Pears and Brass

I visited my hair stylist the other day. Next door is a wonderful antique/thrift shop and I found this brass urn. Set up my still life and painted it from life. The grapes are kind of wrinkly now, but they did their job well. Pears and Brass Urn 9x20" oil on canvas; $450 ready to frame

Feel free to rise

We are so held up by our fears, concerns and personal challenges that sometimes we forget to fly. Sometimes we can fly, but we need some space for take off. Sometimes we can fly, but the water of our life is holding us back. Maybe we've gotten in too deep. Life is that water that feeds us, and yet also drags us back sometimes. If we gaze upward and don't lose sight of what we can be, then we will ascend. Ascension 8x10 oil on canvas

Night Skies

I'm actually humming "O Holy Night" under my breath, but the title is Abandoned Road. It's night, a hint of moonlight, the trees are starting to go to sleep for their winter rest. The track glows with the light of the moon. This painting is ready to be framed. Abandoned Road 8x10" oil on linen

Photography and Art

There's a reason I don't make a habit of using my smart phone to photograph my artwork. The main reason is that the smart phone may be able to recognize my voice, interface with social media and call my friends as well as let me "find" it via GPS; BUT it's not the right tool when I want you to have an accurate look at my work. This is a portrait I'm working on. Pretend you're the parents of this beautiful child. Would you rather have the smart phone version or the "good camera" version? Hint: the good camera version is the one that reproduces the painting as it looks on the easel. The iPhone version is rather contrasty, and the result is a blotchy looking painting.  If I were my client, I'd be wondering why I'm paying a painter for this and hoping it looks better in person than it does on my screen.  This is photographed with the good camera.  The colors and contrast are more accurate and the overall look is one of fine art.  This is what I would like my clients to see.  I have a 5 second process of measuring the quantity of the light falling on the painting, then measuring the quality of the light falling on the painting.  The end result is to allow the tiny computer in the camera match reality to the best of it's ability.