I went plein air painting the other day with a couple of
friends at the Tulsa Garden Center. The weather was
beautiful...almost 70 degrees. I used my new plein air
box I just finished making. It worked much better than
the last one I made. I was able to finish this 9" x 12"
painting of the Garden Center's front steps in about
I haven't painted on prepared board in a long time but
recently I've painted a couple to experiment. I do
love the way the paint doesn't soak into the hard painting
surface. It creates textures and shows the brushstrokes
a lot more than the canvas I usually use.
The first painting is titled "Time of the Waiting Moon". It's a
30" x 24" gallery wrapped Acrylic. The second is titled
"Passion". It's a 30" x 30" Acrylic.
I began painting Abstracts about 4 years ago after developing
health problems that affected my vision. My vision problems
have since cleared up for the most part but I still paint an
abstract every now and then.
These are two of my newest oil paintings. I don't have titles
for them yet. The first is 16" x 20" and the second is 18" x 18".
I haven't been to Venice but Cheryl and I have a friend who
vacationed there and took a lot of pictures. She gave me
permission to use her photos as reference.
There are several more I plan to paint. I'll post them when
they are finished.
This is my newest en plein air oil painting. It's 8" x 10"
and was painted yesterday morning at the Tulsa Rose Garden.
I set up my easel and started painting about 9:00 am. It
was soon after I started painting that I could hear
someone talking very strangely somewhere behind me.
It sounded like a male voice and it seemed like he was
talking to himself in both English and some other
language. I didn't let it bother my focus on my painting
even though at times he was yelling fairly loudly. As I
was finishing up my painting about an hour later I saw
him walking toward me. He was very disheveled and
had blood running down his forehead from several scrapes.
He said something to me I didn't understand. When I
asked him to repeat what he had asked me he said more
slowly " I don't want to hurt you...could you call the police
and have them come arrest me." I told him I'd prefer that
he didn't hurt me and asked him if he'd done something
wrong that he needed to be arrested for. He said he hadn't
yet...he also said he had been released from jail that
morning and wanted the police to arrest him so he could go
back. I asked if it were alright if I could use my own phone
and he said he didn't mind. He stood there I proceeded to call
911. The 911 operator took my information and a description
of what he looked like and said she would send an officer. I
told him they were on their way and to wait but he started to
talk to himself and walked away. I stayed at the location
I had called from waiting to see a police officer for quite a
while before moving to another location to paint a couple
hundred yards away. Unfortunately I never saw a police car
come by or saw the man again. I'm really hoping they did
and that they found him. He definitely needed some help.
I've been invited to exhibit in this year's Collectors' Reserve
at the Gilcrease Museum. It's a very nice show and I feel
honored that my work will hang next to some of the country's
top artists. The show runs October 22nd - November 7th
and the reception and art sale will be held November 3rd.
Cheryl and I took a Sunday drive last fall and went sightseeing near Tahlequah in Eastern Oklahoma. It was a lovely day and I made her stop at every pull out to check out the view along theIllinois river. This is the first oil painting I've done from the reference photos I took that day. It's title is "Around the Bend" and it is 12" x 24".
I went plein air painting with another Tulsa artist this morning. We met at the river and jumped right into painting. It started to rain fairly hard while I was painting my first piece (pictured on the left above). This was my first time painting in the rain while using oils. It definitely added another degree of difficulty to the painting. It took a little over an hour to finish this one.
I jumped right into my next painting (pictured on the right). It went a little more smoothly probably because the rain had stopped. It took about 55 minutes to finish this one. I haven't painted in plein air for a while so I'm a little rusty but all in all I'm fairly satisfied with my results.
My wife Cheryl and I lived in Southern California for a couple of years when we first meet. We have so many fond memories of living there. I often think about the ocean and the beautiful sunsets we enjoyed together. My newest oil painting depicts one of the sunsets we sawin Orange County. It's title is "Last Light" and it is 12" x 24".