Friday, March 11, 2016


It's been too long since I last posted here. No excuses. I do know that I've had a terrible time getting anything from my head onto a canvas. Absolutely dry. I would go to my studio with the best of intentions and then within 15 minutes I would create something that desperately needed gesso. So I would oblige. Then I would wait for another infrequent moment of creativity.

I received my shipment from Cheap Joe's and that may have helped me paint a complete and finished painting. I found some colors that I hadn't used before  and I bought two more of the Fibonacci brushes; I now have 30, 40, 70 and 100 mm sizes. They are really the only brushes I use.

Here's the painting I have been talking about. It's 16x20 acrylic on canvas. Yes, I know that's small for me but Aaron Bros isn't having one of their 3 for the price of 1 canvas sales right now. When they do, I'll get back to large.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The opening and then some

My show (shared with 2 other artists) was a success. I sold two painting and that's always a good thing. Now it's just a waiting game as the show goes on for another 2 1/2 weeks.

Here are the two paintings that I sold, one was a diptych. The price was $100 for each one. That's $140 for the artist and $60 for the gallery.
The two paintings with black frames, centered and divided by 3 vertical paintings were the diptych and the upper far right was the second one.

I was able to find a better shot of the diptych but not one of the other. I have too many images!

Here's the photo of Donna (Donna is one of the Tuesday Painters) as she was able to visit with us for a couple of great but too short hours. We're expecting her back with us full time !

And here's a painting by Marvey, a watercolor on 300# wc paper. I love the look of this one. It reminds me of something by David Hockney.

Here is one I just finished. I'm painting as quick as I can! My walls are bare as the paintings are all down at the art center.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Things that might interest

I haven't posted here for awhile but I have an excuse; I had some surgery and that kept me from thinking; even more than I usually 'don't'. Between the pain meds and the surgery, I was lucky to remember my name...

I've been working on the upcoming show. The show has my name on it but the Tuesday Painters deserve a whole lot of the credit for my being there. I wouldn't have had the courage to submit my work for the show if it weren't for the praise and criticism I've received from my friends over the years.

I should mention this new tool I picked up while shopping at Ellis Art.  It's the Liquitex Painting Knife #3. It cost something close to $15, but it's been worth every penny of it. I have a much longer knife but I tend to drag my knuckles into the paint when I use it. This one is just the right size for me.

I'm not a paid sponsor for anything...but I would love to be! Anyway, some thoughts about Liquitex. Their Basic series of student grade acrylics seem to have as much pigment or more than Cheap Joe's line of student grade paints, Prime acrylics. I use a lot of paint because of the way I paint. Expressionism doesn't let me skimp on paint. So, I need cheap acrylics with the most pigment. If I had an unlimited budget, I would be using Golden Paints and only Golden. I think they are the 'Cadillac' of acrylics. Can we even use 'Cadillac' as a standard of excellence these days? How about Golden is the 'Tesla' of acrylics?  

I missed posting some photos because of the afore mentioned surgery. Here are some of them from 2? weeks ago.

Here's a shot of Betty working on painting of one of her new cats.

Here's Marvey at her easel. Marvey and I are recent converts to using an easel. I think she bought the same model as I did. This is not it... this is one from an adjacent classroom.

You may recognize the painting...

You can't create good art without sustenance.
And Katie creates good art...

You have to recognize this beautiful work as one from Marie...

Last is this wonderful ocean scene by Sue

There might have been a few others but I couldn't find them. What is missing for sure are the paintings from Donna...we really need her around here!

Late entry... here is one I finished last night and will go in the show. It is 32x48 acrylic on canvas

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Saw my name...

The show date is coming up. And I had a conversation with the art director yesterday, where he told me a little about the boards decision to include my paintings in this years show. He pointed to two paintings that they 'really' liked...

This one surprised me. I only knew of one other person that liked it, beside myself.

Then, there is this, I thought I was the only one that liked it.

So goes the life of an Abstract Expressionist. Ordinarily, it's a lonely life. What I love about the painting is something I see in my head. The painting is an attempt by me to let you in to 'my head'. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Another post in short order...

I think it was just yesterday that I posted here and here I go again...

