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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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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Chomp, Chomp

Posted on Mar 6, 2012

Chomp, Chomp

Artist Carol Marine says in her Daily Paintworks Horsing Around Challenge  that she and her family woke up one morning while camping in Missouri to see this horse grazing near their tent. She snapped a photo of the scene, and posted it for artists to interpret. I’m not a relaxed camper. If I heard a “chomp, chomp, chomp” from inside a tent in the early morning hours, I’d freak out. What else could it be but the Langoliers? Available on...

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18

Posted on Jan 22, 2012

18

The Superbowl has come to Indianapolis, and to commemorate it, I present my first football painting, ever! I’ve always longed to paint the game, but the NFL is extremely protective of their rights (as they should be), so that’s a line I’ve never crossed.  I’m able to take my camera into games, so I have hundreds of tempting references I can’t use. If you’re an artist, you know how frustrating that can be. Finally, this week, I decided...

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Parisian Waitress

Posted on Oct 1, 2011

Parisian Waitress

I couldn’t resist painting  a portrait of this lovely waitress from a photo taken by artist/photographer/traveler/blogger Lee Brown. Lee generously lends some of his travel photos to artists in the context of his ADNW painting challenges. Participants get one month to submit their interpretations of his image.  There’s some cool stuff already posted. Go see it here. I don’t know what I liked more – the quality of the light, or the shape of her hair...

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Holiday Road

Posted on Sep 10, 2011

Holiday Road

Funny how some paintings grow on you. When I finished this one a few weeks ago, I didn’t think it was up to my standards. I was going to wipe it off and start over. But it had so freaking much paint on it. Wiping it would have created a toxic mess. So I put it aside, thinking it would be easier to deal with when dry. Over the weeks, my revulsion mellowed. I started thinking maybe it wasn’t so bad. Maybe even I liked it a little bit. The warmth of the colors made...

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Life Becoming

Posted on Jul 16, 2011

Life Becoming

This week I’m hosting the painting challenge on Daily Paintworks. It’s called “The Color Of Music,”  and you’re invited to play along! The idea is to paint a favorite piece of music, converting sound to pigment. My song choice, “Life Becoming,” comes from a long-time favorite album by Michael Nesmith called “The Garden.”   This mostly instrumental album comes boxed with a short novel. The idea is to play the music while...

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Stripes, and Stars

Posted on Jul 1, 2011

Stripes, and Stars

Every year I pass this colorful little tent at my state fair, and have the same “gotta paint this” reaction. So I photograph it, and file it away. This 4th of July weekend seemed like the perfect time to finally get it done. I’m experimenting here in painting on a metallic gold-toned surface. I was reluctant to cover up all that pretty gold! Also trying out my new favorite blue, indanthrene blue, in the sky. Here are a few images from along the way:...

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