Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Maris has such an unusual look with lots of character.  I just loved painting her.

Monday, August 29, 2011


The idea floats out of the blue like a feather drifting slowly down from the sky.  I’m glad I noticed it.  If I was in a hurry or preoccupied I would have missed it completely. 

It glides from left to right and back again, then pirouettes gracefully on the breeze before landing onto my outstretched hand. How lucky I am! 
Stroking it carefully I admire its beauty, wonder where it came from, who sent it, and how was it made in the first place? I tickle my check with it, smile with delight and tuck it in a pocket next to my heart.

I turn and head immediately to the studio. How lucky I am!

Muse- a guiding spirit; a source of inspiration.
A-muse- to hold the attention of (someone) pleasantly.

Do you think we are more inspired when we create with a sense of play?

Friday, August 26, 2011

Generation Gap

I like to do paintings of people reading. Perhaps it's a little passe at this point with
the Kindle, Nook and phone apps. These two were a perfect example of the old verses the new, what a contrast. Hence the title: Generation Gap, 18 x 24, oil on canvas.
Thanks for taking a look!


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Ripe Melons

I do lots of small studies to see if I'd like to do a larger version. This is an 8 x 10, oil on  board, professionally framed and ready to hang.  I've decided to sell this painting in an online auction at Daily Paintworks.  If you're interested go to

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Meet Claire, she's another in my series of faces.  I've been asked to say a little more about what I'm trying to do with these head studies.  I was motivated to create studies in a variety of color harmonies without getting overly realistic, but just enough to try to capture the personality of the person.  The grouping is called the Many Faces of Spirit.  I feel like we are all part of a Divine Essence made manifest, so the more variety and uniqueness I can paint, the more complete the expression of Spirit.

Monday, August 22, 2011


This is Katherine. She's part of my ongoing series of faces.  I chose an analogous color harmony for her.  I tied to keep the colors as high key as I could and still make sense for someone with really beautiful dark hair.

Saturday, August 20, 2011


Bogdan is an IT architect. He's also someone I only see at night and no matter where we are he always has a laptop up and running casting an eerie glow on his face.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Après Déjeuner

 Après Déjeuner        8 x 10           oil on board

Have you ever felt like this after lunch?  I know I have especially when I go to France!

I found this couple irresistible. When I saw them I thought- they're just perfect. It was one of those rare and wonderful occasions where I just smiled the whole time I was painting. 

I snapped a quick pic of these folks and finished back in my studio. Since I don't want to be a slave to photos, I paint from black and white and use it as a reference with alot of alterations and a bit of memory, the bit I still have.

Frankly, like some other painters I know it's my preference to find a model with a little,
um, extra meat on there bones.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Shady Side

It's super hot here in Malta right now.  It's a good idea to stay on the shady side of the street. The title was easy for this little painting.  8 x 10 oil on board