It's a series of shots (4) of the same painting, just rotated 90 degrees each time. It's a 30"x48" x1.5" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. I thought I had it finished on Monday but I spent some time with it on Tuesday and the painting convinced me that I wasn't through. Last night I was certain that I should simply gesso over the darn thing and start again. Some may say that I should have followed through with that, but I didn't and I'm glad.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Another Studio

Another one of the Tuesday Painters has favored me with some photos  of her studio; Katie. We went through some struggles as we tried to connect her phone to my my Mac via AirDrop. The connection was made and the photos are right here...I did not edit these photos and so we're seeing her 'studio' just as it is. I believe this is a chair with that fabulous watercolor of the hawk.

This is more like it. That chair is built for contemplation. And there's an Apple computer on the desk. It seems that every artist needs a computer, and Apple seems to be the preferred one. There's a watercolor on the floor, on the left hand side. Looks to be interesting.

It looks as if the exit is blocked

I'm not sure ?

Here's a better look at the watercolor of the hawk.

Today was a great day for me at the Tuesday Painters. I found out that I had been selected to be the 3rd artist in a 3 man show at the Art Center. More about that later...

Today, Katie was working on a new and quite large painting, a 36"x36" canvas. She is doing the piece all in watercolor. I've seen her do it before and she's quite good at it. I would have taken some pictures today so that you could see how well it's going, but I forgot my phone. Without a phone I was unable to shoot anything. Also, I saw her using an 1.5" brush and gave her my 3" Fibonnaci flat to use. I think I may have? mentioned this brush once before here. Pat was interested in the brush and so I gave her the link. Here it is for you. I have a 3" and a 2" flat wash and those are the brushes I use for everything.  

Saturday, January 2, 2016

More videos, of course

Since I learned that I can embed videos...I will embed some videos. I'm sure you saw this coming...

What I have here are 30 acrylic abstract demos by Sabine Belz and Zacher-Finet. I'm not sure about the relationship or even if there is a relationship. I do know that I have subscribed to separate YouTube channels.  Do they paint together?  I do know that I love their work. Maybe if I watch these more often I will understand who is painting and when.

Some things of interest

First, let it be known that I don't know how to do a good review. My reviews are on the order of "I like it. You should buy it. You will like it too." and that is what happens when I talk about the Fibonacci line of water color brushes. I have found these brushes to be astounding. True, I have only used the flats, but I have seen nothing but good reviews for the rounds. I only know that when I have my hand around the handle, it all feels right. And the brush seems to do more than I thought was possible. On the 'con' side, I use this wonderful watercolor brush with acrylics. Always. It doesn't hold a lot of paint when that paint is a thick bodied acrylic. Even so, I intend to buy more...maybe a round or two this this time.

I just found this post...I had written it but never posted here it is, a week or so late. Not that it makes any difference.

A video

I was browsing the video's on YouTube this morning and spotted this one. It has some interesting tips. You might like it...also it's from the Zacher-finet YouTube channel that has so many talented videos

 I also enjoy the fact that I can embed these videos in the page rather than inserting a link. It's much cleaner. And easier for you...

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Another painting before the end of the year?

Here's one that I finished today. it's acrylic paint on a 24"x36" 1.5" gallery wrapped canvas.

I'm asking for $280, tax included. Shipping additional.

I have one larger painting, 30"x48", that I'm working on. It's slow going as it's the largest painting I have ever tried. I'm getting close...but I doubt I will be able to finish it by tomorrow night. The painting itself will decide when it's complete.

Update; the larger painting is NOT complete. I never should have thought that I might be able to finish it. Here's a view of it as of 8 AM today. The answer to the question  is...I am working from left to right.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

An Artist

For some years now I have been receiving almost daily email updates from the artist, David Randall Tipton. He works in all mediums and he's proficient in all of them. He lives and works in Portland Oregon and his works often depict the shores. I believe he used to live and work work on the California coast; Mendocino. I shouldn't try and tell you about him; you should visit his blog and see for yourself. I visited again this morning and saw that he recently had some tragedy in his life; his mother died and his studio flooded.

And while you are there, you should get on his mailing list and see his work frequently.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Here's another...

