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)


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Blue Flag Iris

Thursday, May 9th, 2013


Blue Flag Iris, 10 x 10 x 1 inches oil stick on canvas

Blue Flag Iris, 10 x 10 x 1 inches  oil stick on canvas


Thursday, April 25th, 2013


Blossomania, 12H x 16W inches oil pastels painted with oil blending and glazing medium on 80 lb acid free premium, white mat

Blossomania, 12H x 16W inches oil pastels painted with oil blending and glazing medium on 80 lb acid free premium, white mat

I’ve been admiring the round masses clumped on the Plum tree branches in our neighbor’s back yard for a week or so now. Yesterday and today, pink swirls in the wind…

Plum Blossom Mania, Original size 18H x 24 inches Oil Pastels on 80lbPetals are falling, the sky is blue

They cover everything, old and new

If I sit too long, I’ll be covered too!

Larger image shows the finished piece, 12H x 16W inches, which was cropped from the original size, left thumbnail, 18H x 24 inches. Blogging always reveals a different perspective. If I had not re-sized the original  in order to post, I might never have recognized that the cropped portion has a more balanced composition…benefits of blogging!


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Deciduous Forest

Friday, December 7th, 2012


Deciduous Forest, 12 x 16 inches watercolors on paper

Deciduous Forest – Washington State USA – 12H x 16W inches watercolors on paper, sage green mat

Thumbnails below: 1. resist medium applied, dried and first paint application 2. peeling off the dried resist after painting dark hues of sap green 3. stage 02, after peeled off resist medium, before more paint 4. an idea occurred to use the pulled off rubber pieces as 3D effects in future paintings, probably best on canvas.
A while back, I had visitors attending a show of mine peel off the rubberized medium in the same fashion, revealing the flowers on “Flowering Shavingbrush Tree”.

Deciduous Forest?, 9 x 12 watercolors with dried resist medium - in progress   Deciduous Forest, peeling off the dried resist after dark hues of sap green   Deciduous Forest, after dark hues of sap green and peeled off resist   Idea to optionally attach peeled, rubberized pieces of resist medium as leaves


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Friday, November 30th, 2012

Birch, 12 x 16 inches watercolors on 120 lb cold pressed premium paper

Work details: 1. applying resist medium 2. deliberately working with the challenge of a limited palette, watercolors were also dripped down the page. Tomball watercolor pen adds more details.

Applying resist medium Birch, details

Birch, 12H x 16W inches watercolors on 120 lb cold pressed 100% cotton paper, white mat and frame.


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Chrysanthemums: work in progress

Friday, May 18th, 2012


Chrysanthemums, 45L x 85W x 3D inches, graphite and primer on 100% cotton, work in progress

Chrysanthemums, 45L x 85W x 3D inches, graphite, charcoal and primer on 100% cotton, work in progress

Detail of Chrysanthemums using primer with graphiteRather than priming the fabric first as usual, water and primer are painted to enhance the graphite while the composition works itself out. It’s been all about getting lost in the improvisation and surprise! Grass blades are implied by the buildup of thin streaks throughout, which also serve to balance and energize the work, plus add slight cubist effects.

This is will hang in a contemporary-style room. If color is used at all it will be limited to red, yellow and green areas near the large main flower. Parts of the surface may be left raw, so to set the finished piece, the entire back will be primed and the front will be sprayed with fixative.


The chaos of this past year, moving to Oregon from Texas, has truly put my artsy artist’s statement to the test; that ‘creativity is an attitude toward life’. I’m accustomed to creating chaos in my artwork, then resolving it. With too many move-related priorities and unfinished renovations, no wonder I’ve felt increasingly disoriented. The good thing is that observations never stop, even if the focus on art-work has to.

