Truck at Sisson’s

March 18, 2018

Truck at Sisson’s – Oil on Canvas – 11″ x 14″

This past summer I created a plein air painting at the entrance to a farm. Although I had often seen a truck at the farm, the day I created the painting, the truck was away. The truck had side panels that were obstructive, which was the reason I had passed this opportunity.

I am happy with the plein air painting. A few weeks ago, I gave thought to the painting and decided to play with the idea of improvising a truck into the scene. This is the result.


Apples and Marble Jar / Boone Outbuilding

March 16, 2018

Apples and Marble Jar – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

Rebuilding inventory of these small paintings. The galleries do well with these as point-of-purchase displays. Both of these were started as demonstrations for my Oil painting students. The barns were gleaned from a watercolor painting created a few years ago. The jar with the marbles was a fun find when I was at an antique mall looking for something else.

Now, to finish a few more of these before I make a delivery in a couple weeks to a gallery preparing for the summer season.

Boone Outbuilding – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″


Teapot Reflections and Tea Kettle

March 1, 2018

Teapot Reflections – Oil on Canvas – 10″ x 8″

Worked these two designs for my oil painting students. Although both designs use the same elements in the same formation, the format makes a dramatic difference. I urge my students to quickly work at least six thumbnails of the scene. Designs can be worked panning out, zooming in, crop, horizon up, horizon down, alter the format (ex. 8″ x 10″ vs 8″ x 16″, etc.). This forces an artist to look beyond the initial excitement and beyond the obvious. Often I find that the second or third is design is a stronger composition and offers a better opportunity. I find that instead of one painting, I have up to half a dozen or more good opportunities. I do this and hope to convince students of the success. Unfortunately, this lesson is too often neglected by students.

Tea Kettle – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″



February 28, 2018

Reflections – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

Started for my oil students. Always fun to play with reflections off of this metal bowl. Fun to watch the students tackle this. They learn a lot about reflections, refractions, colors, and shadows. Sometimes I get into trouble because I forget to clean this bowl and return it to our kitchen cabinets (do not interfere with the wife’s cooking routine).

Used this same set up for my advanced watercolor group. Fun and interesting to see the differences based upon the choice of medium.


Klenke’s Planter and Basket of Blossoms

January 31, 2018

Basket of Blssoms – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 11″ x 9″

Working on watercolors as ideas for a workshop this summer. The workshop is offered at the Peninsula School of Art in Door County Wisconsin. The pick up truck is one of the iconic scenes located at Klenke’s in Door County. The bicycle is from a sketch I made during the Cedarburg Plein Air competition. These worked out to be better than I expected. I may have to consider submissions to a couple watercolor competitions.

Klenke’s Planter – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 12″ x 16″


Nestled Barn

January 21, 2018

Nestled Barn – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

I utilized a plein air sketch to create this small painting. The plein air painting is 8″ x 16″. I decided to create this work to focus on the barn. The galleries had nice sales of small works like this during 2017. This will help to rebuild the inventory for 2018.



January 6, 2018

Henhouse – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 12″ x 16″

Preparing ideas for an upcoming workshop on watercolors, I utilized a plein air painting from Cedarburg Wisconsin as a basis for this watercolor. Having already worked out the challenges of this design in the oil painting, this watercolor moved effortlessly. Very happy with the brightness of the light off the front of this structure.