Thursday, February 8, 2018

Second Place! Daily Paintworks Monthly

Sunday, October 1, 2017

No. 294 - Happy Hopper

I swear that the subject matter of this latest painting has nothing to do with my dislike for all things NFL right now. It is completely coincidental. But perfectly appropriate since I have decided to turn off the millionaire whiners and do something else on Sundays.

Yesterday, my son and I went for a walk down to the Farmers Market and spotted this thing parked in front of the old freight depot in Waxahachie. I took some photos and couldn't wait to paint it.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Art on the Square

Art on the Square is the name of the Ellis County Art Association's new gallery in downtown Waxahachie. One day each month, ECAA members are assigned to work a 4-hour shift in the gallery to welcome visitors, help with any sales and basically keep an eye on things. For my last two shifts, last March and again this past Saturday, I brought my plein air gear with me to help pass the time. I set up my easel right outside the front door. As you can see from the paintings, we have a great location and view.

The first painting was looking to the left of the courthouse, and the second is looking to the right. If I were to do another painting it would almost have to be of the courthouse itself to complete the panorama.

It was nice to have a live model, oblivious though he was. A man looking for cans decided to sit for a while right in my view.

Friday, February 5, 2016

View from the Caprock

Painted on location from the caprock located within the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. The small bit of light color to the right of the trees is the West Fork of the Trinity River.

This is Fort Worth's best kept secret. A beautiful area complete with their own herd of bison, hiking trails, boardwalk and interpretive center. Just west of west 820 off of the Jackboro highway.

8x10-inch oil on canvas panel. Available for $100 at Daily Paintworks. To view the sale click on the PayPal link:

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Coastal Rocks

8x8-inch oil on panel.

Available for $100 at Daily Paintworks.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

No. 240 - Early Birds

From Galveston Island, Texas. Sunrise and seagulls in October.

Painted in studio. 12x9-inch oil on gessobord.

Available for $165 at Daily Paintworks. Click on the link below for details.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Galveston Seagull

I like to paint seagulls because of the way both shadow and reflection form their own individual shape, value and temperature under the wading bird. Here the cast shadow is cool and the reflection warm.

From Galveston Island, Texas.

11x14 inch oil on canvas panel.

$295 plus shipping.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Tin Man

Plein air painting from the small burg of Maypearl, Texas over a year ago.

Once an icon of most small towns, these old water towers, or tin men as they are called, are nearing extinction since repairing them and making them safe is more costly than building new ones. I'm told that this one is on the demo list.

There were turkey vultures warming there wings on the catwalk when I started this but flew away shortly after I set up my easel.

12x9-inch oil on canvas panel.

$95 plus shipping at Daily Paintworks. Click the link to see the listing.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Between Showers

​A plein air painting from May 23, 2015 during the "Paint Historic Waxahachie" annual event. On-again-off-again showers throughout the weekend made for limited subject matter, but did provide me with opportunities to capture some reflections. I noticed these guys working on a building nearby so I set up my easel under an awning across the street just hoping I could capture them before the next rain came through. The puddle in the street was in a perfect spot to represent what was going on in this scene. The rains did return shortly but I accomplished my task in time.

This painting is available at my Daily Paint Works page for $145. Click here for details.

Friday, January 15, 2016

#236 If Limestone Walls Could Talk

Santa Elena Canyon stretches for seven miles along the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park. The limestone walls on each side of you eventually climb to 1,500 feet and form the border between the United States and Mexico.

History is rich here with thousands of archaeological sites within the park which hold traces of the material remains of 10,000 years of Native American occupation of the Big Bend. Some cliff art can be found in this canyon if you know where to look.

On a rafting trip many years ago, our guide took us on a side canyon tour where we were able to cool off in a small but deep pool of water. Surely some of the purest water on earth, having been filtered through solid limestone for many years before eventually exiting the rock at the base of the cliff. There were even ferns growing out of the overhanging formation above us.

