Tuesday, October 26, 2010


"Moran Point" 9" x 12" oil/linen

I have had the good fortune of being invited
to participate in two miniature shows
next month. For the fourth year in a row
I will be showing at the Collectors Covey
miniature show in Dallas. This is one of
the most highly anticipated shows each year
with internationally famous artists like
Bob Kuhn, Ken Carlson, John Cowen,
Clyde Apevig, Len Chimel, Ralph Olberg,
Matt Smith and Frank Serrano showing
their smaller works. I am so proud
to be a part of this esteem group of painters
and sculptures each year. The painting displayed
above is a plein air piece from my summer trip
to the Grand Canyon.

"Ranch House" 9" x 12" oil/linen

For the second year in a row I have been
invited to participate in the Whistle Pik
miniature show in Fredericksburg. Whistle
Pik is one of the finest galleries in the state
and the group of artists showing this year
is as strong as ever. I am really looking forward
to seeing this show.

This painting was done as part of the Southwest
Art magazine's "My World" series and was
published last year. Time for the painting to find
a good home.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


"Charlie's Pasture" 10" x 20 oil/c

I spent this past weekend at the Coastal
Paintout in Port Aransas, TX sponsored by
Port A Gallery. The three-day event is one
of my favorites because of the many great
memories I have of wading and flyfishing
for redfish in the many flats that line the
Texas coast.

"Moorings Pagota" 9" x 12" oil/linen

I produced eight paintings over two and
half days
of painting. Saturday was the
Quick Draw and show opening which was
well attended.

"Woody's in Morning Light" 9" x 12" oil/linen

This painting won the People's Choice Award.
This is the third year in a row I have
won the award.
Woody's is one of the island's
landmark locations. It is the epicenter of the
Marina where all things boating or fishing takes
place. I've been going to Woody's since I was
10 years old. I really miss the old weathered
building that use to be Woody's.

Port Aransas has everything an artist can ask
for in a painting location. It has the beach with
sand dunes, boats of all kinds and shapes including
sailboats, shrimpers, tugboats and the big
tankers that make their way up the ship channel.

"At the Jetties Looking South" 8" x 10"

The jetties is always a great place
to paint. When the clouds are in the sky
an early morning sunrise painting is
a real challenge. There is always
an abundance of bird life, fishermen,
the beach and, of course, the ocean.

While painting at the jetties with
LaNell Arndt and Bob Rohm,
the Corpus Christi paper sent a
reporter/photographer to cover the event.
Ended up with my picture in the paper
and a video interview on their webcast.
You can see the video by going to www.caller.com
and going to the video section.

All-in-all and really good weekend.

Friday, October 8, 2010

NEW 35 on 35

"Paint in the Afternoon" 18" x 24" oil/linen

Having completed the smaller 8" x 10"
and 9" x 12" paintings I have moved
into the final stages of the 35 on 35 paintings.
This paint was grazing just outside of
San Antonio one afternoon. I do very
few animal paintings but I couldn't pass
this one up. I apologize ahead of time to
all those friends of mine who
paint horses. I'll let this one dry then
go back into it to correct the anatomy.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Back in the studio this week after
teaching a five-day plein air workshop
in Wimberley, Texas deep in the heart
of the Hill Country. The weather was
perfect which always makes for a more
pleasant experience.

I had a really good group of students
being the eager sponges that they were.
Full of questions and anxious to paint.
I have discovered that workshops kind
of follow a pattern. There's the initial
excitement of the students wanting to
"get after it" to quote Joshua Bean. By
day three there's the midweek lull when I'm
getting tired and students begin to question
why they're there. Then on day four light bulbs
start going off in the students' heads and by
day five it all comes together as the students
start to produce really nice work.

Here I am producing another demo on
day two. Up to this point we have been
doing black and white block ins. This
was the first day to slap on some color.

Roy Smith taking a breather.

Helping Melinda Mason move from
block-in to finish.

Roy making it happen at
Pedernales State Park.

Obviously saying something profound
and important to Sally and Melinda.