Saturday, May 30, 2009

Morning Calm

Early morning on Portage Lake, Michigan
Oil, 16" x 12"

Monday, May 25, 2009

A stream to the lake

Last year, on a trip to Michigan, I stopped and did a little exploring of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. A part of the National Park system, it's a beautiful stretch of beaches and dunes. I found this stream and started a small painting, but I struggled and gave up since I had a destination to get to. I just finished this studio version from photos.

Stream to the Lake, oil, 15" x 30"

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Gompers Park

Saturday I met the Plein Air Painters of Chicago at Gompers Park on the North side of the city. A nice little natural area where you can forget where you are except for the occasional sounds of sirens and passing city buses. 

Tree by the pond, oil 10" x 8"

Friday, May 8, 2009

Less is More

I recently joined the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. They are one of the larger, more recognized painter's groups. They're headquartered in Laguna Beach, CA, a town known for it's history of attracting artists, but have members from across the country. I hope to get involved in some of their shows and paint-outs. We've vacationed in Southern CA a few times and it's a great place to paint. I submitted four paintings for their upcoming "Less is More" show of small works. These three were accepted.

The show is at the Randy Higbee Gallery in Costa Mesa, May 16 through May 23.

Sedona Rocks, oil, 6" x 8"
Ko Olina Coast, oil, 6" x 8"
Afternoon Light, oil, 8" x 10"

Sunday, May 3, 2009


My Mom's cat for Mother's Day. (Don't tell her).
Mitzi, oil, 8" x 10"