Friday, November 21, 2014

Outlook. 8x10 acrylic on canvas

This is painted very loosely.  But I like it, so decided to stop at this point.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

August Day 11x14 acrylic on canvas

I have painted many paintings since my last post.  Over the next few weeks, I will be posting  my favorite paintings.  These are smaller paintings.  Many of these I plan to paint again in a larger size.  Painting is a constant search.  As artists, we are always seeking to grow.  This means exploration and continually weeding out what we do not like.  In other words, we always are discovering ourselves over and over again.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

In Her Thoughts 14x18 Acrylic on canvas


I have painted Roberta many, many times.  This is one of my favorites.  I somehow captured the beauty of her spirit both inwardly and outwardly.

Window. 11x14 on canvas panel.

This old building is located in West Branch, Iowa and is over 100 years old.

Yellow House. 11x14 Acrylic on canvas


I accidentally deleted this painting yesterday.  Zigged when I should have zagged on the computer!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Church on 7th Ave. 11x14 acrylic on canvas


I painted this church once before and just painted the life out of it!  Not this time!  I really wanted to portray a sense of life and joy in this painting.

Farmlands 11x14 acrylic on canvas

I loved the flow of colors and patterns in this composition.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Rivers' Bend 9x12 Acrylic on Canvas

Painting really is a journey.  Along the way, our personal voice may change.  I think it is more accurate to say that our personal voice becomes more focused and more clearly stated as we invest the time and thought standing behind the easel.  It takes time to sort through all we don't like to arrive at what we want to put down on canvas.  It is ongoing.  There is no final conclusion when it comes to painting.  However, there are paintings which speak to us and tell us what direction we are heading, whether we want to move forward or change direction.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Ballet Dancer 11x14 Acrylic on Canvas

The model here is Emily.  She is a ballet dancer with Quad City Ballet.  I have seen her dance.  I don't know how she does it.  It is as if her feet do not even touch the stage.

Exterior 11x14 Acrylic on Canvas

I have always focused on portrait and figurative painting, but I always loved every genre of painting, including to a lesser extent, abstract painting.  So I have been finding subject matter everywhere.  So why not paint paint it all, as long as its strikes an emotional chord and I can find a connection with the subject.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Paths 11x14 Acrylic

About a half mile from my home is an island that can be reached by walking over an old railroad bridge.  On the other side paths branch off in every direction.  This was painted there.  

Sunday Afternoon 11x14 Acrylic


I haven't posted in a while.  Have some catching up to do!  Many changes over the past few months.  A loss that will be forever with me.
I will be posting paintings in the coming days and weeks that have been completed since I last posted.  This one was painted just last Sunday.  I am painting more and more landscapes.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Path By The Lake 12x16 Acrylic

This was painted as a class demonstration on landscape painting. 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Logan 8x10 Acrylic


Logan was at a parade last 4th of July. He is 2 now and a force to be reckoned with. He is something!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

White Window 24x30 Acrylic

This one sat around the studio for a while before I got around to finishing it. I kept studying it, wondering where to go. Finally, I just jumped in and finished it. 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Lauren (detail) Acrylic

Painted from life at Cornerstone Gallery in Moline.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Graffitti 12x16 Acrylic

I posted this painting earlier while it was in progress, then forgot to post the finished work. Jessie posed in front of the remains of an old factory on Slyvan Island. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Untitled Landscape 16x20 Acrylic

Painted this a few months ago. It has a very abstract quality. 

Monday, March 21, 2011

Avory 16x20 Acrylic

This was painted from life at Cornerstone Gallery on a Tuesday evening painting session. Avory is a great model.

Looker 12x12 Acrylic

Sunday, March 20, 2011

'Imagine' study 16x20 Acrylic

Study for an upcoming painting. Lots to work out here, but just doing some visual thinking. The model here is Celeste.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Early Frost 16x20 Acrylic

Painted earlier this year while out in the country. Very impressionistic.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Far From Home 36x48 Acrylic

The finished painting. I love working on a larger scale.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Comfortable 16x20 Acrylic


 This was painted last night at Cornerstone Gallery. Painted on masonite panel measuring 16x20.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Untitled - More Progress 36x48 Acrylic

Detail of untitled work.

I have always found it fascinating to watch a painting evolve. My method of working is from dark to middle tone to light, saving the highlights for the very end, constantly correcting and adjusting along the way. Mass in areas first, then come back and sculpt out form. On such a large canvas, I like to develop all areas at the same time. Get bored working on one area, I move to a different area of the painting. I love working large.

Jesse is the model for this painting. She may be on her way to the Gulf of Mexico to find a job cleaning up the oil mess. I asked her if she was coming back. She said, 'Who knows!' That's Jesse!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Nancy's Rose Revisited 36x48 Acrylic

I was never completely happy with the first version of this painting. It was too drab. It needed color and life,

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Meena 16x20 Acrylic

A vignette from painting class last night. 

Friday, April 2, 2010