Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Seeing that I have been a little grounded and spending more time in my studio this winter, I have begun to revisit some scenes that really caught my eye initially.

In most cases the scene which was already painted has been sold but the scene itself still looms in my head. So along with a digital of the original painting as well as a photo or two from the original location I delve back into the place I was at, not so much looking to copy the painting but revisit the scene and explore it a little more. There are some scenes that should be painted numerous times, sometimes just the location at different times of the day and season is enough in itself as in Monet's Haystacks or Cathedral paintings, or looking at the same scene from a totally different design, either way is desirable.

Today I started an 18" x 24" copy of this Sonoma scene. This courtyard is absolutely gorgeous so naturally it has been rattling around in my head since October.
Completed version.

"Bella Giornata" 18" x 24" oil on linen panel

This is a sunrise scene from Apalachicola that is a 16" x 20" copy of the original which was done as a 12x16 on location.

On that same note I have posted a few paintings of our Quonset Hut, which should have been turned into my studio years ago but instead needed to be recycled, a very sad day when that happened.
This kind of documents its life story.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Apalachicola in March

I was fortunate enough to head down to Apalachicola Florida last week to give a 4 day Plein Air workshop. The weather was not quite what I had hoped it would be but it was delightful just to be out of the snow of the midwest.

Thanks to Paulette and Joe for all of their behind the scenes work in putting this together!

Apalach and Eastpoint have quite a few great spots to work from and always some pretty amazing sunsets and sunrises to boot. Took tons of photos as expected.

I'll head back down in a couple of weeks to participate in the Winter Park Plein Air event as well as the Forgotten Coast event which I have done for the past 3 years now. Good way to start out the Plein AIr season.

Couple of pix from the workshop.

HOLY CRAP Let the games begin

Well it has started.

The banter has begun.
The results for those who were fortunate to get into Easton always brings a higher level of banter to say the least.

I have been pulled into and even trapped in a three way e mail bash.
Of course most of the comments have been aimed at me but I am a big a guy and I can take it.
They will pay later, let that be known.

One of the artists even stepped away from he easel long enough to throw this together.