Sunday, July 31, 2016

Thunderclouds study

I worked a Thunderclouds study in small oil study.  I am working on a series of sky and clouds.  Expect more small studies in the coming days.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Grand Canyon Watchtower - block-in

I worked on this today, I bit of an experiment.  I did a more detailed block-in, which will still need a lot of adjustment to make it a successful study in Oil paint.  The sky and clouds are good but everything else is going to need attention and adjustment.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Bear Cub with Salmon

I worked on this as a Birthday card for my brother-in-law Danny whose Birthday is today.  I will probably tweak the foreground and get this cub into the water tomorrow with better detail.  I used colored pencil and pentel ink pen to do this sketch.  So I fixed the water, fresh eyes make it easier.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

River Access sketch

Tonight's sketch is a pencil sketch looking towards a river through the trees.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Beach Clouds

I have been working on this Beach Clouds for the last two nights.  Tonight I think it has a better show of progress.  I think i posted the block-in on this but I cannot find the first picture to post so you just get this one tonight.  It is late and I need  go to bed.  You can probably scroll back and find it.  This is a 9x12 oil and I am just working on the clouds, the edges between the various layers and the water surface.

Sunday, July 24, 2016


This has been a busy odd weekend so not much artwork done.  This is a mixed media Rabbit of colored pencils and pentel ink pens for the fur texture.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Scottish highlands - Part Three

Tonight's post is the continuing work on the Scottish Highlands.  I was not happy with the sky and I worked on it some to add depth and texture to the clouds and the sky.  I added some foreground and middle ground details and started to sort out the reflections.  I will add some tree details to the middle ground and to the high ground on the left.  This is pretty close to the finish just some small things to make the difference.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Wife's Birthday

Yesterday was my wife Barbara's Birthday.  We were running around at the beach and dinner so I am posting this a day late.  She really likes the Day of the Dead motif so I usually do something along those lines for her.  This was done in colored markers. So Happy Birthday Love.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Pine Tree Deer

A little bit of an experiment.  I will probably redo this with watercolor instead of colored pens.  I think I can get better color differentiation but not a bad study and worth working on until its perfect.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Swamp Cypress

This is a pen sketch of a Swamp Cypress tree on a bank.  More practice for the 10000 hours of mastery.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak

I think I have finished this one.  I worked on the foliage and the tree trunks.   I will leave this alone for a bit and see if I still think so.  If you are ever in Colorado Springs go to the Garden of the gods, especially near sunset.   This is a larger oil painting at 16in x 20in.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Dancing Tree people

Back to the tree motif, this is a pen sketch of Dancing Trees.  Something quick and fun for the return of the work week.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Black Hills South Dakota - round two

I worked on the Black Hills today, ironically making them a little less black.  I started to add the pine trees and to further refine the foreground meadow.  The trees will need some more work as will the meadow.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Old Tree Snag Ink drawing

I am continuing the work on trees and experimenting with different styles.  This ink drawing is done in a wood block style.  I used Coptic ink pens.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Old Oak Trunk Sketch

This is a simple pencil sketch, just part of the evening ritual of incremental practice which over time leads to improvement.  So enjoy my improvement.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Brush Pen Tree people

Not an original design, but a nice fun destress for the day.  I used a Pental Brush Pen which has a felt tip which is brush like and makes thin and fat strokes.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Haystack sketch

A worked on this pencil sketch today after work, nothing about a little art therapy.  Not a great sketch but better than work and much more enjoyable.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Black Hills South Dakota - Block-in

I started this today since I wanted to not be fussing with paintings already going.  This is from a trip to South Dakota a few years back.  Manny of my photos are very subtle which makes them a challenge.  This is a mid-day scene too which is different than most things I try.  I really liked the fading out of the grasses to a barely green grey.  The fore ground will have Ponderosa Pine trees but I wanted to get the middle ground right before putting them in.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Pikes Peak from Gardens of the Gods

I worked on this oil painting today.  It has a lot of subtle colors so it has been a challenge to complete.  I have added detail all around but especially I have set in the foliage and tried to add and detail the branches and the trunks.   I will need to continue to work on them and to add foliage highlights.