Saturday, December 27, 2008


watercolor; nfs

A study I did that I was frustrated
with, sloped paint on it, staining
it. Will redo later.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Red Onion

6" X 6" oil on hardboard

Learned more about oil painting
from these last three. Will be
doing more watercolors, now work-
ing on a large painting.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Circling Koi

13" x 20"

Experimenting with fluid acrylics on yupo
synthetic paper. This paper is very smooth
and like plastic. I liked the watery effect
from the paints on this paper and the ability
to add several layers of color.

Friday, August 8, 2008


watercolor 14" x 14" 140 lb cp

This is the second attempt of a photograph of
Alexandra Kitchin, the beautiful model of
Lewis Carrol, who wrote "Alice in Wonder-
land. She was his favorite model to photograph
in the 1870's.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

"Yuri's Son"

watercolor 11 3/4" 15"

This boy lives in Israel and his father is
a photographer. I was attracted to his
beautiful green eyes and the stubborn
determination conveyed in the photo.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

"Red Peppers II"

watercolor 9" x 11"

More red peppers which I first painted
opera pink, but didn't like so I went with

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

"On Vacation"

I am on vacation and will be
posting more paintings next

"Red Peppers"

watercolor 8" x 10"

Playing with the composition of cast
shadows and the subject. May paint
a series of peppers to learn to paint
cast shadows that glow.

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Friday, July 11, 2008


watercolor 11" x 15"

Love to paint waterlilies that are on
the lakes of the region.

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Monday, July 7, 2008


oil on hardboard 8" x 10"

This painting I did for my daughter who
loves Volkswagon Vans. She has always
wanted to buy one, add shag carpet, and
go on a road trip with her girlfriends.
Pinchalo is a nickname for these vans,
which the kids started as a road trip game;
counting to see who would end up with
the most counted.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Taking A Break

No paintings for today.

Yesterday while enjoying a lemonade
outside a downtown cafe, my daughter
and I noticed a book on a planter that
someone had forgotten.......title of the
book was..... "Left Behind".

Friday, July 4, 2008

"Look At Me"

watercolor 22" x 27"

This painting was a work in progress, it was
started at the time of the Katrina Hurricane
in the Gulf of Mexico when I needed something
cheery to paint. I finally pulled it
out and finished it.

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

"Evening Sun"

watercolor on 140 lb cp
15" x 20"
This is from a reference photo of
Greenough Park as the evening
sun was shining through the trees.
May redo this painting and add more
colors and depth.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

"Tied In Red"

oil on hardboard 8" x 10"

This is my 5th attempt at oil painting.
Hope to develop a more impressionistic
style as I acquire more skill in oils.

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"My First Oil Painting"

oil on card stock paper

This is my first oil painting I did when
I was about 11 yrs. old. I was trying to
figure out how oil painters could get the
paints to blend together so well without
having sharp edges between the various
colors and make it look natural. As a
youth I did some paint by number kits
and hated the outcome of the
paintings. Then one day I had an
epiphany...just try blending the two
colors side by side with a brush for a
smoother more blended look. I had
no canvas, so I painted clear nail polish
on card stock paper and this is the result.
The painting held up fairly well for 44 yrs.

Friday, June 27, 2008

"A Happy Soul"

Watercolor on 140 lb cp
12" x 16"

This painting was just accepted into
the Montana Watercolor Society Show
that will be held this fall in Bigfork, Mt.
The paintings will be on display in Oct at the
Bigfork Art and Cultural Center.

Thursday, June 26, 2008


watercolor on 140 lb cp 131/2" x 16"

This painting is of a friend who was born in
Germany and is one of the happiest
people I know. On the day I took
pictures of her, she was worried about
her husband who was in treatment for
an illness. The concern for her husband
came through the expressions on her face
in most of the pictures, but I decided to go
ahead and paint her anyway. Hope to do
more of her soon.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

"First To Bloom"

pastel on suede matte board
12" x 15"

A painting I intended to do last
April while we were having so many
cold, gray days this spring. Experimenting
with the suede matte board and trying
to learn the characteristics of this surface
when applying the pastel.

Friday, June 20, 2008

"Three Radishes"

pastel on suede matte board 8" x 10"
Suede matte board is a fun surface to work
on with pastel. It holds the pastel better
than pastel paper and holds many layers
of color.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

"Green Apples"

watercolor on 140 lb cp
81/2" x 91/4"

A still life study from a drawing I did about
a year ago and decided to add some color
to the design.


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Red Dahlia

watercolor 140lb cp 71/2" x 71/2"

A portrait of a red dahlia. Each petal was
painted individually, trying to vary the colors.

Friday, June 13, 2008


8" x 10" watercolor on watercolor canvas

I am willing to try new products, but struggled
with this painting on watercolor canvas. I will
stick with the more reliable watercolor paper.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Sketch of Sir Henry Thompson

This is the 20 minute sketch I did of the following
painting. Drawing before you paint forces you to
study the varied values of the face and notice the
small characteristics of the face that makes that
person unique.

"Sir Henry Thompson"

watercolor on 140lb arches 11" x 15"

Sir Henry Thompson was a surgeon and painter
living in England in the 1800's. I was intrigued
by his face and the challenge to paint a large
mustache and graying hair.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Lolo Peak

12" x 9" watercolor on 140lb arches; plein air

This is a painting I did of Lolo Peak from the view point of
Fort Missoula. This mountain peak will have snow on it
up until late July on average.