Thursday, July 28, 2011

Along the shore

A studio piece done with reference from a plein air and photo trip a couple of months ago. I've said it before, I love the shapes of these big Michigan white pines. They go so well with the shore and the dunes. It's much like my affection for palms by the ocean. Both hold challenges and can make for interesting compositions.
Pines along the shore, oil, 16" x 9" SOLD

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Hay bales and small-town news

I'm behind on my postings. A lot of painting in the past month, just not enough time to photo and post. This one is from last week, Michigan countryside. I love getting up early to try and catch the morning mist and long shadows--especially when blue skies make for blue shadows.
Hay bales along Miller Road, oil, 11" x 14"

I also made the newspaper up north for the painting I did on River Street of the Vogue Theatre. It has sat dark for the past few years, but now a campaign to save the old movie-house is underway. I hope to have the print of the painting I did a couple of years ago be a part of the fund-raising.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

'51 Chevy

I was in Manistee last week where River Street Gallery asked me to do a demonstration. I wasn't sure on my way up what I'd paint. A couple of years ago I was there and painted the classic, old Vogue theatre. Since this time I was there on the 4th, there had been a parade earlier and this '51 Chevrolet Deluxe was parked right across the street. I couldn't resist adding a little more interesting background then where it was parked, so after I got the car roughed-in, I moved a few doors down to add the theatre.
'51 Chevrolet, oil, 11" x 14"

Sunday, July 10, 2011


I spent the last week in Michigan at a family camp just north of Manistee on Portage Lake. I had a few opportunities to paint, including a demo at River Street Gallery (I'll post that next). This is the afternoon view in front of our cabin.
Sailing on the lake, oil, 8" x 10"