Expressionist Zebras

After painting a small painting of two zebras for my granddaughter, I decided after working on the stripes it would be fun to do this much larger work in oil, a handicap I expected and knew would happen, is both black and white are slow colors to dry in oil paint. I decided not to do this in acrylic preferring the luminosity of oil

This is Oil on Canvas circa 35 inches by 30 inches

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Abstract…color, value and balance

AbstractOkay, I already wrote this and it was lost in the great divide called web space.

Most recent finished work is this abstract on canvas 20 x 30 inches.  It is a exercise in color balance (not Fox kind) and value.

One views abstracts by squinting…so they look like shapes one sees in a room after waking from a previous evening indulging in copious amounts of tequila.

Custom Redwood oil

Custom Redwood oil

This is a custom redwood painting selected from one of my photos. There is something very special about Redwood trees, a soft quietness of nature. I grew up around redwoods and worked for a time in their presence, one can only feel honored to have had the opportunity.

18×24 oil on canvas.

Hawain Sunset sans Palm Trees

Sunset sans palms

This oil on canvas was an exercise in dry brush technique. After seeing all the sunsets on Don Charismas site mine seems marginal, I did not place the palm trees in because it diversifies potential location. It was fun using the dry brush technique using medium and layering.

Oil on Canvas 18×24

Seeing the Light

oil on panel 30 x 36

oil on panel 30 x 36

Finished this last year, I was finally pleased with it and is one of my favorites. I had spent off and on several years getting it to Goldilocks just right…where I liked it. This originally was started in an abstract class shaping cones with string, I preferred doing it freehand. The colors in the painting match the frame texture and color with uncanny likeness.
My studio is full of art works I may have decreed allegedly finished and then I look at them and decide to improve them, of course this mostly would be oils or acrylic…watercolor would be another story.

I like this one to the degree, I may make it my blog header.

Oil on panel framed 30×36


One of the few seascapes I have painted, this was done several years ago, it was from a photograph I took at Monterey long ago. Seascapes can be challenging, particularly if one does not do them regularly. I need to do another seascape, recently I visited a motel in Westport Ca. where there was a seascape which really attracted my attention. If I can find the photo I took of the painting in the motel, I will post it, the artist really captured the mood and energy of the sea extremely well done.

Oil on canvas 18×24

One of my favorite artists…John Singer Sargent

Sometimes I find an art work which inspires me to paint or emulate it,in this case one of my favorite artists John Singer Sargent.
Recently I emulated one of John Singer Sergeants paintings in mixed media it was one he called Black Creek. Soon as I find the Jpg file I will post it for you to see.
Right now I am intrigued by one of Sergeants paintings called Street in Venice, I found it so intriguing for two reasons. One the composition really strikes me and two, I recently saw a photo of a displaced mother and her child in a war torn street in Syria which was just as striking, but screaming sadness as opposed to Sergeants work, which is amusingly sexist… I would paint the Syrian displaced mother, but I cannot find the photo. Anyway here is John Singer Sergeantsjohn-singer-sargent-paintings--street-in-venice-87905 work which I plan to paint in oil on linen.