Friday, December 29, 2006

Acrylic on canvas

This is yesterday's painting, and it's a bit bigger than the usual jewels. $140.00 takes it.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Untitled abstract with green

Acrylic on wood. $70

I really liked this one going into it, and it's all right, I guess, but damn it, I overworked it. I used a bit of an additive to give it some added texture.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

5x7 Acrylic on wood. $70

Happy Holidays everyone. This is the first jewel since Christmas, and I don't totally hate it, although it does disappoint me on some level.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

It's halftime, so I guess I'll take a minute and post today's jewel. It's 5x7 acrylic on wood.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Today's jewel. 5x7 acrylic on wood.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Alert the media. This is one I actually, like. No, really, I do! It's the same deal, 5x7, acrylic on wood and it's $70. You know, it occurred to me that if someone's interested in this, or any other piece that's still available, and you're not a member of this blogger site, you can let me know by dropping me a line at:

Friday, December 15, 2006

So this is the painting I did yesterday, but, I'm posting this morning. It's "related" to the diptych I did the day before. I'm thinking it would be a nice companion to it.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Here's today's (and tomorrow's if I want to be that way about it) offering. It's a diptych, acrylic on wood. I actually kind of like this. Since it's a diptych it's sold as a set only, and it's $140 measuring 10"x7".

This is NOT my work. I cannot take credit for this painting. This is the work of my father. Why is it on here? I don't know. I just wanted to put it on here and share some of his stuff with you. There are people in our own family who don't know that he paints, he's very private about it, and frankly, way too brutal in his assessment of his own work. The painting is oil on canvas, and it's not for sale. It's a self-portrait that Dad did after a recent bout of some physical difficulties. He's better now, but this serves as a record of where he was when he painted it. To me, this is his most personal, and revealing work. Way to go, Dad.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

5x7, acrylic on wood $70 I think I overworked this one a bit, but I don't hate it.

Yesterday's painting. With it getting dark so early these days, it's tough to get a good photo.
I'll have another later in the day.

5x7, acrylic, 70 bucks.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Today's offering. I painted this while talking on the phone with a good friend. It was a deep conversation, and so that may or not be reflected in it. I'm going to be better about doing the paintings of the day from now on. It's been tough because of the work I've had lately, and the travel. All good reasons for my negligence on the easel, but I want to be better about it.

Acrylic, 5x7, $70

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

A simple, happy painting.

5x7, acrylic on wood. $70 buys you a little slice of happiness.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Sure, it's not a great photo, but then again, it's not a great painting.

I've finally sat my ass down and done another jewel. It's been a busy couple of weeks. Starting with smoked turkeys and houseguests, acting work, and travel, I may actually be able to sit down and do some painting this week. Please don't misunderstand me. This has been a great couple of weeks! One filled with friendship, love, celebration and work. I'm glad to get back to the blog, and I hope I'm faced with having to juggle it with all the good things that have gone on lately.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Finally! He's back! I finished this little gem last night, right before I went to class. 5x7, acrylic on wood, $70. It didn't start out in this style. I had intended it to be more like the last few I did, but I kept working the paint as it was wet. I'm pleased with the colors and wish to explore this combination further. I will most likely start to paint again monday, after the Thanksgiving holiday. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. See you next week.

Friday, November 17, 2006

This is the painting from yesterday. Again, I finished it too late, and was unable to get a good photo of it. I'm not sure the texture works on it. Too much. (?) and the colors border on offensive. Today's painting will be in this same vein, although I will back off on the texture. Check back later.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

It's a bit late in the day to be posting this, but at least it's done. Whenever I photograph my work with anything other than natural light, the posting suffers. I was looking at an artist's work today online, and I realized how unbelievably lazy I've been in terms of my color. Today's posting takes that into account, and really, I'm going to make a concerted effort to push my palette. I'm also going to work more with texture, (I'm a big fan of texture, always have been), and with the notion of "less is more" as they say. I need to simplify things.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

First things first; this is BLUE, not green. After messin' around with the photo for too long, I've given up trying to make it look blue. "You could always take another photo." True. But I'm not going to. It's Phthalo blue, and white... and orange. D's been wanting me to do something monochromatic, although I don't think she envisioned this. But then again, neither did I. 5x7 , acrylic on wood. $70. I kind of enjoyed losing myself in the small brush strokes, and not worrying about color or form. It gave me ideas for larger pieces.

Monday, November 13, 2006

I was always taught, If you can't say something nice, you shouldn't say something at all.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Yeah, this week is a wash. It's been a great week, professionally speaking, but today's painting of the day, was just awful. I'm not posting it. I spent too much time on it, and the end result was, to put it mildly, disappointing. Maybe I'm tired...maybe I'm still down about Gatita...maybe both. See you next week.

