Wednesday, June 30, 2010


6x6 oil on hardboard panel
Tonight I've got one of my little silver goblets, sitting on the wrapping paper it came packaged in. They have the perfect shape for getting the reflection of the entire room. I have three of these goblets, the other two are visible on the right-hand side opposite the window. If you'd like to bid on this painting, you can take part in the auction by clicking here.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Milk and Cookies

6x6 oil on hardboard panel
Next up this week is a bottle of milk with a few chocolate chip cookies. Those ole timey milk jugs had such a great, iconic shape. I've had this jug for quite a while, and painted it numerous times, but I never get tired of it. If you'd like to bid on this piece, you can access the auction by clicking here.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Coke No.2

6x6 oil on hardboard panel
I'm currently gathering images for gallery paintings, and in addition to that, I have also been working on another group of ebay paintings. First up, a Coke bottle. The paintings this week will have some familiar subjects, and some new stuff as well. If you'd like to bid on this painting, you can click here.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Edible Week: Black Grapes

6x6 oil on hardboard panel
. . . and finally for edible week, a glass bowl filled with black grapes. I know that I tend to use this phrase too much, but "I love", painting these grapes. There is so much character, color and texture in each of these berries, that every one is like a new subject. This will be the end of the theme oriented paintings for a while, but it was fun, and I may try it again down the road. If you'd like to bid on this painting, click here.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Edible Week: Red Snapper

6x6 oil on hardboard panel
My apologies to any ichthyologists out there if I've mislabeled this creature, but I'm pretty sure this is a Red Snapper. If I'm wrong please let me know. For most of my life the subject of my artwork was always animals, and always in watercolor, so when I decided to do "edible week" I saw it as an opportunity once again, to paint something with eyes. I found this specimen at the local farmers market, and thought it was really beautiful. If you'd like to bid on this painting, you can access the auction by clicking here.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Edible Week: Jelly Cracker

6x6 oil on hardboard panel
White flour and grape jelly twice in one week is a bit much I know, but I used to love eating grape jelly on saltine crackers as a snack. That salty/sweet thing was really satisfying, so I thought for food week I'd do a painting of a treat from the past. Plus I love that jewel like quality of the jelly. To bid on the painting, click here.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Edible Week: Granny Smith's

6x6 oil on hardboard
Tonight I'm traveling way back to my ebay roots. Back to a time before I became so preoccupied with the specifics of things, and produced a more "compositional" type of painting. Utilizing more of the surrounding elements, and not focusing so much on the thing. I'm not dissing what I do now, but I have to admit, from time to time, I get a serious jones to show more of the setting. So, I painted this bowl of apples. I must say, I really enjoyed working on this painting. It offered me a chance to get a little looser, than I usually work, and just have fun with it. If you'd like to bid on this painting, you can take part in the auction by clicking here.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Edible Week: PB&J with Milk

6 x 6 oil on hardboard
Themes have never been a part of my ebay listings in the past, but I thought I'd continue the idea of a theme for one more week. My last group of paintings fell under the heading of glass, and this week the theme will be edible items. I'm starting off the week with a favorite subject, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. This piece has the added component of a glass of milk. If you'd like to bid on this painting, you can take part in the auction by clicking here.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Win a Mouse!

Before I get back to my artwork (I've got five new ebay pieces I'll be posting starting Monday evening) I wanted to give Steve Worthington one more plug, and let you know about a contest he's got going. Steve has created three new "mid-sized" turtles, but hasn't got names for them. The person who comes up the perfect name for each of these creatures will win a mouse. My purpose here isn't entirely altruistic, because anyone with a blog who promotes the contest, gets his name put into the hat as well. The image below shows all of Steve's mice, and the winner can choose either Sprightly, Nosey or Chubby. As I mentioned in the previous post, I have one (Nosey) already, and it's wonderful. If you'd like to take part in the contest, you can click here for more info. Have fun, and good luck!

From upper right counter-clockwise to lower right: Natty, Nosey, Tidy, Chubby, Sprightly, Tiny

Monday, June 07, 2010


9 x 7 oil on hardboard
I was recently approached by Steve Worthington to participate in a project he was putting together to raise funds for animal shelters. Steve is an awesome sculptor, who creates wonderful bronze animals. You should check out his site, and look for his Sumo Toads their fantastic. His idea was to approach a number of artists (I think he was looking for about 20) to paint some of his mice, then those paintings would be assembled into a book, the proceeds of which would be donated to support animal shelters. So far I've seen the contributions of Michael Naples (scroll to post April 3), Carol Marine (scroll to post April 28), Jelaine Faunce and Jeff Hayes, and they are all terrific. The painting above is my contribution. I didn't give it a title, but the name of the mouse is Nosey. When the book is complete, I'll put up another post with all the information pertaining to it. I can't wait to see all of the other paintings. Hope it raises a lot of cash for the critters.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Frank Frazetta 1928 - 2010

Frank Frazetta died a couple of weeks ago, and I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge his passing. I don't need to get too wordy, because anyone who is familiar with his work, and appreciates it, already knows all they need to know. On a personal note I do want to say that when I first discovered his work in the mid sixties, it literally hit me like a ton of bricks, and it's effect has never diminished. His imagination, sense of composition, and mastery of painting technique has been an inspiration to me for forty years. Frazetta's work, in the field of fantasy illustration has been imitated ad nauseum, but in my opinion never equaled.

A few more classic illustrations:
Thanks Frank.