Bat Boy

6x6 oil on panel

I painted this for an assignment in my "Simple isn't Easy" online workshop with Mark Daniel Nelson. I'm loving the class so far, and even though I haven't had much time to work on the assignments, I'm learning a lot. I was thinking I was going to do still lives for the lessons. And I might still do that later. But so far I've been trying to simplify some kid paintings that I've been wanting to do.
This assignment was all about moving the eye through the painting. Mark called this a 3 zone painting. The shoes, head, then ball. Which are the zones the eye travels.

Here is another, but not as successful I don't think.
Bam Bam
6x6 oil on panel

The eye travels up the bat to the head, then the balls. 


4x4 oil on cradled board

First painting of the new year. I'm getting ready to start a commission, so I'm painting a few small pieces first.

Happy New Year!

Cardinal 6x6 oil on cradled board.

Wow, what a year! It did seem to fly by. But it's a new year now, and time for setting new goals. I'm ready for something new. I've just finished a boat load of beach themed paintings. Large & small. Now I'm looking ahead to art festivals and new & old ideas have me excited. I will continue my dogs, birds & cocktail themed paintings. I want to expand on the cocktails because that can be fun,  and spend some time on more still life paintings.

I've signed up for an on-line Master Class with Mark Daniel Nelson, "Simple Is Not Easy". (my Thursday class is full, but he's just added a Friday class.) I'm sure I will learn a TON about ways to simplify my compositions for a more abstract looser look. My plan is to post my results, but that will depend on how busy things get around here.

I'm really looking at still life paintings right now and dreaming of painting them in a way I love. I've been looking at Stanley Bielen and Susan Nally, and loving their work. I've bought some pears found some simple bowls. I'll work up to flowers because I think if I purchased any flowers right now they would die as soon as I went outside to bring them home. (it's -15 today) I'm planning on doing a small still life, from life, most days before I start my other work. That's the goal!!

Little Construction Worker

8x8 oil on cradled board

I've had this reference photo in my files for YEARS! My grandsons like to dress up in the construction worker clothes that the local Children's Playhouse has available, so I have been saving some of these photos. I finally got the chance to paint this one. So much fun! I've been collection photos of people in masks or disguises. I think it would be fun to do a series someday.


6x6 oil on panel, unframed
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Just finished this one. Love Love Love these colors.

A Few Available Paintings

6"x6" oil on panel, unframed

 Coast Guard
8"x8" oil on cradled board. Sides are finished and back is wired to hang as is.

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A Few Available Paintings

6x6 oil on panel, framed in a 1"faced black floater frame

Fresh as a Daisy
8x8 oil on cradled board, sides are finish and back is wired to be hung as is.

Flock of Seagulls
6x12 oil on cradled board, sides are finished and back is wired to be hung as is.

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