Friday, February 24, 2012

Just Before Sunset, oil on linen, 18"x24"

I have seen this barn many times, but I was very intrigued by the late afternoon light that shines on it during winter. I did a field study but had to return for a 2nd session to get my colors more accurate. The dark cast shadow on the right side of the barn was not there until right at the end of the my plein air painting session. Once I blocked that in the whole study fell into place and I knew I had an idea worthy or a larger painting. The property and area this barn sits on is full of sink holes, so much so that sometimes the main road in the area has to be closed down because a hole suddenly appeared. The property is also slated for development if the corporation that owns it can sell it. I'm glad I got to paint this beautiful structure before either nature or "development" destroys it.

Just Before Sunset
oil on linen, 18"x24"
$2,190, framed. Contact Jason Tako at to inquire.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Here Come the Boys, oil on linen, 18"x24"

Pintail ducks are arguably the most elegant ducks in the world. I love painting their dark heads which contrast to beautifully with their white breast and gray sides. Not the mention the sleek scapulars on their backs which fall onto their sides and the sprig tail with gives them their name. This painting shows a hen resting in the water and being approached by two drakes in early spring. It's mating season and both drakes will try to win her over with unusual displays of their heads and tails.
Here Come the Boys
oil on linen, 18"x24"
$2,190 -SOLD

Monday, February 20, 2012

Western Art Collector Magazine Article

Western Art Collector Magazine, a national art publication, has an article on my work in their current March 2012 issue. The article is on page 151. This magazine is sold at Barnes & Noble Bookstores or any other bookstore that may carry art publications. Or click on the publication name above to order a copy.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Landscape Painting Workshop

I will be teaching a 3-day landscape painting workshop March 14th-March 16th, 2012 from 9am-1pm at Art & Soul Gallery in Lemoyne, PA, just outside of Harrisburg. This workshop will focus on learning and applying the fundamental knowledge that will help you create beautiful landscape paintings and grow as an artist.

Topics covered will include: Carlson's concept of angles and consequent values, how to group values, colors and how they apply to landscapes, how to get depth in your work, applying paint, creating a good composition, what not to do, and much more. The first day will include a lecture illustrated with short demonstrations as well as Q&A. The second day I will do a demonstration, the third day the students will paint with me giving individual pointers and critique.

Space is very limited and is on a first come, first served basis. Cost is $200/student. Contact Lyn O'Neal at or call at 717-770-9363. Please let me know if you have any questions. I hope to see you there!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

White on White, oil on linen, 18"x24"

It snowed here last Wednesday, a beautiful, gentle snow that graced the tree branches with beautiful laces of white, yet conveniently melted when it landed on the roads. Needless to say I felt an urge to go out and paint. I created a field study of this scene that evening and the next day worked up this larger studio painting. Normally a studio painting would take longer to compose but this scene needed barely any alterations. I wish there were most places like this.

White on White
oil on linen, 18"x24"
$2,190.00, framed. Available at Lord Nelson's Gallery 1-800-664-9797