Monday, September 1, 2014

In the Rain


6"x6" Oil on Panel
with Palette Knife
$75.00 (Unframed) + Shipping
$100.00 (Framed) + Shipping
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30 Paintings in 30 Days: September 2014: Day 1

Happy Labor Day. While vacationing on the lake, my first entry is a plein air painting in the rain. The rain softened the colors and turned the sky and water into beautiful shades of gray. To paint the rainy gray, I resorted to lessons learned from last September's 30 paintings. One of those days, I painted with a limited "Zorn" palette. I learned how just ivory black and white can make a very nice sky. I can't wait to discover what new things I'll learn from this year's 30 paintings.

Tune in every day this month to see a fresh, new painting. 
Have a great day!

Friday, August 29, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Day Starts Again September 2014



Here we go again. Stay tuned for another 30 days of fresh paintings from your's truly. This September, I hope to offer a mix of plein-air, studio, and abstract paintings. The subjects will be a random potpourri like always. I love the freedom and excitement of discovering new muses while doing this challenge. However, I do have a sub-theme that I'll be working on during the challenge. Gonna keep the details a secret for now. Check in every day starting September 1 to and see what I create.

Thanks for following along!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Pet Projects

JAKE
6"x6" Oil on Panel
with Palette Knife
COMMISSIONED


LEO
8"x10" Oil on Panel
with Palette Knife
COMMISSIONED



BAILY
8"x10" Oil on Panel
with Palette Knife
COMMISSIONED



BUDDY
6"x6" Oil on Panel
with Palette Knife
COMMISSIONED


Pet portraits are increasing in popularity among my patrons. Here are a few samples of pet projects over the past year. 

The trickiest pets to paint are black-faced animals with dark eyes. Photographs do not show the eye detail well enough as they blend into the darkness of the entire face. Since the eye is the window to the soul, this can be a real problem when achieving a likeness. Thankfully, I found a workaround to this problem with Photoshop.

When viewing the photograph in Photoshop, I go under Image and Adjustments to Levels. With the Levels panel open, I move the middle gray level way over to the left. This whacks the mid-tones way off and BINGO—the hidden detail I need is revealed.








Wednesday, July 16, 2014

It Is Well with My Soul 24x36


24"x36" Professional Acrylic with Palette Knife
on Deep Edged Canvas
$900.00 (Unframed) + Shipping
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On display now thru September 30 at the Connections Gallery at 
Belle Meade United Methodist Church.

It Is Well with My Soul
Horatio G. Spafford


When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Monday, July 14, 2014

O Master Let Me Walk with Thee 24x24


24"x24" Oil on Deep Edged Canvas
with Palette Knife
$850.00 (Unframed) + Shipping
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On display now thru September 30 at the Connections Gallery at 
Belle Meade United Methodist Church.

O Master, let me walk with thee
in lowly paths of service free;
tell me thy secret; help me bear
the strain of toil, the fret of care.
Help me the slow of heart to move
by some clear, winning word of love;
teach me the wayward feet to stay,
and guide them in the homeward way.
Teach me thy patience, still with thee
in closer, dearer company,
in work that keeps faith sweet and strong,
in trust that triumphs over wrong.
In hope that sends a shining ray
far down the future's broadening way;
in peace that only thou canst give,
with thee, O Master, let me live.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Summer Show



My walls are bare, but there is much to see at the Connections Gallery at Belle Meade United Methodist Church. Now thru Sept. 30, you can see the largest exhibit of my work to date!  Plein-Air, Impressionism, Conceptual, Abstract. It's all in this exhibit. I sincerely hope you get a chance to see it.

Belle Meade United Methodist Church
121 Davidson Road
Nashville, TN 37205








Friday, July 4, 2014

Verdant Reflections


6"x6" Oil on Gessoed Panel
with Palette Knife
SOLD


Here is another painting from Tims Ford Lake. (to see others, just click "lake" on the search list to the right.) This painting was on a particularly calm day. The afternoon reflections on the still water were long and bold. A great day to paint reflections.