Sparkling Gems in January

The reference photo for this painting was taken on a bright January day with lots of snow cover, and waited about five years to be painted. The mallards were floating on Chartiers Creek where it flows under Main Street on my walk to the bank and post office. The water is shallow there, and with […]

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Familiar Details on a “Dead End” Street

I love snowy winter scenes, blue morning shadows or brilliant sunsets, snowfall, surprise bits of color. Winter has long been my biggest inspiration for landscape painting. And I also love a row of houses in the sun without snow, the bare trees, the long shadows, and this dead end street has so many familiar elements. […]

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February Nature Desktop Calendar: Winter Sunset, After Rothko

It’s actually the sunset reflected on the eastern horizon, but I guess it could be the western sky as well. It’s from memory, not from life or from a photo, but it’s something I visualized when I’d looked at the horizon at sunset out my back window, a clear cold cloudless sky and deep shadow […]

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Stark Winter Sun on a “Dead End” Street

I love snowy winter scenes, blue morning shadows or brilliant sunsets, snowfall, surprise bits of color. Winter has long been my biggest inspiration for landscape painting. And I also love a row of houses in the sun without snow, the bare trees, the long shadows, and this dead end street has so many familiar elements. […]

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August Nature Desktop Calendar: Sunset, Moonset

Sometimes the moon follows the sun over the edge, especially as it did this summer evening after storms cleared. The lower sky was layered with clouds in all colors, wispy, puffy blended as if I’d put my finger up there and moved the pigments around. the half moon had risen earlier in the day and […]

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July Nature Desktop Calendar: Summer Back Road

“Let’s go for a ride!” Back in the 60s in homes with no air conditioning, a mid-summer car ride on a country road with all the windows open was a real treat. Funny how just riding around and looking at things was a regular form of entertainment, even in the early days of television. Ice […]

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October Nature Desktop Calendar: How Small Beneath the Sky

I don’t know what it was about this image as a photograph that stayed with me from the time I took it. It’s that sense of my tiny self, smaller than one of those dots in the valley below, under the huge sky above, the sense of infinity as night draws down, and eternity as […]

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August Featured Artwork Still Available, Get a Free Matted Print

I’m still working my way through a really big assignment and haven’t been able to choose my September featured artwork for nature or felines and put my monthly desktop calendars together. I know it’s going to be at least another day, so if you’d still like to register for an account and order a free […]

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August Nature Desktop Calendar: I Want To Be Where That Gull Is Standing

I always feature something beachy for my July or August desktop calendar, and this painting was a natural for this year. I am immensely proud of how the wave turned out, and really I’m pretty pleased with all of it. The title is true, I just decided to be honest there. The seagull is standing […]

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July Nature Desktop Calendar: Curious Fawn

For this painting I used self-prepared smooth deep charcoal matboard coated with my favorite transparent pastel ground, Golden Acrylic Ground for Pastels, so that I would start with a dark background. I painted it without any guidelines, just hitting the surface with my pastels and letting it work out. And I mean literally hitting the […]

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