Saturday, January 25, 2014


Its not too late to get a 2014 Calendar. Back by popular demand my new calendar features twelve paintings, some are in private collections and a few are available through the galleries. The cost is $25 and that includes shipping. So if for any reason you haven't purchased a 2014 calendar yet or you would just like to gaze upon a new painting each month, now would be a good time to purchase one of my calendars and remember you have friends who need calendars as well.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


Now's the time to kick start the new year by attending a workshop. The new things you'll learn will stay with you throughout the year and in many cases...a lifetime. I still take workshops because there are some many artists whose work I admire, I just enjoy spending three or four days watching them paint and picking their brains for ideas and finding new approaches to my work. A workshop pulls me out of any rut I might be in and watching other artists solve the same problems I face every day always elevates the quality of my work.

I will be teaching a three day outdoor painting workshop on the beautiful Wenmohs Ranch in Central Texas next month...February 10-12th to be exact.

You will learn my approach to achieving success each time you step out of the comfortable studio and venture outdoors to paint. I will share my methods for finding locations, designing a painting and executing a successful outdoor study.

I hope you will join me and Dena Wenmohs in February and bringing a friend is even better. For more information or to reserve your spot contact Dena Wenmohs by calling 512-517-3453 or email her at

Below is my class schedule and supply list. Hope to see you in February.


Wenmohs Ranch
February 10-12, 2014Monday, Oct. 14

Monday, Feb. 10
9:00 a.m.: Introduction to plein air painting. Thirty minute introduction to the principles of painting outdoors followed by a demo.
12:00 noon: Break for lunch.
1:00 -2:00 p.m.: Four twenty minute studies with personal instruction.
2:00-4:00 p.m.: Continuation of twenty minute studies or a 2 hour completed painting, student’s choice. Personal instruction provided.
Location: Wenmoh's Ranch

Tuesday, Feb. 11
            9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Demonstration
            11:00-Noon.: Three Twenty minute studies
            Break for lunch
            1:00-4:00 p.m.: Students paint, personal instruction
            Location: Wenmoh's Ranch along the river

Wednesday, Feb. 12
            9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon: Students paint. Personal 
            Break for lunch
            1:00-4:00 p.m.: Demonstration or students paint. 
            Student’s choice.
            Location: Wenmoh's Ranch      


Portable easel: I use the En Plein Air Pro outdoor easel from I recommend getting a piece of glass cut to fit over the palette. Do not use plexiglass. It will scratch and leave grooves. Spray the back of the glass with a medium gray spray paint, then set it into place and sealed it with plumbers caulking. If you have any questions, please call me ahead of time. Don’t wait to start the workshop without your easel being prepared for use. The En Plein Air Pro also comes with a tripod, brush holder and its own custom designed resealable turp can that attaches to the easel.

Umbrella (Optional): An umbrella that attaches to the easel is not required but strongly suggested. I paint without an umbrealla 90% of the time, but when you need one…you need one. I suggest Best Brella at It fits on a variety of easels and is without question the best umbrella to have in windy conditions. I also carry the ShadeBuddy umbrella when my car is going to be close by. It is a much larger umbrella and many cases provides much needed shade from the heat. ves.

Canvas panels (not canvases): 4 to 8, 8” x 10” panels, 4-8, 9” x 12” panels. If you are already an outdoor painter feel free to bring larger panels but nothing larger than
11” x 14”. I suggest panels over canvases because they are easier to transport wet.

Panel Carrier: I recommend the plastic panel carriers from to carry wet paintings.

Turpentine: Odorless only!

Brushes: Hog bristle brushes or synthetics in sizes 4, 6 and 8. I use the Silver bristle and synthetic brushes from Princeton. I also use the hair brushes from Rosemary brushes.

Paint: Please purchase paint from known quality professional manufacturers like Windsor Newton, Grumbacher, Holbein or Rembrandt. At a minimum purchase one color of each primary (red, green, yellow and blue plus white)

My Pallette: Windsor yellow, yellow ochre pale, Cadmium yellow deep,    Cadmium Orange, Cadmium red light, Alizarin Crimson, Thalo green (blue shade), Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt blue (Pale), Cerulean Blue Hue, Burnt sienna,Titanium white, Mauve (blue shade, Windsor Newton).

Misc.: Baby wipes, bug spray, water bottle, plastic garbage bags, paper towels (Viva), sun tan lotion.


Edgar Payne, “Composition of Outdoor Paint”
Ted Goerschner,  “The Workshop Experience”
Kevin Macpherson, “Landscape Painting Inside and Out”
Richard Schmid, “Alla Prima-Everything I know About Painting”
Bob Rohm: “The Painterly Approach”
Colley Whisson, “Creating Impressionist Landscapes in Oil
Scott Christensen, “The Nature of Light”
James Reynolds, “The Landscapes of James Reynolds”
Jim Wilcox, “Canvassing the West”
Dan Gerhartz, “Not Far From Home”


David Curtis, “Capturing the Moment in Oils”
Richard Schmid, “Richard Schmid Paints the Landscape” all three DVDs
Bob Rohm, “The Oil Landscape”
Scott Christensen, “Painting Large Landscapes”
Scott Christensen, “Three Landscape Studies”

Sunday, January 5, 2014

CALIFORNIA DREAMING: Portfolio of Recent Works

This being the first weekend of the new year there is no better time to recommit to those important items such as writing a blog. I cannot believe it was September when I last entered a blog post, but it was and 2013 is already a distant memory. So now the new year begins and I need to get back in the saddle of posting regularly. I seem to remember a recent post in which I claimed I was going to post twice a week...silly me. All I can say is I am committed to making this blog an enjoyable and informative read.

To kick off the new year I thought I would share several paintings I have created after inspirational trips to the California Coast. Two trips were to Monterrey Peninsula and the Carmel/Big Sur areas. Another trip was to San Francisco/Wine Country areas. Enjoy.

"Towards Laguna"  12" x 16"  oil/linen
Available at Pitzer's Fine Arts

"Wine Country Farm"  18" x 24"  oil/linen
Available at Jones & Terwilliger Galleries

"Coastal Glare"  "18" x 24"  oil/linen
Available at Pitzer's Fine Arts

"Morning on the Point"  16" x 20"  oil/linen
Available at Pitzer's Fine Arts

"Sentinels Along the Creek"  oil/linen
Available at Jones and Terwilliger Galleries

"Rocky Point"  30" x 40"  oil/canvas
Available at Jones & Terwilliger Galleries

"Pacific Coast"  10" x 20"  oil/linen

"Old Veteran"  18" x 24"  oil/linen
Available at Pitzer's Fine Arts

"Sunrise on the Coast"  18" x 24"  oil/linen
Available at Jones and Terwilliger Galleries

"Poppies"  18" x 24"  oil/linen
Available at Pitzer's Fine Arts