Saturday, February 18, 2017

2017 Study of Colors

For each month of 2017 and into 2018 I will be doing a study of a particular color of the colorwheel along with finishing a couple of paintings that I have already started.  I will be giving a brief history of where the colors originated and doing a painting of those colors.  The months and colors are listed below so stay tuned for the first of these paintings....
January 2018....White

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

"Pavo Manibus Reliquit"

"Pavo Manibus Reliquit"

This is Latin for Peacock Hand Left.  I have been out of work for 6 weeks due to right arm surgery. My daughter suggested I try to do an abstract with my left hand.  I did impressionism instead, she is a 24x48 palette knife oil painting on canvas. This one is for sale for $400.00 if anyone is interested, just contact me through my email posted at the right.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Dry Brush Technique....
     An interesting concept that was brought to life by artisans in the marketplace that needed a quick yet dry to the touch way of painting portraits.  The concept...1 tube of oil paint, any color, but more common color is black plus sewing machine oil and watercolor paper.  That is it.  This is my practice piece.  Just an apple, something simple, it took an hour.

It gives a rough look in the light areas so I will have to find a way to smooth it out.  Check out this website to view some amazing dry brush portraits by Igor Kazarin.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

"Centenis" from the beginning


I first start with a sketch. For this painting, I am going to do an underpainting first before I lay in color.

This is what I use for my underpainting.  I like Gamblin paint because it is creamier than others however you will see me use other paints because I am an art supply hoarder and cannot pass up a clearance sale.

After 1.5 hours, I have nice idea of where the shading and composition will be and it gives me an opportunity to change something before color goes on.


Another 2 hours into it I like to start laying down color in the background first.  This gives me a sense of what I would like to do with the subject.  I have also added more lights and darks to the giraffe (but not color)

I have watched a tutorial on realistic fur from Jason Morgan. So I am going to try his technique. I put a thin glaze over the giraffe and let that dry until the next day and I keep working the background,  My glaze is made with Liquin and a small amount of my paint. That must dry before I do anything else to her.

Today I only put another layer of glaze on the giraffe and let it dry til tomorrow.

Well I hope this works because right now she is ugly and I am nervous.  I lay in small strokes of fur in white.  I used titanium white but next time I will use zinc white because it is the most transparent of the white family.  I have almost completed the background, I will probably not do anything else to it until I get most of the giraffe done.  I may need to blur it a bit more because I want the contrast of a crisp clear giraffe in front of a blurry background.

This is all I have for now......more to come later....

Friday, November 4, 2016

I have been away too long....

Its been 3 years since I have painted anything and this week I started 2 new paintings, I am currently updating my posts and learning the new features of this website.  I will be posting soon....

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


30x48 oil on canvas, private collection
I took some pictures of the eagle at the Montgomery zoo and came up with
this composition. The eagle is reaching down to grab the viewer. This is not my normal
style but I enjoyed trying something new.  

Sunday, April 6, 2014

"Leonis Magnus"

2013 "Leonis Magnus" oil on canvas
private collection.

He is my favorite so far and is hanging in my living room.  This is Daniel the Lion from the Montgomery Zoo.  It is a 36x36 oil on canvas.  The mane is not as good as I would have liked it to be but all in all, it is a good painting.

Monday, September 24, 2012


"Elephantus" 36x48 oil on canvas, 2012, private collection.
Another elephant from the Montgomery zoo painted in cool and warm tones. Will enter him in the energen art competition in January.

Friday, August 17, 2012

"Olivia lawrence"

16x20 oil on canvas, practice piece #2 and 1st official portrait painting
This is Olivia Lawrence, a beautiful girl that attends church with me that has a sweet spirit about her and I was so glad to be able to practice my skill on her.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

2012 Energen art competition

My Painting of "Zues" Montgomery zoo's white tiger was chosen to participate in the 2012 Energen Art Competition. Although he did not win any prizes it was still an honor to be chosen and have him hang on the wall with other great artists from Alabama during March 12th to 23rd. If you get a chance to be in Birmingham during that time, stop by and view all the artwork, the plaza is open 8 to 5, monday thru friday.

Friday, November 4, 2011


18x24 acrylic ink on gesso board, 2011
This is Raphael revised edition. I changed the background from ink to acrylic and used my palette knife. Also added a few light colors to the subject. Raphael is the baby giraffe at the Montgomery zoo.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

"Fall Up"

"Fall Up"
18x24 oil on canvas, framed, 2011, sold.

The original photo was taken by Alicia Morrison and I got her permission to paint this beautiful fall tree. I love the composition of a squirrels eye view looking up the tree. Fall is a favorite time of year for me and I am glad I persevered to the end with this one. That statement will make sense if you read my previous post.


30x30 oil on canvas, 2011, sold.

As an artist I have learned that most paintings go through the garbage stage. Meaning at one point in the life of your painting, you will want to throw it in the garbage! Don't do that. Underneath this colorful painting is a sad black and white painting that never got to show its face because in total frustration and a weak moment, I took my palette knife and covered it... and this beautiful painting emerged. Well, now when the garbage stage is upon me I will have to decide do I persevere and finish what I started or do I take the risk of covering what could be great and create a new idea. So I decided for now that every great idea should have a chance to be finished so with a renewed mind and determination not to fail I have revived my black and white painting on another canvas with a new twist which I think is much better than the first.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

"Elijahs Cow"

"Elijah's Cow"
20x24 acrylic on canvas, commission, 2011
I painted this cow for a sweet boy at our church who keeps us all in stitches. This cow is owned by his paw paw and her name is crazy girl.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

"Primary Tulips"

"Primary Tulips"
2011 Acrylic Ink on Gesso Board
Another Tulip painting using more of the primary pallete and the bright inks that I love.