Monday, December 31, 2007

Friday, December 28, 2007

Friday, December 21, 2007

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Winter Light

12x16 oil on canvas SOLD


Recent Developments
In October I was approached by a filmmaker to do an Expert Village demo/lesson. (See my links area and the post “Plein Air Painter”) as a result of this video a high school art teacher in New Jersey is playing the demonstration to her class and using part of the lesson as the basis for a class project. See attached comment by Kathleen Gilsenan.

Thank you for the purchase Kathleen and best of luck to the class!

2. My recent experience with blogging and the “Daily Painters” phenomenon has inspired a faculty blog at the Sedona Arts Center where I am the director of the school. To initiate the project a number of faculty will participate and between them post “a painting a day”. This will begin in mid January. Watch for links here on my blog as well as on the Sedona Arts Center’s website.

3. I was recently “tagged” by another blogging artist
Jason Waskey Jason's work has real variety in terms of subject matter and treatment. Thank you Jason! What this means is that I am to “tag” five other artists and make 5 statements about myself. Here it goes….

1.Though my work may not reveal it, my taste in art is extremely eclectic, perhaps as a result of teaching college art appreciation for a number of years.
2.I secretly read philosophy and interpret the entire “philosophical project” to be, in actuality, all about painting.
3.“Sunset on the Rocks II” is a small piece of the view out of my office window.
4.I once stopped painting for 6 months and only drew – stacked river rocks.
5.This blog is the extent of my retirement plan.

Here are the 5 artists I am tagging: (an eclectic list)

S. P. Goodman - I was reading some Clement Greenberg Art Criticism at the time I saw Mr. Goodman’s work and I thought Clem would really like it…as do I…esp. the landscapes.
William Wray - “Painter of Blight” – love the attitude and the work.
Michael Chesley Johnson - He paints in Canada - in the snow!
Libby Caldwell - A reluctant blogger, but an excellent painter and teacher.
Joshua Been - Joshua did some awesome work at our plein air festival here at the Sedona Arts Center in Oct. and see he did start a blog. The link is to his website.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Friday, December 7, 2007

Pomegranate III

5x7 oil on canvas (on display at Sedona Arts Center)

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Monday, December 3, 2007

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

View From Libby's

8x13 oil on canvas $85

This is a view from the deck of my painter/friend Libby Caldwell. She is a terrific painter, visit her website by clicking on the link to the right -'Libby Caldwell'

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Saturday, November 24, 2007


6x8 oil on canvas/panel $85

I thought I might be leaving the Greenberg influence behind and just painting a colorful fruit but partway through the painting I realized this is still very much in the "Modernism" series, '#3' then.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Morning Choices

16x20 oil on canvas $300
Still reading about Greenberg's ideas and still experiencing 'deja vu', an experience of reflecting upon the time that I first encountered these ideas. For myself I have always been interested in the magical relationship between painted objects and the virtual space they occupy. An emphasis on the paint itself heightens the tension between that space and the surface of the work.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Cup and Saucer #1

6x8 oil on canvas $85

I've been reading a book by the art critic Donald Kuspit on the art critic Clement Greenberg. This kind of reading really takes me back to my college days. So this may be the start of a series. "Modernism Revisited."

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Boynton Canyon 2

9x12 oil on canvas $125

This is another study of a place where I have painted numerous times. This, like the one a few days ago is mostly palette knife painting. I enjoy the sense of mood from a limited palette.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Monday, November 12, 2007

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Boynton Canyon Sunset

9 x 12 oil on canvas $125

Though I often use a palette knife here and there in the process of painting and sometimes use it for blocking in an entire painting, this one is mainly palette knife with just a few touches of the brush.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Cathedral Reflection

16 x 20 acrylic on canvas $325
This painting was done during the Marcia Burtt workshop at the Sedona Arts Center. Working in direct sunlight with acrylics was challenging. Marcia reinforced a lot of my own insticts about direct painting. For me what was reinforced was that the painting starts essentially as abstract relationships of shapes of color next to one another. It becomes an image through that process of observation. Her compositional tips in the midst of painting were also very helpful. Marcia will be doing a workshop in Italy through the Arts Center in September, 2008.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Friday, October 19, 2007

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Two Pears

6 x 8 inches oil on canvas SOLD

Plein Air Painter

6 x 8 oil on canvas (SOLD)

The demonstration for this one will be posted on Expert Village in a couple weeks. It was done from a photo I took during a plein air field expedition to Italy we offered through the Sedona Arts Center with Kathryn Stats and John Budicin teaching. Here is the link to the Video.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Tuesday, October 9, 2007


Over the past week I have been moving from Sedona to Flagstaff where my girls attend high school. They have discovered a wonderful charter school in the Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA). As one who has traveled far and wide in search of the right educational mix, (ultimately becoming the director of an art school - the do it yourself solution) I can only support them in their pursuit.

This move brings proximity to a new set of subject matter. The Grand Canyon, urban and university scenes, winter scenes and the dramatic drive to work in Sedona! New daily one-session paintings will resume posting on Oct 11.

As the Sedona Arts Center (where I work) moves into its plein air painting season with a festival and associated workshops at the end of October I will be focusing on the landscape. In the last week of October I will be participating in a plein air painting workshop with Marcia Burtt. Marcia is a terrific acrylic plein air painter. For that week I will work in acrylic on a slightly larger scale and will post the results daily.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Friday, September 28, 2007

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Monday, September 24, 2007