Upper left detail Left central detail Upper right detail

Summer travels

Friday, August 13th, 2010

  Archean rocks, Lake Superior just east of Wawa, OntarioArchean rocks, Lake Superior just east of Wawa, OntarioLichen, Lake Superior just east of Wawa, OntarioLichen and distant shoreline, Lake Superior, Ontario, CanadaLichen, Lake Superior just east of Wawa, Ontario

When I’m back in Dallas blogging regularly again, these photos will be posted on the photography website. An unplanned extra trip from Alberta to Ottawa; in Ontario a second time, means I won’t be back until the first week of Sept. Here are a few photos I took on the shores of Lake Superior just east of Wawa, ON.

Stars and Fireflies

Sunday, June 27th, 2010


   Stars and Fireflies, photoshop

Home from Singapore for a few days, and having to go north to pack up the Dancing With Trees exhibition, I drove up to Ontario first so I could see my sons in Canada before Christmas. At night in the fields and trees from Tennessee to Michigan there are stars and fireflies in the trees – so magical! Until I can express it in paint, here is a quick photoshop impression.

One in a million

Thursday, May 6th, 2010


Waiting For The Sun by Virginia Wieringa, 24 x 36 in. acrylics on canvasArtwork: Waiting For The Sun by Virginia Wieringa, 24 x 36 inches acrylics on canvas. I just met an artist-pen-pal whom I never expected to meet, and she’s as intelligent and enthusiastic in person as she has been online for the past four years. Virginia is adventurous and open-minded, yet soundly rooted in her spiritual faith – and therefore so is her art. I especially enjoyed the little 4 x 6″ sketchbook that she shared with me, where a number of ideas for paintings originate as she draws in it during church sermons. I think it’s really funny that she doesn’t listen in church, and she doesn’t preach, she works and her work speaks volumes. I’ve mentioned Virginia in previous posts — she’s been so supportive, even promoting my work on her own website. Thanks “VA”!

Sounds of Silence

Thursday, October 15th, 2009


  Sounds of Silence, 36 x 24 x 2 inches acrylics on canvas, gallery wrapped sides painted

Sounds of Silence, 36H x 24W x 2D inches acrylics on canvas, wrapped sides painted, narrow frame – finished today. After  a second application of mask medium only on the snowflakes this time, some unbleached titanium and yellow ochre brought color back to the trunks. Snowflake mask was then removed.

  Sounds of Silence, Phase 01, 36 x 24 x 2 inches acrylics, masking fluid on canvas Sounds of Silence, Phase 02, 36 x 24 x 2 inches acrylics, masking fluid on canvas

 Oct 13th, above: Phase 01 and 02

 Sounds of Silence, pulling off rubberized masking medium and a few layers of paint Sounds of Silence, highlighting a few snowflakes

Oct 14th, Phase 03 and 04: Mask medium removal, then highlighting snowflakes.

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Breakthrough: a sneak peek

Thursday, October 1st, 2009


Breakthrough, left side of 2 vertical pieces, each 48 x 11 x 3 inches canvas strips over gallery wrapped canvas, acrylics, glazes

Breakthrough, left side detail of 2 vertical pieces, each 48 x 11 x 3 inches, canvas strips over a gallery wrapped stretcher frame. A number of things have been tried over the 4″ pieces of canvas woven across the frame; colors upon colors: scarlet, yellow, purple, blues, black… crackle glaze, burnt umber wash, sanding, peeling the paint, and an overall coat of white.

Breakthrough, canvas strips, phase 01 detail, 2 vertical pieces, each 48 x 11 x 3 inches There are so many competitions and exhibitions to look forward to in the new year, and I’d much rather be painting all day, but there are deadlines to meet. I’m anxious to post something though, because it’s been a while. I have been working, but in a non-linear habit, even more than usual. The results of about 5 projects are still unresolved, but I’ve learned to trust that plugging away at work continually, eventually it all comes together. Just try and aniticipate when!  With only a few minutes to spare now and then off the computer,  this two-part piece is the ideal thing to work on. Sometimes an idea goes off  in a direction of its own and it’s not always agreeable to the initial plan, but I’m not as concerned about when it comes together. I only trust that it will.


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