Friday, September 14, 2012


A friend of ours recently asked if I could do a painting of her garden. She is very active in the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society and has a beautiful garden filled with multiple varieties of hydrangea. After checking out several locations in the garden, we decided that the entry way into the garden would be a nice subject.

Here is my re-creation of the entry way.

We were both pleased with the results. Since then I've noticed many similar arbors or gates with different backgrounds so I think I'll tackle a few more.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Cape Cod Art Association

I was pleased to have been "juried in" to the Cape Cod Art Association recently. I had to submit a portfolio of 5 paintings for acceptance into the association. One of the criteria they look for is consistency, so, at Kim Weineck's suggestion, I submitted 2 marsh scenes, 2 of my trucks and a new painting of the San Xavier del Bac Mission in Tucson.

I guess I met their lofty criteria as I received my letter of acceptance. Now I can participate in all their shows as well as try to sell some of my work in their gallery.

Here's a photo of one of the marshes. A scene from Scortin Creek in Sandwich.

Here is a poor image of my Mission painting.

I look forward to participating in the shows at the CCAA as well as some of their other activities. 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

New Equipment

Since coming out to Sedona, I have done more "plein air" painting. I really enjoy painting on location. I wanted to buy one of the French Pochade boxes that has everything self-contained but they always seemed too expensive. But, a friend gave me a tripod, so I decided to splurge and buy a French Resistance box. It is similar to the Pochade but a bit smaller and lighter. It has a small pallette area, holes for your brushes, a compartment in the lid for paints, etc and can hold up to an 18x24 canvas or panel.

I decided to splurge when (brag alert) one of my paintings at the Sedona Art Center sold and I got word that I have a buyer for my painting in the Norfolk Cultural Center show. So, I have found money to pay my credit card bill.

Here's a photo of the box on site near the Honanki Indian ruin. It is sitting on a tripod (it came with a quick release). You may be able to see that the brushes can stand up when inserted into the holes and you can hang your paper towels from the box. I have clamped a slightly larger palette to the box to give a little more room for the paint and to make cleaning it a bit easier. This palette is stored in the lid (with some minor modifications that I will work on when I get home). So, far I really like this set up. I bought a few more of those Art Cocoons so now everything I need is in my knapsack making it very easy to carry what I need to a location.

This was a great spot. There was an old cattle chute, used to load cattle onto a truck, and a watering hole. During the day, the sun passes almost directly overhead so that at any given time all the shadows will be changing. Got to work fast.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

SAC Member Show

Friday night was the Sedona Art Center Member show. We became members a couple of years ago, but this was the first time I submitted anything for the juried show. All 3 of my paintings were accepted.
The opening night was part of the 1st Friday Gallery Tour in Sedona so there was quite a crowd. This photo of the Art Center doesn't reflect the crowd as everyone was inside.
There was an eclectic display of sculpture, glass work, stone work as well as traditional 2 dimensional art. There were awards in each category, but, alas, I was not among the fortunate recipients. Maybe next time. I was pleased to have been juried in. Although there were signs to NOT photograph the artwork, I figured I could sneak a shot of one of my own works. This bronc rider from a photo taken at the Tucson Rodeo is, coincidentally, placed next to my friend Michael Johnson's painting of the Grand Canyon.
I took this picture, below, at about 5:45 from the back steps of the Sedona Art Center. Not bad, eh?
The "Best in Show" was awarded to an "emerging artist" for her bronze sculpture of two hands painting a Navajo pot. Once it set in that I wasn't going to win the "Best of Show" we went out to dinner with Bill and Sarah.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sedona Art Center Member Show - Acceptance

I was pleased to hear today that 3 of my paintings have been accepted into the Sedona Art Center's Annual Member Show. I was Juried in as an Emerging Artist and will be part of the show that lasts for the month of March. There will be a First Friday Reception on 3/2 if any of you happen to be in the neighborhood.

As we are in Sedona, I submitted a few of my southwest paintings. My friends at home in the NVA have seen them but they may be new to other people.

Of course, I had to enter one of my favorite subjects, an old truck from the King's Mine in Jerome.

Other favorite subjects to paint are jeeps and the red rocks. This one has two subjects for the price of one. I came across this guy struggling over the slick rock on the Broken Arrow trail.

Finally, I painted this bronc rider from a photo I took at the Tucson Rodeo.

I am really elated to have my work appreciated enought to be juried into the show. When I saw the check marks after the word Accepted for each submission, I was thrilled.

Plein Air Painter's Blog mention

Michael Chesley Johnson gave my Rubicon a shoutout in his blog today. You can check it out by clicking here. We all had a fun time and even had a few art critics stop by as part of their Pink Jeep tour. I'm looking forward to the next one.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Dry Creek Road

I joined Michael Johnson's class for a day of painting along the west branch of Oak Creek on Dry Creek Rd. We were joined by 2 of his students, Jan from British Columbia and Bill from Cincinatti. Dry Creek lived up to its name as there was barely a trickle of water. So, instead of painting the water over the red rocks, we set up on an overlook and painted the beautiful back ground scenery. I tried to concentrate on one Juniper that stood out.

The others took advantage of the vista to paint views of the distant red rocks with some of the greenery in the foreground. This was a good spot as there were many subjects to choose from. I have a feeling we will be going back there again.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Upcoming Shows

I was pleased to hear that one of my paintings was juried into the Norfolk Cultural Council Spring art exhibit. It is one of my favorite subjects. It is called "Side Kicks". These are two of my buddies from the old mine/junk yard outside Jerome, AZ. The exhibit will run for the month of March at the Norfolk library in Norfolk center.
A number of my Neponset Valley Artists (NVA) friends were also accepted. We should have a good showing. Congrats to Kim, Frank, Ann, Haydi, Dianne, Nancy and Cindy.

I'll also have a couple of my adirondacks on display at the new Walpole Library when it opens in the near future. They are nice 6x8's in gold plein air frames. They'd look good on someone's wall as a pair. Hint, hint. Here's a photo of one of them.

Finally, I'll have a couple of my works on display as part of the Foxboro Art Association Spring Member Show. This show will be at the Gallery at Patriot Place on weekends (fri-sun) during the month of March. For a change, I've entered one of my pastels of a steer staring me down. I don't have a photo of the pastel, but I've uploaded an oil version to give you an idea of the subject matter. Check it out.