Monday, December 28, 2015

Man's Best Friend

Kingsley 8 x 8 oil on panel

"Indy" 6 x 6 oil on panel

"True" 6 x 6 oil on panel

"Tucker" 6 x 6 oil on panel
Lately I have been painting some dog portraits for friends, family and as commissions.
I usually ask the pet's owner to provide several close up photos of their dog so that I can choose the one that best lends itself to a portrait. Some of the things I look for are strong lighting, an interesting pose, personal items such as a special collar or dog tags or even a bandana as seen in the Kingsley portrait. You can't always trust the photos to capture the true colors of the dog so it's always a good idea to have several for comparison. Better yet, schedule a time to meet the dog in person if possible. I like to keep the backgrounds simple and often choose the colors that help the dog to stand out without distracting from the portrait. I like to use 6 x 6 panels unless a client prefers a larger 8 x 8 size. These are unframed and ready to stand on a small easel but also look great in a floater style frame. 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe

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This is a scene that I painted last year from some photos that I took while
spending the day at Lake Tahoe. I love the arrangement of the sunlit rocks
and the the deep blue water. I have listed this for auction on Daily Paintworks.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Lilacs and Orchids

Lilacs and Orchids 8 x 8 oil on panel

This was painted using flowers from our garden that I set up in my studio as a still life arrangement. It
is available for auction on the Daily Paintworks site.  Click to Bid

Sunday, November 29, 2015


"Beginnings" 6 x 6 oil on panel

I love the way this rose is just beginning to open. It reminds me of the way that
God works in my life. His mercies are new every morning. Each day is a new start
to see His plans unfold. I just have to trust Him. He does the rest.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hanalei Beach, Kauai

Hanalei Beach, Kauai

Hanalei Beach is my favorite of the beaches on Kauai. It is uncrowded, peaceful, and the mountains are spectacular. I hope to return again and again.