Monday, October 19, 2015

New Paintings...another one

A dangerous morning..."hedge apples" were falling all around me as I painted this tree which is on a little nature trail on our church property. Thump! Crackle...Crash...THUMP! Of course they aren't really apples at all...more like mutated giant yellow softballs...which aren't soft. 10"x8" oil on board.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

New Paintings...a few more

Today, I finished a painting that I started yesterday. This was in the "Community Garden" at my church.  I had finished the painting, but wasn't happy with the lack of darker values. and I wasn't crazy about the little shed's details.  So...I reworked much of the painting. I'm not sure it was entirely successful...lost some bits that I really liked in the first version better.'s the final, final version below...I reworked a bit in my studio.

I think I like my first version below the best...but now it's too late. WHEN WILL I LEARN?!
Here's the view in the real world.
This painting below was done last week at a construction site near my home. It was fun talking to the work crew. I'm sure they didn't really get the "impressionist" technique I was going for. But they were nice about it.
This next painting was also done last week, over two consecutive mornings. My family had just gone to a parade and crafts show here the weekend before, and I really wanted to paint that huge sycamore tree.  So...I did. :)

Saturday, October 10, 2015

SKETCHBOOK: "Shawnee Indian Mission Fall Fest"

Today, I went to sketch my friends Bill, Dave and his wife Patty. They make up the dynamic folk trio "Anchovy Fishermen" ( They were playing at the Shawnee Indian Mission Fall Festival. Afterwards, I wandered around and drew a couple more sketches. A gorgeous day!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

SKETCHBOOK: "Return to Japan Festival"

I spent the whole day sketching at the JAPAN FESTIVAL in Overland Park, KS. It's held each year at the Johnson County Community College. Here are the results from my efforts.