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American Watercolor Society chooses painting!

I am beyond happy that another painting has been chosen for inclusion in the prestigious American Watercolor Society 149th International Exhibition! 150 paintings were selected from nearly 1200 entries! I am pleased and honored to have my work represented with fine artists from all over the world! The paintings will be hung at the Salmagundi […]
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Yesterday I decided to…..

Yesterday I decided to revisit one of my small paintings by painting it again! I really enjoy doing this because I’m always more comfortable the second time around and able to address my subject in a more relaxed way! But, of course, this is true for most endeavors we choose to tackle. I’ll often repeat […]
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Love painting Hydrangeas

I just love painting Hydrangeas! Actually I love painting all flowers! Learn how I do it by choosing and downloading “Hydrangeas” from my Video-on-Demand “Easy to Paint Shapes Series” for only $6.95! Once you learn my simple steps for painting flower forms you’ll be able to create your own sunny bouquets! Follow the link to […]
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I am honored!

Painting of Pennsylvania farm wins the Howard Slater Memorial Award at the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors in Old Forge, New York! I am thrilled to have a place in this prestigious show! Exhibition runs August 7 through October 4, 2015.
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Painting jurored into Rocky Mountain National Exhibition

Rocky Mountain National Watermedia show jurors painting “Barn Door Whimsy” into Exhibition! As you can see from the photo of the scene that inspired the painting someone painted the old barn door a beautiful shade of blue and I thought the choice added the perfect touch of whimsy to the weathered facade of the old […]
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Workshop demo becomes large painting

Someone had painted the old barn door a beautiful shade of blue and I thought the choice added the perfect touch of whimsy to the facade of the old weathered barn. Since this fanciful accent is what first caught my eye it would be what my painting was about. As you can see I have […]
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Pennsylvania farm inspires another painting

Following is a scene I discovered a couple of years ago while in Pennsylvania giving a workshop. With a few days to spare before the workshop started we explored the country roads and farmlands around Lancaster. I’ve wanted to commit this particular scene to paper for some time and am happy to have finally been […]
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St Augustine inspires painting

Following is a photo of a homey scene I came upon as we traveled through St. Augustine, Florida. An ordinary subject to say the least, but I knew the feeling of life the drying laundry gave and the commanding vertical presence of the white house would be more than enough to build a painting around.  […]
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New Painting

One of my New Years resolutions was to paint as much as possible before my first 2014 Workshop. Once my workshops begin I’m away from home most every month and not a lot of time is left over for my studio work. I just finished Red Shutters 18×24 which I originally painted last year as […]
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Cripple Creek color study

Doing small 9×12 color studies like this one helps me plan color and tonal value before actually committing to a large scale painting and is critical to ones goal of creating quality art of any kind. Doing the necessary preliminary work acquaints me with my subject and allows me to work out potential problems beforehand. […]
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Cripple Creek inspiration

Using my personal process to develop a scene I found in Cripple Creek, CO. I find I am most always attracted to strong geometric shapes set into soft organic ones and this subject did it for me. Over time I’ve learned to reserve only the elements I feel importand to my theme and delete those […]
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Country depot inspires new painting

When we travel  small towns and country roads across America I gather so much information that it’s often hard to decide what I want to paint next. But when I start browsing through my digital libraries and thumbing through all my sketches it doesn’t take long before something catches my eye and triggers memories from […]
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I found it in Waldport, Oregon

What did I find? I found paradise all wrapped up in a sun drenched day! That was back in 2008 when we traveled down the Oregon Coast and stopped to spend a few days in Waldport, a charming village by the sea. We followed a rough country road that led off in the direction of […]
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Rural Rhythm in Virginia

I am drawn to open fields and the way planted rows curve away into the landscape. I’ve now painted several field paintings that were inspired while traveling through the open countryside. As you can see from my photo below I deviated quite a bit from the original scene. I was very attracted to was the […]
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Fresh off the easel

I just finished my latest painting and the paint is barely dry. I’ve included the photo of the scene that inspired the painting and as usually I made lots of changes in order to achieve a more dramatic statement. I caught the scene from our car window as we sped down the highway on a […]
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Painting Mendocino, California

A 2008 road trip down the Pacific Coast Highway took us through scenic Mendocino, California. I fell in love with the quaint architecture of this small coastal village that sat at the edge of the sea. This scene was the subject of a demonstration painting I did for the Martin Museum of Art at Baylor […]
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Pennsylvania Peonies inspires painting

In 2009 while traveling through beautiful Pennsylvania I was able to collect lots of information for paintings. Following is a scene I’ve wanted to paint for quite some time. I hope you will enjoy my interpretation of a scene that seemed quite ordinary at first, but the old red house and pink peonies soon became […]
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Coastal scene inspires new watercolor painting

This new 18×24 painting is from a road trip we took down Highway One along the Pacific Coast Highway. We stopped for lunch in the small coastal village of Elk, California and I spotted this quaint seaside cottage. I couldn’t resist stopping to photograph and sketch my impressions and the following  is my interpretation of […]
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Cambria California Farm Inspires New Painting

In 2008 we traveled down the Pacific Coast Highway visiting many coastal villages along the way. In Cambria, California we took a drive out Santa Rosa Creek Road where I found this lovely old farm sitting before a vineyard. I’ve included some images of the work in progress and hope you will enjoy my interpretation […]
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Large Watercolor inspired by Virginia Barns

My latest large watercolor painting was inspired by our travels  through Virginia. Peaceful pastoral scenes like this one dot the beautiful Virginia countryside. I’ve included the sequence for the painting beginning with the photo taken from the car window as we sped down the highway on a very cloudy overcast day. I prefer painting scenes […]
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Pennsylvania Idyll a new painting from small study

Below is my latest large 18×24 Original Watercolor Painting I call Pennsylvania Idyll. I have included photos of it’s evolution for those who may be interested. Inspiration is the all important catalyst for any painting and that was not hard to come by when we traveled through the lush Pennsylvania country side as one idyllic […]
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Laurel Mountain Highlands Barn Study

The Laurel Mountain Highlands area in Pennsylvania is so beautiful and picturesque and I loved every minute of our time there. Some of the small villages in the area are Somerset, Mount Pleasant and Donegal. Below is a new watercolor study of one of the many different and unique barns that dot the countryside.
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New 9×12 Watercolor Study

Last year we had the most wonderful time traveling through some amazing country with irresistible scenery. Below is a photo of an old red house and pink peonies that caught my eye. It was a flat, over cast day, but not a problem as I can always imagine some sunshine and shadows. First my artist’s […]
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Home now and thinking about new paintings!

It seems like only yesterday we arrived home having completed our 2 month long Florida Coast journey. It always takes me awhile to get back into the routine of being home after having been gone for so long. But I’m now feeling inspired to begin new watercolor studies some of which may become major paintings. […]
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