Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Granny Green Apples

Granny Green Apples 7" x 5" oil on masonite
The colors are so jovial in this painting, like the purple/blue in the shadows or the electric blue color in the corner. I used a black background for this piece, it makes the contrast so much stronger.

Sunday, May 26, 2013


Mementos 4" x 4" oil on masonite
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I am using this medium called "Neo Meglip" it's been getting some interesting results, it makes the paint thicker as well as glossier; I plan to dilute it with gamsol so its more pliable. This is my Navajo necklace from Mt.Charleston, it represents new beginnings as well as progress, the lapis lazuli in the middle symbolizes creativity and power. I saw a blue jay the day I got it, it felt like a good omen. I used my Blue Jay painting as a background, I always like how paintings look painted inside a painting!

Saturday, May 25, 2013


Columbus 20" x 20" acrylic on canvas
This painting is an anniversary gift for a client at the gallery, she wanted certain images of Columbus along with pale greys and greens. I used a palette knife throughout to make it loose and abstract. The arch is a Short North arch from downtown Columbus, which is where the gallery is located. Underneath the arch is Main Street Bridge and Rich Street Bridge at the Scioto. In the water is Lindy's, where her husband proposed to her, the image blends into McPherson Park, which they frequent. I also hid their baby's initials and birth date in the painting.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Glazed Donut

Glazed Donut 5" x 5" oil on masonite
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I love Glazed Donuts, yum yum yum. I've been looking at Wayne Thiebaud all week, inspired me to paint a sweet bakery good. I mixed it up a bit and tried using a bright pink background, which I think came out fabulously with the purple and warm tones.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Setting Sun

Setting Sun 6" x 6" oil on masonite
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This is a plein-air painting of sunset, I had to scramble to get this image before it disappeared!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Clips 6" x 6" oil on masonite
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In this painting I only used blue, burnt sienna, black and white, it's almost impossible to create muddy colors in a limited color palette, especially with complements. It reminds me of the Coffee Time piece I did about a year ago.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tuscan Vista

Tuscan Vista 30" x 60" acrylic on canvas
This is a landscape I did for a gallery client, can't get enough of those rolling Italian hills! For this piece I used the grain of the canvas to get some painterly effects, usually I abhor the canvas grit but now I feel like I'm embracing it.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Sleeping In

Sleeping In 12" x 8" oil on canvas
This is a challenge from DailyPaintWorks, my main objective was to heighten the color and make it painterly.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Road to Paradise and Pine

Road to Paradise and Pine 24" x 36" oil on canvas
My parents came up with the name, it sounds like a wicked Led Zeppelin song. It refers to where my grandpa lived in Las Vegas, this is the view on the way there. Mt.Charleston is part of the background mountains, I also got Mummy mountain in there too!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Blue Jay

Blue Jay 3.75" x 2.75" acrylic on watercolor paper
I did this quick little study of this Blue Jay today, I'm going to use this image as a prop for a still life later tonight. I haven't tried acrylic on watercolor in forever, but I certainly like the result.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Full Bloom

Full Bloom 4" x 4" oil on masonite
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This is my teacup orchid that I got last year for my birthday, it's the first time I've gotten an orchid to bloom again, hooray for spring!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Happenstance 6" x 6" oil on masonite
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Dave helped me come up with this name, it was a bit of happenstance I got the flower. It was also fortuitous accident that I painted it an hour before it finally drooped. My teachers always said that you should seek still life set ups, as if you found them on accident. I tried to get the flower in as fast as I could, swift and sure. In a crazy way, the rose is gazing at the viewer just as inquisitively as a painter would a flower.