blessed week. See Ya!

Thought I would share a Iconic building that I am sketching and studing for a painting after the first of the year. .Walking around Lake Mirror you can remember the history with the buildings that are left. I have done building around Lakeland but this probably is one of my favorites. Unfortunately they past has become now so I will continue to paint the buildings while they are with us. 

Well we are getting a bit closer to Christmas this week. Thought I would share my latest painting for everyone before I shut down my studio for a few days.

 Homestead- US301 came about froma a old painting. The Painting was the sky from another painting so I utilized the paper to complete this painting. It was Gessoed over but the sky colors still seeped through.  It gave me the idea to do the painting. Resource to paint it was my travels up and down US 301 over the years. The rolling hills in North Florida and North Carolina were the basis for the painting. This is a 20x24 Mixed Media  Matted painting on paper.

 I hope everyone has a blessed Christmas and  Remember" Jesus is the reason for the

season" Be safe and talk soon. See Ya


"First Snow" is my latest painting for the week. Actually it was a old painting that I had glued some plant cuttings to last summer and I didn't like the way the painting turned out. So I dug it out this week and said let redo this. FIrst I had to paint over the old painting with two coats of Golden Ground White since this painting is on a hardboard panel I found the Golden Ground seems to work the best with watercolors.  Regular Liquitex Gesso seems to give less absorbancy to the watercolor paint. The trees got a extra dose of Golden Ground and then I used some modeling paste around the base of the trees. Watercolor paint is all I have used on this painting. Once I was finished I sprayed it with a Krylon Matte Finish. I probably will give it one more coat before I wire it. It is a 20x24 hardboard panel so it is a bit heavy but overall it should hang just right.

Good afternoon. This is the first piece I have done this week. We have been in the Christmas mode the last few days. I am hoping everyone is enjoying the Christmas spirit this week and looking forward to the holidays. 

 This painting was the first I have done on a hardboard panel in a while. My 300# paper order won't be filled till after the first of the year. Got to love the Fabriano paper.

 "First Light-Swamp', came about watching some National Geographic programs. Though I would give it a shot.

This painting had to have 3 coats of Golden Ground, and then I used some gorilla glue and modeling paste to give it some texture. I have about 3 coats of Krylon Matte Finish and Varnish on it over each layer. I used mainly watercolors but there is some ink and graphite pencil. I scrub each layer with a brush to wash and inhance the colors in the painting. Overall I think it came out well. Hope everyone enjoys it.

 All for the week maybe. Lots going on so if I can get back to the studio I will. Take care and have a blessed week