Painterly crawfish and a wooden spoon on a newspaper

The Boil

Some good friends gave me some crawfish from a boil that they had, so I’ve done what anyone would do. I’ve drawn and painted them. Such fascinating creatures, are they really just mini-lobsters? When they are cooked their color is so fantastic! This painting was a little bit of a struggle. I learned something. I started on it once and hated it and stopped. I took sandpaper to it, removed some of the original painting, and tried again. It reminded me that the battle and the process are more valuable and important than the result. Acrylic on pressed paper board, 8 by 10 inches.

sailboat glides in Boston harbor with the city in the background

On the Harbah With My Girl

A couple of years ago, Jackie and I went to Boston. Some of the highlights were the Old North Church, the Freedom Trail, a Red Sox game and a fantastic trip in the harbor. The sun sparkled across the water and you could feel the cool air taming the summer. I used a limited palette of phthalo blue, burnt umber, yellow orange azo, acra magenta and titanium white. Acrylic on pressed paper board, 8 by 10 inches.

A still life of three Roma tomatoes.

I’ll Have The One With Its Back To Me

Along with Garden Cardoon, this is part of a group of still life paintings of things from our garden or our friends’ gardens. We love to grow San Marzano tomatoes and make homemade pasta sauce. The title of this piece comes from my boys, who refer to the calyx as the tomato’s wig. When you remove the wig, you see the bald spot. The tasty looking tomato on the right must have its back to us since we can’t see its wig or bald spot. Acrylic on pressed paper board, 8 by 10 inches.

An impressionistic painting of an old tree sitting in front of some small hills

Picnic at Wes’

On the last day of the Bingham Arts Plein Air Paint Out, Tim, Nasan and I wandered over to a spot on Wes’ ranch that had a beautiful view of the Snake River. Down below the fields next to the river are a picnic table and this old tree. I told Tim that I had to paint it because it was flirting with me. Oil on gessoed board, 10 x 8 inches.

Oil painting on board of warm dried thistles and weeds in a snowy cool landscape.

Of Easy Wind and Downy Flake

I wandered in the falling snow and saw this wonderful contrast of cool white and warm, dark thistles and weeds. It reminded me of Frost’s poem — a line of which I use as a title. It is a calm quiet encounter with nature that tempts us to pause even on the darkest evenings or busiest days. As I stood taking in the scene, I knew I needed to share it. Oil on gessoed board, 28 x 22 inches.

Painterly view of Arch Rock and the tide pools at Cameo Shores Beach, Corona Del Mar, California.

Tide Pools

This sketch reminds me of cool, foggy, damp mornings at the beach that would melt away with the warmth of the day. I am happy with the  brushwork that gives the painting energy yet contains enough information to describe the scene. It was a fun piece to create. Tide pools and Arch Rock from Cameo Shores Beach, Corona Del Mar, California. Oil on board, 6.5 by 9 inches.