Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Big Bend Shadows

Another of a series of paintings I have done based on my son's recent trip to Big Bend National Park in Texas. Here is an arresting contrast between the distant hills and the sunlit foreground greenery. ​This is also my last painting of 2014.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Lost Mine Trail

This is another painting based on reference from my son's trip to Big Bend National Park in Texas. Part of their hike was on the Lost Mine trail. I enjoy rendering rock textures.​

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

High Ridgeline

My son just got back from a trip to the Big Bend National Park in Texas. He took a lot of photos and this is from some of his reference. This park is the largest, yet least visited parks in the U.S. I was visually drawn to the long afternoon shadows and the sunlit rock faces.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


This is from an onsite painting done in 2012. The subject is a shed near the cabin where we stay sometimes in Greenfield, Tennessee.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Youth Symphony

I painted this a long time ago. It was a cover illustration for a magazine featuring the Memphis Youth Symphony. They supplied me with several photos of past concerts and I put them together in this arrangement. This is the original illustration.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Gourds and stuff

These are a selection of decorative gourds used as table adornments during our family reunion/Thanksgiving meal. The day after, I took them out for a photoshoot and arranged them in various ways.​

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Barn with Truck and Trees

I did this one with a free splashy technique. I squinted at the subject, splashed the color around with a big brush and then tried to do something with it.​

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Down By The Pond

I walked down a little hill next to a pond and ​saw this eroded section of the bank. Visually speaking, I am fascinated by the intertwined root structures, the textures and the contrasts of lights and darks.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Mesa Verde Dwellings

I used reference I had from a 2007 family trip out west. We scrambled through the cliff dwellings and listened to the tour guide. The people who lived here left sometime in the 1300s.