Memories of marshmallows & marshes to mellow your upcoming month.

Have you ever thought about what it means to “mellow out?” My newest painting called “Marsh Mellow Day” is a view that helps me to slow down and take a deep breath.

finding beauty (done! “rudbeckia”)

The best part of being an artist, is the moment when you decided a painting is DONE! Yesterday I finished an oil painting that I’ve been working on since January 19th. It’s called “Rudbeckia.” (The official name of the big yellow flowers is “Rudbeckia hirta Prairie Sun,” but I thought that was a little wordy to […]

gold vs. black (cast your vote!)

I found out this week that I was accepted into the Picolo Spoleto Outdoor Juried Fine Art Exhibition, held in Charleston, SC this May and June. It’s part of the events surrounding the Spoleto Festival USA, which I guess is a pretty big deal for South Carolina. I’m still deciding whether to participate in the […]

“sabbath rest” (done!)

Here’s the second painting in my pair of large square marsh paintings. The photo that inspired this painting was one I took during the Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival in 2009. Have you ever visited the Low Country of South Carolina? I find it to be quite breath-taking. Why the title? About the time I […]

“still waters” (done!)

I finished up two paintings this week! It’s a big pair of square marsh paintings. Watch the slide show above if you want to see its progress from start to finish.

Still snowed in! (another coloring sheet for making more art)

Four snow days this week, plus the already scheduled days off for Friday and Monday = A 10-day Weekend! I was supposed to be teaching “art day” at my son Nathan’s school on Thursday but it got snowed out! In preparation for my talk to all the 4th grade budding-artists, I made a few sheets […]

a painting for myself (“winter berries” done!)

I’ve finished a Christmas present for me (from me.) It’s still on my easel drying, but hopefully it will be ready to hang over my fireplace by the weekend. You can watch the two-minute video below if you’d like to see it come to life — from start to finish. The song you’ll hear in the […]

“O Christmas Tree” (bid now for this painting!)

After we put our Christmas tree up last December, I decided that I needed a new painting to cheer up our home during the short days of winter. So I decided to paint myself a winter painting called “O Christmas Tree.” It hung over our fireplace, making me smile until the beginning of March… and […]

a pair of marshy paintings (in progress)

Here’s a pair of paintings I started in October. They’ve been drying for a while, so now I can begin the next phase in my process: painting the grasses.   Right now it looks like somebody gave the grass a crew-cut. Since the water is dry I can bring the blades of grass up into […]

painting “winter berries” (part 1)

Last year I started a new tradition. At the beginning of each December, I’m painting myself a new “winter painting” to hang over my fireplace. The plan is to then auction off last year’s painting. We’ll see if I get that far this year. 🙂 I’m hoping to finish up my new painting called “winter […]