Is it going to hang with a frame or without?  Frames can definitely add a polished and elegant look to a piece of artwork, but the deep canvases of today offer a very contemporary feel, without necessitating a frame.  I had been a fan of the no-frame family, but recently I wondered what a simple floater type frame would look like on a couple of my large landscapes.  I liked the change!  That doesn’t mean I will totally frame everything, it just means I will keep it for an option.  Here is Hymn of Winter, 24 x 30, with it’s new frame:


What do you think?

Summer painting

I can hardly believe it has been over 4 months since I have posted on my blog or even uploaded new work to my website.  Time sure does fly!!  I’ve been enjoying working in my garden, visiting the kids, kayaking, painting on location and in my studio.  Here’s a photo I saw of the ingenuity of a painter who forgot his easel.  Check it out….this could happen to you!

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Not bad eh?

To Love One Another

I like to think of my studio as a laboratory where I can go and experiment with paint, shapes, color, value, on and on.  This time of year I am thinking of my Mother in law and how to surprise her for Valentines Day.  So I painted a huge heart in acrylic and will attach it to her front door (at the assisted living home), then surround it with valentines her kids, grand kids, and good friends, make for her.  I know it will make her smile!  I’ll post a photo of the door when I create it (in secret).

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Three Steps to Done

Step One:  Set up something exciting to paint and jump in, fast and furious.  Make sure you are listening to music that makes you want to dance!

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Step Two:  Focus on the painting because by now it should be talking to you.  Here I ditched the white flowers in my set up since they didn’t add anything to the composition.  Change the music to something more contemplative.


Step Three:  Soften some edges, sharpen some edges, remove anything that doesn’t work, pour a glass of wine….Done.


Tech Support

What a busy time of year!  Unfortunately I haven’t been behind my brush very much due to holiday travel, the flu, and computer issues.  I look forward to after the start of January to finally get back into the studio to finish up some fall paintings for my Featured Artist show in February.  To all you artists out there, I hope you will get back to painting soon too!

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“One can never graduate from painting pears” – Laura Rob.  So true!  Pears from life are a great way to continue your development in learning to “see”.  They are simple organic shapes with lots of plains.  When you observe a pear with an artist’s focus, you learn the subtle differences of color, temperature, and value.  And DON’T paint those little stuck on tags, or the little dark imperfections; they will destroy the pear’s integrity!

Here are a few I did yesterday:


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Fall Beauty

After posting those deep, but (hopefully) inspiring words, in my last post, I thought I’d lighten it up a bit with this photo my friend, and fellow painter, Susan Hood, took of me the other day at The Pond.


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