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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Redear Sunfish

Posted on Sep 9, 2011

Redear Sunfish

This painting proves that just about any subject can be found at the State Fair if you look around enough. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has a beautiful display of fish at the Indiana State Fair. Outdoor ponds and indoor aquariums showcase native and introduced species.  There’s even a catch and release fishing pond where kids can learn to fish under supervision. What attracted me to this redear sunfish was the translucence of his fins. The light shining...

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When Ducks Gossip

Posted on Jul 24, 2010

When Ducks Gossip

These little rubber duckies in the Duck Pond game seemed to be sharing secrets. Carnies look at you a little weird when you photograph their ducks for too long. I’m thinking next time I need to placate them by spending some money on their games. Here are a few images captured along the way: Usually I’d tint the entire board a darker color then paint over it, but some of the yellows I use don’t cover dark colors well. To keep my yellows pure and bright, I...

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Meander

Posted on Jun 29, 2010

Meander

This week Bill Guffey’s Virtual Paintout explores the islands of Hawaii. It was hard to narrow it down to one image out of the fourteen I chose, but eventually I settled on this beach scene in Hau’ula, Hawaii, on the northeast shore of Oahu: View Larger Map If I could go for a walk on a beach like that every morning, I could give up...

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Tenerife Overlook

Posted on Apr 29, 2010

Tenerife Overlook

Every month I tell myself I should participate in Bill Guffey’s Virtual Paintout, but I never get past the planning stage. Google’s Street View is too addicting. I get caught up in wandering the virtual streets looking for the perfect painting location, always sure there’s a slightly better angle or view just around the corner. I keep going like a cartoon donkey following a carrot on a stick and never choose a spot. For the current Canary Islands challenge...

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Boogie Fever, Part One

Posted on Mar 27, 2009

Boogie Fever, Part One

I’ve long admired artist Karin Jurick’s paintings of people relaxing on the beach, so how cool is it to get to paint from one of her beach photos, with her blessing? That was our assignment for weeks 27-28 on Karin’s Different Strokes From Different Folks online painting challenge. It’s mega cool, yes, but also intimidating. If there was one contemporary I wish I could paint like, it’s Karin. Her colors are rich and pleasing, like comfort food...

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Canyon

Posted on Feb 16, 2009

Canyon

Today I felt the need to break away from small paintings and tiny brushes and cut loose. Funny how I always want to paint loosely, but my paintings get tight anyway. I know that happens to a lot of us, but why? Why is it so hard to leave things a little less refined? I love the look of paint just doing its thing. My favorite paintings look like piles of paint up close, and something real from a distance. The kind of paintings that keep me walking up to the wall, then back...

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