Friday, April 3, 2020


On a good day of painting confidently I use about 3 brushes a painting.  Today I used 10!!   This tells me that I have a way to go to build my confidence back up.   I feel this is over worked but at least it is a painting!!   Trying to get into the habit of painting daily is taking some mental awareness.

I got up this morning at the crack of dawn, 6:20 to get to the grocery by 7:00 which is the time Seniors can go.   Now why they think old people get up that early and appear in public is beyond me. But I did it today and now have groceries to last 2 weeks.    So I got a late start on my painting.  This is no excuse for lack of confidence... just sayin.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

White House, after Colley Whisson. 12in x 12in oil

TAAO, Tucson Art Academy Online, sent out art instruction from Colley Whisson and I jumped on it.   I had not been painting as much and was in in a slump as far as my painting was concerned.  I thought this might stimulate me enough to get excited about painting again.   Landscape is not a subject I paint very often which was refreshing to me.   

During this time of staying home alone gave me the perfect time to spend a day painting with Colley. I started the 2 hour video and got my paints out, and followed along with him pausing the video to occasionally clean my palette or get more coffee, lunch, more paint.... and I had a great day painting!

Below is the result of the painting struggle.    He starts out simply, roughly blocking in general shapes and color values, usually going darker that it will be in the end.  I would like to show you the photo we were working from but I feel it would compromise copyright but I can tell you that the picture was less color and had more detail.    What Colley does is makes it his interpretation of what he feels the scene evokes.

I loved every minute, dirtied too many brushes and learned a lot.
This White House painting demo and instruction is no longer available but below are links to what is currently offered at TAAO.

This one of mine is not for sale because it is not an original of mine.   I just wanted to share that sometimes artist struggle to keep going for many different reasons.   That is OK, just dust yourself off and start again, doing the same or trying something different.... just do something.   You never know where it will lead.

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Red Tea 6in x 6in oil

I could have named this a study in white.  The teapot was a cool white, while the cup is a warm white and the background and shadows vary depending on the reflections around them.  I couldn't resist making it symmetrical.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Isolation. 6in x 6in. oil

It has been too long since I painted a daily painting.  Since I have been staying home I thought I might as well be productive.  When it warms up a bit I think I might clean out my shed!   Heaven forbid!

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Monday, December 23, 2019

M in blue sunglasses 16" x 12". oil

This is a model we use quite often and out of all the years, maybe decades, we have been painting him, this is one of the few times I have really captured him.    He is a dancer, an opera singer and all around great guy with a wonderful sense of humor.    Recently sold this painting and will miss having it hanging around.

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Blanton's #17 8" x 8" oil

As requested, here is a Blanton's Bourbon painting, 8in x 8in, painted on Centurion Linen painting panel.  The corks on the bottles are collectable.

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Pappy Van Winkle, 20 yr. 8in x 8in, Oil

Everyone here in Louisville Kentucky knows about Pappy, Pappy Van Winkle.   This one is from the Pappy Van Winkle Reserve, 20 year which comes with a red velvet bag.... woo, spiffy!   Just to be clear, it is the bourbon that comes with the bag, not this painting.    I was going to sell it in a gallery here in town but instead I am putting it up for sale on my DPW gallery site.

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

"Knob Creek Glow" 6in x 6in Oil

Recently I have gone through my stash of paintings and realized that there are a number of them that I have not published for some unknown reason.   So I am putting them in my blog and also on my Daily PaintWorks site. (see the DPW gallery below)
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Sunday, February 17, 2019

"Festive Flowers" 8in x 8in oil

These bright red and purple flowers were irresistible!   Looking and the mass of color was a perfect time to smear the little flowers together.   

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Friday, February 15, 2019

"Woodford and Woodford Jr." 8in x 8in oil

Some one gave me a small version of the Woodford Reserve.  Now they are looking like a family!  Aww, how cute.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

"The race is on" 8in x 8in oil

This is an 8" square painting.  The stopper corks in the Blanton bottles have 8 different configurations of horse and jockeys and each one has one letter of the word BLANTONS.   There are collectors out there that collect the stoppers so it can spell out the name.   Here in Louisville Ky you can get a curved barrel stay that has holes drilled to place the 8 stoppers in.  We are up to our eyeballs in bourbon here.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

"Blanton's #15" 6in x 6in Oil

This painting has been sitting around for a while.   I guess that is why the horse and jockey has fallen over head first!  The bourbon color photographed a little too dark.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

"Buffalo Trace" 6in x 6in oil

 I love the label on Buffalo Trace, it's made to look like torn paper.   The 200+ year old distillery, located on the banks of the Kentucky River, got its name from the ancient paths that the buffalo carved through the wilderness.  

