Plein Aire painting of Atoka Lake

I love to paint outdoors, and capture the feel of a landscape on site. This is a plein aire (outdoors on site) painting that I did awhile back of the trees at Atoka Lake in Oklahoma. I was fascinated by the textures of the lichen growing on the bark, and wanted to show it. IfContinue reading “Plein Aire painting of Atoka Lake”

Whoo Hoo! (Got Juried In)

Okay, I am very excited. My art got juried in at a local gallery: ArtWorks in Big Rapids, Michigan. I just talked with one of the artists there on the phone and my art will soon be hanging in their gift gallery.  Word on the street here in West Michigan is that they do prettyContinue reading “Whoo Hoo! (Got Juried In)”

His Love (painting)

A couple of months ago I painted a painting that reflects my heart and my faith. Here it is:  I call it “His Love” (oil, 18 X24 on canvas board). It reflects to me the essence of God’s tender, nurturing love. I recently sent it along with two other paintings to be juried at aContinue reading “His Love (painting)”

Spring Road in Michigan

The other day, I noticed that there is a LOT of purple and green in the Michigan landscape. So, I set out to create a painting that reflects this: The real painting isn’t quite this purple in real life (this is a not-so-good photograph with glare; I need to learn how to take better picturesContinue reading “Spring Road in Michigan”

On painting landscapes

Mountain Stream, Pennsylvania  Oil, 16 X 20 on canvas boardI love to paint landscapes. I enjoy trying to capture the feel of water rushing over rocks, and the soft greens, yellow greens and grays of trees; or in winter, the russet browns and yellow ochres. On a trip to Pennsylvania two years ago, I tookContinue reading “On painting landscapes”

Public Enemy Number One for the Michigan Artist

I love to paint plein aire, or on-site, landscapes. I recently moved to Michigan from Texas, where I congratulated myself frequently for my ability to sit in the hot (110 degree) sun and paint under conditions where the turpentine would evaporate in minutes, even in the shade.  I looked forward to painting the lush greensContinue reading “Public Enemy Number One for the Michigan Artist”

The Church Picnic

I’ve almost finished this painting, called “The Church Picnic”. This painting was inspired by the experiences of a good friend of mine who left a very conservative Mennonite church (very, very similar to the Amish). While the culture is simple, and is often idealized, the severe restrictions and even abuse of members of these ordersContinue reading “The Church Picnic”