Silver Moon and Ginger

Posted on Dec 6, 2013

Silver Moon and Ginger

Finally, after months of work, this one is titled, signed, and off the easel! This is the first big panel I’ve done in awhile, and I loved working large again. It feels good to paint with my whole arm instead of just my fingers. Plus. I like how impressive the carousel horses look when they’re almost life-sized. I see some larger-than-life paintings in my future. There’s a children’s story I’ve been working on about carousel horses, based on...

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Black Head, Monhegan Island

Posted on Sep 24, 2013

Black Head, Monhegan Island

Painted from a photo for the Daily Paintworks Monhegan Island Challenge.  I tried something new and used a painting knife for the rock face. It was hard to control, but kind of fun. Available Here  ...

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Racing History

Posted on Aug 1, 2013

Racing History

When I visit a racetrack with a long and rich history, like the Indiana State Fair track, I can almost hear the hoofbeats of the racing  legends of the past. It gives me goosebumps. It’s like they’re still there, reliving their finest moments for anyone who cares to watch and listen. Recently I was asked to do a very special harness racing commission for the Indiana Standardbred Association and the Indiana State Fair Commission to commemorate the refurbishing of...

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Mobile Manners

Posted on Jan 4, 2013

Mobile Manners

The three-armed eggbeater ride of my childhood was called The Scrambler.  It has evolved into today’s sleeker, curvier Sizzler. The cosmetics have changed, but the experience remains the same. It’ll still make you want to hurl, and (if you don’t) it’s a great first date ride. That’s because centrifugal force smashes the riders together, forcing full side-body contact, which can be an icebreaker for shy youngsters. This young couple seemed to be...

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Wheat Belly

Posted on Jun 28, 2012

Wheat Belly

One of my current favorite books is Wheat Belly, by Dr. William Davis. In it, he discusses why he feels that modern hybridized wheat can be ruining the health of those who consume it. One of the symptoms of high wheat consumption is a protruding belly. When I saw this large man at the State Fair, he looked like the epitome of Wheat Belly. More thoughts about wheat... Twelve years ago this month, I went low carb, a move which was counterintuitive at the time, but proved to...

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Stars, Stripes, & Cowboys Forever

Posted on Jun 6, 2012

Stars, Stripes, & Cowboys Forever

The rodeo arena was decorated with several huge American flags, which dwarfed the cowboys sitting below them. With all those stripes, I thought it would be a good piece for Carol Marine’s Stripe Challenge over on Daily Paintworks. I’m enjoying painting on these cheerful yellow backgrounds. In this case, my reference photo was taken near sunset, so the yellow gave it a warm glow.     Available –...

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Mr. Bee & Friends Go For A Spin

Posted on Jun 1, 2012

Mr. Bee & Friends Go For A Spin

I didn’t know these kids, but as soon as they saw my camera, they started mugging for it. That happens a lot. Kids these days love being in front of cameras. It’s like life is their reality show, and they all want to be stars. They’d probably be thrilled to know I painted them, but they wouldn’t recognize themselves in this image. I always make changes – things like hair color, clothing, race, or even gender – to avoid painting...

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Mr. Bee Takes Some Friends For A Ride

Posted on May 30, 2012

Mr. Bee Takes Some Friends For A Ride

These two little friends are enjoying the Bumble Bee Bop, my favorite carnival ride. Here’s how I paint yellow in acrylics: Most acrylic yellows are semi-transparent and don’t cover other colors well, but they have a nice sunny glow if applied thinly over pure white. So if I have a painting with a lot of yellow in it, I’ll start with a thin yellow wash over the entire white surface. Then I carefully preserve the yellow areas by painting around them. If I...

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Mr. Bee Poses For His Portrait

Posted on May 20, 2012

Mr. Bee Poses For His Portrait

I don’t know why I love the Bumble Bee Bop so much. I guess part of the reason is because these guys are always cheerful, and just so darn cute. Then there’s pure artistic admiration. The designers managed to create believable personalities from basic shapes that remind me of a giant billiard ball stacked on top of a giant yellow golf ball. The simplest designs can be the most effective! These bees have no moving parts – the head doesn’t turn, and...

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