On My Easel

In Progress
10 x 10 oil on cradled hardwood

I haven't had much time to paint lately but I wanted to show you what is on my easel right now. I'm really excited about it at this stage. And I'm hoping it will turn out as well as I imagine it. I can't wait to get back to it. I tone my boards pink/orange these days. 

What's on your easel?

Shadow Running

8 x 8 oil on cradled wood

I'm back to running legs! I can't seem to stop with this subject. 

Smooth Paddling

6 x 6 oil on panel

I had started this one about a week ago but didn't have time to finish it. So I made the final tweaks yesterday. I hope you like another kayak painting. I really enjoy trying to simplify the figure and and the water, along with capturing the mood of the place. 

We are headed down to Peoria for the weekend. Celebrating my youngest grandson's 1st birthday! Should be fun!

Palette Knife Workshop

I just recently took a mini-workshop that Ann Feldman teaches at the Main Street Art Center in Lake Zurick, IL. This one was on palette knife painting. Ann's palette knife paintings are some of my favorite of hers and I wanted to learn more. Life has been so busy lately so this 2 day mini workshop was the perfect commitment for my current schedule!

Of course it's never as easy as you think it might be. These are my two attempts. But I can see that I could get better at this if I did it more.

First one: Well, can you tell these are supposed to be trees and reflections? I took a stab at putting in some birch trees in the distance, but that really didn't work! I wish I could show you Ann's demo. Simply beautiful! I'm not very good at landscapes so that is my excuse. But I really loved working with all that pure color and letting it mix right on the board! Really fun. 

Second one: A still life is a bit more in my comfort zone. There are actual objects to paint. I like this one, sorta. But I liked it even more about 10 minutes before this! You really have to know when to STOP! Here is Ann's version


6 x 6 oil on panel

This is Cloe. Side-kick of Dixie from our time at Lost Land Lake in Wisconsin. Cloe is still a pup, so was a bit unruly at times. But she glowed in the sun and was fun to watch as she chased down chipmunks. 

Commissions 2 & 3

6 x 6 oil on panel

This was my second commission and I thought it was fun because I loved how this little guy is wrapped up tight! I remember when I used to wrap my kids up to keep them warm. You couldn't even recognize them. They are bundled for a day of sledding.

6 x 6 oil on panel

Then this is the last commission right now. These two are dressed for a renaissance faire. I really pushed back on the photo for this painting. It was a very dark scan, and it was hard to get much information from it. Especially with the hats. But the client convinced me to give it a try and I think she is pleased. I'm glad I tried some things out of my comfort zone. 

Commission #1

5 x 7 oil on panel

Things have been really busy around here, but I've been working on a few commissions. Now that I know the client is happy with them, I'll post a few.

This is the first one I did. I love the playful mood in the pool. 

Today's Big Catch

6 x 6 oil on panel

I don't know why I found this one so difficult to do. But it was. I hope you enjoy today's big catch as much as this little guy did!

Morning Outing

6 x 6 oil on panel

Another fun one from my Lost Land Lake vacation series. The morning light was amazing along the sides of their faces and the dogs nose. 

Das Bier

6 x 12 oil on panel

This is one of the paintings I've been working on from the Das Bier 5 k run a few weeks ago. This was connected to their Octoberfest celebrations. It was such a bright sunny day I have a lot of shadows to play with. I especially thought this group of runners made some wonderful shadow shapes!