Recent Works


Tie Up Time 14 x 19 The sign in the painting lets us know that the limit for 'tie up time' is 15 minutes, but the title also refers to that time of day when we can stop working and head to happy hour and dinner. I liked the perspective of this.

Tie Up Time
14 x 19
The sign in the painting lets us know that the limit for ‘tie up time’ is 15 minutes, but the title also refers to that time of day when we can stop working and head to happy hour and dinner. I liked the perspective of this.


On a Cobblestone Street

On a Cobblestone Street
17 x 13
I was able to accompany my wife during a work trip to Warsaw, Poland this summer. What a gorgeous city! Despite being bombed to oblivion during World War II, they’ve done a wonderful job restoring it. Horse-drawn carriages are a fun but difficult subject.

Daunting

Daunting
11 x 15
I took this photo a few years back while teaching in Plymouth and always wanted to paint it. The tiny dinghy facing the vast expanse of ocean gave me the idea for the title. I love being able to use dry-brush in this way to indicate glare on water.



Forecast Calls For Rain

Forecast Calls for Rain
13 x 18
Apparently the belief that cows lie down when they sense rain coming is false, but I still think they’re more accurate than the weather channel.

Handling the Colors

Handling the Colors
11 x 15
While photo-hunting in Annapolis one evening, we came across this marvelous scene of navy cadets folding a flag. I loved the sun shining through it as a focal point. Simplifying the ship was a challenge, as I didn’t want it to compete with the activity.

Moonstruck

Moonstruck
15 x 11
I took part in the Wild Side Exhibition again this year, featuring works of Catalina Island for the Conservancy. After many trips to the island to paint, the view of the harbor almost becomes an afterthought, but on this moonlit night it was transformed into something grand.



Rainbow's End

Rainbow’s End
11 x 15
Another painting done upon returning from Maui, I had attempted to paint this plein air but nothing is trickier in watercolor than trying to paint a rainbow. It has to be done wet-in-wet, with enough pigment to look bright and colorful but not so much as to lose its transparency.

Heading Home 10 x 14 After a particularly long stretch of being on the road this past summer, I came upon this scene as I neared my house and felt a great sense of relief. I still marvel at how much I enjoy the view in our little town. The plane in the sky was actually there, and I envisioned others heading back to their homes.

Heading Home
10 x 14
After a particularly long stretch of being on the road this past summer, I came upon this scene as I neared my house and felt a great sense of relief. I still marvel at how much I enjoy the view in our little town. The plane in the sky was actually there, and I envisioned others heading back to their homes.

Island Sundown 14 x 19 Last winter I had the pleasure of taking part in the Maui Plein Air Invitational, and in addition to the dozen or so works I had in the show I came home with beautiful references for a few studio pieces. The colors of the clouds were irresistible, and it was particularly challenging painting them over the mountain wet-in-wet.

Island Sundown
14 x 19
Last winter I had the pleasure of taking part in the Maui Plein Air Invitational, and in addition to the dozen or so works I had in the show I came home with beautiful references for a few studio pieces. The colors of the clouds were irresistible, and it was particularly challenging painting them over the mountain wet-in-wet.

Hillside Sheep Farm 11 x 15 Went out with a few friends in early spring to paint this farm south of Red Wing. The sheep made quite a racket, a couple small lambs in particular. It's always a challenge trying to capture and simplify livestock as they roam about, so once I have a couple that resemble sheep I just add more random shapes that become sheep in the viewers' mind.

Hillside Sheep Farm
11 x 15
Went out with a few friends in early spring to paint this farm south of Red Wing. The sheep made quite a racket, a couple small lambs in particular. It’s always a challenge trying to capture and simplify livestock as they roam about, so once I have a couple that resemble sheep I just add more random shapes that become sheep in the viewers’ mind.

Passerby 12 x 16 While in New York City for the AWS show last spring, I was watching people walking below our window. The shadows on the sidewalk and up the steps were wonderful, and I snapped several reference photos. One of them happened to capture a pigeon flying by at just the right moment. Had to include it as one of the 'passersby', everyone and everything on their way somewhere.

Passerby
12 x 16
While in New York City for the AWS show last spring, I was watching people walking below our window. The shadows on the sidewalk and up the steps were wonderful, and I snapped several reference photos. One of them happened to capture a pigeon flying by at just the right moment. Had to include it as one of the ‘passersby’, everyone and everything on their way somewhere.

Night Shift 14 x 19 Starbuck, MN is a little town near Morris, where our daughter attended college. On a recent trip to visit her I saw this scene and had to turn around. The parking lot and driveway were solid ice, I almost didn't get back out again. I love the challenge of lights and reflections in nocturnes, especially as I don't use masking fluid. Didn't need gouache for this either, the lights are the white of the paper.

Night Shift
14 x 19
Starbuck, MN is a little town near Morris, where our daughter attended college. On a recent trip to visit her I saw this scene and had to turn around. The parking lot and driveway were solid ice, I almost didn’t get back out again. I love the challenge of lights and reflections in nocturnes, especially as I don’t use masking fluid. Didn’t need gouache for this either, the lights are the white of the paper.

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