Posts Tagged ‘oil paintings’


2016 Rockford Fall ArtScene

October 4, 2016

All set up and ready for this weekends Rockford Fall ArtScene. Friday October 7 (5-10pm) and Saturday October 8 (4-9pm). We will be at Bennie’s 126 N. 1st Street.

Framed 6" x 8" Oil Paintings on Canvas Panels.

Framed 6″ x 8″ Oil Paintings on Canvas Panels.


Selection includes Plein Air as well as studio works

Selection includes Plein Air as well as studio works


Dozens of smaller unframed works ranging from 6" x 8" up to 12" x 16"

Dozens of smaller unframed works ranging from 6″ x 8″ up to 12″ x 16″


Holiday Art Presence

November 28, 2012

Springs’ Autumn; Oil on Canvas 8″ x 10″

Two of my original paintings, Springs Autumn and October on Clinton – Study have been accepted into the  Holiday Art Presence. This event is hosted by Art Essex Gallery, Essex, CT. This exhibition and sale of small works runs from December 1 – 31, 2012.

October on Clinton Street-Study; Oil on Canvas Panel 9″ x 12″


2012 Spring ArtScene

April 10, 2012

My exhibit for the 2012 Rockford Spring ArtScene includes about two dozen framed original paintings.  My works are up in the second floor studio at Bennie’s 126 N. 1st. Street, Rockford.

Friday April 13          5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday April 14     3:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Additional information about the 2012 Spring ArtScene can be found at


Autumn Woods 1

February 29, 2012

Autumn Woods 1, Oil on Canvas 16" x 20"

February 29. An event that occurs once every four years. Too tempting. I couldn’t resist that desire to ensure that I entered a post on this date. Okay, so maybe it sounds as though I have nothing better to do. WRONG.

Spent a chunk of Monday delivering watercolor paintings to the Norris Cultural Center for an exhibition in St. Charles Illinois. Tuesday, it was delivery of a couple oil paintings for the exhibition at The Next Picture Show in Dixon Illinois. So that equates to some lost painting time.

Classes are in full swing. My first group will be throwing and splashing a lot of paint over the next few weeks, to learn about techniques, before we start creating actual images. My second level is gaining confidence as they work through our chart paintings and understanding the connection between my weekly demonstrations and the paintings which they created during our first session. Third level is busy working projects in conjunction with the second level and helping to keep a level of humor and fun that ensures that the class time flies by.

I have my ideas in place for the demonstrations which I will be conducting this weekend for Dillman’s Creative Arts. Now I have to get all the prep work in place. We are only allotted an hour to conduct our demos, so it is important to plan it right. Watercolor Friday night and Oil on Saturday so that makes for a lot more prep work. Friday’s demo is at Dick Blicks, an art supply store, or to this artist – a toy store. Either way, I am certain to stop and purchase a few necessary, or possibly unnecessary, supplies before leaving. Saturday’s demo is at the Addison Village Hall. The best part about Saturday is going to be following the demo. Across the street from the village hall is a Portillo’s – a restaurant with really good food (not necessarily heart healthy – but very tasty).

Autumn Woods 1 was created from a photo taken a couple autumns ago. I like the design and anticipate creating this in a larger size.


Welcome 2012

January 6, 2012

Autumn's Palette, Oil on Canvas 16" x 20"

Hard to believe that 2012 is here already. The holiday season is past and a new year has begun.

First, thank you to all that have read and followed my musings during 2011. A few days ago, I received a summary about the activity at this blog. A San Francisco cable car holds 60 passengers. This blog was viewed 2,400 times in 2011. It would take about forty trips to move that many people. 105 new posts were added during 2011 bringing the total archive to 203 posts. 221 pictures were added, that’s about 4 pictures per week. The blog’s busiest day was April 13, when 45 people visited the post Art Competitions – 2011. Other popular posts included, Anderson Japanese Gardens (June), Rockford Spring ArtScene (April) and Illinois Watercolor Society Demonstration (October). Many of my visitors came through my website (, my e-mail, facebook, and wordpress.

Into the first week of the new year and already I feel as though I am behind. The submission deadlines for several competitions are quickly approaching. Although I seem to have a sufficient number of works, I want to ensure that I have enough really good works for all of the contests I wish to enter. I have more ideas for paintings in both oils and watercolor than I can create (I suppose that is a good thing). Okay, that last one may also fall under a time management thing. When, or if it snows, I want to get out on location to get some small paintings and photo references for more, large design. Enrollment is already underway for my spring classes at Rock Valley College (nice to report that a fair number of students have already registered – thanks for the confidence).  The RVC classes begin in less than six weeks. I am hosting an oil painting workshop next weekend and am scheduled for a four day watercolor workshop at the beginning of June. A watercolor demonstration in early March.  I need to ensure that I have a variety of good works, in various sizes, to forward to Woodwalk Gallery this spring. Oh yeah, Rockford Spring ArtScene in four months. Yikes. I have got to get to work…Now!

Here’s working towards a happy, healthy, productive and profitable 2012. Happy New Year.


Arboretum Shadows

November 20, 2011

Arboretum Shadows Study #1, Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"

Arboretum Shadows Study #2, Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"

My fall watercolor classes have finished. Thanks to Rock Valley College for allowing me to use their facilities to conduct my classes. Once again, I was blessed with a lot of fun people who were not afraid to try new methods and were open to new ideas. I am flattered at the many students that return semester after semester. It is a challenge to find new ways to stimulate their creativity and tackle their apprehensions.  I am happy for the many new students that have started my classes and given me the chance to help them uncover and discover the joys of this challenging medium.  They were also kind enough to share their ideas to help as I continue to define and refine my ideas about teaching this tricky medium. Another thirteen weeks and a few snow storms until we start the spring semester.

For now, I have plans/ambitions to complete several oil paintings for exhibitions/competitions and Rockford Spring ArtScene. I also aim to complete watercolor paintings for upcoming watercolor society shows.

I am currently working on an idea for a larger painting. I thought it best to play with a few smaller interpretations first. The inspiration came from a visit to a local park. I was fortunate enough to capture some sketches of this scene. I settled on one design which I have already transferred as a drawing to a canvas.  More to follow soon… I trust.