When life gives you lemons, draw them, 11 x 14 inches dry pastels, graphite on paper

"When life gives you lemons, draw them". (Nikki)

"Trust your intuition, it's just like goin' fishin'; you cast your line 'til you get a bite." (Paul Simon)

"Color! What a deep and mysterious language..." (Paul Gauguin)

Archive for March, 2008

Bright spot in the garden

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Iris, a bright spot on a gray day.
It’s mostly overcast today, but the Blue Flag Iris is a bright spot in the garden.

Bluebonnet Season

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Bluebonnets Abstract 36H x 24W acrylics on canvas wrapped sides painted, narrow frame

Bluebonnets Abstract, 36H x 24W acrylics on canvas, wrapped sides painted, narrow frame

It’s Bluebonnet Season again! The Bluebonnets Abstract is not typical of my work, but when studying any subject it’s enlightening to try painting it from different perspectives and try many styles; it’s very liberating for an illustrator to paint abstracts, or an abstract artist to try illustrating once in a while. Switch it up!
Bluebonnets, Coppell, Texas

Redbuds in bloom

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

Eastern Redbuds, Coppell, Texas USA 14 x 11 inches soft pastels on paper
Eastern Redbuds, Coppell, Texas USA, 14 x 11 inches soft pastels on paper. Accepted by Artjury.com’s 2007 Spring/Summer Online Exhibition.


Monday, March 24th, 2008

Emerging Myrtle leaves, early Spring

Above: this morning’s emerging Myrtle leaves, an addition to the Heart Shapes in Nature series.

Upcoming exhibitions:

1. Polypore Fungi is on exhibit at the VAST 40th Annual Spring Exhibition in Denton, Texas April 10 through May 29, 2008. Opening Reception Thursday, April 10th 6:00 – 8:p.m. at the Meadows Gallery 400 E. Hickory, Denton.

2. Firewheels, 18 x 24 x 2 inches Acrylics – Texas and Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, Texas April 26 through May 24th, 2008. Opening Reception Sunday, April 27th 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.


More garden whimsy

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

The Twins - garden sculptures of upside-down root systems

Adding to the whimsical garden sculptures of root systems, here are The Twins.

Beauty and the beast

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

Calla Lily

I couldn’t resist buying a deep-yellow Calla Lily at the local nursery, then while out pulling weeds and transplanting it, a large slow-moving beetle called for a portrait.

Beetle with a body about 1.5 inches long

Mockingbird ritual

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Mockingbird mating flight ritual - 10 x 10 inches study in graphite, eraser, paper

Mockingbird mating flight ritual – 10 x 10 inches study in graphite, eraser, paper

Last night it was especially noticeable that the Mockingbirds have started their mating season. Pronouncing himself at the highest peak on a rooftop, the male mocks other birds’ calls, repeating each 3-4 times before changing to another call. Then in a ritual flight dance he flies up a short distance and does graceful flip in the air, flashing the white wing stripes, back to the perch and repeats the pattern over and over.

After listening to them quite a bit, there are some that have a larger repertoire of calls and a louder, determined, clearer song…I’m guessing that those are the most mature and attractive.

Crossing Borders

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

Crossing Borders - 5 framed panels each 26 x 11 inches, sculpted oil paints will be filled in and completed with acrylic paints when completely dry. This is digital play and a general vision planned for the finished work.

Work In Progress: Crossing Borders – Thousand Islands skyline, New York / Ontario border – 5 framed panels each 26 x 11 inches – Oils sculpted with palette knives…will finish with acrylics when completely dry, probably in about 6 months. Above: playing with the vision using digital pen.

Oil and Water – never the twain shall mix? This work will challenge that, and experiment with crossing those borders. I think the oil resisting acrylics should make for some interesting effects and textures; the places where there are layers, dips and holes should fill nicely with acrylics. If I’m not pleased or the idea isn’t working I’ll finish it using oils, but I’d like to give this idea a try.



Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

March snow melting in the rising sun - Lewisville, TX

75*F a couple of days ago, and snow last night. Spring temps here in northern Texas go from one extreme to the other.

Grape Hyacinth, March snowfall

Great White Egret and Mayfly

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

Great White Egret and Mayfly in Coppell, Texas

Great White Egret at Andy Brown Jr. Park, Coppell, Texas. Early morning melting frost, still slightly foggy, enough sun to make the water and dew in the grass sparkle, with a Mayfly appearing at exactly the right moment!
The photo was digitally changed to black and white and the contrast was clarified.