Sunday, July 27, 2014

Honey Pot

Honey Pot painted on 6x8 canvas 

I've still been painting on a regular basis ... but not posting. Posting seems to take a back seat since there is little feed back. It's like talking to myself. Now talking to myself is not a bad thing because that's kinda like meditation.... and meditation is a good thing.  When you concentrate your thoughts on only good and positive thoughts, the negative disappears and your entire life moves on to a higher quality.
Quality is not an act, it is a habit." (Aristotle)
He was right. That's why we are artists. When we are painting everything else goes away. Time flies. we see nothing but our canvas and paints. We are focused on an object and color and light and shadows and shapes.
Then same is true no matter what your discipline. So relax. Slow down. Stay calm.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Carson Valley View

Oil on Canvas 6x8

Along the way trees are planted which are not expected to bear fruit in one's lifetime. The Dreamway,  

So we keep on planting and dreaming and visualizing what might be. An artist moves mountains, rocks, trees waterways... anything to create a picture that might mean more to the viewer or to draw him in or to create an interest.... or to make him dream dreams. 
Sometimes we paint in broad strokes to indicate actions and movement.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Lookout from Donnar Pass

Oil on canvas  6x8

Time waits for no one.
Treasure every moment you have.
You will treasure it even more when
You can share it with someone special.

The beauty of nature is everywhere but usually we have to go out there to see and enjoy it. Sometimes we can't ... or don't feel like it. It's good to have paintings to  take us away and remind of us of things we've seen or places we'd like to visit..... or dream a little dream. Take time to dream today... or go visit a place outdoors. You won;t be sorry your did.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Girl at the Beach

oil on canvas 6x8

We advance on our journey only when we face our goal, when we are confident and believe we are going to win out.......Orison Swett Marden

This is an interpretation of a  beautiful young lady on the beach in Florida. Another small painting, a 6x8 completed with a #6 round brush ... continuing my learning session. Tho they may be a little rough I feel I am getting there and the paintings are coming out with reasonable success.

Inspiration is very subjective. For one person inspiration may be one thing but for someone else it may come from a totally different direction. For a painter it may be a face... it may be a particular scene... or it may be a still life set up with lighting from a particular direction. No matter what the inspiration ... no matter where it comes from reflect on it while it is there. Be moved when inspiration affects you. Be inspired in life.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Tipped Over

Oil on canvas  6x8

Enjoy Your Days & Love Your Life, 
Because life is short and a journey to be savored.

Of course I savored them all. It was such an interesting set up and the grapes looked so beautiful ... how could I resist?

Now go out and enjoy life!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Oil on Canvas 6x8

Genelle is 12 years old and has posed for us several times in the past. This little 6x8 was done with a #6 round. I will probably be using the round brush for the next month as a learning experience. It's quite different from using a flat brush. The picture may not be all that good but it was fun and a learning experience. I plan to do a series of 6x8 portraits along with a series of landscapes and still life paintings.

Monday, July 7, 2014

The baker

Oil on canvas  6x8

Thought I would take a break from food so I did a portrait on a small 6x8 today.   The Art Town Reno show is going well. I sat there today and at the last minute some folks came in. They enjoyed the show and voted for their favorite picture. that;s what it;s all about. People enjoying the art works.

"To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy, a whole heart, and a free mind." (Pearl S. Buck)

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Grapefruit & Plum

Oil on Canvas   6x8

Breakfast time again.... love the fruit. It's Art Town in Reno this month. We set up our show in the downtown Methodist church lobby.... it came out really nice. Someone from Gardnerville stated it was the best one they went to. That makes all the people involved very happy. The show was "Feeding Body and Soul" and consisted of paintings form the Portrait Society of Reno paintings of people who are connected with the  Ford Coop and food paintings from the Latimer Club. There will be entertainment and things going on all over town this month. Hope to see you there.