Friday, November 28, 2008

American Art Collector....Advertising Pays

"Where's the Vodka" one of my mini-oil, painting-a-day series was advertised in the June issue of American Art Collector magazine. It sold yesterday to a collector who saw it in the June issue. Advertising really does pay....and so does patience :-} See the current ad in the December issue, and see more of my mini oils on my website

Monday, November 17, 2008

Walking on Air

This week's Karin Jurick challenge was to paint upside down, using the reference photo in the upside down position. This was to make you paint using shapes rather than the actual images. I must admit it actually made me a little dizzy. The brain kept wanting to turn the image right side up. Well, since the lady was suspended I figured she must have been walking on air, and gravity would be having its way with her. That made me think of the most famous uplifted skirt. This 11" x 10" watercolor on 300# Arches is available for $275 on my website

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Heaven is a '57

This is a friend's Chevy. His pride and joy. I did a smaller oil version of this last month, but loved the photo and the reflections so much I had to do it again in a large format watercolor. This is one of my more labor-intensive pieces. Some areas have as many as 20 washes of color. Worked on it over the span of a whole month. This 20-1/2" x 15-1/2" watercolor on Arches 300# paper is available for $2200 on my website

Saturday, November 15, 2008

American Art Collector Ad for December

This is the current ad for the December issue of American Art Collector magazine on newsstands now.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Madison Street Produce

This is a working farm and produce stand on our main thoroughfare. It is the last remaining undeveloped acreage in the area. Everything else has been converted to shopping centers. I had a cucumber for lunch that was picked an hour ago. How cool is that! I hope they stay in business forever. This framed watercolor (image: 11-1/2" x 15-1/4" frame: 22" x 26") is available for $1400 on my website

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Frozen in Time

Not only are these people cold, their future seems uncertain. I love doing these Karin Jurick weekly challenges. They are just plain fun. Not that I don't love what I do everyday, but these are kinda like recess. This ready-to-be-framed 9" x 7"watercolor on Arches cold press paper with a simple white mat (outside measurement 12" h x 10") is available for $225 on my website

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Aunt Lucille goes to Washington

Another "different strokes" painting challenge posed by Karin Jurick. The choice of the Capitol Building is timely. My rendition of my Aunt Lucille climbing the steps was from a photo of an era long gone. Times certainly have changed. My aunt always reminded me of Queen Elizabeth. Her father, my grandfather came to the US from England by himself at the age of 17. He then got drafted and had to go back to Europe to fight in WWI. My aunt worshipped the Queen and watched her every move. My aunt passed away several years ago. I painted this in her memory. This watercolor is 5" x 7" on Arches cold press. You can see more of my work on my website

Monday, November 3, 2008

Awards at Coachella Valley Watercolor Society Show

Sometimes pleasant rewards land at your door when you least expect them. I won first and third place in the Coachella Valley Watercolor Society "Small Image" show. I'm thrilled and honored. There was large membership participation and the quality of work was extremely high..... a small show with a big impact. The unframed paintings for sale in the bins are as nice as the framed pieces and all are incredible bargains. If you're in the Palm Springs area in November it's a show worth seeing at the Coachella Valley Museum & Cultural Center on Miles Ave in Indio. These pieces are available for purchase through my website

Saturday, November 1, 2008

American Art Collector Ad and New Online Magazine

Our "Artists-Collective" group of artists has placed a new ad in the November 2008 American Art Collector magazine on newsstands now. See our ad on page 246. Look for our next new ad coming soon in the December issue. We have also started our own on-line magazine this past month thanks to our creator and editor, Andy Mathis. You can see examples of each artist's work with a short bio. Future issues will be expanded with art-related articles and work from more artists in the group. When viewing the new online issue please do not click on the individual pages. It will drive you crazy. Your mouse will move the pages all over the place and make it impossible to see. Go up to the top left and click on "view fullscreen" Then you can click on the arrows on the side of each page to turn the page. Hit escape to exit. You can see our new "ezine" by clicking here.