Hope your week is going well. Raleigh today is 75 degrees sunny and great short sleeve and shorts weather. Of course by the weekend it will be only 45 and cloudy with a chance of meatballs. Enough on the weather lets get to the painting. 

Last summer I took some pictures around lake morton and found this swan among the reeds, I wanted a background that brought out the swan and to utilize the reeds and grass to further highlight the painting, Negative application was made around the swan to further make a dynamic contrast in the painting, This is a watercolor and pencil on 300# Fabriano Cold pressed paper.

Enjoy your week and remember I will be doing First Friday at Mitchell's Coffee House in Lakeland on May 1, 2015. Hope to see you there. See Ya and have a blessed weekend.

Hope your week is going well. I am enjoying this great spring weather? Sarah planted some flowers in pots yesterday so I know she is hoping this weather stays. 

This piece is "Pueblo-Late Afternoon. I have always been fascinated by indian pueblos from the architecture to the shapes and colors the sun creates beaming down on them. The original photo was made up of terra cotta colors but I wanted something that gave the building a more washed clean look, thus light shadows with a blue color pallette and browns with paynes gray  It was painted on aquaboard 16x20. Hope you enjoy it. 

All for the week. Hope your weather is good and have a blessed day. See Ya!


Well as I type this blog another day of rain and sleet has past the birds are chirping and the sun is out with a high of 38 today. I know that spring is coming but when? 

Ok lets get to this week's painting. Titled "Farmed Land" I wanted to put minimium color on the palette and a light wash of color to push the land to the sky and horizon, My landscapes seeks to show texture and strength on the paper  and a terrain of undulations of lefts and rights. Landscapes fill the imagination of color and shapes for me and even in its purest form of abstract it makes the mind ponder and wonder. This piece is 16x20 all watercolor on 300# Fabriano Cold Pressed Paper. 

 I have been invited to show my art, at Mitchell's Coffee Shop in Lakeland Florida, with another artist during the month of May 2015. This will provide me a great opportunity to share my art with friends and artists I know in the Lakeland area. I hope if you are in Lakeland you will see my art and enjoy Mitchell's Coffee shop for a great cup of Joe and awesome desserts. 

 All for this week have a blessed and awesome weekend. See Ya!


Well early this week but I wanted to show my Sailors Lament  and how it changed from the study I did last fall, The finished piece I have softned and the sailors face has more color and washes, I still wanted to achieve the sailors's hardness and rugged look and I believe I have done that,

II also wanted to give the background a push to the face to highlight the head and cap. Over all I am very satisfied with the outcome. This a 18x24 Watercolor on 300# Fabriano Cold Pressed Paper. Catch everyone later !

Well back in the saddle painting this week. Two pieces completed. First picture is Pueblo- Winter January. Actually I had done a study to complete this piece but ended up selling it at the VAE gallery over the holidays so I had to work off the picture I had taken of it. I like this piece I think better because of the colors I was able to achieve with the pueblo and the trees and snow colors are more vibrant with a negative application that pulls the colors out. This piece is 18x24 Watercolor on 300 # Fabiano Cold Pressed Paper.


 The second painting is Seagrove Beach near Destin Florida, I had taken some  photos at Thanksgiving and had started this piece but had put it to the side, I ran across it this week and wanted to finish it, The picture achieved the whitness of the beach and at the same time the beauty of the dunes and sea oats and grass, Anyone who ever wanted to see the prettiest beaches in Florida needs to go to the panhandle, This piece is 11x14 on 140 # Fabiano Cold pressed Paper.


 I started a 3rd piece but still am working on it, hope to finish next week, Well bout it, We are going to get some bone chillin weather here this next week so thinking bout sunny Florida pretty hard, I get to dog sit and wife gets the Sun this time, Stay warm and have a blessed week. Seez Ya!


Finished this piece yesterday after class. Mixed Media (old water color paintings cut outs) with watercolor and a liquitex medium pour. When I poured the medium over the painting the cracks you see  were created by the thickness of the medium on the painting, basically the medium was to thick in certain parts of painting thus pulling away from certain areas of the piece. Some times mistakes can work for you. This is a 16x20 wood panel. Enjoy your weekend you have earned it See you next week 





Ok I am back from a trip to Florida. I was there for 10 days with family and just returned this past weekend. I did take some photos but also provided some paintings  that are at my mom's that were done in college and my years not painting very much. I started the last picture from a picture that was taken near Bozeman Montana. I loved the depth and colors of the distant mountains and sky. Actually this is mixed media on a wood panel. I hope to finish it up in class tomorrow and will provide the finished piece. I enjoy showing my pictures in steps of completion.

 Car showing art continues at the NOFO Cafe @ the pig and i still am planning to do my show in Lakeland Florida at MItchell's in April. Stay tune and will talk later this week, Have a blessed day and enjoy the weather.


Ok I am back after a 4 week sabatical enjoying the hollidays and getting over a major cold. Four weeks of coughing and trying to shake it. Anyway I plan on getting better even if the weather continues to be a major obstacle. Seems like the Sun only shines South of Raleigh.

 I started the Shasta Trailer painting yesterday in class. Most of these were built during the 50's and 60's and all have the deco look missed in so many new campers that aren't retro. Hope to finish it up by next week so you can see before and after look.

 My car show art is running at the NOFO Cafe@ THe Pig for 4 weeks, Great restaurant and gift shop in the old Piggly Wiggly here in Raleigh. If you are here in Raleigh check it out.  Bout all for the week. Have a safe and blessed  weekend and will see yu next week.