Monday, February 27, 2017

Winter work

It's easy to get out of the habit of posting when you are busy. Busy with work (I’m still a part-time graphic designer), family, travel, and all of the other necessities of life.

I have been painting a lot though. Large paintings, studies, and finishing past starts. Here’s a study for a commission I’m about to begin of the Michigan shore and plein air start from last summer that I couldn’t complete at the time because of an impending storm.

More coming soon.

View from Arcadia, oil on paper,
8" x 6"

Storm over the Bay, oil 9" x 12"

Monday, November 14, 2016

New small works

I had a beautiful November day last week for plein air on the Lake Michigan shore. Hard to believe it was a sunny 65 degrees, I enjoyed every minute. Also a couple of small, studio pieces.

Dunes and shadows, oil, 10" x 8"

Beside the wetlands, oil on paper, 6" x 10"

Morning over Sleeping Bear Bay, oil, 8" x 10"

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

ArtPrize—Grand Rapids

After a couple years off, I again have a piece in ArtPrize, the giant art event in Grand Rapids, Michigan. One of my largest paintings, 40" x 78", Footprints in the dune, is a depiction of a morning at Warren Dunes.

Grand Rapids is a great town to visit especially during ArtPrize. My painting is hanging in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Downtown for a couple more weeks.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The busiest summer

I commute to Michigan a lot, especially in the summer, because I love it and love to paint there. This year those trips have been even more frequent because we are building a cottage near Glen Arbor. Monitoring its progress just gave me another excuse to be up there painting. That, and participating in four plein air events, teaching two workshops, as well as keeping a steady stream of work heading to galleries.

Here are some of the fruits of my summer labors.

Day Sailor, painted at the Fishtown Preservation Society plein air event. Oil, 12" x 10"

Summer Dusk, Glen Haven, oil 10" x 8"

Afternoon Dunes, oil, 9" x 12" Received 2nd place at the Glen Arbor Art Association’s August paint-out

Two of my demo paintings for a workshop:
Thorsen Farm Grainary, oil, 10" x 10" and Sunset Beach Morning, 
oil, 11" x 10"

Friday, June 3, 2016

Leland Air

Last Saturday was my first plein air event of the season. Leland Air in Leland, Michigan. A bit of a gray start, but it turned into a beautiful day.

I did two paintings for the show. The first was south of the harbor at Van's Beach. The second at north beach.

I was honored to have Whale back and Pyramid Point chosen “Best in Show.”

Whale back and Pyramid Point, oil, 11" x 14"

Black Dog, oil, 12" x 9

Monday, May 2, 2016

Summer Workshops

This summer I am giving two workshops on plein air painting.

The first is Plein Air Basics, a one-day workshop hosted by the Oliver Art Center in Frankfort, Michigan, on July 23. More info here: Oliver Art Center 

The second, Plein air: An introduction to painting on location, is for three-days with the Glen Arbor Art Association, in Glen Arbor, Michigan, August 8, 9, & 10. More here: Glen Arbor Art Association

Please consider joining me. Great locations, prime, summer-time in Michigan.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Back from Maui

It was 18 months since I was last on Maui, Hawaii. It didn’t seem like it. I love being there and painting. A good time of year, near perfect weather, just a bit of wind. Most of the spring-breakers had left, but sadly, so had the whales.

Friday night is Friday Art Night in Lahaina, so I spent the evening at The Village Gallery, where I am represented. Visited with Lynn Shue the owner, and a couple other of the artists. Betty Freeland and Carleton Kinkade.

Spectacular views, as usual. Here are a few from my week.

Morning shadows at Kamaole I, oil, 8" x 10"

Coconut on the Beach, oil,
16" x 12"
Afternoon Mauka, oil, 8" x 10"

North toward Molokai, oil, 12" x 12"