Thursday, August 28, 2014


Josephine              oil on panel                  10" x 8"
I've been wanting to paint my nephew's little girl for some time. But, I just didn't feel I had the right photo source to work from. However, a recent family gathering provided a good way for me to take some  casual snaps and I had fun with this one today. I am planning to adjust the background darks as they are looking too strong right now, but tomorrow will provide 'fresh eyes'.
This one's not for sale, but check out my Website for other available paintings.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Little Red Wagon

Little Red Wagon             oil on panel              6" x 6"
My sister's kids are way past the age of having a little red wagon, but she has been clever in keeping theirs. It has been a reliable workhorse for every conceivable home and garden project. So here it is, waiting once again in the background, for the next big idea to come along.......and I'm sure it will.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Finishing Touch

Finishing Touch      oil on linen panel      10" x 8
Here are two more Oinkari dancers getting ready for a performance at the St. Ignacio festival. I am repeatedly attracted to these scenes of color and careful preparation, usually in a group of the women. They have layered scarves, vests, aprons, overskirts and ribbons that always seem to need some bit of attention. It's all a good part of the show for me.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Preparing To Dance II - oil painting slideshow

     Preparing To Dance- slideshow    oil on linen     8"x10"
I finally got around to creating a little slideshow of "Preparing To Dance". I worked from dark to light in order not to be dazzled by the reds and create them in values that are too light. I think that helped me keep the balance of the composition together. Hope this is helpful, I welcome questions if you have them. This one's sold, but you can see more of my daily paintings and other works on
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son         8" x 10"           oil on linen
I found time to work with two more figures today and this from a friend's photo of he and his son fly fishing. A few more adjustments to make, but generally it is the overall statement I wanted from an excellent photo source
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Preparing To Dance II

Preparing To Dance II             oil on linen          8" x 10"
As we continue to put together our new house and my studio space, I seem to find more time to paint during weekends. So here is another "Saturday painting" as there were no appointments or workers or shopping for today. This is again a painting from the St. Ignacio Festival a couple of weeks ago in Boise. Sometimes you know a scene will work as a painting right away, and this was one of those. The light was strong and the whites reflected all the color around these two Oinkari dancers. I took photos of my progress, but can't say for sure whether they're decent. If so, I will create a slideshow of the process and post it in a few days. 'Til then, hope you are enjoying your weekend and thanks for continuing to visit my work.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Re-painting and Adjustments- Basque Colors

Basque Colors       oil on linen panel    10" x 8"
When I posted yesterday, I knew in the back of my mind that my painting wasn't really finished the way I wanted. The face had too much contrast in edges and values and the result was harsh. Today I worked on this improved version and am much happier with it. 

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Basque Color

Basque Color             10" x 8"       oil on linen
The Oinkari Basque Dancers performed this weekend as part of the annual St. Ignacio Festival here in Boise. I took a lot of photos and was able to grab some time today to paint this flag bearer after a performance. It was a colorful, fun festival weekend with friends and relatives and I really enjoyed painting this one.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Another Breezy Beach Day

Another Breezy Beach Day          oil on linen         7" x 10"
Today I hid my 'to do' list and did not allow anything to get in the way of breaking out the paints! Yay! I didn't allow unpacking, cleaning, shopping, home decor or any of the other myriad of 'necessities' to creep in. Ok, I did do a load of laundry and cleaned brushes, but a nice little chunk of time went to thinking about the many blue hues of the beaches of Hawaii. This is from a past trip and it was  lovely way to take an afternoon vacation.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Imagination Land

Imagination Land                         oil                         6" x 6"
Who knows why a particular image comes to mind? I've been looking for the photo this is based on for awhile and just couldn't come up with it for love nor money. So, I resorted to working from my imagination on this one and enjoyed the change. The salmon pink sky and reflection in the water in from a late summer, memory here in Eagle.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Canyon Shapes

Canyon Shapes            11" x 14"           oil on linen panel
This is Box Canyon again from our trip to Fort Smith, Montana and the Big Hole River. The drama of the big shapes are always intriguing and they can change dramatically at every turn.
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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Garden Wall

Garden Wall          oil       10" x 8"
This is from the garden tour again and a more typical view from one of the smaller gardens. It had small corners and little walls that were ingeniously placed and making areas of flowers and paths seem larger than they were. Amazing what good design of a space can do.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Cabbages - a little color from the garden tour

Cabbages                   oil on linen panel                 6"x 8"
Not a very catchy title I know, but it's one of the many plants, flowers and garden art that caught my eye last weekend on the Boise Garden Tour. There are so many lovely violets and greens in the leaves and I pushed them all just a bit. 

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Water Collage

Water Collage   
No painting today, but I put together a collage of some of my water works just for fun. Click any of the corresponding numbers below to see each image in full.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Afternoon Off

Afternoon Off            7" x 9"            oil on linen panel
Like this guy, I took an afternoon off, only for me it was to paint. Unpacking boxes and trying to figure and fit everything into new places can be exhausting for all the decision making. Painting is a lot of decision making too, but I certainly needed the switch into a different world of color and shapes.
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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Still Watchful

Still Watchful                  9" x 12"                oil on linen panel
In my last post before starting the crazy busy process of moving, I posted "Watchful" showing this pair with their new family. Now one month later, here they are again as they appeared in our backyard a couple days ago with their gawky 'teenagers'. I thought it would be fun to begin again where I left off, with everything both familiar and different. This group is going in all directions, just like we are on most days. The move and unpacking are progressing but I look in one box, get distracted by something else and........... head off in a different direction! 
I count it as great progress that I'm painting again... Yay!

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Unpacking In Eagle, Idaho and OPA Acceptance!

Alicia In Basque Dress   18" x 14"  oil on linen panel
We have made the move and are now in Eagle, Idaho. While we have been unpacking and trying to get re-organised, I got some nice news that this painting of my niece was accepted into the 
Oil Painters of America Western Regional show in Carmel, CA so I'm thankful and happy about that as well. She has always been a good model for me and fun to paint....thanks Alicia!

On the business side of things, PayPal links have been restored on my website and I am up and running once again. I appreciate those of you who've put works on hold and have been patient during this crazy bit of time. Thank you!
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Sunday, May 11, 2014

A Painting Break While We Move - packing, packing, packing.........

The Perfect Cup      6" x 8"       oil on linen
I will be taking about a three week break while we are moving and things are crazy busy! We are looking forward to the new adventure, but finding time to paint will be impossible for what I am estimating to be about three weeks. At least that's what I'm telling myself, though I hope to make it back to the easel sooner. Meanwhile I am also disabling my website PayPal links as of Monday during this time. If you have questions on a particular painting, or would like to put one on hold, just email me. I'll be back to painting and in business just as soon as I can! See ya' then :)

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Watchful - Geese with Goslings

Watchful         10" x 8"          oil on panel
We are back from a visit to Eagle, Idaho and I caught a few pictures of these geese with their darling new goslings. There were six total, but I just used the one for this composition. As the little ones ran here and there, the parents stayed close..... a really sweet scene repeated over and over. The grass near the pond edge is thick with all the wonderful lush spring green colors you'd expect. Really fun!

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Desert Ochre

Desert Ochre             oil on linen panel               6" x 8"

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