Tuesday, February 18, 2020

One Warm Day


Sunny Day

5x7 oil
Cedar Green

An unusually warm day graced us painters with warm sunshine and warmth after days of cold and clouds.  People were all out enjoying this welcomed treat only to be taken away with more winter the following week.  It felt so good to be out painting plein air without numb fingers and toes.  Soon I hope it won't be just an occasional gift from mother nature but a regular opportunity to see spring on its way.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

A New Year



Winter Work

January has been a roller coaster ride with weather at both ends of temperatures and precipitation.  I'm lucky to have pencil work to do during this time of year.  I do small 5x7 pencil portraits of pets, people and houses.  If you have a favorite photo that you want me to draw just send me an email.  I include an 8x10 mat so the drawings are ready to frame.  Reasonably priced too.




Sunday, December 22, 2019

Happy Holidays!



Wishing Everyone a Wonderful Holiday Season!



And a Happy New Year!


Thursday, December 5, 2019

Shorter Days


Last Days of Fall


 5x7 plein air 


5x7 plein air 

The nice weather days are hit and miss as the days get shorter and the temperatures seem to be on a roller coaster.  The fall colors are fading and falling and now the cedars take center stage for the colorful green that will dot the landscape over the winter.  They are one of my favorite trees.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

HAC Show



Heartland Art Club

Hope you can come to the opening!
The show is up until January 3, 2020.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Maybe the last of fall


A Beautiful Fall Day


8x10 plein air oil

Cliff Cave Fall

The weather has been up and down.   Rainy or cold with very few days to enjoy painting the colors of fall.  Great color was predicted but windy wet days have made the trees lose their leaves faster than I had hoped.  Last Sunday it was a beautiful day.. Warm and sunny with very light wind so I was able to try to capture the colors that were still on the trees.  This area with it's dried grasses and the cedars with their deep green shadow side really caught my eye and gave the color in the distant trees a nice contrast.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Fall Begins


Claire Gemp

5x7 plein air oil


A small study of the first signs of color changes taking place now.  Claire Gemp is a small natural area that originally was a farm and is now preserved as a nature area.  It's not far from my home and I like to visit and see how nature changes with the seasons.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Seifert Farm


Happy Birthday
Aunt Helen

On the Sunny Side
5x7 watercolor

Aunt Helen is turning 99 tomorrow.  I found a photo of the farm where she grew up and used it to paint this for her birthday card.  I hope it brings memories of nice sunny days for her.  She has a sunny personality and a wonderful smile.  Happy Birthday Aunt Helen!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Kirkwood Memorial


Vietnam Memorial

 Kirkwood, Mo.
6x8 plein air oil

Next to the Kirkwood city hall there is an area dedicated to memorials for veterans with nice landscaping and benches surrounding them. These Hydrangea bushes were in full bloom and just beautiful all around the Vietnam marker.  It reminded me of a small version of the wall.  A beautiful reflective stone carved with names that should be remembered.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Hazy Meadow


Summer Haze


12x12 oil

It's been very hot and humid here and as I was working on this painting that feeling kept coming to mind.  A typical mid western meadow in summer with the hazy atmosphere is what I tried to capture here.  I used photo references from locations not far from me for the inspiration.