Friday, November 30, 2012


For the first time ever I am having a holiday art sale. I have carefully chosen twelve original oil paintings to sell. Why twelve you ask? Because "The Twelve Days of Christmas" is one of my favorite holiday tunes. It is second to my all time favorite "Little Drummer Boy". The sale will start tomorrow, December 1st, and I will post a new painting each day for twelve days on this Blog, on Facebook and on Twitter until all twelve are online. Then they will remain on sale until December 31st at which time I will return them to my inventory and pull them from the sale.

Most of the paintings are 9" x 12" but there are a couple 8" x 10"s and two that are 11" x 14". All of the paintings were painted en plein air (on location). All are framed in either gold or black. The prices range from $325 to $425 which represents a 50% to 75% savings off the retail price. You can purchase the paintings unframed if you like and the price for framed or unframed will be listed. The cost of shipping is included in the sales price.

As a holiday treat I am including my 2013 "In Celebration of Nature" calendar with each purchase. This is a beautiful 8 1/2" x 11" wall calendar that features twelve paintings, some of which have already found their way into private collections. You can preview and purchase additional copies of the calendar elsewhere on this blog.

All twelve paintings are available for preview on my website,, but will only be available for purchase here on the blog. I will be using Paypal as the only method of payment. Once I receive an email confirmation from Paypal I will ship your painting within two business days.

Happy shopping everybody!

Sunday, November 11, 2012


Ghost Ranch country in Abiquiu, New Mexico

In October I joined seven other painters from Texas, Arizona and Colorado for five days of painting at Ghost Ranch in northern New Mexico. Ghost Ranch is famous for several reasons but is known mostly because it is where Georgia O'Keefe lived and painted for most of her career. It has also served as the backdrop landscape for many major movies including "City Slickers" and "Silverado".

 From l to r: Bob Rohm, Fran Ellisor, Steve Atlinson, Morris Reese, Jeanette Stutzman, Jane Christie, Dave Bates and Rusty Jones

This was my first trip to Ghost Ranch but it won't be my last. The only negative was not having any cell service, internet or TV. It was kind of like living on Mars for a week.

First morning and first painting. Right after breakfast on the first day I headed to the valley at the back of the property and did this 12" x 16" appropriately titled "Off to a Good Start". Unfortunately it was a lot 
like scoring a birdie on the first hole in a round of golf. There's no way to go but down and I struggled the rest of the day.

  "Off the a Good Start"  12" x 16"  oil/linen

"O'Keefe's Place"  8" x 16"  oil/linen

One morning we were given permission to paint on Georgia O'Keefe's property. I spent most of the day here, producing three paintings.

"Dry Gully"  12" x 16" oil/linen

As the wind picked up in the afternoon I found refuge in a deep gully. The plein air easel I'm using is a new brand from Plein Air Pro. I like the palette being separate from the panel holder and it has a custom designed turp cup that fits right in the front. I have a Best Brella attached to provide shade. I thought for sure I would have problems with the wind, but it all worked out well and I got a good painting done.

Steve Atkinson knocks out another good one.

Morris Reese is one of my favorite people to paint with. Knowledgeable, talented and one funny guy.

This was Bob Rohm's 22nd annual trip the Ghost Ranch. He is normally teaching a workshop so having five days just to paint was a real joy for him.

Fran Ellisor had to survive an early morning mishap when the wind destroyed her easel. But being the trooper that she is, repairs were made and painting continued.

Jeanette Stutzman join us from Colorado. She was a blast to be around and a really talented plein air pastelist.

"Ghost Ranch Colors"  12" x 16"  oil/linen

My painting of the scene photographed above. This is right at the front of the property as you drive in from the highway.

Took one day away from painting to do a little fishing with my good friend Dave Bates.

"Cottonwood Crossing"  12" x 16"  oil/linen

On my drive home I took a different route back to Texas that took me through Taos and down through Mora. The cottonwoods were magnificent and I couldn't resist the temptation to stop and do one more painting.