Character Development

Sunday, December 1, 2019
Character Development

When I first started painting in earnest, and by that, I mean spending a good chunk of my waking time in the pursuit of my craft, one of the concepts I found elusive was the idea of creating a “body...

Morning Middle

Saturday, November 16, 2019
Morning Middle

On Day II of their parents’ mental health weekend we woke to a beautiful morning. The little one found her bubbles and wanted to blow some so I shepherded her outside, her brothers followed. Brother...

Orange Zinnia Mania

Monday, October 21, 2019
Orange Zinnia Mania

It seems like I’ve been working on this painting forever! I fell in love with the concept then sort of fell out of love with the process. But as is true with all my past difficult painting births I’m...

Accomplishment

Thursday, August 8, 2019
Accomplishment

Its been a weird year in the studio. From March until early July I was working feverishly on a body of work for the 8 Visions Exhibition at the Attleboro Arts Museum (see the paintings I selected here)....

Solstice, Birthdays and Flowers

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Solstice, Birthdays and Flowers

I don't think it's my imagination that spring has been memorably rainy this year. It is raining now as I type, a downpour actually. Since our summer is short here in New England the natives are restless...

Pas de Deux

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Pas de Deux

Modern social media is full of it. People proudly showing off their abs, their glutes. Perfect family photos, never crying children, tidy houses, fabulous vacations, happy marriages. I do it too. I post...

Perfectly Imperfect

Saturday, May 25, 2019
Perfectly Imperfect

Modern social media is full of it. People proudly showing off their abs, their glutes. Perfect family photos, never crying chidden, tidy houses, fabulous vacations, happy marriages. I do it too. I post...

Kite Day

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Kite Day

It had been a long hot day in July, though a perfect day to fly kites, which is what we'd done.

After a long drive, and a long search for a parking spot, and sunscreen in somebody's eyes,...

Glory

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Glory

As I finished up this painting I was taken back to high school English (my tattered, 1,398 page textbook still takes up real estate on my bookshelf). Thinking about what I might want to express about...

A Diversion

Friday, March 15, 2019
A Diversion

I've been going through an artists' slump. Just not inspired. Being someone who doesn't like being idle I realized that I now had the time to finish a long, put off project to paint a "headboard" for...

Aglow

Saturday, February 16, 2019
Aglow

I met Alicia online. As in an online dating app. But I wasn't looking for a girlfriend, I was checking out the competition.

After countless profiles of women my age in v-neck dresses looking...

Heading for the Barn

Sunday, January 13, 2019
Heading for the Barn

It was a dark and stormy night. Well, it was dark and it was raining.

We had been wine tasting down in the Willamette Valley on a cool autumn day, our teeth stained gray by the luscious pinot...

What Linda Said

Monday, November 26, 2018
What Linda Said

Linda said, "Well, it's either going to be really fabulous," she paused, "or really gross." She was talking about the trip to Costa Rica I would be chaperoning along with two science teachers, both men....

Positively

Sunday, November 11, 2018
Positively

She's a bit of an old soul in that body. I suspect she is reincarnated from someone who in some way was denied the life they wanted and has been born into this one determined to relish each and every...

Empty Nest

Thursday, September 27, 2018
Empty Nest

Whenever I see an abandoned birds nest I inevitably pick it up and find a place for it in my home. Some are fragile, loosely constructed with twigs and air. Others tightly woven from horsehair plucked...

Tulip Field Fantasy

Sunday, August 26, 2018
Tulip Field Fantasy

Before all things went to hell in a hand basket there was this moment when I managed to get one of the boys to stand still long enough for a quick snapshot before he ran off with his brother to wreck...

The Joys of Grandparenthood

Monday, August 6, 2018
The Joys of Grandparenthood

Being a parent is an awesome task. I remember days, and nights, that I thought it might just kill me. And others when I knew my children saved my life, and sanity.

Surviving my children's...

All I Wanted

Thursday, June 28, 2018
All I Wanted

Looking back over the past few years worth of work it makes total sense why I was feeling a bit burned out. Flowers followed by fruit, followed by flowers, flowers and more flowers and then some fruit....

