Thursday, August 10, 2017

Penhasco Preto

Penhasco Preto

16" x 12"
Oil on Canva-paper by Canson

I was drawn to this primarily for the design that I wanted to install.

Lori says that she likes the warmer palette paintings better but I loved installing the design on this painting.  It has a full underpainting in burnt sienna, something that I should do more often.

I did not bring the underpainting oil that I prefer to use but this worked very well. 
Incidentally there is no black in this painting.

It is also a study in achieving a focal point.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017



12" x 16"
Oil on Canva-Paper

This painting is  relatively high key. Which makes this a break from the painting before and the one after it.

Cobblestones or pavers are very common for sidewalks everywhere and streets [rua] in the residential and smaller roads. They are sometimes great and easy to walk on and sometimes very rough and noisy for cars.

These are sandstone, granite is also very common everywhere.

Streets in Brasil are usually clean. Those owning the street front property will clean the area each morning and trash is promptly picked up and removed.

I painted this after visiting Embu which is a peaceful, re-energizing art area outside Sao Paulo.​

Sunday, July 9, 2017



12" x 18"
Oil on Canva-Paper

Os Pinheiros is a river in southern coastal Brasil. It might look somewhat like this with lush vegetation. Or rather it should look like this, unfortunately it is a polluted, smelly remnant without attractive peaceful areas anywhere near Sao Paulo.
It means  The Pine Trees although pines are a minority species around Sao Paulo.

Since I am painting in Brasil I am using Canva-Paper made by Canson. This is 136 weight acid-free paper which has a somewhat canvas textured surface.
It actually works better than I expected.
I clip it to the masonite surface when I am working and keep it there until it is dry. [you can see one clip on the right side] I plan to glue any paintings that I like to wood panels later.

I'm using a modified table easel with good brushes and poor inside light, so I use the afternoon light and need to stop painting at about 5:30

With all that I'm enjoying the times that I can find to paint.

The red clay soil is everywhere here and with rocks out of the same. The climate grows shrubbery, trees, weeds and lush plants everywhere that it is allowed to do so

Palette: yellow ochre,  cadmium yellow medium, ultramarine blue and burnt sienna with zinc/titanium white

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Elizabeth and Jeff

Elizabeth and Jeff

18" x 24"
Oil on Wood Panel

Lori, who is in charge of my activities, decreed that I was to make another painting attempt with Elizabeth and Jeff.

This is also our favorite daughter-in-law.

We took some photographs while we were there this summer for reference. However I wanted a painting without the teeth showing

Well forget that, Elizabeth is always smiling, so anything else did not look correct

I took a lot of liberty with the clothes- making more of a Christmas holiday attire in this painting

Lori is happy so things are good

The blue is French Ultramarine

Mesas Autumn Sunset


24" x 36"
Oil on wood Panel

I have not posted any paintings for a season. I have been too busy to want to take the time,

I like the cool sky and the foreground plants contrasted to the warm land

This is a larger oil painting

The southwest is an area with lovely landscapes and a timeless quality

It could probably use some more cool accents in the shadows, but they look pretty close to what I desired in the actual painting.
below another view with different camera settings - looks too washed out to me though

Sunday, October 23, 2016



24" x 18"
Oil on hardwood Panel

Rebecca kindly shared several photographs for this painting.

I wanted an executive type look

Spencer is thoughtful and engaging. I tried to create a more reserved look while still being friendly and approachable

The scriptures were not in the original however they seem to fit Spencer very well

This is the same painting with indoor lighting, therefore it appears much warmer.

Outside the sky color and the camera pull the blue tones forward.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Young Woman

Young Woman

20" x 16"
Oil on hardwood Panel
[click on the image to enlarge]

I'm so proud of this budding young woman

She has strong values and a living testimony.

Rebecca took a photograph and it lead me to create this reflection of her cheerful countenance and enthusiasm

She is inspiring