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

"Threads" 6in x 6in oil

I bought a package of heavy top thread and the spools were so cute!  It is the Black on in the back.  I decided to put out an assortment of my threads along with my embroidery scissors.  I kind if like it.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

"Red cup and pitcher" 6in x 6in oil

Thought I would start with something simple to get back to painting... and what is with that little demitasse spoon?   Who painted this?  Oops, I did. 

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

"Scattered Cherries" 6in x 6in. oil

Finally, a painting!   I have been overwhelmed of late, by life in general, so I am trying to get back into the rhythm and swing of painting.   It was a struggle but here is one small painting.   I hope many will follow.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

"Figs in, Figs out, Figs are what it's all about" 6in x 6in oil

This title was inspired by the Nappy Roots song, "Trouble in Trouble out".   Another song I like by them is "Trouble of this world", they both are on the "Ladykiller" sound track.   All that aside, I bought these figs the other day and they are so delicious!   I can't stop eating them!   Of course, these have been eaten.  Maybe I should have titled it "Now you see them, now you don't" 😁

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

"Napoleon meets Kirstyn" 20in x 16in. oil

This model showed up today wearing an outfit that looked like a revolutionary soldier and was wearing a hat like Napoleon.   We loved it!   I am not sure he would have glasses but I liked the way she looked so I went with it.    Her clothing was more of a brown/black combination but I thought a little color was called for.   

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Monday, February 26, 2018

"Bright Morning" 6in x 6in oil

Well, the sun finally came out today and I can see in my studio!    I like to use the natural north light when I paint.  I do use a spot light on the set up and a light on my palette.

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

"Gran Patron Piedra Tequila" 8in x 8in oil

At first glance this looks like a bourbon but... much to my surprise... it is a Tequila!  I thought all tequilas were clear.    Obviously, I don't know much.  I was sent this bottle to do a painting for someone and I thought I would practice first.    When I saw those glass stripes on the sides of the bottle, I panicked.   Much to my relief they were fairly easy to do.  Whew!  The cork top is stainless around a lava rock.  It's heavy and pretty cool.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Coffee with Friends 6in x 6in oil on panel

It has been so long since I have posted and I think I have forgotten how!   However I have been painting on a body of work that is going to be in a gallery.   Plus some commissions.   Today, the model, we were expecting, got the flu and had to cancel which opened up my Friday and I could paint this little daily!   Yea!

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

"Buffalo Trace, No.2" 6in x 6in oil

I went on a bourbon painting frenzy a couple of months ago and then never got around to posting them.   So in the next week or two I will be posting them.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

"What's in the Box?" 8in x 8in Oil painting

What is in the box?  Maybe it is a new cell phone, a pair of tiny roller skates, a toy lawn mower, a necklace or bracelet, car keys, a new bed, a bowl of soup.      Which do you think is more likely?  Maybe it is empty.
This is an 8" square painting which is about 175% bigger than a 6" square painting.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

"And the three stand alone". 8in x 8in. oil

These three grapes are about to go on an adventure.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

"Old dial up" 8in x 10in oil

I am experimenting with a new technique.  Don't know if it will work for everything but I won't know until I work with it a little further.  I am using this on my larger work for my Pyro Gallery show this Spring.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

"Five Peonies" 12in x 12in oil on linen panel

I was going to paint my regular small painting but then got an urge to use my #12 hog bristle brushes so I decided to paint a 12" square!   The flowers are painted with the big brushes and bits of the background and vase are painted with a #5.   Used a palette knife on some areas.
Had fun with this one.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

"Peony Duo" 8in x 8in oil

Working on my larger paintings for my solo show leaves little time for my daily paintings which are valuable in keeping my paintings fresh.  Finding these beautiful peonies at Trader Joe's gave me the longing to paint a daily.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

"On the beach" 16in x 20in oil on linen

She has the most beautiful long thick black hair.  It was actually a little longer but I had to have the curls in the picture.  I added the sketchy background for effect.   I know the horizon is a little high but it looks good for the composition.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Town Branch" 6x6 oil

I just love this bottle shape!!  The bourbon is not bad either.   After you have enjoyed the bourbon you could have the top cut off and have a beautiful square vase!

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

"Two roses" 8in x 8in oil

Thought I would experiment with this painting.   I made the focal point the strongest color and the rest in muted opposite tones.

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