Also forgotten in the shuffle is this 24" x 36" x 1 1/2" gallery wrapped canvas with some acrylic paint on it. Quite a bit of acrylic paint to be candid. I spent some time on it and it may have 3 or 4 paintings under what you see now. Despite the struggle, I like it. Very much. But I'm willing to sell it for $350 tax included. Shipping is extra.

Saturday, December 26, 2015


For some reason, I seem to have forgotten to post a photo of one of the paintings I have for sale. I would swear that I had posted, somewhere...if not here. Oh well, I can certainly do so now.

It's an acrylic painting on  24" x 36" x 1 1/2" gallery wrapped canvas. It has a title, but only because the Art Center wants one for the upcoming show. What's the title? Give me a minute...I'll come up with one. Okay, it's "Onslow Beach 1960" and it is selling for $560 tax included, shipping will  be additional.    

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Another Tuesday at the Art Center

Time to post some views from the latest Tuesday meeting.

Starting here with some acrylics from Betty

Pat is working on this watercolor

Sue with acrylic abstract

Marie with watercolors

Sue again
 Katie with watercolors

Me. I believe I'm baffled.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Are you a member?

The Chico Art Center is taking entries for the annual Members Showcase. This show will run from January 15th to February 5th. All members (in good standing) are invited to submit an application to show one (1) piece of their work; 2-D or 3-D. You should stop by the front desk and pick up a Prospectus/entry form and get ready to drop of you work on January 9th and 10th. Sadly, 2-D work is limited to 40" in any direction.

Regards the previous post...

As part of the aforementioned conversation, Gerhart Richter was mentioned and since he is one of my favorite artists, I decided to see if there were any decent videos that showed the range of his work. I found this one that you see below. It also gave me a chance to use my HTML skills which are getting rusty. Embedding code is quite easy these days. Below is a video from the Guardian website...

Art in the 21st Century

I was having an interesting discussion this morning with Marvey, about various artists. Art 21 came to my mind and I mentioned that program to her. Marvey hadn't heard of it and I thought that perhaps others hadn't heard of it as well. It's a great program that showcases artists in 10, 15 and 30 minute segments.  Here's the link to it.  \

Friday, December 4, 2015

Something new

During the past few years I've bought large canvas at Aaron Bros. whenever they had their three for the price of one sales. Now my task is to fill those canvas's with 'art'. Believe me, it's hard work! I've finished three so far and have four or five left.

Here's one that I'm beginning to like... 24"x36"x1 1/2" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Marie's art work for sale

20" by 16" watercolor on toned board... $100

50 percent of the price goes to support Catalyst Domestic Violence Services...

530-894-5682...for studio appointment. Small groups ok

Workspace photos

My polite nagging has paid off and I can now post some 'studio' photos from some of the other members of the Tuesday Painters. Most of us decline to call our work space a  'studio' and I agree with them. I can only jokingly call my space a studio. It's shrinking all of the time. At the present time it's a 6'x8' space in the garage with no walls to mark its boundaries. It started out as as 10'x12' space. I sometimes envy these painters with a work space in the house; even if it's a small space. At least they can be warm in the winter and cool during a heat wave.

Here's the workspace that Marie uses...

Some beautiful art comes from this small space...

Marie insists that this is her model for all of her figure studies

 Sue doesn't use models for her work. She paints spectacular seascapes and mountain lakes and fantastic abstracts as well.

This is where she paints. She says it's beginning to be a little cramped.

Here are some views from her workspace window.

This is the space for some future art and a reflection of her window view....

Monday, November 30, 2015

End of the month

It's been a few days since our last post here and what I have today is skimpy. We meet tomorrow as we usually and I assume that I will find something new to put up here.

In the meantime... an Artichoke by the talented very Katy. Watercolor on 140# cold pressed 11"x!4"

And then there is my final effort on this 24"x36"x1 1/2" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas.

$450 plus tax and shipping

               I'm still hoping to see some photos of the various studios of the 7 other painters that make up the Tuesday Painters. I've done my part and showed you the condition of my studio/disaster area.

               I am currently working on two 24"x36"x1 1/2" canvases, one 24"x30"x1 1/2" + a 24"x24"x1 1/2"...that's more than enough!