Sunday, December 30, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
I seem a bit obsessed with clouds and storms and turmoil lately. Perhaps I am reflecting the mood of the stock market or maybe it's the fact that we are starting construction on the studio Saturday. I am not in turmoil over that, just anticipating the usual construction dilemmas. Hopefully Saturday we'll be getting the foundation forms in so the sand can be delivered and the plumber can do his work. We have one more tree to move and both my horses to another pasture - where there is no barn for winter shelter. Oh well, I guess they'll have to be horses! If the weather turns really bad, I can put them in stalls in the barn. But they both hate being locked up, so we may settle for blankets.
This painting is a 16 X 20 oil on stretched canvas, and I have a gorgeous free-form Texas Mesquite frame for it. Contact me before I send it to the gallery if you are interested.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
My little dog Georgia just loves playing with my big ole race horse, Easy. He jumps and kicks, and she dodges and ducks. I cringe and cover my eyes just knowing she is going to get clobbered, but it never happens. They both know the rules of their very own game, and I can't interfere. But a problem occurs when I ride Easy, and Georgia still wants to play! He bucks and kicks and rears at the dog - not a good thing while I am on his back! Guess we'll have to work on that....
This 5 X 7 oil on Masonite is available from me for $100.
Psalm 103:19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
This little boy and his pony were at a rodeo I attended a couple summers ago. His daddy was the roping announcer and this young man pretty much had free rein of the arena between events. He was so attentive to his pony - like a teenager with a brand new car! Adjusting his saddle, picking his feet clean, making sure he was tied up properly - he was constantly doing something. And he could ride him like a pro!
I still have this painting and it remains a favorite of mine - particularly because it reminds me of the last summer that I spent almost entirely on my horse and we did well in some competitions. But more importantly, I made some friends and saw some awesome animals and their owners compete.
Proverbs 12: 10 A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Twice a week I spend the morning at a lady's house - in her bathroom, to be specific, where I am painting a fanciful mural on her walls. This bathroom is at least 300 square feet with 1o foot ceilings, so you can imagine the wall space I am dealing with. We started with an imaginary vine growing out of the air ducts and twining its way around, over and through the fixtures and light switches - and I have added various creatures that are common in this part of the world - and some not so common. I'll show you some of the results in the future.
This little painting could have been inspired just about anywhere - but I painted it after a trip last summer to upstate New York - the Fingers Lakes area to be exact. New York doesn't have the corner market on great barns, but it comes close! After I offered it for auction and it sold quickly, I discovered that a lot of people collect barn paintings. I should probably do more.
Luke 12:24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!
These are part of the bathroom mural. The last one is the beginning of a roadrunner. Upper left is the actual size drawing I made first. Taped on the wall next to it is a reference photo. I painted the silhouette first and will come in with detailed colors next. Can you see the tile lizard in the baseboard? That's what the roadrunner is going after!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I have taken lessons from several wonderful artist/teachers and James Spurlock, John Pototschnik and John Poon have all been inspirational - both spiritually and technically. A calendar of John Pototschink's paintings arrived in the mail yesterday and it gave me new boost to continue painting. It also reminded me to pay attention to the basics and the rest will follow.
The title of this painting is self-explanatory. When a storm rolls across the plains of New Mexico, there is no where to take cover, and I often wonder where the animals hide.
This 9 X 12 oil on canvas panel can be purchased from me for $100.
Psalm 27:5 For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I have no room for packaging and shipping stuff, large framed paintings, blank canvases, large frames, drying canvases or a printer. In addition, the ventilation and light in here is dreadful (windows face North West and South West). So we are adding yet another room on to the house (starting this week, hopefully) that will be twice the size of this room, have good North light and should be able to contain all my artistic related stuff. We hope. I am really looking forward to a larger, flat screen monitor and a printer, too. There will also be a large bathroom, a work counter with a utility sink, high ceiling to provide lots of room to hang paintings and an outside entrance. My current studio will revert to a guest room and also have an entry into the new studio.
I know some of the DP's manage to put out incredible work under much more trying conditions than this, and it amazes me! I know the studio does not define the artist, but it sure is easier to think of yourself as a professional if your space looks that way.
Matthew 1:18[ The Birth of Jesus Christ ] This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Here we are in Terlingua near Big Bend again at the Mercury mine. Can you see the rider in the distance? I guess when the mine played out, the owners just abandoned everything including a bunch of vehicles. There are some really neat buildings in the area, too, which will be painting subjects in the future.