Two-For

Friday, May 4, 2018
Two-For

It's been a crazy month or so. Rushing around to get myself off for a much anticipated two-week plus vacation left me leaning on my son to pick up and deliver some artwork from and to exhibitions (thank...

Everything's Relative

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Everything's Relative

Here are the ten phases of painting, at least in my book:

Enthusiasm - Defined as the stage when I have selected an image and can just picture it in my head how it will turn out. I can't wait...

Unsheltered

Sunday, March 25, 2018
Unsheltered

I must be no more than three in the portrait. I was exempt from posing, the artist having to work from a photograph to imagine my likeness...not to mention personality. As a result, I appear to be a...

Mocking

Saturday, March 24, 2018
Mocking

The fourth in my most recent series of tulip portraits is a departure from the up close and personal nature of its predecessors. It's both simpler and more complex.

I was drawn to the photo...

Getting Brave

Friday, March 16, 2018
Getting Brave

I don’t make New Year resolutions but I do try to set annual goals that sometimes take on an aspirational tone. This year’s theme leaned towards being brave and to be vulnerable. I certainly bit off...

I Do(odle) Now

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
I Do(odle) Now

I can’t really help it. I need to do something with my hands. So when I’m in a meeting or relaxing in front of the TV and there happens to be paper and a pen or pencil in the near vicinity I inevitably...

Jan Theodora

Monday, January 1, 2018
Jan Theodora

My sister Jan died a little over a month ago.

She was, as all of us are, a complicated human being. In her obituary her son captured the best and the worst of her life when he wrote "Wonderfully...

Grace

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Grace

As anyone who has seen my paintings or read this blog knows, it appears that I have something of an obsession with tulips. They are at once elegant, simple, playful, serious, honest and mysterious. Their...

A Tulip By Any Other Name

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
A Tulip By Any Other Name

I've embarked on a journey. An experiment to see if I will ever tire of painting tulips, sort of. I just might because despite having spent now more than 30 hours facing this lady's backside I find that...

All Mixed Up

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
All Mixed Up

When last I wrote I was in the throes of an artist's block. Yes, that damn petal was driving me to blog. And in the end the blog turned out to be about letting go of expectations.

I'm not...

Blocked

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Blocked

The other night someone asked me if I was ever plagued by the painter's version of writer's block. Oh yeah, I said. Definitely. As a matter of fact I was in the throes of it as we spoke.

I'd...

Tetraptych

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Tetraptych

Summer came in with a whimper -- cold, damp and generally uninspiring. I decided to spend time on an ambitious project, four paintings, each a quadrant of a whole. A tetraptych.

I suppose...

You Can't Win Them All

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
You Can't Win Them All

I've written before about how interesting it is to see and hear reactions to my paintings. I've reluctantly posted a photo of a newly finished painting, reluctant because I wasn't entirely sure it was...

Weiser, ID

Friday, January 6, 2017
Weiser, ID

My grandparents' home sits in state on Pioneer Road in Weiser, Idaho. Aptly named as my grandfather was a true western pioneer who arrived in this country at age 16 at the tail end of the Civil War and...

Hibernation

Friday, October 28, 2016
Hibernation

I do things a little differently. I hibernate come spring and emerge again in the fall. To my studio, that is. I suppose I just can't resist the urge to create on earth's canvas while the sun shines...

Little Faces

Sunday, June 26, 2016
Little Faces

A while back my daughter-in-law gently asked me if I might donate a painting commission to my grandson's school's auction. Having been on her side of the philanthropy fence in a past lifetime I said...

Roots

Monday, February 8, 2016
Roots

Despite the snow falling outside on this blizzardy day, I'm thinking back to trips I took with my dad to the garden store; him passionate about plants and gardening, me loving sunshine, mud, worms and...

Painting is Terrifying

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Painting is Terrifying

A sage teacher once told the class that you had to be brave to paint. As she passed on that terrifying concept, a loaded palette knife hovered over my painting. No truer words were spoken, I thought,...

Iconography

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Iconography

In college I loved to decipher, or attempt to at least, the symbolism in the paintings we studied. The musical instrument, a cabbage, a recently extinguished candle, the little dog underfoot, a unicorn...

Mistaken Identity

Sunday, August 30, 2015
Mistaken Identity

A good friend of mine, a former good friend of mine, someone who I once believed I loved, did something really stupid one day and ended up in federal prison. He told me he took the bribe but it only...

Wide Open Spaces

Saturday, July 11, 2015
Wide Open Spaces

I'm partial to skies. I like looking at them, photographing them, imagining them and painting them. So I guess it shouldn't come as a surprise that they show up in my paintings.

I've just...

Local Summer

Monday, June 15, 2015
Local Summer

The perennial beds are planted, mulched and are starting to embarrass themselves with effusive blossoms. The deck has been painted and pots planted as well. With the house and grounds set for the season...

Reflections

Saturday, May 30, 2015
Reflections

I'd only been living here a short time. My neighbors had mentioned that the town's Community Day might be a fun outing for my grandson.

There were musicians, dancers, hot dogs, a bouncy house,...

Unfinished Business

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Unfinished Business

I’ve spent the better part of the past couple of weeks or so out in my garden. There were raised boxes to fill and flower beds to turn, and amend and turn again. I dug up turf, lovingly relocating clumps...

A Different Kind of Portrait

Friday, January 30, 2015
A Different Kind of Portrait

Come December, despite the sensory overload of holiday lights, music, food and good will to all mankind, something like a lowly piece of fruit sitting alone on the table can reach deeply into one's psyche....

Madame

Monday, December 29, 2014
Madame

She was a particular kind of feline. Sometimes stately, befitting her name and sometimes ornery, well, just because she could. She was rather large, you see, statuesque. Not quite as big as her scale-bending...

Winter's Warmth

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Winter's Warmth

Among tattered sticky notes, phone extensions listings, memos, meeting dates and emergency procedures, round little faces of friends, family and colleagues' babies and grand babies colored the bulletin...

What Value Art

Monday, November 3, 2014
What Value Art

What is the value of an artist's work? Probably the hardest thing they do is try to put a price on a piece of art. After all, it's not a widget. It springs to our soul from our eyes and through our hands...

From My Soul, From My Hands, and From My Heart

Thursday, October 23, 2014
From My Soul, From My Hands, and From My Heart

Who is one's own worst critic? I own up to often being my own. When I find myself looking at old photos of myself I acutely recall how much I didn't like that shot at the time, but years later find I...

Feminine Wiles

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Feminine Wiles

Last Thanksgiving I had the unique privelidge to sleep a night or two in a young ladies' bedroom. She was spending the night at her mother's house so I took up residence among objects most likely not...

Loosening Up

Monday, August 25, 2014
Loosening Up

I'm at a bit of loose ends.

Started one project in oil but it needs to dry before I can move forward. Waiting for a call back from the collector to start working on a commission. Can you hear...

Reality Check

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Reality Check

We sat knee to knee in the living room checkered by Christmas presents and plastic bags full of wrappings when she coyly announced that he was taking her to a romantic inn in Maine for New Years. I wondered...

Melancholy

Monday, August 18, 2014
Melancholy

It sometimes happens that happy things are also sad things. That the innocence of children belies what the future holds for them. And life lives itself out in the way it always does, with gratitude jumbled...

Happy

Monday, July 21, 2014
Happy

It goes without saying that people and relationships are the most important things in our human existence. Without them we are but stick figures, dimensionless, solitary. Like you, my family and friends...

Chocolate and Ginger Ale

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Chocolate and Ginger Ale

I've just finished a project, a commission, that's taken me longer than I'd expected and has turned out better than I could have imagined. I'd love to post an image of it here but won't be able to do...

Thoughts on Painting

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Thoughts on Painting

...OR THE LACK THEREOF.

Since this little tack I've taken in my life has been largely motivated by a desire to follow my bliss and paint, it seemed logical to me to also turn this blog around...

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