Saturday, April 16, 2016

Spring exhibition in Colorado

The gallery that represents my work shared these photos with me yesterday, some lovely paintings from their spring group show,  called “Springing Forth".

Below are just a few of the paintings featured....
Embracing the Sun on Purple 
24X18                Acrylic on panel

Tulips Bathed in Light  
16X20                    Acrylic

Old Trunks and Branches  
24X36                        Acrylic

 I'm getting to hang with some really great artists. Show runs through till June 9th. Stop by the gallery or get on the phone and grab a bit of spring?

For more information, please visit the gallery at 211 Midland Avenue in Basalt, call 970.927.9668 or inquire at  Or check out the online catalog here -

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Painting workshop in Nashville

Last week I spent most of the week in Nashville, TN teaching a workshop. It was my first time to that part of the country,  so I was looking forward to exploring Tennessee.
I teach about one workshop a year, focusing the rest of my efforts on paintings and shows. I really enjoy to teach, but boy, is it exhausting but so much fun meeting so many other talented artists and learning their stories and art! The focus is very different; teaching and sharing methods, compared to a very insular journey of self expression. To this I feel my balance is right in keeping the teaching opportunities to a minimum; to that end they often fill quickly, and this session was at maximum capacity.

The night before the workshop we held a demonstration evening. I always enjoy that process, many artists I know hate to paint in front of an audience, but for me I seem to enjoy the attention? :-)

The demonstration lasted about 2 hours and I think it went well despite some confusion, on which way the light was hitting my subject. At times I painted the shadow falling to the right, while on other objects, the light hit from another direction!  Sometimes the talent of talking and painting simultaneously, shuts down a few of my cognitive abilities. In truth it probably made for good comedy, ultimately I fixed the light source problem and and I think the demo painting turned out well.

the final demo night painting

The following three days were spent working with each student, teaching methods that I employ when tackling painting subjects; as well as getting to know their styles, strengths & weaknesses. I think they all did great!   During the workshop we also had time for some little exercises which everyone seemed to enjoy.

Thanks to Warehouse 521, in Nashville TN, for hosting a great event !

the class

Another workshop is scheduled in November in Michigan, and I look forward to that, you can find out a little more here,  
and book a place at this site
or tel. 231-9419488.

 studying our color tests

 demo'ing again

 some of the class (all working harder than me)

Monday, April 4, 2016

Something to do in Nashville?

If you're in Nashville, this Wednesday night (April 6th), why not stop by Warehouse 521 (521 Heather Place, Nashville, Tennessee 37204 tel 615-337-2570) and see a painting demonstration? Should be a fun evening!

A tall sprawling mess of complexity

Loved painting the tall sprawling mess of this Chrysanthemum flower arrangement. It gave the whole painting so much energy, and set the tone for much of the overall design and brush work. Using this tall thin aspect of canvas (or panel), makes for such interesting still life arrangements and designs.

 Tall Chrysanthemums Watermelon & Pears
36X18             Acrylic on panel