I was traveling on the light-rail train going into downtown Denver last week focusing on the scenery out of the window. I'm typically entertained by what I see, but because it was cloudy I started to look around at the people on the train. This guy was just listing to his music and looking out the window and I was captivated at his pose. The way the pale flat light came through the square window framing him called my iPhone into action. Once again something so simple makes such a fantastic subject for a painting!
I love the subject matter of this little gem. The only real contrast in the whole composition is the color of her hair. A very light value painting that captures the magnificent lighting and the easy going nature of the beach.
This holiday season I have created a series of hand painted tea bag Christmas ornaments. Each ornament is an original acrylic painting, and comes packaged in its own clear topped white decorative box for protection and shipping. Some ornaments will be holiday themed and others will be magical scenes of the everyday. I will be offering only 50 ornaments this season. Get them while they last!
This Holiday season I have created a series of hand painted tea bag Christmas ornaments. Each ornament is an original acrylic painting, and comes packaged in its own clear topped white box for protection and shipping. Some ornaments will be holiday themed and others will be magical scenes of the everyday. I will be offering only 50 ornaments this season. Get them while they last!
I'm back to painting my feel good subject the urban landscape. Nothing says San Francisco like the trolley. The car and its tracks lead the eye through the painting just as they do in real life. If you haven't ever ridden a trolley in this city you're missing out on a fantastic urban experience.
Nothing says summer like a beautiful window flower box. This one was particularly eye catching because of the contrast between the red geraniums and the white paint of the house and window curtains. The old fashioned curtains somehow match the traditional use of a longtime favorite annual.
Nature can be such an inspiration for so many things especially a painting. The blossoms this spring were so stunning and fragrant. I can see why the bees love them so much. I was trying to capture some of my bees on these flowers but they were to fast for me to catch them in action with my camera. So the painting is a portrait of just the cherry blossoms at their peak.
It seems as though every time I walk my dog I see so much to paint, especially birds. It was lucky to get a pretty good shot of this specimen with my Iphone. I think he made a good subject for this painting.
We don't have little guys like this here in Denver, but close cousins without the extra splash of hair on the ears. Extra hair or not they all share the playful characteristic which I find always entertaining.
I have created a series of paintings using the human figure in multiples to create some very strong compositions. I designed the series to have both a traditional approach as well as an abstracted counterpart.
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When ever I get the opportunity to travel to different cities I take full advantage of my camera and capture fantastic scenes to paint. This is no exception. Walking around the streets of San Francisco in the rain was immensely entertaining and very inspiring. Not only do the reflections tell a story but the perspective of this piece takes you on an adventure as well.
I find inspiration from all kinds of things. As I was painting today I looked down on my painting table and noticed how the key ring and pencils were laying on it and I thought that would be fun to paint. This is unusual for me because a still life isn't usually something I am inspired to paint. So, here is the result. I painted a few of them because I was having so much fun. Who new? Enjoy!
Sometimes it doesn't take much to make a beautiful scenic painting. The battered row boat was beached while the tide was out. There was just enough water around to create some nice reflections and a gem of a painting!
This quaint home in the hillside of Tuscany was bathed in the late afternoon light. That time of day is my favorite for capturing the unique Tuscany feeling I experienced everywhere I had the pleasure of visiting in Italy.
Living in the wonderful state of Colorado I have had the privilege of experiencing so much of its wildlife. On one of my adventures to the Rockies I came upon a family of Black bears, a mother and her two cubs. When I caught my breath and got my faculties together I snapped a few pictures and got out of there as fast a possible. When I had returned to my car and looked at my pictures I was so excited to see that I had taken some great ones. The painting above is inspired from those pictures.
I just enjoy painting animals of all kinds, wild or domesticated doesn't matter to me. There is something freeing about tackling this subject matter because I have an inherent emotional attachment to these models. I was given the picture of this lovely pachyderm by a wonderful client who took it while on safari in Africa.
One of the most intriguing observations about Venice was the serenity of the city. With everybody using boats in one form or another for transportation there wasn't the constant roar of motor vehicles in the atmosphere. This peacefulness lead me to capture some of the boats in my paintings.
I have taken so many pictures along the way in my travels to Europe that I will never have the time to paint from them all. This particular piece inspired me because of its simplicity capturing a genuine moment in Paris.