Friday, November 03, 2006

a good girl with pretty green eyes... R.I.P.

This was the painting I did yesterday, but I never had the time, or desire, really, to post it. Yesterday was a tough day. One of our kitties, Gatita, was diagnosed with bladder cancer. It was a very large tumor. We said good bye to her and let her go. She was a good girl.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Yesterday's painting. Not much to look at, I know, but I was exploring the image on the upper right corner. An angel, reaching...(?) A theme I may revist. I'll be posting another painting later.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

It's only 5x7, but nevertheless, there are only some areas of this jewel I can tolerate, and it's tough to make them out in such a small photo. Tomorrow is another day.

Well, here it is. It's impossible, for me anyway, to really capture the beauty of this day as I experienced it. It was one of those days that was sunny and clear, a few wispy clouds high above, the crunch of leaves was underfoot, people walked their dogs...just gorgeous. I suppose a better painter than I could capture that, but this is what I came up with, and frankly, I don't hate it. Maybe it's just because it reminds me of the day. I miss fall.

Monday, October 30, 2006

This evening I finished a painting of trees. I was just in KC this past weekend for a wedding and I was so inspired by the full autumn colors around me. I will post the painting tomorrow, first thing, because I'll be damned if I can get the colors right on the photograph. Hey, I'm a painter, not a photographer.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Hey hey! Here it is! Today's jewel! No time yesterday, and really, no time to discuss this one. Sorry. Same price, same medium. Later!

Monday, October 23, 2006

It's kind of obvious to me what this looks like, but it didn't begin as that when I started this piece. It began as an experiment with acrylic and a spray bottle. The spray bottle gave the big round spot, and I went from there. 5x7, acrylic on fiberboard. The usual price, $70.

Friday, October 20, 2006

What's this? 11:22 A.M. and the painting of the day is complete? Could it be? Yes. A quick study in purple, gray white and blue (which, for some reason is reading as green in the photo). This is a case where I'm leaving well enough alone. Have a nice weekend everybody.

Thursday, October 19, 2006


It's been a long day.

That's my excuse and I'm stickin' with it.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

This is pretty different for me. You know, I don't hate it. I don't love it, but then again when do I really love anything I paint? Besides, it's not my job to judge the work, especially these pieces. It's just my job to do them. Done.
Today's painting. It's the left side of a diptych. Only available as a set. $140 for the set. The next posting has a photo of the two pieces together.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

You're right, this is a lot like the painting offered yesterday, and you want to know a little secret? It's a lot like the one that I'll do for tomorrow. These are pretty "graphic". I'm still toying with the idea of melding the two styles together. It's 5x7, acrylic on fiberboard. 70 bucks, and it's all yours... but hold the phone and wait 'til tomorrow before you get it.

Here's a better photo of yesterday's painting of the day. I'll be posting another painting later today.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Okay, so here's the deal. This picture SUCKS. The photograph, I mean. The painting is, I think, frankly, not that bad. I'm only including this photo here because I need to prove that I did a painting for the day. I will re-photograph the painting tomorrow in the natural light and you'll get a better idea what it's all about. I've kind of revisted an older style with this painting, trying to incorporate the newer styles of abstraction, with the older. It is also a study for a commissioned piece, (for you, Barnes). The medium I used to pour the paint makes it dry so slooooooowly, and thus, the late finishing time.

Friday, October 13, 2006

One hour later...

For a long time I stared at this monstrosity and thought of something positive to put here. "I finished it in the self-imposed 1 hour window." Yeah, looks like it. "At least it hasn't hurt anyone" not that I know of anyway. "At least the exercise is done for the day" Hmmm, yeah, I guess I'll stick with that one. Dad, Bruce, you guys were right. Sunsets are hard. About halfway through this piece of shite I had a cloud, one cloud, that I could live with. That cloud no longer exists. Oh well, tomorrow's another day, right? I guess I pulled that tree yesterday out of my ass. I like trees. I remember going to see the "Bodyworlds" exhibit with my Dad a few years back. For those of you unfamiliar with it, it's an exhibit with cadavers preserved using a resin, you get to see the body in a totally new light. The exhibit in theory was kind of macabre I guess, but then, it became beautiful as I saw the human body for what it is: a masterpiece. Anyway, this is a long-winded tirade just to get to the point of the bronchial tubes in the lungs. When I saw them on display, they looked like beautiful, intricate trees.
See you next week.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Say whaaaaa? Yes. A departure of sorts. We returned from our trip to Italy and D's uncle inspired me with his incredible work. This is a dead tree we saw on a walk with the family. I was struck by the lonliness of the image. Now, not to fret, my blog will not become an Italian slideshow, but then again, what would be the problem with that? The Piazza San Marco in Venice, and the Duomo in Florence brought tears to my eyes, and don't even get me started on the Uffizi. (7 hours and we barely scratched the surface) I was completely inspired by the trip and all that I saw. I can only hope that the inspiration traslates to my work. Wish me luck.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

He's back! No time to write very much today, just enough time to get this little gem off. It's 5x7, acrylic on fiberboard, the usual price...

