Thursday, December 28, 2017

Boldt Castle Entrance Tower

"Bold Castle Entrance Tower"
8 x 10 acrylic on canvas
Available through DPW gallery/auction

It has been a while since I posted here and a while since I took part in a challenge. But my goal in 2018 is to get back to my roots with art, and this painting was a first step towards that goal.

I use to paint many challenges, every month, and post them often. But the sales & marketing side of art seemed to have taken over on me, and that combined with my day job demands forced me to spend time away from the easel too much. I did do quite a few commissioned pieces during that time, and I intend to continue with that. But I wanted to get back in touch with my job of painting, and my roots in the process.

This painting is from an image in the Paint and Draw Together blog challenge - one of the early ones I use to participate in. It is also one of the few remaining challenges from when I first started with the online painting world. Much as changed, and is still changIng, in the online art community. For one thing, the daily painting craze seems to have peaked and now fallen. It had it's run, and still exists, but on a much smaller scale. I've decided to continue with online auctions for the start of 2018 to see where it goes. This painting is up for for auction at Daily Paintworks.

Also up for auction over at DPW, are a few of my older pieces. I have these with a very, very low starting bid of only $10 - and free US shipping. Now may be a good chance to purchase a few you once liked!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


"Skip" - 24x30 acrylic
gallery wrapped canvas

Just a quick post as I'm going crazy getting ready for a show this Saturday. This piece will be in the show (thank God acrylics dry fast!). In fact my entire entry is birds! 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Big House

"The Big House"
16x20 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
commissioned piece - NFS

Please pardon my absence but I have been so busy (too busy is there such a thing) with my day job, commissioned paintings, getting ready for an upcoming show in October, and handling gallery rotations. Oh, and just to add to the list, I'm writing a book also - about my daily commuting adventures in and out of NYC. 

This is one of a few Home Portraits I've done recently. This will be delivered over the weekend to a client who asked that the "older" style of her home be painted. She loves the porch that her home once had (it was enclosed years ago to enlarge the living area) and wanted to capture it in a larger painting that she will frame & hang. Needless to say, I was thrilled to do such a piece!

This painting was combined from a series of photos - some new, some old, and some right from Google maps! I combined bits & pieces from each to put together a single "photograph" to work from. Here is the combined photo - not designed to be pretty, just to merely show the elements (mainly the porch) in relation to the other parts. The old photo was in a sepia tone, so the "colors" to the older image were determined by both the client & myself. In a different older photo you can clearly see that the siding on the top was a cedar shake which the homeowner wanted to stand out. 

There have been a few other Home Portraits done recently - any that are intended as a gift I will not be posting until I know the gift has been given! No need to spoil anyone's surprise!


Home portraits make a great gift and with the holidays right around the corner, now is a good time to order that portrait for gift-giving. Simply email me for details & we can discuss!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


16 x 20 acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas
image continues on 1-1/2 inch sides
Email me if interested in this piece

I love loons! They are the most welcomed bird at the lake every spring. They arrive before the crowds of summer people do. Their call is undeniably unique, usually in the early mornings when the lake is calm - when you hear it, you know you've heard a loon!

A link to hear one

I spent quite a bit of time on this one, doing wash after wash on the background but also on the bird's wings. I love how this turned out.


The link below will bring you to some wonderful music - it's called Loon Summer. I listen to this often when I am painting, in fact, I listed to it exclusively when I painted this! It starts & no matter where I am, I get transported back to the lake. The lake is my happy place!




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