Sunday, July 11, 2010

'Cherries and Wine'

From New Paintings

8" x 10" oil on panel

The wine glass was a tough subject, but I think it turned out well. Lot of glare in the photo even though I took this one outside...I have another show coming up in August and one in October so I'm trying to create few to choose from. They ARE for sale though so let me know if you want one.


6" x 8" oil on panel

On the advice of another artist's website, I tried taking my photos outside in the shade as opposed to inside under artificial light. This does seem to cut down on the glare, but the colors still do not come through as bright as they are in person. Even after adjusting them with Picasa. I love the turquoise against the crimson...

Friday, July 9, 2010


9" x 12" Oil on Canvas

Guess there are worse things I could do while the wife's away. I did eat a pretty large sandwich with prime rib, pepperoni, hot peppers, provolone, and marinara...And the other half of that lime - I stuffed it in a beer. By Erik Time standards, it's gettin crazy over here...

Ran out of 8" x 10" panels so I had to put this on a 9" x 10". This would look really nice with a thick black frame around it. As usual, the photo looks like it was taken with a disposable so imagine clear, bright colors and no glare.

'Lean on Me'

8" x 10" oil on panel

Or, 'lime and orange on aluminum pan under track lighting,' if you prefer. Again, my photo is horrible...too much glare and the painting looks ten times better in person.

Painting a subject first hand as opposed to staring at a computer screen is much more challenging and, as a result, much more rewarding. I'm beginning to think painting first hand is more artful (if that's a word), as well. I think I'm going to try and shift more toward outdoor painting and still life. I'm looking into travel easels at the moment. In fact, I need to up my bid on ebay...

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

'Recent Framed Paintings'

Framed paintings below are $150 plus shipping. Leave a comment or email: for purchase.

8" x 10" Oil on canvas


8" x 10" Oil on canvas
$150 with frame

'West Leigh and Hancock'

8" x 10" Oil on panel

'The Golden Road'

8" x 10" Oil on Canvas

All above framed paintings are $150 plus shipping. Leave a comment or send an email: for purchase.

'Alaska Highway'

8' x 10' Oil on Panel

I Went with a monochromatic color scheme of Phthalo Blue and white to create a dreary, wet sort of feeling. The photo that I worked from came from my wife's photos from her tour of Alaska last summer. I like how the road curves to the right and the mountains extend to the left suggesting that the road probably follows the base of the mountains.

Friday, July 2, 2010

'Porter 2.0'

11' x 14' Oil on HD Canvas
Commissioned - Sold

I couldn't sleep last night knowing that you were unhappy with Porter...I was totally discombobulated. But, I really worked to see your point and I think I understand. Pets are members of the family. I know because I have a dog of my own. Painting dogs/pets is a touchy business, maybe more so than painting people. If the glint in the eye is not perfect, it's still a dog, but it's not YOUR dog...It took me a while to come to grips with this, but I understand. With that said, I'm not sure what else I can do aside from repainting the background purple once the yellow dries.

What I did was remove the highlights along the gum - I agree that they took away from the teeth, which should be a center of focus for a German Shepard. I moved the gum up a little and toned down the highlights on the tongue because they distracted from the teeth as well. I increased the size of the teeth, brightened the highlights, and darkened the area around the teeth to make them more visible.

I tried to make the snout appear longer by pulling Porter's smile back and adding some highlights along the side of the muzzle. But the portrait is not a side profile so it is tough to make the snout appear as long as it is. Aside from that, I softened some lines around the edges and added some more yellow highlights.

Hope you like it better this time...Otherwise, I'll have what I consider a beautiful portrait of Porter hanging in my house...

Thursday, July 1, 2010


11" x 14" Oil on HD Canvas
Commissioned -Sold

What can I say? Some paintings just paint themselves...This is a little more realistic than I had intended and the background may not be the color that you want it to be, but I don't know what else would work...I really like the way it turned out.

I can paint your dog too!