Saturday, January 26, 2013


Now's the time to block out your schedule for serious study and personal artist growth. I have two workshops scheduled this Spring.

"In Celebration of Nature" at Wenmohs Ranch 
March 20-22, 2013

Located in the foothills of the Texas Hill Country, the Wenmohs Ranch is a working cattle ranch that has been in the family for eight generations. It is located in Cypress Mill, Texas, which is west of Austin and north of San Antonio, just off Highway 281 between Marble Falls and Johnson City. In recent years, the ranch has become popular as an artists' retreat and school, including an annual meeting of the Outdoor Painters Society each spring.

 Emerging from an underground river outside the Ranch, Cypress Creek gets its name from the giant Cypress Trees that line its banks as it ambles for over a mile through the ranch. Painting and photography opportunities abound with each step along the creek's banks. Guests also enjoy the opportunity to paint and photograph Texas Hill Country scenery, including flowing hayfields, freshly cut hay bales, rolling pastures, roaming cattle, and winding country roads. Year round flora and fauna, including abundant wildflowers in the spring, provide almost unlimited artistic opportunities.

Contact: Dena Wenmohs

"In Celebration of Nature" at Creekhaven Inn
May 13-16, 2013 

Creekhaven Inn is providing a unique workshop experience with an all inclusive package opportunity where your fee includes the workshop tuition, luxurious accommodations, an opening reception. meals and taxes. This provides artists the opportunity to be a part of a community coming together for four days of artist growth, sharing, hard work and relaxation along the banks of Cypress Creek.

Contact: Bill or Pat Appleman

More information will become available about both of these workshops in the near future.

Friday, January 4, 2013


Out with old, in with the new. I spent the better part of the holidays managing the Holiday Art sale which turned out to be a great success. It drove nearly 10,000 viewers to my website and I gained 85 new subscribers to my monthly newsletter.

Before I move forward into the new year, I will take time over the next week to reflect on 2012. I will share my top 10 artists who influence my work and the top 10 artists I think you should be watching. Some of the young people in this country have so much talent at such an early age and with the internet have created enormous followings in a very short time.

But for today I will just share one of four paintings I have entered into the Plein Air Southwest Salon. I painted this retired harvester last summer near Hillsboro, Texas. There is a John Deer harvester dealer next to the highway and in the back lot they keep about a dozen of these relics.

"No More Harvests"  9" x 12" 

I painted this in the middle of the big heat wave we had during the summer. The heat forced me to paint quickly and I kind of like the results. I got a really bad case of chiggers in the process as well.