Golden Retriever

I’ve been working on a series of animal paintings. We had a golden retriever, Rags, from the time we were married until she died at about 10. She was the runt of her litter and was pretty petite for a golden. Smartest dog I’ve ever known, what a great companion. When she was very young I let her out in the morning and she came back with the paper, so I praised her for it. She brought in the paper every day for the rest of her life. 

Outstanding in its Field

Sorry, couldn’t resist the pun. Painted from a photo taken near Madison Wisconsin. I was down there to celebrate the life of my great friend Lon, who died late last month. He was in a bad motorcycle accident, but was on the mend when he suffered a massive stroke. He rode all over the country roads around Madison either on his motorcycle or in his Miata. I’d ride along in the Miata sometimes. I restrict myself to four wheels. His wife and my wife Becky have been friends for years and along with another friend they had been going out every Thursday night for over twenty years, until Lon and Diane moved to Madison. The three of them were together on the Sunday of the memorial, everyone else had left so I decided to leave them to themselves and go out and look for some subject matter for paintings. I got lost and never really found the really cool areas we used to explore, but I think I got some nice shots. There will be more to come from that expedition.

Lon would have loved the pun.

A Slice of Summer

Painted in Mid-September, the tomatoes were coming in faster than we could eat them. From our plants and also our neighbor Dean’s. Dean’s were much better looking, round and red, but ours were actually sweeter. But they were all very good. Nothing like a tomato fresh off the vine.

6″x6″ acrylic on panel

East Bridge

A scene from my morning walk.

6″x6″ acrylic on panel

Joe Pie in Morning LIght

I was out working in my garden when I saw the way the light was hitting this joe pie weed. Ran in and got my camera. Wait, I don’t run. This was a breakthrough painting for me, it’s the first one that I felt I was getting to where I want to be with my work.

6″x6″ acrylic on panel

Sweet Summer

We try to grow tomatoes in our very shady yard, this year we’ve had some success. The peach is from Colorado.

6″x6″ acrylic on panel.

Good Morning Neighbor

I was on the home stretch of my morning walk when I saw my neighbors chatting in one of their yards, they were in deep shadow with some back lighting that formed halos around their heads. I knew right away that this had to be painted, so I grabbed my camera headed out to get a photo to work from. I had to reassure them that I was taking a photo for the sake of art and that they should just go on talking and not look at the camera.

Mark at Bam Bam Graphix in Hopkins, Minnesota did a great job of scanning this difficult piece. There are a few highlights showing from reflections off the ridges in the dark areas, but I’m really impressed with Mark’s work and would recommend him highly.

6″x6″ acrylic on gessoed archival masonite panel

Frontenac

From a photo I took last fall. Rebecca and I were on a Sunday drive, with no particular destination in mind when we saw the signs for the Frontenac State Park. There’s a long winding uphill road from the Mississippi River flats to the overlook, which offers many spectacular views of the river valley. Driving up, I realized I’d been there before, many years ago, but I can’t quite remember when. We’ll be going back.

Lemon in a Cup

I gave myself the challenge of capturing both the transparency of the glass bowl and the translucence of the lemon. I’m pleased that I was able to maintain a degree of looseness in the brushwork and not overwork it.

Loner

I painted this from a photo I took several years ago while hiking along the Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon. I love the way the lone tree is set against the blue sky.