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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


Good morning. Well Turkey week has come and gone and today is the 1st of December. My goodness. We are moving quickly to a New Year and 2016. Of course we have Christmas coming up a truly wonderful day for all. 

 I have been painting pretty much every day since Thanksgiving so lets look at these two paintings.

"Folly Beach Marsh Sunrise" is a painting I had in mind since our trip to Charleston SC nearly two years ago. Folly Beach is just outside of Charleston. I did an Acrylic of the marsh and wanted to do it again with watercolors this time. We were their in the evening but I thought this time lets make it early morning with the sun coming up kind of 7 AM coffee time. The painting is 18x24 matted watercolor on 300# paper.

"Back Door  Storm" is another painting I did recently, I think over the last 3 years I have painted  plains pictures with clouds 3 times and the other two have sold so I had to refer back to the original paintings photos to get my Mid West feel to do this painting. Something about the panhandle of Texas (where I lived as a kid) and Oklahoma that you can see for miles and miles from your back porch or yard. 

 This painting is 16x20 matted, mixed media with modeling paste, watercolor and ink on 300# paper.

Ok thats it for this week. Down to my last sheet of 300# paper so if my order doesn't come in I will be doing my art on panels again which isn't a bad idea.

 Have a blessed week and talk again soon. See Ya!




Good morning. Last day before we give thanks so our house is starting to get a bit crazy. 15 Folks or more tomorrow so the turkey is getting geared up. Hope your houses will be blessed also.

 Ok this weeks piece is called "Wind Fall". Idea came from watching some programs on timber cutting and what the slopes look like after the cutting of timber. Without restoration of new growth the land will be eroded and washed out from rain and other elements. I tried to achieve that idea in ths is painting. I think it came out pretty well. It is 18x24 mixed media using modeling paste, watercolors, ink, groud white wash and palm fiber on paper. I am getting back into my painting grove so hope to continue getting new art out more. Have a great Thanksgiving with family and friends and will see you on the flip side. See ya!!

Good afternoon. Well had to change my blog from weekly blog to blog. Seems I am not getting to my blog as often as I use to. 

Want to say thanks to all that made Art Crawl 2015 last weekend. There was so many people attending and I was lucky to sell a few pieces so that really was fun. Thanks for stopping by my booth everyone.

 First piece I have done in a few weeks. This is titled "Dried Up" Thought of the Southwest when painting this and the shortage of water they have been fighting as of late. I used a wash on modeling paste on paper. After it dried I layered more watercolor over the paste to get the layers and transparency. I then used a rag to scrub the watercolor paint so it would show depth. Kind of a poor man's method of Intaglio. Something like that. Anyway that is my art piece for this week. Hope to be more often with more painitngs. Have a blessed week and catch you later. See ya!!

Hello to all. Wow it has been nearly a month since my last blog. Sorry about that. 

Lots going on away from my painting lately so less time to paint unfortunately. I did squeeze one in this week so I will share it with you. 

"Past times' is a photo of a barn I took outside of Franklin NC about two years ago. I had painted it before but this time I wanted to approach the painting with a different perspective and interpretation. I am continuing to use mixed media on my paintings and this one is no exception. I utilized palm husk fiber from a tree outside of our house. Along with the watercolors I also used indian inks  This is a 11x15 Watercolor on 300# cold pressed paper.

 Short note I am doing a juried show with some other artists at the Art Crawl 2015 in Lakeland Florida November 14, 2015 At the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland Florida. My work will be mixed media so if you are in town come by my booth and see my newest work. All for the week. Have a great blessed weekend. See YA!!