Monday, September 18, 2006

Well, there won't be any more posts on here until probably the second week of October. We're headed to Europe, and there's just too much to do before we leave in a few days. I hope that I will find renewed inspiration on our trip. Thanks for looking at my stuff. Please check back in October.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Oh hell, what's the use? I meant to do a postcard painting today, but I worked on this commissioned work instead. I only put it on here as proof of it's existence, and for the excuse of, again, not having a postcard painting for the day. This piece is diptych, acrylic on wood, measuring 18"x54" and it's not for sale.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Do you hear that? That's the sound of hearts breaking all over the world. (note the sarcasm) That's right, no painting today. I had big audition and I had to study my sides. Check in again tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Gettin' crazy with the cheese wiz on this one. It's acrylic on canvas, and 9"x12", so it'll fetch a bit more. Let's say, $120.00, but for you, I'll do it for $119.99. That's how I am. That's how I roll. Ya dig?

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

I've been doing these little postcards a bit later in the day. It makes it more difficult to do, I think, when I'm tired, and have been painting all day. Anyway, here is today's. 5x7, acrylic on fiberboard.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Today's offering. 5"x7" acrylic and a "sharpie" marker on fiberboard. I wanted to dip my toe into monochromatic waters. $70.00.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Ry Cooder's song, "Cancion Mixteca" is a very pretty song. I only understand maybe 5 words of the whole thing; "triste" (means sad). Why do I bring this up? Well, for starters, I'm listening to it right now, and I find myself connecting with music of the more depressing variety while I paint. I don't think my paintings are sad, though. They used to be a whole lot darker (both literally and figuratively) than they are now. Maybe I'm a happier person. Maybe I took a friend's advice and lightened my palette up a bit to paint "happier". Maybe it's a bit of both. It still doesn't change the fact that I gravitate towards the music that my father would say, "really makes you want to cry in your beer".

This is acrylic on a 5x7 particle board. 70 bucks gives it a new home.

I really like this song.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

You're absolutely right. This does look a lot like yesterday's posting. So what of it? It's 5x7 acrylic on fiberboard and it's the same deal; $70, or this and another of the same size for $120. A bargain at any price!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

This is a study for a larger commission. 4x6 acrylic on wood. A friend's mother recently had some very kind words for the work on my blog, (I blush), but she also suggested I put the price on here so people know from the get-go if they're interested. Well, good advice! Here ya go:
$70.00 or two for $120.00.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

I haven't posted something in four days. I'm bad. I was doing pretty well there for a while, but then we had guests in from out of town. I know; excuses, excuses. So, here we are, back at it again. This jewel is 4x6 and acrylic on wood.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

This needs more work, plain and simple, but I resigned myself to working on it only an hour. I had to paint later in the day today, and I think that didn't help me. I've also been a bit preoccupied lately. 5x7 acrylic on fiberboard...

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Chopin was the shit! I love listening to classical when I paint. Not always, but sometimes, it just captures a mood. Helps me focus. I'm a big fan of Yo Yo Ma's Cello Suites. Beethoven, Wagner. Music is so important to me. It helps my painting, and it's instrumental in playing a character in my acting career. When I'm acting, I feel that if I can find a character's theme song, or personal score, it really helps me understand who that person is.

Oh yeah, this is a study in red. 5"x7".

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

I started on a larger painting, and frankly, it really sucked. Muddy colors, with no direction, it was contrived and generally an ugly experience. I think that's why I headed into cooler waters with this one. 5"x7" acrylic on fiberboard.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Yes, this is a theme and color palette I've visited before, but that's okay. At least, that's what I'm telling myself as I publish this post. Kind of like a favorite t-shirt, it's good to pull it out from time to time.

Friday, August 25, 2006

I love talking with my Dad. Now, don't get me wrong. I love talking with my Mom too, absolutely, but I bring this up because my Dad is also an artist. One hell of a good one too, I might add, although you'd never know it because he doesn't show his stuff anywhere, to anyone, except family. But that's a story for another posting some other time. So I was talking with my Dad today when we got on the subject of this blog of mine. Dad reminded me of how little children paint, with no reference to things like composition, perspective, nothing, it's just very free-flowing, and loose. My Dad is very loose when he sketches, and so, I'm taking a page from his book today. A masterpiece? Hardly, but I think I moved into the direction of freeing up my stuff. This piece seems to me to be a little more open and airy. But what do I know? it's not my job to judge the shit, just to keep on doing it. Right Dad?

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Not exactly easy on the eyes, it's another study... this commissioned piece... it vexes me!