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Sunday, September 27, 2015


oil on stretched canvas
so this is a painting for my new friends and owners of the white key gallery in Valparaiso..ed and sue spelde.  this is molly..and I suppose I have a penchant for painting puppies who have passed on to pooch heaven!!!..she looked like a sweet girl and I hope she's having fun with all her new found friends!!..heading to valpo in a few days..planning to do some golfing and some painting...

Monday, September 21, 2015

second piece in this commission...

so this is a start on the second piece of this you can see..i have the photo in a plastic baggie..don't want to get paint all over it!!..I have a bit of orange as an underpainting..not that much..this is just a beginning..important to start with the darks..the background in the finished piece will be higher than the reference i'll just make stuff up as I go will be important in this to have the background a bit quiet so the main features ( the kids themselves) take center stage...more to come...

Sunday, September 20, 2015

stil working...

so I was able to spend several hours on this where near finished..although it may look so much better than the last post, you may think so...I still need to do a lot of tweaking..i need to let the water dry a bit so I can come back in..hard to do that wet in wet..values need to be tended to..if you can tell..the little girl's dress is too dark on just can't see these things while you're in the thick of a photo always helps..lots more to do..stay tuned!...

Saturday, September 19, 2015

A good start... this is the first painting in a two or three piece commission (depending..)...above is the reference photo....first of all, i needed to close the space between the two girls to fit the size of the can see I have an orange under-painting here and there..I like to do that to let a bit of the orange show through to give some harmony to the piece...I've just begun to put in the skin tones..mostly the shadowed part..tomorrow I hope to get a bit further...stay tuned...

Saturday, September 12, 2015

SOLD..."Green Pail"

18x18 oil on canvas
This is another in the group of paintings sold this past week at White key Gallery in Valparaiso, Indiana..i couldn't be more thrilled!..

Thursday, September 10, 2015


18x18 oil on canvas
This is another piece that has found a good home..thank you again to The White Key Gallery in Valparaiso. Indiana!!...we got back to the golf course today..we both had such a bad first nine we went for most improved on the back...Davey improved nine!!!..i only improved six!!..but i think I found a few things and can't wait for tomorrow!!..some painting in the morning and then golf with cj and craig at noon!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

SOLD... "Hydrangeas"

40x30 oil on gallery wrap canvas
I am so thrilled to announce that my painting "Hydrangeas" has gone to a new home..(along with three other paintings..but more on that later)...I am so happy and proud to be affiliated with the up-and-coming gallery in Valparaiso, Indiana...the White Key Gallery...we drove up today for a long weekend of golf and painting and colts watching...I will be delivering some new pieces..and if you're in the area, be sure and stop in...they represent artists from many genre..wood, glass, oil, pastel, watercolor, you might even get to play their grand piano!!!

Monday, September 7, 2015

"Sassy and Bugs"

16x16 oil on gallery wrapped canvas
so I am finally back in the studio!..we have been under the weather this past two weeks so I haven't had much energy to paint!..did a bit of organization up there but nothing very productive!...this is for my friend susan...not sure it's totally done but I had a great time working on it...I have decided I REALLY love to paint dogs!!!!!..I will revisit it tomorrow for some minor tweaking..then on to the cottage on Wednesday.