Monday, May 25, 2015


Coneflower Abstraction
45x32 acrylic and mixed media on canvas

I spend a good deal of time visualizing.   I usually do this in the morning when I am up alone and drinking my coffee.  I imagine and picture myself doing things, creating things, going places, overcoming obstacles, etc.  This has been a part of my life for years.  It is setting an intention and going through the movements in my mind so that I can see the way.  This is important in living life and in creating.  I will never be where I where I want to be with my art.  I'm never satisfied.  I always want more, different and better.  I do visualize works in my mind.  I sit in the quiet and spend time seeing possible paintings, color combinations and compositions.  Then it is important to go and get out the charcoal, pastels and paint and see if I can materialize some of the things I have seen.  Sometimes I am not able to do it - yet.  So I keep trying.  Right now I spend a good deal of time visualizing abstracted garden paintings.  I ponder how I can get the same elements from my pastels to carry over into the acrylic paintings.  I am getting closer with each one.  As long as I keep trying and visualizing I will make progress.  

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Videos and DVDs coming soon

It has been a very busy year for me and I have enjoyed it all.  My big projects for F&W Media are now complete.  My book Abstract Art Painting: Expressions in Mixed Media is out and it has received very positive reviews.  Thank you if you have given it a review.  Please do so if you have not.  My series of four videos will soon be available.  They can be purchased or viewed online.  If you would like more information on the videos and links for more information please go to my website at .  

Friday, May 15, 2015

Inspired by Flowers

48x48 acrylic and mixed media on canvas

36x36 acrylic on canvas

Now I enter that time of the year where I spend a great deal of time looking at flowers.  I love flowers.  Love watching them grow and unfold.  They bring joy after a long winter of white and gray.  I've been planting orange flowers around my house and am very drawn to using orange lately.  Orange is a color I wouldn't even thought about two months ago.  Right now I find it an exciting color.  Possibilities is the result of this fascination with orange that really began with the purchase of orange geraniums.  Then I went to the grocery store and was struck by the buckets of pink peonies they had just received.  OMG!  They were so beautiful!  I had to have some to bring home.  They were pink and I do not use pink.  So here I am trying out another different color inspired by flowers.  I put the vase of peonies in my studio.  First I drew my usual contour following the petals and movement of the flowers.  The circular, overlapping lines were also different for me as many of my lines are very vertical.  I put a large piece of unstretched canvas on the wall. After doing a quick color study I just decided to see what I could do with the bouquet of peonies.  I began with an orange underpainting and then drew on it with charcoal.  I referenced the colors of the flowers while painting.  I really enjoyed both of these works which were inspired by flowers.  

Friday, April 24, 2015

Where do you get inspiration?

Breath of Spring
pastel on paper

Where do you get inspiration for your art?  Sometimes my inspiration comes from unexpected places.  I receive a lot of ideas while I am out for walks.  I don't think about paintings when I am walking.  I only pay attention to what is around me and what strikes me in some way.  This week I noticed this wonderful green plant sprouting beside the railroad tracks.  It is spring and different shades of green are everywhere in contrast to the surrounding dried grasses.  I let the color of this plant inspire my pastel titled Breath of Spring.  

Friday, April 10, 2015

Nature's Spirit

Nature's Spirit

getting busy, drinking coffee and listening to 70's rock - loud

New painting in Natures Spirit series

drawings and thumbnail sketch

The first painting titled Nature's Spirit was painted last week.  My main inspiration was color.  Yellow green has drawn me lately and this is probably due to spring.  This is a color I have always liked.  Right now I am playing with a lot of combinations of yellow green and other colors.  The line drawings I completed last summer have given me a lot of material to work from and I really look forward to sitting outside and drawing plants again.  I wanted to continue with the theme in Nature's Spirit so I have started a 60x36 inch canvas with similar theme.  I'm enjoying working large right now.  I've completed several large works and plan on doing many more.  Working large brings a real freedom of movement.  Add coffee and loud 70's rock and you have an "out of body" experience!