Saturday, December 29, 2007

Bulbs in Water

Two light bulbs floating in a purple glass container.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Blue Jar on easel

Blue Jar, 18"x24"
New piece just completed.
Small glass jar overflowing a rich green satin fabric.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Green Jar

Small green jar with satin.

Friday, December 14, 2007


I thought I would try something a little different with this piece. This is the first time I have ever painted a flower. I was thinking back, and I can only remember one time that I have even drawn a flower: 7th grade art class(the only reason I remember is because I still have my portfolio from way back then).
I wasn't too sure about this painting as I started it, but it was actually quite enjoyable to paint. Many of the same characteristics I love to explore in the reflective and transparent objects I paint, were present in this flower.


I have been "tagged" by Joanne Giesbrecht to list 5 random things about me. So, here they are!

1. I prefer flapjacks to pancakes.

2. I have an Italian Mastiff named Bolan.

3. Jackson Pollock is the artist that has most inspired me, ironically. I even convinced my wife to name our son Jack, he's 10 months old now.

4. I was in the Army.

5. I never get tired of watching "The Life Aquatic"

I was originally tagged by Ambera Wellmann, but I posted my 5 random things on her blog...I guess I didn't read the instructions..who knows how these things happen. Anyway, I now know that I am supposed to tag 5 others. However, it appears everyone has been tagged already!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Blue Brushes No.3

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Another composition featuring an old orange bottle with brushes in water.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Blue Brushes No.2

Two blue brushes soaking in an old orange bottle.

Thursday, December 6, 2007


Small green bottle on it's side.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Blue Brushes

Close up of a small green bottle with two blue paint brushes.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Chrome Horse

This is a really neat old hood ornament I have painted a few times now...four to be exact. I think this came from an old firetruck. I'm not sure how old it is, but it's been around awhile. Amazingly the finish is in great shape. Reflections slip and slide all over the surface!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Use your Imagination

I started this yesterday as an example for a lesson in one of my advanced classes. I rarely have students draw from imagination, focusing mostly on more traditional drawing and painting from life while effectively utilizing the elements and principles. Anyway, this is a fun break that they seem to enjoy. They start with a few small pieces of watercolor paper each. The surface of the paper is misted with water, and then a few drops of concentrated watercolor are dropped on the surface. More water is misted, and then a piece of plastic(dry cleaning bag, grocery store bag, etc.) is mashed on the paper and placed on the drying rack. After the piece is totally dry(next day), the plastic is removed and a totally random mixture of shapes and color are left. Students immediately start to "see" things...much like seeing things appear in big puffy clouds. They then work into the piece with prismacolors, sticking to basically an analogous color scheme to allow the watercolor base to still be seen and create an overall sense of color harmony.
This piece will more than likely never go beyond what you see, just thought I would post something a little different.
What do you see?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Faded Glass


Top and bottom pieces of a broken bottle rendered using black and white along with a realistic color scheme. I typically do not create paintings layered with meaning, but I suppose this one could be an exception...I'll let you decide what it means to you, if anything.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Green Pieces

18" x 24"
Top and bottom pieces of a green beer bottle. Open. Drink. Smash. Arrange. Paint.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007



This is the first time I have ever used a mirror in a composition. I have always wanted to give it a go, so I finally did. This is most definitely a nod to the amazing Photorealist painters that have inspired me over the years. I tried to create a balance of my own style with the inclusion of the reflections to stay somewhat true to my own vision of what I think makes an interesting piece...which isn't necessarily a picture plane full of "stuff".

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Betrayed Again


New piece that explores reflection and distortion of these two small jars.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A New Grip No.3


Tight crop of a pair of chrome canvas stretchers.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Broken No.2


New piece to be shipped to a gallery for consideration. Strong light illuminating two pieces of a broken bottle.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Green Bottle No.10


Green bottle with cloth composition that features the cloth almost appearing to float.
I wasn't pleased with the photo of this piece on my blog or the eBay auction, so I just changed both. I took a new pic of this piece this afternoon with natural light, and I think the color and value look closer to the actual painting...on this monitor anyway.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

2 New Pieces

These are two new pieces finished a few days ago. The painting on the left, "Tied Up No.2", is 20"x22". The other painting, "Orange Spoon No.2", is 18"x24".
These are being shipped to a gallery for consideration. If accepted, I will post gallery information.

Sunday, September 30, 2007



Small painting of a spoon with pink drops.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Bottle Neck


Small painting of a bottle with white cloth. I just felt like painting a small one tonight, and it doesn't get much smaller! I haven't painted this particular bottle in quite awhile. I really like how it catches light. It has a really nice, rich color as well.

Friday, September 21, 2007



Something a little different for me. This a skeleton I have for my advanced students to draw and paint. I have had it for about a year, but this is the first time I have painted it...even though I have wanted to for awhile. So, when I got home from school today...I did!

Thursday, September 20, 2007


24" x 18"

Dramatic illumination of two old baby food jars with oil painting medium.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Green Bottle with Cloth No.9


Newly finished piece of one of my personal favorite things to paint: my green bottle. I particularly enjoy painting the combination of the reflective glass bottle with the soft, flowing cloth.

Friday, September 7, 2007



Small green bottle and rubber cement bottle together. I have painted these two bottles several times individually, but never together. My last painting of the green bottle had the orange lid from the rubber cement bottle too. I noticed the little rubber cement bottle sitting on the shelf without it's just struck me funny, so I decided to paint this piece and title it with the most fitting word I could think of.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007


The little green bottle painted from a slight worms eye view, which makes it seem almost important. I diluted a bit of concentrated water color(stirred with one of my spoons) and filled the bottle half way. Why is the spoon upside down?...It doesn't fit the other way!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Orange Lid


My small green bottle that I have painted many times. Oddly enough, the orange applicator lid from a bottle of rubber cement fits perfectly on this little green bottle.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Tied Up

18" x 24"

My little green bottle, this time with cloth tied around it.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Broken Bulb

24" x 18"

This piece is of a light bulb that I introduced to my hammer(the bulb was inside a bag of course). I placed it near a window in my studio that gives really good light for the look I'm after. I think the small touches of orange give a nice color balance to a painting that is predominately a cool color scheme.

Double Reflection

18"x 24"


24" x 18"


18" x 24"

A New Grip

34" x 22"