This oil on Gessobord is 10x8-inches and available at Daily Paintworks for $125 plus shipping.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Roadside Furnisture Series Update

As I stated in a previous post, I'm not exactly sure why but there's just something funny to me about seeing furniture on the side of the road. Not laugh-out-loud funny...more like, say if aliens were observing us funny.

I think it's because they sit by the curb so completely out of place in the front yard as if inviting someone to come and sit for a a good book.

It struck me that it might be fun to paint a series of stumbled-upon roadside sofas, recliners, love seats and the like, for the eclectic-leaning art collectors out there. I researched this and, as far as I can tell I'm the only one out there doing this. 

So with that, I have finally completed my second in the series. By the way, I paint these from actual furniture that I come across, so each is unique and in its own organic setting... as it were. Sure to be highly coveted and collectible. Invest today!
#175 Roadside Recliner - 8x10-inch oil on Gessobord
#246 Roadside Recliner - 8x10-inch oil on Gessobord

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

#190 Windy Ridge Barn

This is a barn off of Greathouse Road near Maypearl, Texas. One of several structures at Windy Ridge Farm, a beautiful property in western Ellis County.

Painted in studio.

9x12-inch oil on panel.

Now available at DailyPaintWorks for $145 plus shipping.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

#239 Santa Elena Canyon

Painted from a reference photo taken during a rafting trip through Santa Elena Canyon along the Rio Grande.

12x9-inch oil on Gessobord.

Available at DailyPaintWorks. $125 plus shipping.

Friday, January 8, 2016

#101 Batam Rooster

With the popularity of urban farming, I once had the bright idea to paint chicken portraits. I developed a website (PoultryArt) and offered to paint your favorite fowl for a fee. Alas, like a chicken, it never really got off the ground.

Batam Rooster - 10x8-inch oil on Gessobord. Available for $95 at DailyPaintWorks. Click the link below to purchase.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

#229 Farmers Market

A plein air painting from the Waxahachie Farmers Market (May 2015). This was one of my entries during the Paint Historic Waxahachie annual "paint out."

The market takes place each Saturday from Spring to Fall under the shade of the old lumber yard structures. I enjoyed setting up my easel here and interacting with the local patrons

Available for $95 plus shipping.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

#149 Creamer, Tomato and Spoon

Still life from March 2014.

5x7-inch oil on 1/2-inch thick fiberboard panel, ready to hang.

Now available at my DailyPaintWorks gallery.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

#245 Night Heron

Night Heron was painted in studio January 5, 2016. 8x10 inch oil on Gessobord.

Available for $145 plus $10 shipping at DailyPaintWorks.

Monday, January 4, 2016

#213 Lobby Exit

I took my photo reference for this painting from inside the Rogers Hotel in downtown Waxahachie as this man was exiting the lobby.

The hotel was built in 1912 and currently houses two restaurants and several shops. In 1984 it was featured, along with the entire town, in the movie Places in the Heart, starring Sally "you really like me" Fields.

It was also the spring training home to several major league baseball teams including the Detroit Tigers from 1916 to 1918, Cincinnati Reds in 1919 and the Chicago White Sox in 1921 before Florida and Arizona were the norm.

On a personal note, the hotel is linked to our home in Waxahachie which was built in 1911 by a barber shop owner name Noah Pierce that had his business in the basement. I like the possibility of thinking he may have cut Ty Cobbs hair back then.

12x9-inch oil on Gessobord. Available at DailyPaintWorks. $125 plus $10 shipping.


Sunday, January 3, 2016

#198 Seven Points Sheep

#198 Seven Points Sheep 8x10-inch oil on canvas. This painting is now available at Daily Paint Works for $125 plus $10 shipping.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

#244 Winnie at Rest

#244 Winnie at Rest - 8x8-inch oil on panel - $100 plus $10 shipping
8x8-inch oil on panel. $100 plus $10 shipping.