This self portrait was a TON of fun to do as well as being somewhat therapeutic. Additionally it's given me the idea of doing more expressive self portraits as well as asking some friends/acquaintances if they would pose for photos showing various expressions like disbelief, pleasure, rage, etc. oil on canvas board 14" X 11"
This restaurant is at the east end of The Dalles, OR. I think they've captured an authentic exuberant color scheme straight from Mexico. And...they've got a pretty good deal for lunch. $5 for your choice of several items guaranteed to hold you over until dinner. oil on canvas board 8" X 10" $160 unframed
Another small painting I'm saving for a September show. I've got a thriving Rose bush in my backyard that is left from previous owners; the flowers are small but profuse. My apologies for the glare- usually I'm fairly successful at limiting or eliminating glare, but not this time. oil on canvas board 8" X 6" NFS
A couple of weeks ago, our Tuesday painting group was invited to a site on Underwood Mtn. in S. Washington. The farmers there are raising a dozen or so pigs. General opinion was that they "are sure cute". Naturally, I photographed them with the idea of painting them later. oil on stretched canvas 14" X 11" $300 unframed
OK, my last painting with cherries as the subject. I haven't been able to title this one creatively, so the end. Notice that I've changed the title at Celeste's suggestion. Thanks, Celeste! I've got a couple of other subjects waiting for their introduction. oil on canvas board 6" X 8"
I'm interrupting my cherry series to post an image I just painted for a show I'll be in this October at the Columbia Art Gallery. Tentatively (I believe) it's called "Childhood Remembered". This scene is something I saw several years ago in Capitan's ( a SMALL town in NM) 4th of July parade. oil on canvas 14" X 11" NFS until the show
Another pun. As I paint this series, I'm realizing that a big thing that attracts me to cherries as a subject, in contrast to the rich color and plump shapes, are the stems and the sinuous way they move through space. oil on canvas board. 6" X 8" Being held for an upcoming show. NFS
These berries didn't last too long after being painted. I don't know why, but locally grown strawberries seem more accessible this year than in the past. Perhaps because I've got a friend who grows some to sell; perhaps because there's a new Saturday market in The Dalles. 6" X 8" oil on board. Holding for a show. NFS
I'm mostly retired and living in an area that is one of the country's premier spots for beauty- the Columbia Gorge. My house/studio is located out in the country (1st time for this city boy) bringing both joy and challenges.