Monday, December 31, 2012

Early Light

Oil on oil primed linen panel, 8"x10"

My last painting for the year. I am finishing with a hill country piece and will start 2013 with a painting from Big Bend National Park which has been the theme for the last few years. Oil primed linen is a very slick surface and not the easiest to manipulate, it lends itself nicely to loose work. I am fairly pleased with the color saturation I achieved in this piece.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Falling Apart at the Seams

I have revised and reposted this painting with the above image. This weekend was spent repainting several pieces that I thought could use a facelift.
Oil on linen panel, 11"x14"

Another barn scene from La Grange. This one had a clear view of a pasture and distant hill behind it. This barn like many others in the area has seen better days and appears to be falling apart at the seams.

Thursday, December 27, 2012


8"x10" Oil on linen panel
This is of course a Texas Hill Country sunset with springtime bluebonnets.

I hope that everyone had a safe and happy holiday. I'm looking forward to the new year but also want to finish this year strong so I'm hoping to post a few more finished paintings before the year ends. I was busy this last month with several projects and of course the holiday shopping which all had an impact on lowering my blog activity. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Moonlight and Snow

Oil on panel, 8"x10"

Tis' the season, so I decided to paint a snow scene even though there isn't a snowballs chance in you know where for it to snow here in Houston. At least painting snow would help me get into the Christmas spirit! Happy Holidays to all!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Sunset Blues

Oil on panel, 6"x8"

This painting I actually rescued from the trash. I had worked it into something I really didn't like and had tossed it in the garbage. There is sat until the next day when I grabbed it out and decided to go a totally different direction with it. I massed in the large foliage areas and popped in the sunset behind the tree, added an indication of a fence and thought, hmmmmm I may have something here.  Glad I rescued it and gave it another chance.

In the Grapevine Hills (repaint)

Oil on panel, 11"x14"

The Grapevine Hills is one of my favorite areas of Big Bend National Park.

This is one of those paintings I just wasn't happy with and since it never sold I decided to make it or break it. I actually learn a lot when I repaint a finished work. Making alterations to improve a painting requires deep analysis of the work and the ability to view with a critical eye. It is often difficult to see problems that you have stared at for long periods. Our eyes and minds begin to fool us into believing that what we have created is good and that can cause complacency. I am beginning to understand it is as important to make a painting beautiful as it is to make it believable. That idea is the catalyst that enables me to modify what I see into what I want. I know there is more I could do with this piece but it is far improved from the previous version and time to move on.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Hilltop View

Oil on panel, 6"x8"
This scene was created from a thumbnail sketch idea.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Bluebonnets and Paintbrush near La Grange

Oil on panel, 8"x16"

This was painted from photos I took near La Grange, Texas.

Moonlit Meadow

Oil on panel, 16"x20"

Painted from a thumbnail sketch idea I had.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Fall Color

Oil on panel, 11"x14"
I wanted to paint something with fall color, a lazy brook or stream and distant mountains, and this is what I came up with. Painted from one of my thumbnail sketches.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Pastoral Blue

Oil on panel, 8"x10"

Another scene from La Grange, Texas. Just a beautiful pasture of bluebonnets and Oak Trees.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Barn in La Grange

Oil on panel, 6"x8"
I  found this barn in La GRange, Texas. It was late in the afternoon and the trees and barn were casting long shadows.

Friday, November 2, 2012

The Grapevine Hills

Oil on panel, 11"x14"

Another repaint of an older piece. This is in the Grapevine Hills of Big Bend National Park.

Thursday, November 1, 2012


Oil on panel, 8"x6"
This cactus was growing at altitude in the Chisos Mountains of Big Bend National Park.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Reflections of October

Oil on panel, 8"x10"
This is another redo of an older painting. I just painted right over the top of the old piece.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Red Barn

OIl on panel, 8"x16"
I found this scene in La Grange, Texas. The barn was actually being worked on and had scaffolding covering the front left side. Obviously I removed the scaffolding and fit the scene to a wide format.

Friday, October 26, 2012

County Road

Oil on panel, 6"x8"
This is a lightly improved county road near Hallettsville, Texas.

