Wednesday, November 16, 2016

CHINA!

 First painting after a 2.5 hour bus ride and a 15 hour plane flight! (10x12) oil on linen

I've just returned from a 10-Day painting trip to southern China -- what an experience! I traveled there with several well-known American & Chinese-American painters. We all stayed together at a hotel in Kaiping, and took daily van trips to out-lying villages and rivers to paint...


 View from bridge in the village of Chikan...

The weather was warm and humid up to the last couple of days when we had a little rain; not bad for November! It was quite smoggy though, with a permanent haze that hung near the horizon and made for beautiful sunrises!

 Village boats at sunset (10x12) oil on linen

The population of course is huge, even in the smaller towns where we barely squeezed down tight streets filled with market shoppers...

 Residents in the village of Chikan...

It was cultural overload for sure, but pleasant and comfortable as our hosts and drivers made everything accessible and supplied our every need. With all the crowds, driving was chaotic and it was best to not watch as we headed down the 2-lane roads with 3 to 4 lanes of traffic! Cars and even scooters with whole families aboard were a common site...

 Painting in an abandoned village where most all of the residents have moved to the city for jobs, but maintain their village fields for gardening...

I was mostly fascinated by the quaint house boats that dotted the riversides; a very distinct look to these homes on the water that are unfortunately slated to be done away with if the government has it's way with it's gentrification program...


 Night scene on the river in Kaiping (10x12) oil on linen

We were treated to many fabulous meals with local artists and our hosts from the Kaiping Art Museum. Every day was divided between eating, painting and eating again in various restaurant locales...

 A wonderful lunch and dinner was put on by the owner of an art school out in the countryside...

while we were the only white westerners in sight, the locals were always friendly and curious toward us; these people seem to smile all the time! 

 A visit to a local middle school and all the beautiful faces!

 We were thronged for autographs even though we we nobodies!

 "The Chicken Whisperer" (12x10) oil on linen

Like any place, there were both city dwellers and country locals that made up the population; and though poverty was present, they all seemed to be contented and busy just living life -- no cardboard signs at the off ramps or pan-handlers begging for pocket change, and tipping was a no-no...


 A little peck on the cheek ;)

Of course they don't scrimp on anything during a meal -- every part (and I mean EVERY PART) of the meal was always included; chicken heads, pigeon heads, eel, etc. made each meal time an adventure!

 Announcement signage at the Kaiping Art Museum...

Our trip culminated with an evening show of our paintings at the Kaiping Art Museum where I sold one and donated another... gifts were presented to us from the Chinese artists and every one was interviewed by local newspapers and television!


House Boats at the Sunset (10x12) oil on linen

 More House Boats (10x12) oil on linen

I am still processing all that I experienced there, but I do know I would go back again for sure; it was one of the best trips I've ever taken and one that I will treasure for a lifetime!


A typical scene in a rural village of southern China...









Monday, October 24, 2016

 Nightingale (12x16) oil on linen

A couple more headed to the Coors Western Exhibition & Sale, opening in Denver January 2017...

 
Terra Cotta Dancer (14x11) oil

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Out Door Colour Sketching...


 Yamhill Valley (8x10) oil on linen


Even though I enjoy studio painting, my greatest exercise & teacher is getting outside to paint from nature. When I do larger, "finished" landscape paintings, they are usually started outside (if not completed there) but never begun from photographs -- I only reference a photograph if  I've actually started the work from life (or from a smaller plein air sketch).  There are just too many pitfalls working entirely from a photograph; most of which is the convenience of time to overwork and "render" a subject to death...


Evening Trees (6x8) oil on linen


Although time can be a task master it keeps us on track, and I often find the outdoor paintings I rush to complete usually retain that fresh spontaneity I'm hoping for.  If I can accept the raw energy of imperfect brush strokes, but get at least the approximate value and colour right, then I'm doing okay... Of course it can be much more challenging than it sounds, but it sure is worth the effort when it works out.





Thursday, September 22, 2016

Showcase at Maxwell Alexander Gallery

 Serenata (8x10) oil on panel SOLD

This week my Showcase feature opened at the Maxwell Alexander Gallery in Culver City, CA...here's the link:


 Desert Sentinel (16x20) oil on panel SOLD

I have 5 new paintings in the show along with fellow painter, Ray Roberts. Two pieces sold before the show opened, so please stop by if you're in the L.A. area before they're gone!


 Where I Am Going, You Cannot Follow 
(12x12) oil on panel SOLD


 Morning Rider (12x16) oil on linen


You Look Lost, Gringo (16x20) oil on linen 










Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

None Shall Pass...

"None Shall Pass" (16x20) oil on linen SOLD

This painting is heading to a show in Santa Fe, NM via the Maxwell Alexander Gallery in Culver City, CA... Very excited to be continuing this series and working with Beau Alexander --



Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Back to Coors

The Skeptic (10x8) oil on linen

I am honored and excited to be invited back to the Coors Western Art Exhibition & Sale, opening in Denver in January 2017... I did well there last time, selling 4 of my 5 paintings on opening night -- I may try to be there for the opener as well. This piece will be one of the small works I will show along with a couple of more, plus some larger pieces for the main show.








Monday, June 27, 2016



 Mt Carmel Moonrise (9x12) SOLD

Had a wonderful time at the Maynard Dixon Country Camp Out in southern Utah!  The weather was near 100 degrees every day, but the scenery was spectacular and the camaraderie with the other painters was great fun -- thank you Paul & Susan Bingham!

Butter Knife Bluffs (9x12) oil on linen

The organizers (Paul & Susan) treated us very well, and everyone produced fantastic works. I had been to Zion National Park years ago, but the rest of the area was completely new to me -- beautiful potential painting spots everywhere...


 Barracks Wash (12x16) SOLD

The Dixon grounds, including his homestead and studio were very inspiring, and was the location for several dinners and workshops... 


Bunking with Dixon (8x10) SOLD

I did this little "mockturn" (a nocturn scene painted during daylight) of the bunkhouse on the last day when we were to hand in the weeks paintings for the Wet Paint Sale; I left it on the car seat until someone suggested I put it in the show, and Susan had to have it! All in all, it was a great pleasure to be there for the week, and I hope to go back next year...