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.