Friday, October 19, 2012


Oil on panel, 8"x8"
This scene is at dusk just as the sun is setting.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

September Moonlight

Oil on panel, 8"x10"

A simple moonlight scene. Not sure about the photo of this painting being representational of the actual color. It seems as though every computer I view my paintings on have vast color differences making it hard to judge what is being viewed by the masses and adjust color with any certainty. 

Friday, October 5, 2012

September Sycamores

Oil on panel, 6"6"
Fall colors and sycamore trees.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Spring in the Hills

Oil on panel, 16"x20"
A spring scene of bluebonnets and oak trees in the Texas hill country.

Facing the Rosillos

Oil on panel, 6"x8"

This scene is in the northern portion of Big Bend National Park.

Desert Storm

Oil on panel, 8"x6"

A Storm in the desert from Seminole Canyon State Park near Langtry, Texas.

Friday, September 28, 2012


Oil on panel, 6"x8"

A spring Oak tree and bluebonnets in Texas.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Oaks and Hills

Oil on panel, 6"x8"
Another scene of spring bluebonnets, oaks and hills.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Oil on panel, 6"x8"
Trees reflecting on a small Texas Hill Country stream.

Long Shadows

Oil on panel, 6"x8"
Warm sun and long afternoon shadows near La Grange, Texas.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Morning on the Creek

Oil on linen panel, 9"x12"

This scene is north of Fredericksburg, Texas.

Monday, September 10, 2012


Oil on gessobord museum panel, 8"x8"

This is a hillside in La Grange, Texas.

How Now?

Oil on panel, 6"x8"

This is a west Texas "Brown Cow". Painted from a photo taken by my niece Kaitlyn. Anyone know where that phrase originated (how now brown cow)?

Monday, September 3, 2012

Days End

Oil on panel, 8"x10"
Another painting from a sunset photo taken in Houston. I created the rest from imagination.


Oil on panel, 14"x11"

This is a repaint. I painted this long ago and felt like it had some potential but I just didn't work it enough the first time. This time I had a vision for it, darkened the entire piece and added more color.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sundown in the Valley

Oil on panel, 8"x10"

I combined several of my photos to create this scene. The sunset photo was taken in Houston and I also referenced photos I took from the Bandera area.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sundown Oak

Oil on panel, 6"x8"
A scene of an Oak Tree and Bluebonnets at sundown.


Oil on panel, 8"x6"
A scene of Oaks and Bluebonnets under the glow of a late night moon.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Three on a Beach

Oil on panel, 11"x14"

Painted from a photo taken on Miramar Beach in Destin, Florida. I still have a few things to do to complete this piece but wanted to view it here before making final adjustments.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Outside of La Grange

Oil on panel, 8"x10"
Another old ranch building near La Grange, Texas

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Hill Country Afternoon (revised painting)

Oil on panel, 16"x20"

I originally painted and posted this piece in March of this year. It is a made up scene and I never was happy with it so I decided to make some changes and repaint it. I think it is a vast improvement from the original piece. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Still Standing

Oil on panel, 8"x10"

I found these old weathered ranch buildings near La Grange.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Land, Sky and Rain

Oil on panel, 6"x8"

Another sky I photographed in Houston and put together with a made up desert scene.

Land and Sky 1

Oil on panel, 6"x8"

This painting is a combination of a sky I photographed in Houston and made up land and trees.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Green Pasture
Oil on panel, 11"x14"
This scene is between La GRange and Hallettsville, Texas.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Texas Blues
Oil on panel, 11"x14"

Another scene between Hallettsville and La Grange.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Saturday Morning
Oil on panel, 11"x14"

Another scene near La Grange, Texas.
Wheels on the Bus...
Oil on panel, 8"x10"

I found this bus sitting under these large Oak trees between Hallettsville and La Grange. It makes me think of all the kids that rode it to and from school and all the laughter and horseplay that went on inside of it.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Oak Tree
Oil on panel, 3.5"x2.5"

Another ACEO, art card miniature. This is an Oak tree in the TExas Hill Country.

Oil on panel, 3.5"x2.5"

This is an ACEO, (art card editions and originals) painting of prickly pear cactus.
On the Frio

Oil on gessoboard panel, 6"x6"

This scene is near Concan on the Frio River.
Mountain and Desert
Oil on panel, 6"x8"

Another scene in Big Bend National Park