Saturday, November 26, 2011

"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"


My latest painting will be available at MA Doran's annual small
works show. The reception is Thursday, December 1st, 2011
5:00 until 8:00 pm.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tulsa Rose Garden


This is my newest plein air oil painting. It's 8" x 10"
and was painted last Sunday. I painted with the Oklahoma
Society of Impressionists in the Tulsa Rose Garden.
We are going to have a small show this Sunday the
23rd at the Tulsa Garden Center between 4:30 pm and
7:30 pm. Admission is $8 per person or $15 a couple.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Hard Stuff


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.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pink Flowers

Another quick oil painting of some pink flowers. It's
8" x 10" on board.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Venice II

    Two more yet untitled oil paintings in my Venice series. The
first is 12" x 24" and the second is 16" x 20".   

Abstract Paintings

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    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.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


    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.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Unexpected Encounter


    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.

Please pray for him!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Yellow Flowers


    A quick 12" x 16" oil painting of some flowers that I
finished  recently.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Collectors' Reserve at the Gilcrease Museum

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    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.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My Favorite Time of Year.

My favorite time of year is Autumn!!

    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".

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

En Plein Air

    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.

Monday, August 22, 2011

My first national magazine exposure.

    I've been a member of the Oklahoma Society of Impressionists
for about a year. We have an exhibit currently showing at the
Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
The exhibit is featured on page 200 of the Western Art Collector
July issue. I feel fortunate the magazine decided to use two of
my pieces in the article.

California Dreamin

    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 saw in Orange County. It's title is "Last Light"
and it is 12" x 24".

Saturday, August 20, 2011

My first blog entry.

Welcome to my blog. 

    This blog will give me an opportunity to keep those of you
interested in my work better up to date. It will also provide
me an opportunity to showcase my newest paintings and
let you know about any events I'm participating in. 

    I hope you find my posts interesting and feel free to leave