Thursday, February 16, 2017
Thanks to Allan Duerr & Tom Tierney for featuring me in the new March/April 2017 issue of ART OF THE WEST magazine! I also got the back cover with Bonner David Galleries -- on sale now!
Thursday, January 19, 2017
"The Land of My Nativity" (24x30) oil on canvas
I grew up in southern Orange County, California when it still had an abundance of citrus groves -- now there are but a scant few. In fact, the neighborhood where we lived in the 70's was built in an orange grove. Today the grove is long gone (as is the bareness of the hills that surrounded that small valley in San Juan Capistrano) but the memories remain; hide n' seek in the grove, building forts in the eucalyptus trees and coming home with our clothes wreaking of orange juice.
"The Scarlet Conclusion" (9x12) oil on linen SOLD
So although 'I can never go home again' literally, I can still revisit those idyllic places of my youth in my minds eye, and on canvas... AND (as the Shangri-La's would sing) that's called, "Glad" ~
Friday, December 30, 2016
"Trespass" (30x22) oil on panel SOLD
For my last blog post of 2016 I'd like to wish everyone a healthy, prosperous & PEACEFUL New Year... This past year has been one of ups & downs, encouragement & chaos, and so I am choosing to look forward with optimism and opportunity to contribute where I can to make the world a better place; trust you will too, and hope to see you all in 2017!
This allegorical painting, "Trespass" will be available at the L A Art Show thru Maxwell Alexander Gallery, opening January 12, 2017.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
First painting after a 2.5 hour bus ride and a 15 hour plane flight! (10x12) oil on linen
I've just returned from a 10-Day painting trip to southern China -- what an experience! I traveled there with several well-known American & Chinese-American painters. We all stayed together at a hotel in Kaiping, and took daily van trips to out-lying villages and rivers to paint...
View from bridge in the village of Chikan...
The weather was warm and humid up to the last couple of days when we had a little rain; not bad for November! It was quite smoggy though, with a permanent haze that hung near the horizon and made for beautiful sunrises!
The population of course is huge, even in the smaller towns where we barely squeezed down tight streets filled with market shoppers...
Residents in the village of Chikan...
It was cultural overload for sure, but pleasant and comfortable as our hosts and drivers made everything accessible and supplied our every need. With all the crowds, driving was chaotic and it was best to not watch as we headed down the 2-lane roads with 3 to 4 lanes of traffic! Cars and even scooters with whole families aboard were a common site...
Painting in an abandoned village where most all of the residents have moved to the city for jobs, but maintain their village fields for gardening...
I was mostly fascinated by the quaint house boats that dotted the riversides; a very distinct look to these homes on the water that are unfortunately slated to be done away with if the government has it's way with it's gentrification program...
Night scene on the river in Kaiping (10x12) oil on linen
We were treated to many fabulous meals with local artists and our hosts from the Kaiping Art Museum. Every day was divided between eating, painting and eating again in various restaurant locales...
A wonderful lunch and dinner was put on by the owner of an art school out in the countryside...
while we were the only white westerners in sight, the locals were always friendly and curious toward us; these people seem to smile all the time!
A visit to a local middle school and all the beautiful faces!
We were thronged for autographs even though we we nobodies!
"The Chicken Whisperer" (12x10) oil on linen
Like any place, there were both city dwellers and country locals that made up the population; and though poverty was present, they all seemed to be contented and busy just living life -- no cardboard signs at the off ramps or pan-handlers begging for pocket change, and tipping was a no-no...
A little peck on the cheek ;)
Of course they don't scrimp on anything during a meal -- every part (and I mean EVERY PART) of the meal was always included; chicken heads, pigeon heads, eel, etc. made each meal time an adventure!
Announcement signage at the Kaiping Art Museum...
Our trip culminated with an evening show of our paintings at the Kaiping Art Museum where I sold one and donated another... gifts were presented to us from the Chinese artists and every one was interviewed by local newspapers and television!
House Boats at the Sunset (10x12) oil on linen
I am still processing all that I experienced there, but I do know I would go back again for sure; it was one of the best trips I've ever taken and one that I will treasure for a lifetime!
A typical scene in a rural village of southern China...
Monday, October 24, 2016
Nightingale (12x16) oil on linen
A couple more headed to the Coors Western Exhibition & Sale, opening in Denver January 2017...
Terra Cotta Dancer (14x11) oil SOLD!
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Yamhill Valley (8x10) oil on linen
Even though I enjoy studio painting, my greatest exercise & teacher is getting outside to paint from nature. When I do larger, "finished" landscape paintings, they are usually started outside (if not completed there) but never begun from photographs -- I only reference a photograph if I've actually started the work from life (or from a smaller plein air sketch). There are just too many pitfalls working entirely from a photograph; most of which is the convenience of time to overwork and "render" a subject to death...
Evening Trees (6x8) oil on linen
Although time can be a task master it keeps us on track, and I often find the outdoor paintings I rush to complete usually retain that fresh spontaneity I'm hoping for. If I can accept the raw energy of imperfect brush strokes, but get at least the approximate value and colour right, then I'm doing okay... Of course it can be much more challenging than it sounds, but it sure is worth the effort when it works out.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Serenata (8x10) oil on panel SOLD
This week my Showcase feature opened at the Maxwell Alexander Gallery in Culver City, CA...here's the link:
Desert Sentinel (16x20) oil on panel SOLD
I have 5 new paintings in the show along with fellow painter, Ray Roberts. Two pieces sold before the show opened, so please stop by if you're in the L.A. area before they're gone!
Where I Am Going, You Cannot Follow
(12x12) oil on panel SOLD
Morning Rider (12x16) oil on linen SOLD
You Look Lost, Gringo (16x20) oil on linen SOLD