Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sweet Bun

I try to resist painting cute since I switched to oil, but every now and then I can't resist painting a bunny. And as it is cute subject matter I might as well go all out and give it a cute title; Sweet Bun. This is actually a New Zealand rabbit, which I believe is an introduced-from-England species. But I shortened the nose and lengthened the ears a bit and voila - I have a Cottontail!

Sweet Bun
7" x 7" oil on gessoed board

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dark Water

I'm not sure if this piece is finished. I might add a male Common Merganser in the dark water on the lower right side but for now, it's done.

24" x 36" oil on linen

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Boats of Opua - Lively Water

Once again, I don't have the name of this boat so it is titled Lively Water. The winter storms in my part of New Zealand must be inspiring the lively water in the last three little boat paintings. But I like what can be done with color and composition on big waves. These last three oils are inspiring me to paint some larger pieces for my galleries and shows.  Stay tuned!

The Boats of Opua - Lively Water
8" x 6" oil on panel, unframed
US $125 plus $8 shipping

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Red-tailed Hawk -

I was going through my stack of small boards to do another piece for my ongoing project, The Boats of Opua, and found this small painting from my previous bird study project.  It wasn't quite finished but a few brush strokes and it's done. And it's #300!  Hard to believe I've painted so many of these little guys. It has been fun and I've learned a lot.

Red-tailed Hawk #300
5" x 7" oil on panel, unframed
$85 plus $8 shipping

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Boats of Opua - Heavy Water

This is the 14th little oil in my Boats of Opua series. Like the others, it is an 8" x 6" oil on gessoed panel. One of the reasons I'm doing this project is to figure out how to simplify water.  I want to paint the feel of the water without the detail. For me, doing a repetitive project such as this, helps me understand the subject matter.

Boats of Opua - Heavy Water
8" x 6" oil on panel, unframed
$125 plus $8 shipping


Monday, July 14, 2014

Boats of Opua - Red Boat

I haven't worked on my Boats of Opua project for a while. I plan to do thirty so I've got many more little boats to paint. This is number thirteen and as I couldn't see a name, it is simply titled, Red Boat. Regattas are held at the local yacht club, just a mile or two from my house, so there's no shortage of painting motifs for the project.

Boats of Opua - Red Boat
8" x 6" oil on panel
$125 plus $8 shipping, unframed


Sunday, June 29, 2014


This isn't quite finished and for now is just titled Pooch, though the name may stick. In this piece, I've used complementary colors for the background as it gives the painting a bit of a jolt. I usually don't finish a painting right away. I prop it up somewhere in the house where I can glance at it when I walk by.  By the time the painting is dry, I have a pretty good idea if it needs 'tweaking'.  This is when I do what I call 'cross my t's and dot my i's'. Using a large brush, I add a few strokes of strong color or light. Only then is the painting finished.

12" x 9" oil on panel

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Brown-eyed Girl

This piece is an oil on linen, mounted on masonite. It can be seen at the Walt Horton Fine Art Gallery in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

Brown-eyed Girl
36" x 24" oil on linen
Walt Horton Fine Art Gallery, Beaver Creek, Colorado

Monday, April 28, 2014

The Last of Autumn

I like this piece because it has the feel of a blustery autumn day. This painting is available at Walt Horton Fine Art Gallery, Beaver Creek, Colorado.

The Last of Autumn
11" x 11" oil on panel

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The End of the Road

I've probably done a dozen (or more) paintings of roads in this part of the world; Colleton County low country in South Carolina. It is one of my favorite places but you do have to watch out for fire ants, water moccasins, copperheads and alligators!  Not forgetting sand gnats and mosquitoes the size of B-52's. But it is a gorgeous area with great color and moody atmosphere.

End of the Road
10" x 8" oil on panel