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"To The Morning" is a painting I completed today so thought I should blog it. Little history on the painting. Last summer when we were at Ft Myers Beach I ran across a gentleman playing his guitar early one morning walking along the beach. I asked him if I could take his photo and he said yes. I pulled the photo out the other day and started thinking it would make a great piece for a painting with a old Dan Fogleberg song. I used the sheet music and lyrics thus the title "To the Morning." This is a 24x36 MIxed Media on Canvas. Hope you enjoy it. Have a blessed day and see ya.

Good morning. Hope everyone has survived the holidays and the cool weather here in Florida. Seems like summer is still aways off. Anyway lets get down to this painting.

 "Under the Surface" Was a painting I wanted to do for a long time since  I  I started experimenting with rust paint. This painting had a lot of steps to get it finished and the hardest part was getting the paper to look rusty and old. I utilized also an old water color painting I had done in Raleigh back in 2014 for the surface part of the piece. I utlized the following mediums to complete it. Tyvek, Golden High Flow Acrylics, Modern Masters Rust Paint, Caulk, Tar Gel, Modeling Paste. The 12 x24 Hardboard Panel Floats on a 17x28 Panel and is ready to hang. 

 Also if you get a chance the 67 th  Anniversary Fine Arts Juried Exhibition  will be opening on January 12, 2017 at the Ridge Art Association Gallery in WInter Haven, Florida. My blog from last month about "Sluice Box" is the piece that I entered and is showing in this exhibition. As artists we hope you will get out and see our art because we love to share it with everyone. Have a blessed week and Go Clemson" See ya!

Good Morning. Nice Fall day here in Florida. First Blog this month and it is nearly over. Time does fly. So let's get to this painting and my show coming up next month.

 This piece is called "Sluice Box 1016". It is a 24x24x1.5 Mixed Media Wrapped Canvas. It is my interpretation of a sluice box full of precious stones and rocks. This painting will be at my show next month. 

 I am very excited to be invited back to MItchell's Coffee House in Lakeland Florida to do a show during the month of November 2016. A reception wil be held on First Friday November 4, 2016 from 6-8 PM. My recent work  along with older will be hung for the show. I hope you will come and see my work and talk art and enjoy the evening so graciously provided by Mitch and Michelle Harvey at Mitchell's Coffee House. Again thank you two for the opportunity to do this show. 

 Have a blessed week and I hope to see you next week at the show. See Ya!

Hope your week is going well. Weekend is here. This is my latest painting  "Titled Bayou 916". It is my take on a Bayou with mature trees and black sky and water. This is a mixed media painting on Canvas and the size is 15x30x1.5. I utlized mediums of Red Rosin Paper, High Flow Liquid Acrylic, Modeling Paste, Mini Canvas Panels. This peice should be at show in November at Mitchell's Coffee House unless it is sold. Have a great week and see you soon. See ya!

Good morning and hello for September. WIshing for some fall like weather but it isn't here yet. 

This piece I did last week and it is titled "Hickory Grove". I found some old sheet music from 1975 so I thought I would include it in this painting thus hickory grove. Also included was a old watercolor I had done so it seemed appropriate to include also. This is a 15x30x1.5 Mixed Media on Canvas and will be at my show at MItchell's Coffee Shop in Lakeland Florida  in November. I hope if you read my blog you can come by and look at my  my art and also get some great food and coffee while your there. All for this week have a blessed week and I will see ya.

Good afternoon. Hope your weekend is going well. I now am transfering my art to a more abstract approach from a standpoint ,it is providing more interpretations of textures, shapes and colors. I would like comments on these newest pieces if you have a opportunity. My personal thoughts are I needed to step away from traditional paintings and go after something that takes longer to produce but provides colors and layers and textures that makes the mind want to touch and question the painting.
"Peel Back the Layers" is on canvas and utilized many of the mediums of my previous paintings. Modeling paste, Tyvek, Red Rosin Paper, Corrugated Cardboard, Tissue Paper and Acrylic and Watercolor paint. I hope you like it. At Mitchell's Coffee House in November there will be a whole series of these paintings along with some of my other art. Hope you will come and see it. Thanks and have a blessed day. See ya!

Hope your week Is going well. I have started painting more so this is one of my new paintngs. First you will note it is not realism. I have started painting abstract again because it is a challenge and I have gotten some good feedback and comments on this type of art. second it is allowing me to use different materials and techniques that I want to try out. The other paintings will still be painted but this is my direction now. So there.

This painting is Titled "Patch Work 816.  First Photo is laying out the different textures I had created. DOing this type of painting requires layering and cutting before you are able to start. The painting was started by using a 300# Cold Press Paper. This was sprayed with Liquitex spray paint. its a new product I wanted to use and it is acrylic paint . It costs a bit more then regular spray paint but it provides a excellent smooth consistent surface on the paper. I then spent two days doing acrylic skins, tyvek sheets (plastic based), developing textures on rosin paper and built ups nice inventory  for future use. Also I utilized some of my old water color paintings to build the painting. One neat tool I found is a plastic backing for rugs. It made some very neat textures with modeling paste on rosin paper. I then started attaching the different pieces to the paper to build the painting. Once it dries and sits for a couple of days I will look at it again and see if it needs any more changes. Overall I think it is a great painting, This painting is 16x20 Unframed. Price is $400.

 Have a blessed week and see you soon. 

Ok Good Afternoon. Thought I would share my latest painting and the process that it took to get the above finished painting. Below is the first step after laying out the drawing on canvas


I have found the background needs to be resolved first. Not necessarily the 

final one but a background that will allow me to pick the colors for the subject. The background is Acrylic Paint (French Ultamarine, Phelo Blue and Pale Blue). Once these colors have dried I started on the fish. Below is painting with the next two steps. 

The fish is painted in watercolors utilizing some of the same colors in the back ground but more of a wash then pure paint. I generally do two to three washes with a seal between each one. The seal (Krylon) allows me to develop the colors that I want the fish to have. Next the white areas are modeling paste that I will let dry. These are guides for me to use when I apply the pastels and additional watercolors on the final step. Below

This is the final picture. I have used pastels, additional watercolor washes and improved the top portion of the painting to tie in to the water below the Tarpon. My signature and one last spray of Krylon Matte and this painting is a keeper but not really. Sure some fisherman would love to have this SIlver King in their Man Room or special place. "Silver King" is a Mixed Media 22x28 on canvas unframed.

More blogs coming in the next few weeks. Have a blessed day and see ya.