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Setting Up a Pepper Still Life for Painting

Setting Up a Pepper Still Life for Painting

  Painting from life is a great way to keep those observational skills sharp and is a useful skill to learn. It is a tool that should be in every artist’s tool box right next to photography. All throughout my artistic career I’ve¬†always created from […]

The Complete Artichoke Trio

The Complete Artichoke Trio

  I’m pleased to announce the completed artichoke trio. Painting artichokes is a lot of fun, and by fun, I mean work. But people love them, so I will probably paint a few more eventually. For now though, I’m going to stop at 3. Two […]

Negro Bill Canyon

Negro Bill Canyon

  The hike up Negro Bill Canyon to Morning Glory Arch in Moab is a really beautiful 4 mile round trip hike. The trailhead recently got a name change to Grandstaff Trailhead, but the canyon itself is still named Negro Bill Canyon. I read somewhere […]

The Long Awaited Second Artichoke

The Long Awaited Second Artichoke

  Well, I told you I’d paint more artichokes eventually, and here they are. For whatever reason, people seem to absolutely love the artichokes. Maybe it’s because the hearts are so tedious to paint. Getting all of those thin lines perfectly shaded is a serious […]

Porcupine Ridge

Porcupine Ridge

  This is one of my favorite photos lately. It was taken from our campsite on Porcupine Ridge and overlooks Castle Valley, Utah. I’ve entered it in a calendar photo contest and would love to win. The competition is steep and I could use your […]

The Complete Yellow Onion Series

The Complete Yellow Onion Series

  Here it is, the complete yellow onion series! While I did really enjoy painting these onions, I’m also really glad I’m done for now. I’ve discovered that yellow onions are hardly yellow at all. There was far more pink and orange than I expected. […]

Genesee Country Village

Genesee Country Village

  I was apparently still in still life mode on a recent visit to the Genesee Country Village and Museum in Mumford, New York. Most of my photos consist of all of the beautiful old paraphernalia people used to keep in their homes. It is […]

The Last Yellow Onion

The Last Yellow Onion

  I’m relieved to be done with onions for the moment as this set of 9 onions is now finished. They’re really interesting to paint and far more colorful than I expected. Though, at times I was thoroughly annoyed with all of those colors. For […]

Photographing Lightning

Photographing Lightning

  Call me silly, but I’m super excited to have finally captured my first lightning photos. These were taken on a whim. It was storming a few nights ago as I was getting ready for bed so I decided sleep could wait. Since I hadn’t […]

8th Yellow Onion Finished

8th Yellow Onion Finished

For some reason, I thought it was Tuesday all day today. I very leisurely varnished this painting and set it aside to dry. Then tonight as I put the kids to bed, realized that it was in fact Thursday and I hadn’t taken any photos, […]