Saturday, October 25, 2008


I painted this little 5" x 7" oil a few days ago at the Sedona Historical Museum as part of the Sedona Plein Air Festival. I like it for its color and simplicity. This piece will be one of my paintings on exhibit today and tomorrow at Sedona Arts Center gallery.

"Anniversary' - quick draw

Last night's opening for the Sedona Plein Air Festival was a 'gala' event at L'Auberge, on the creek in Sedona. The week's work for all the artists, plus our 'quick draw' paintings, done at L'Auberge yesterday morning, were exhibited. I think all the artists were surprised by the turnout. The place was packed and people were buying!

Curt Walters selected my painting, 'Yellow Umbrellas - Uptown Sedona', for an award. Jill Carver, a lovely artist (English living in Texas) won the well-deserved 'Artist Choice' award.

I sold several pieces, including yesterday's quick draw painting titled, 'Anniversary'. My 'motif'
was the outdoor restaurant overlooking the creek. As this was a 'quick draw' we had to start painting right at 10 am and stop painting at noon. As it turned out, the couple I chose to paint,
were celebrating their 25th anniversary. They came to the gala and bought the 8 x 10 painting.
It's always nice when a painting goes to the right home.

All the artists will be in the main gallery at Sedona Arts Center from 10 am to 5 pm today, and 10 am to 3 pm tomorrow. We're only allowed to exhibit three pieces in the gallery per artist. As the paintings sell we replace it with another piece from inventory, with the goal to have sold all six by Sunday afternoon.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sedona Plein Air Festival




I'm one of thirty artists participating in the Sedona Plein Air Festival. It's been a long week but I've done some pieces I'm happy with. I volunteered to house an artist for the festival - and have had a great week with my house guest, Larisa Aukon, a classically trained Latvian artist who has been in the U.S. for twelve years.

These are three of the pieces I've done this week. "Four-Eleven", the 8 x 10 with the red door and windows, was done in Jerome. The second, "Indian Gardens" is the historic country store a few miles down-canyon from my house, and the third, 'Yellow Umbrellas', was done on the first day of the festival in uptown Sedona.

It's been fun!

Thursday, October 16, 2008


My grandkids came to my house for a sleep-over a couple of nights ago. I had a good chuckle when I saw how eight-year old granddaughter buckled her beloved 'Moosley' into her suitcase.


"Nap" is a 9" x 12" oil of a red fox. I'm happy with this painting as I haven't 'noodled' it.
(noodled = spending hours rendering detail when a few well placed brush strokes can say the same thing). This painting will be on exhibit at the Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Maryland.

Friday, October 10, 2008

"Full Tide"

This 8" x 10" oil is available at The Lord Nelson Gallery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

"Break the Silence"

Next week, October 19th through the 26th, I will be one of thirty artists painting plein air in the Sedona Plein Air Festival. In addition to the exhibit of the work that we will paint on location in Sedona and surrounding areas, there will also be a Showcase Exhibition of studio work.

This little studio piece, 7" x 7", titled 'Break the Silence' will be on exhibit at the Sedona Arts Center in the 'Showcase' exhibition.

"Fly Away Home"

This 20 x 24 oil is bound for the Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Maryland, November 14, 15 & 16th. It will be one of 35 originals that I will be showing.

I have a few more hours of work before it is finished.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

"Flotilla" & "Wilson Mountain"

Now that Art for the Sangres is over, I'm painting for the next two shows. The Sedona Plein Air Festival is mid October, here in Sedona...where I live. In the 'Showcase Gallery', we're allowed to show studio pieces....but the rest of the work will be painted the week of the show and will be strictly painted on location. This Sedona landscape is 10" x 10".

The second piece is a little piece (6" x 6") titled 'Flotilla', earmarked for the Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Maryland in mid-November.