Skip’s Green – Koi – “Silver boy” SOLD

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This is an oswa (Original small work of Art) I will post it on ebay later today. It will start at $25.00 the size is 4 inches by 5 inches. I added Skips green to my palette and I think it provides a bit of a kick to my usual colors. Its a Cheap Joe’s color and is named after Skip Lawrence, a national watercolorist of note. Its a semi transparent color which is also staining. I have used it rather thickly to see how it floats and found it’s very heavy and will stay where you put it pretty much.

I’m packing all my art gear up which is a challenge in itself and preparing to hit the road. If you would like to check out Wild Acres go to and you can see where I’ll be staying. Its a wonderful retreat for artists. I will have my lap top and will try to upload photos to my blog each day.

Koi and their Liquid Landscape

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I love the colors in this painting and I also really enjoy the look of the water in these Koi paintings.

This is not a small painting it is an 11 by 15 and is on 300 lb paper it is for sale for $250.00. I will gladly ship it to you for an additional 5.50. USD please visit if you wish to use pal pay.

The Oak and The Willow

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Trees have always fascinated me, the different kinds, their bark, leaves and of course the way they seem to be so still but yet in constant movement.

Yesterday I was in my backyard and a small bird fell from a tree and it couldn’t fly very well. Before I could intervene, one of my dogs got it and of course must of bit it too hard because it died. I felt bad all day after that. I have these feeders and all kinds of things to attract the birds and to have one of my dogs kill one of their babies really bothered me.
It was a small brown bird and I saw the mother nearby calling to it, it seemed like she had another baby with her and they must have been on their first day of flying lessons. The other baby bird was pretty wobbly too. They are Thrashers, they live in the big Azaleas I have in my yard and seem to raise babies ever year in a big gourd I have placed in among the bushes. Last year they lost a baby to a big black snake which climbed into the gourd. I put out some seeds on the ground this morning, hoping this will help them a little, it rained last night and I wonder what happened to the other little bird, did it make it? I have hope that it did and next year the’ll be back. This painting is 8.75 by 11 and is on 300 lb paper. I called it the Oak and the willow because these are two of my favorite trees.

Still Waiting… A Zoltan Szabo tribute

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I painted this painting because even though this is a timely painting, Zoltan painted something like this years ago. Some things never change. I was trying to remember what the painting looked like and all I could remember was lots of trees one with the ribbon and evergreens in the background.

I tried a new recipe for the snow, ( shadows) I think I will stay with my Burn’t sienna and cobalt blue mixture, this was; burn’t sienna and paynes grey and a little cerulean blue. I like the combination for the snow in shadows but for the divots and such I think I like my regular combination.

The Falls revisited

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OK… I woke up this morning and decided I may have had one mohito to many. My water fall was tilted a bit ( actually I knew this when I went to bed, but was too tire to rework it) So, here is the finished version and I hope you find it a bit more realistic. I like painting everyday but sometimes you have to rush these painting because your real life gets in the way. I knew I wanted to work on this for a few more minutes and yet I knew I also have to get started on the next one. These days seems to run into each other at times. Still, I think it came off pretty good. I like it for the most part. I will do another falls painting, but I’ll change the perspective so that the viewer is below the falls, I’m sure this would be much easier to paint.


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I guess this is rock week I ‘ve been painting rocks if you haven’t noticed. This little falls painting may need a bit of tweaking, but as its getting late. I wanted to get this post up before it gets too late. I will post this painting now and perhaps spend a few more minutes on it tomorrow, when I’m less tire. I didn’t have a reference photo and that can get you onto trouble. It can also lead to some great creative work. I painted these works with a palette knife and I painted the background wet into wet. The water is mostly dry brush with a little bit of glazing. the size is 15 by 11 and is a bit larger than most of these daily paintings.

“Rocks” Watercolor on paper – 7 by 11 inches

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketI have been working out lesson plans and I had decided to paint something that would teach several things. I love rocks, I love water, gee, that decision was easy. This is a simple painting yet it allows me to teach some of the various techniques I have learned over the years. I can teach a student several techniques and some color theory at the same time. Also, rocks can be drawn by anyone, their easy and basically boxes, so most people are not afraid to jump right in.

I love these colors, their some of my favorite combinations. Raw sienna and manganese blue also dark purple and burn’t sienna. You can see I ‘m mixing warm with cool and creating some push pull. Also most of these colors also create a beautiful granulation which happens to be one of my favorite textures.

Welcome Home, A painting a day

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Birds are nesting everywhere. In my bird houses, gourdes and even in my Azaleas. Last year we had one little momma in our wreath and that was the inspiration for this painting.

This small painting is 7 by 11 and is for sale for $40.00. If interested email me or go to

“Ritual” a small work of art

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketThis original painting is part of my “Ancient ritual” series I started last year. This is the third piece I have painted in this abstract series. The series explores the way people use ritual to commemorate time, history, events and significant changes in human growth. It is a spiritual series and yet it is also a comment on our cultures.
This piece is 3.75 by 5.75 inches and is for sale for $25.00 unframed. I will mat it for you if you wish. Neutral or white mats only. This new painting will be for sale tomorrow at:

Art talk

I realize I haven’t been doing one of the things I started out to do with this blog. I always wanted to write a bit more about being an artist and the thought process and such. Like the hows and whys of picking out subject matter and how your stream of consciousness is affeced by seeing other art or just by viewing nature. I went to the annual “Spring into Art” show on Friday night and really enjoyed seeing the other paintings. After seeing what everyone is working on, I realize that we (each artist) are all on this quest, a mission of sorts. It seems like you can see each person’s progression and their Art is evolving almost like we are on different roads but they appear to all lead to the same destination. I’m not trying to get too “New Age” on you, but it seems as Artists, we do share an essential lifetime commitment of exploration, experimentation and discovery. Michael Angelo supposedly said at the age of 87 “Isn’t art grand, I’m still learning”. I have been painting for a long time and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t seem to learn something either a technique or new process or more importantly something about myself.
I found out one thing that has always been important to me and that is the use of color and how I react to it. Its not the same as other people, even other artists. Yes, most beginning artist are seduced by color, but I have been painting for 27 years and I still love bright intense pure color. There was a time I was almost embarrassed to admit it because it wasn’t the trend to paint with color that wasn’t greyed down and I, toeing the line painted paintings like everyone else with these greyed down colors and they were OK and people really did like them. But I asked myself, why do I paint and who am I painting for? Am I painting with my voice or the voice I believed to be mine. We all paint for customers and that’s just good marketing, but at the end of the day do you ever just create something that you enjoy regardless of its marketability or if your friends will like it?

The Koi are “MY” paintings and sometimes some of the other Lake paintings or nature paintings become my paintings when I allow my intuition to paint. As for many of these daily paintings, they are good exercises for keeping your technique up and they are also good for exploration. You don’t have the pressure to make everyone of them successful. If you have been reading this blog for a while you’ll see the good, the bad and the ugly. But since its a daily regime they get posted no matter what.

 Nature has always been my inspiration, sitting besides my garden or walking thru the woods near the lake I get energized and a sense of wonder and beauty fill my senses so that I feel renewed. Other artists get this same feeling by being on a busy street in New York or wherever. The colors, sounds, smells and of course the light. All artist love light and the way it shapes things. I think most artists feed upon light, they use it as their inspiration. Since most artists are visual beings everything around them can be inspiration, the creative proces is a metamorphisis of sorts.

We take in things, they are internalized and mixed in with a jumble of life experiences and a bit of our personality and a few other influences and out of this something new is created. We call it art