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San Francisco Stained Glass

24″ x 30″ framed $250

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39 Buick

Giclee Print: 30″ x 24″ on 140 lb. watercolor paper
$150 Framed
I took the reference photo for this painting last September. I wasn’t sure I wanted to paint this car because I only have two thirds of the car showing. However, I was really challenged by the reflection of the Model A in the side of this 1939 Buick Special.I started by masking off all the areas that would remain white. I then did a light blue-gray wash over the entire car. I added some bright blue across the fenders, around the door, on the roof and on the hood. I gradually did layers of gray for the Model A until it began to turn black. I add the two figures at the left.

Next I started successive layers of an indigo, Van Dyke brown and cerulean blue mix on the Buick body. In most areas i did 5-6 layers. Once the body color was done I began working on the back wheel and the inside of the car. My penultimate task was to paint in Gary’s Coffee shop in the background. The reference photo didn’t show this, but since I’m going to display this painting at Gary’s, I thought it would be a nice touch to show the shop in a painting.

Finally, to finish the painting, I softened edges, cleaned up lines, scratched in some details, and added another layer of paint to the body of the car.

It seems all my paintings have areas I don’t care for and others that I do like. This one is no exception. I struggled with the front wind shield. The reference photo was no help and I wanted to have some reflection. In the end, I gave up and left it alone. The parts I like best are the rear wheel area and the reflections in the back side window.

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Crayons and Marbles


24″ x 18″ 140 lb. cold press paper

$250 Framed

I had tried painting marbles before with limited success. I think it just takes some observing. In this painting I returned to my favorite color crayons and added the marbles and a long piece of string. I used automobile detailing tape that was 1/8 inch wide to mask off the string and then masking fluid to mask off all the crayons and marbles. I then proceeded to put a blue wash over the entire paper. After removing the tape and masking fluid, I masked off the reflections on the marbles and the light on the crayons. Finally, I started painting crayons and marbles adding numerous glazes to get the colors the right value and intensity. I removed the masking fluid from the marbles and crayons and spent several hours adding and darkening shadows. I may have overworked this a bit, but I am happy with the results.

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Hey There Buddy!


30″ x 24″
140 lb. cold press paper

Private Collection

This might not hang in someone’s living room (maybe in their garage), but it is a painting that I needed to paint and really enjoyed painting. The drawing went down quickly with only modest changes. I like the juxtaposition of the small Nash Metropolitan and the hulking truck. The car comes back to the future and thinks these behemoths must eat little cars. The Metro is being squeezed off the road as the road stripes make no sense to the Metro either. It is a crazy new world! Continue reading

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Odd Man Out



24″ x 18″ 140 lb. cold press paper
Framed $250


The idea for this painting just popped into my head. I’ve done blueberries, crayons and Mason jars before, but I don’t know where the idea for the lone cherry came from. I’ve had trouble with reds before, especially the darker reds, so I wanted to give this a try to see if I could create a shiny fruit. There are about 8-10 layers of red using a mixture of red madder, orange and scarlet. The blueberries are cobalt blue, indigo and red madder.
I masked off most of the reflection on the cherry and the jar then started layering in the reds and blues of the berries, the crayons and finally the cherry. I initially had about 12 berries but I didn’t like the look of it so added the more distant blueberries.
I realize that with the juxtaposition of the crayons and fruit there is a bit of incongruity; but you have to paint what the muses direct you to I suppose and I’m happy with the results.
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Crab Apple Tea


24″ x 18″ 140 lb. Cold Press Paper $200 Framed

This painting had some challenges including making the light reflecting through the glass look realistic. I like how the handle and the bottom of the container turned out. I first thought I would make the background a dark blue-green; but the contrast of the black, especially with the light coming from the far back right, seemed to work better.
I like that the glass and liquid distort the images in the tea container especially magnifying the crab apple. I probably should have made the doily a darker gray; but once I’d put the holes into the pattern, it was difficult to change the background. Continue reading

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