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Good afternoon and it is a rainy day here in Lakeland. Wanted to give some info on this painting that is not in any shows right now.

 I started a series of highway paintings this year. Places i have been and highways traveled. This painting was from a highway US-76 in South Carolina.

It was winter and naturally the season for farming crops is more in the Spring and Fall. I enjoy working with the shapes and angles that you see in farm land from the distance or in a airplane. Hope to show this later in the year. it is a acrylic and size is 24x36 Framed. 

Have a great day and see you again soon. See ya!

Good afternoon. Thought I put one of my latest pieces up on my blog and give some information on it. Painting is titled "US24-Colorado." 

I have been painting as of late area's that I remember traveling and seeing

during my life time. This painting is about the open West. Simple shapes and pale colors that absorb the outdoors and makes the viewer think about the place and time. Sky and sand make great western paintings.  Influences in my  art style could be directed to Ed Mell, Georgia O'Keefe, Maynard Dixon. Truly influence nothing more. They are the artist's that paint the Western landscape the best in my opinion over the last 100 years. 

   As a side note RP Funding Center in Lakeland will be again exhbiting the Lakeland Art Guild Art. First show open to artists will be in February 2019. Take some time and see some great art by great artists in the Central Florida area. Have a great week. See ya!

Good Morning: Enjoying some cool weather today here in Lakeland. Nice change this week from it seems our constant summer here in Florida. Thought I would talk about this new piece and how it evolved. 

  "Paint Samples" is a piece of wood that I used all last winter to test paint for my wood assemblages . I always test paints both acrylics and watercolors on wood to see how the paint looks and adheres to the wood. 

Last month a artist friend dropped by my studio and saw this piece of wood sitting in the corner. He liked it a bunch and said why don't you use it for a upcoming show. I said hey you are right so now it  is ready for a show next month in Winter Haven Florida. It is 5x20 inch wood assemblage so hope it does well. All for the week. Have a blessed weekend and see ya!

Good Morning and are you staying warm? Great cool weather today in Lakeland. 52 Degrees last time I checked.

 Ok lets talk about Farming US301. Basis for this painting was the farm country in 

South Carolina and North Carolina. You see all these vast farms as you drive with expansive pastures, growing crops, turned over land yet to be planted. Each

individual farm a microcosum of its self. Yes over the years I have done alot of landscapes but I wanted the shape and forms squares and angles to include in this painting. The painting is gallery wrapped 30x48x1.5 Acrylic on canvas. 

 Also again reminding everyone that the Ridge Art Association current juried show 

is "Black and White With a Pop of Red." Reception for this show in Winter Haven on December 1, 2018 between 6-8 PM. I have a piece in the show but also there are many award winning artists showing their art so stop by. The Show will run up to the 17th of December. Have a blessed week and see ya. 

Good Morning: Thught I would get a blog out on my latest piece I have finished now. Chief Big Head, Standing Rock Territory.  I have alwys been facinated by the 

photographs of Native Americans taken during the 1800's. Many of these were melainotype or ferrotype phtographs sometimes referred to as tintype  The metal coated with a lacquer or enamel was used as support for the photographic emulsion. 

Needless to say they created great black and white photogrpahs with shadows and subject matter that draws my eye to each one.

Back to BIg Head (Pohatanka which means Big Brain)) was a Ogala Sioux Indian Chief who fought  against a removal by the US Government in the Black Hills. He was a part of the Cheyenne indian force who suprised attacked Geneal Armstrong Custer  with Sitting Bull at Little Big Horn in 1876. Unfortunately he and his people were forced on a reservation in the years to come by the US Government. Eventually he would die of grief in 1889.  

 I tried to put two items in this piece. Bear Butte near Sturgis South Dakota. This is an important religious site for the Plains Indian. Also Tantanka or Buffalo. For the Plains Indians they meant life.They feed and clothed them. They found a reverence and peace with Tatanka. Unfortunately they to would be taken from them by the spread of people to the Western US in years of the 1800's.

 This piece is done in Charcoal and Conte. I worked alot in Charcoal and Pastel in College so wanted to give it a shot again. I plan on entering this in the Ridge Art Association Juried show  Black and White with a Pop of Red. I hope it will be shown because of the Story of Chief Big Head and also the Native American Tribes who were the First Americans. 

Have a blessed weekend and See Ya!

Good morning: Hope your week is going well.  Brief note on these miniature paintings for show in Bartow coming up. First off it was really a challenge to do them since I had never done a miniature painting before like the 3x3, Lake Holingsworth Painting.  I had done the subject in a 8x8 so I knew how to lay it out. Biggest challenge was finding brushes to do it but Amazon had some. Just tedious work which I don't enjoy much but it actually went quickly when I started it. My other miniature  painting , Morning Sunrise is a 5x5 so it was a bit easier. Frame had to be hand made but that was simple. These paintings will be entered in a Lakeland Art Guild Juried show this month. 

 Speaking of shows the Ridge Art Association Currently has a Juried Members Show hanging in their gallery in WInter Haven Florida. I received a 3rd place ribbon in that show. Stop by if you can before October 14, 2018 if you want to seek some great local art. 

 All for now. Have a blessed week. See Ya!

Assembled Photo 1

Unassembled Photo 2

Sketch for assemblage. Photo 3

Good afternoon: Been awhile since I have blogged but thought I would get one out. During art shows I have gotten alot of questions about, what are wood assemblages? 

Easiest answer  they are wood pieces assembled together to form one completed object or a wood assemblage. 

 My process starts with a sketch which is a basic idea. Generally the sketch and finished project can change dramatically but the sketch is the basic idea . The current assemblage is " View FInder". Idea for this piece was a old view finder I had when I was about 10 years old. Back then  the view finder might have photos of the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park or  New York City. Clicking away you could travel to all these neat places. Anyway my view finder has Iconic People, A TV Character, And Pop Art.

 Photo 2 has all the parts unassembled  except for a few that will make up my view finder. I really love doing Assemblages  because you are putting the pieces together an making something that you sketched  and  cut, sawed painted and glued together and always changing something till it is finished.

 "Twists and Turns" wood assemblage is that has been  sold, Next week "View FInder " will be  assembled and made ready for a show. Now you know what Wood Assemblges are about. Check out my other pieces on my web site. See Ya!

Good afternoon. New piece to share this Friday. 

"In The Morning" Is a Mixed Media 24x36 Framed. I had started on thsi painting about two years ago but it kind of hung aroung in a closet so I decided to finish it. Basis for it was a guitar player on Ft Myers Beach early one morning drinking my coffee and looking for shells. I saw him playing and asked if I could take his picture. Also I had some old Dan Fogelberg sheet music and with lyrics for the song "In The Morning"  so I incorporated the lyrics, the music and the picture of the guitar player . Worked well I thought. Miss Dan's music he was a good singer and writer. 

Currently have art at Winter Haven Airport and Art Central in Bartow. Stop by and check them out, also doing show at Mtchell"s Coffee House in Lakeland and will get the invite out on Facebook and Instagram Next Week. Have a blessed weekend and see ya!