This painting has an alternate title. The body of this old car is a rusted heap, but "The Chrome Still Shines". It kinda makes me think of Mike's wonderful Grandma who I miss the most during this time of year. Despite her failing eyes and body, there was still a spark in her that shined until the very end. Bommy, I sure miss you.
Contact me directly about this 16 X 20 oil on stretched canvas.
Luke 11:36 Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you."
Saturday, December 15, 2007
We generally make our first overnight stop at an RV park 30 miles east of Raton at Capulin Volcano State Park. Last year we climbed to the rim of the volcano and were treated with a spectacular view of the valley and crystal clear New Mexico air.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Here is another painting inspired by the movie Lonesome Dove. I guess I'm stuck with the old west images for a while! Walking in a creek is a good way to make tracking more difficult - especially if the stream bed is rocky.
Most internet artists seem to sell their work unframed, and I would like to change that trend - at least for these little paintings. I can buy plein aire and other really nice frames for around $20 and these paintings look SO GOOD when they come to you already ready to put up! Those of you who have already purchased from me also know that these paintings look 500% better in person. It is so hard to photograph them and get the image accurate. I don't like to do color correction either, since in some ways that's deceptive.
This 6 X 8 oil painting can be purchased for $100, $120 with the frame.
Psalm 78:16 He brought streams out of a rocky crag and made water flow down like rivers.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
In the Daily Painter's gallery a counter reveals to me which of my paintings attract the most attention - and the landscapes seem to win. But I have more fun painting this kind of image.
This 12 X 16 oil on canvas panel can be purchased from me while it dries and then can be found at the Thurber Smokestack Gallery in historical Thurber, Texas. There's a fantastic restaurant next door and another across Interstate 20 (New York Hill). Worth the trip for the food - and even better to see what's in the gallery.
Acts 2:17" 'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
This 18 X 24 Oil on gallery canvas is ready to hang and can be purchased from me for $100.
Exodus 34:10 Then the LORD said: "I am making a covenant with you. Before all your people I will do wonders never before done in any nation in all the world. The people you live among will see how awesome is the work that I, the LORD, will do for you.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
The abstracts are popular, no doubt about it. I sold another painting similar to this one recently and was contacted by a new collector to do this one for her fiancee for Christmas. The young lady is moving from Texas to Chicago and wants to take a bit of it with her.
I don't blame her. Mike and I lived in northern Illinois the first 5 years of our marriage. It was tough, but probably the best move we ever made. It was us against the world and we won. This summer we'll be married 35 years and I think the best is yet to come...
This 30 X 36 painting is sold. Commissions are welcome.
1 Corinthians 13:2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
I have already posted this painting earlier (forgive me, Micah) but it didn't make it into Daily Painter's Gallery because I wasn't a member then! I didn't get to paint today because I was readying 13 paintings for a gallery and this is one of them, and, I might add, one of the better ones. This horse just materialized on the canvas as I painted her. She epitomizes what a good, no great, Quarter Horse should look like. Well developed forearm, powerful rear, shapely neck and attentive, attractive face. She KNOWS she is special.
If you want this painting, you'll have to get it from the gallery. It's 16 X 20, on thick, gallery wrapped canvas and looks really great in the natural mesquite frame that it's in or can be hung frameless.
Psalm 32:1 Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
Friday, December 7, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
I rarely paint totally abstract. As a dear artist friend said recently "It's harder to paint nothin' than it is to paint something." She is right. Sometimes it's fun, though.
This painting is oil on an 8 X 10 stretched canvas.
John 6:12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, "Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted."
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
This live oak is about 20 miles north of me on Hwy 281 on the way to Mineral Wells, Texas. I have painted it several times, but this is the first at this season - right after the first frost and before honest-to-goodness-winter hits.
It's been a struggle for trees this big in this part of Texas. We have had below average rainfall and have been teetering on edge of desert-like conditions for the past 6 years. Large trees have been tested in their ability to survive. We have lost several in our own pasture. This spring was wetter than usual, though, and we recently were blessed with an additional 2 inches of welcomed rain. I could almost hear the trees breathing sighs of relief.
This 6 X 8 oil on Masonite can be purchased directly from me for $50.
Psalm 147:16 He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
This 8 X 10 oil on canvas can be purchased directly from me for $100. It has painted sides and can be hung without a frame.
Ecclesiastes 3:1[ A Time for Everything ] There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven