When the Going Gets Tough, Walk Away for a While

I started this painting -- Grain Elevator No. 11 -- in early January. The painting and I have been through a lot together. I didn't like the angles. I didn't like the colors. I didn't like the new colors. I didn't like the shadows. I couldn't fix the shadows. I didn't like the area to the lower right. And so on.

So I set this one aside for a few days. When I came back to it, I made a few modest changes and -- voila -- we were friends again.

I hope you enjoy it. 20"X20"

Plain and Simple

Some time ago, I read Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee. It's a breathtakingly tragic collection of accounts of Native American tribes. It's beautifully and honestly written. For all the pain to be felt reading it, there's plenty of room for discovery, as I found. Turns out, I have a fair amount of Native American blood.

Shortly after reading Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, I drove across the country. I stopped and visited several places in the southwest that figured prominently in the book. It was thoroughly enjoyable.

This painting depicts dwellings for plains tribes, not what I saw in the southwest. Either way, with all that's happened with the Dakota Access Pipeline and the protests at Standing Rock, this painting filled an emotional need.

And it seems to fit rather well with some of my other paintings. I hope you enjoy it.

This painting has sold.

A Sweet Show in Winston-Salem

At last you can check out my paintings, drink coffee and enjoy sweet, masterful delicacies at the same time! Beginning March 3rd, Camino Bakery in downtown Winston-Salem will exhibit my paintings for the month of March.

There will be a small and casual opening on Friday, March 3, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be free cupcakes while they last. I plan to be there for the opening, but there's no "official" opening. Just an opportunity to get together with people who are interested in my work.

I hope to see you!

The Evolution of Ability

I've had a few days off over the holidays. The time off has afforded me the chance to finish a couple of paintings and start a couple more. I don't have any shows right now, so the paintings I finish are basically taking up space. There are six or seven of my paintings hanging up around my house, but I started to wonder if I need to rotate in new works.

Part of this thought is because it might be nice to see something different hanging up, but more of it has to do with realizing my painting ability has come a long way in the years since I originally hung up some of those older paintings.

I'm willing to take more risks with my paintings and I'm less concerned when I make a mistake. I feel more confident in my ability to correct issues.

This is a good thing, I believe. I love my paintings, and I'm honored that people have loved my older paintings enough to want them in their homes. But I would be troubled and might even give up painting if I felt I'd reached the limits of my ability. Or that I was so satisfied with my work that I didn't feel the desire to push myself further.

Here's my latest two paintings. The top one is large. I call it "Telephone Lines." The second one is called "Sunny Side," and is in the running for my favorite painting I've done.

The top painting has sold.

"Boxcars of Dead Trains"

This the fourth and final painting I'm submitting for the Winter Show at the GreenHill Gallery. I will be turning the paintings over to the folks at GreenHill later this week. I'm very excited about this show.

I was pleasantly surprised to find my Green Giants painting was a Curator Pick for the push email promoting the show. It's an honor to be recognized by these fine people.

Glad to have these paintings finished. I have some great big canvases waiting to come to life.

This painting has sold!

The Train has Left the Station

This might be my favorite painting I have done. I pulled it from a photo of a train station. I don't think I could have chosen a better color for the roof. The red is so vibrant against the blue/gray sky. There's a storm coming, but that roof couldn't care less.

I hope you enjoy it. This is the third painting I'll be submitting for the Winter Show at the Green Hill Center.

This painting has sold.

The Power of the Tower

There are several structures I find really attractive: Barns, mills, grain elevators. And now the water tower has made its way onto this list. I painted this from a photo. On the whole, I like this painting. I actually painted the body of the water tower about three different ways. I settled on this showing of the progression of highlights to shadows.

Hope you like it!

This painting has sold!