A Small Smooth Stone

Polished Stone; oil on canvas; 60 x 48 inches


Up Next

oil on canvas, 60 x 48 inches


Taking Root

detail of my latest oil on canvas, 60 x 48 inches



oil on canvas, 60 x 48 inches

"But when we gaze at a still life, when--even though we did not pursue it--we delight in its beauty, a beauty borne away by the magnified and immobile figuration of things, we find pleasure in the fact that there was no need for longing, we may contemplate something we need not want, may cherish something we need not desire." - from The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery



oil on canvas, 60 x 48 inches


Like a Pearl

my latest painting - oil on canvas - 60 x 48 inches



in progress - earlier - at the easel

in progress - later - detail


Misc. is Easier to Spell than Miscellaneous

a sketch for the next painting - complete with an axis of symmetry

latest painting - sitting on the studio floor (60 x 48 inches - oil on canvas)

latest painting - detail


Spirit of Youth

in progress - detail of a Kleenex ghost

in progress - easel view



in progress - on the easel and in detail

These larger pieces pick up a lot of glare when photographed in the studio - my apologies.

They're too big to move very far while wet. So until they dry a bit and are able to be moved into a better lighting situation - these in-studio shots will have to suffice.



in progress - easel view and detail


An Opening

in progress - detail and easel view


Ideas in Pencil and Paint

an idea sketched out this morning

an idea coming together on the easel - one I'm looking forward to thinking about while falling asleep tonight


Moving Forward

in progress - later today and close up

earlier today - a look at the entire canvas (50 x 40 inches)


Autumn Foreshortened

one of the sugar maples outside my window

latest mannequin pose and angle

Things I'm certain of:
It's been snowing all day.

It's only mid-October.

The mannequin finally settled into its new pose.

I'll need to bundle up soon - in the studio.


A Happier Pose

early stage of another mannequin painting


Progress - another mannequin pose

a look at the easel and a glimpse of the taboret


In Frustration

It's bothered me all day - the photo in my previous post. It didn't seem to do justice to the blue of the flowers. Was the sky too overcast?

Here's another photo taken this afternoon with the vines - and the pillar - backlit by the sun.

A Reprieve

Morning glories 'Heavenly Blue'

It was 42F/6C degrees this morning when this photo was taken.

They're close to the house, as you can see, so they may last longer than the other annuals.

Nevertheless, their days are numbered. That incredible blue seems all the more precious now.


Big Fish - in progress

early on


The wind kept up today but all I heard in my studio was the radio - NPR.

The morning glories may have only a few more mornings left - if that. I'll check on them first thing tomorrow and either savor their blues or place them in the compost pile for the winter.

Small Fish

Some Thing Higher, oil on canvas, 40 x 32 inches

A cold front moved in yesterday bringing winds up to 50mph and warnings of frost later this week.

The old oak out back lost a small branch but other than that the trees have been ok.

I'm glad the old basswood was taken down last week - I should measure the rings. The tree guy had to dangle from a crane to take it down from top to bottom - it was so brittle. It feels much safer out there now with the trunk in pieces laying all about.


Getting Smaller (the image of the windsock)

What's on the Easel (moving faster than I thought - posted sooner than predicted in my previous post)

Small Red Carp Windsock

In the Beginning, oil on canvas, 32 x 40 inches

Tomorrow I plan to post progress of another one of these (windsocks.) It's blue, smaller but in the same size field (canvas) as this one.


Coming Along

further progress on one easel

A new canvas (on a second easel) with yet another windsock is beginning to take form. This third windsock painting is on a larger canvas but has a smaller image. I'll post a progress photo in a day or so.


Koinobori (Flying Carp)

Becoming a Dragon, oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches



new work in progress - oil on canvas; 30 x 24 inches


that we give up

That We Give Up, oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches