Friday, July 22, 2011


This acrylic on canvas is another abstracted landscape. I was thinking of Missouri when I painted this one. I loved all the trees there. The people were great too. This one is all about color and shape.

The Yellow Plains

I am working on a series of abstract landscapes that are acrylic on canvas. They are 24" square canvases and that is an interesting shape to work with. I was thinking about the Texas Panhandle when I painted this one.

Rural Textures

The title says it all. This is a watercolor that I thought was done. I liked it and even had it in a show. But, alas, I decided to play with it and collaged some rice papers and painted some more. It is much stronger now and Jim likes it a lot, which is high praise. Now it is done.

Desert Flame

This is another small watercolor. I am working with other media, but teach watercolor, so I have to keep up with this one too. I like the color play of the warms and cools in this piece. I also like the soft and hard edges that is so watercolor.

Thursday, July 21, 2011


This is a painting that calls to me in the summer. It is a little crooked, but I think the colors work and it has good movement. I wanted to see how it looks "published" on my blog.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Watercolor Classes

This drought is really getting to me! It is so hot and dry that I need a little watercolor to COOL OFF. I am planning to teach Intermediate/Advanced Watercolor classes in my home in August and September. Let me know if you are interested by emailing me at I am looking forward to a set of class that will inspire and help us find our muse.
class size will be small. I am looking forward to some fun with water!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

One A Day

I decided to add this cheery painting. I love red and organic shapes. I pushed this red about as far as I could. I started this painting as a demonstration and completed it later. It is small, but it demands attention. I just had to add it to my blog.

Summer Visitors

I have painted these pond plants and dragonflies several times and I never get tired of trying to get just the right feeling. This one is light and airy, with interesting negative spaces. I like the crisp whites and bright colors. I am not sure if it is finished, but I thought I would post it anyway.

After Hours

Okay, this one is about the hat, but the pose said to me that this cowboy is tired and has just come in after a long, hard ride. Still no face. Another story that you get to make up. This is fun.

Ready Or Not

Another figure that is all about hands and not face. I think these pieces are the beginnings of a new series: Faceless Posers. It is a lot of fun to figure out ways to create a figurative image without it being all about the face. I do like the mystery.

Cowboy Revisited

Okay. No star, just a Texas flag. I like to redesign the background with shapes, and these seem to fit the image pretty well. I like the face better. Much less detail adds to the mystery. To me, it is all about the hands anyway. Oh yeah, and the hat.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Five O'Clock Shadows

Here is my latest figure. I enjoyed the costumed model. This painting has a very sketchy, rough feel that I like and didn't want to lose by working into it too much. I love the white hat and am looking for a place to put a Texas star. What do you think?