Thursday, April 23, 2009

"Magazine Model"

Oil on panel 7"x5"

My first attempt at painting a portrait or figurative in oil and with this quick draw technique. I just opened a catalog from the mail and picked this image. I would love to be working from live models. Maybe in the near future. I tried to keep it simple but my canvas is rough (for landscape not portrait) and it makes it hard to get accurate edges.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

"Tall One"

Oil on panel, 7"x5"

A tall tree stands lookout near a small ranch home.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

"Antique Creamer and Pansies"

Oil on panel, 8"x8"

This is the same antique creamer I recently painted, this time with a few pansies added for some color variation.

Friday, April 17, 2009

"Bakers Crossing"

Oil on panel, 8"x8"

How many sunsets were viewed from this crossing on highway 163 north of Comstock? This is a place well known to the Forks kingsnake enthusiasts. Often we would wait right at this spot for twilight to mark the time to begin our search for the elusive graybanded kingsnake.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

"In the Pine Zone"

Oil on panel, 5"x7"

Conifers grow along an incline in Big Bend National Park with one of the peaks of the Chisos mountains as a backdrop.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

"The Muddy Rio"

Oil on panel, 5"x7"

A scene of the Rio Grande in Big Bend, it can be a very muddy river at times reminding me of the Brazos.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

"The Tree Line"

Oil on panel, 8"x8"

I had this image in my mind and just had to try to paint it. After I started it, it kind of took on a life of its' own. Not exactly what I was thinking when I started but I am happy with the result.

Monday, April 13, 2009


Oil on panel, 5"x7"

A single cow grazing in a pasture rich with fresh growth.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

"You Talkin' to Me?" Blondie on the GC in 1978

Oil on panel, 5"x7"

Painted from a photo taken in 1978, color is very washed in the print. Blondie was one of the horses on the GC that my boys grew up riding.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

"Approaching the Mulies"

Oil on panel, 5"x7"

The Mule Ears Peaks, obvious how they got their name, and one of the more distinctive peaks in Big Bend National Park. The Mule Ears hike is a fairly easy hike but it is in the lowlands, mostly flat and can be very hot during the summer. Best to do this hike in moderate temperatures.

Happy Happy Birthday to "BSP" BIg Shaun Paul today. I love you,


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

"Antique Creamer"

Oil on panel, 8"x8"

This is a small antique creamer a friend asked me to paint. I will do at least one more piece with this creamer, in the next I will add a few flowers to it.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

"Blue Sky of New Mexico"

Oil on archival Belgian linen panel, 8"x10"

This is another scene from New Mexico. I have gone through many old photos taken with the intention of creating paintings from them. Well, some of them have taken me more than 20 years to get to, like this one, but the timing seams to be right for me, so here it is.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

"Ranch Cow"

Oil on panel, 5"x7"

I tried to paint as little detail as possible and still pull this painting off. This is all about basic form in light and shadow. Not much more to it. I will try this many more times as I become more confident and capable of this process (just a few brush strokes to make a successful painting).