Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Another WIP.  This time you can see my work area where I unceremoniously paint using disposable plates. This greatly cuts down on the clean up afterwards! The background is laid out using acrylic paints. The bird is added using oils (see blog entry for Two Crows on the colors used).
I move on to the second bird and start adding the feathers in a medium color and move on to light and dark accents.
I reinforce the idea of feathers by adding subtle shadows and highlights.
I add a little movement using Thalo green and white.
I put the painting away to dry overnight. It is being painted on a 12x12 cradled board with a prepared gesso layer on top.
UPDATE: 12-06-2012
This painting is now finished and hanging in the gallery.  The background was embellished and the colors brought out. The board was painted and waxed to serve as the frame.


Today I started a new pair of ravens/crows.  I thought I would post the WIP (work in progress) on my blog so you can follow along. The under painting was done with black gesso followed by orange acrylic and blue acrylic for the moon. The birds are being painted with oil and Liquin (to accelerate drying time).  The colors have not been manipulated so that you can see a true representation from one stage to the next.
After outlining the main form of the bird I then begin to paint with Zinc white, Prussian blue, and some Lamp black. The inside of the beak is done with Alizarian crimson, black and white.
Shadows are refined underneath using black and the eye is added using Cadmium orange.
I start the next bird using a slightly darker mixture of the same colors. His head is tilted with a quizzical look on his face.
The second bird has been roughed in and his eye added. I now put it away for the night. Tomorrow I most likely will refine the feathers more and move on to the background. The painting is being been done on a 12x12 cradled board.
UPDATE: 12-07-2012
It's now finished and mounted on a painted and waxed board. The background was deepend and various techniques were added to give some added interested. It is now hanging in the gallery, entitled "Curious Duo." I think the background is one of my favorites. It is certainly vibrant!

Thursday, September 6, 2012


Oil on panel   6"x6"

This little guy is almost finished.  Think I will do a little more to the background. 
UPDATE:  This painting ended up being called "Pretty in Pink".  It was sold to a man at the Sedona Arts Festival October 14, 2012.

Saturday, August 4, 2012


8 x 8

What a character! Painted on canvas.


15 x 23
This raven painting really looks as though he is glowing - and he lost a feather which has floated to the bottom of the frame. Still trying to think of a name for this one. The colors are much darker for me than usual. The raven is painted on canvas and mounted on painted board. Not sure if it is done yet!
UPDATE :  This painting was eventually named "Nevermore" and was purchased not long after by a nice couple who came to visit the gallery.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012




Finally finished this oil painting. This was done on a solid
wood panel measuring 28.5' x 16.5'


New Raven Painting 18" x 18"

Just finished this new painting.  The frame was finished off with rusty metal strips found in the old Williams landfill a few weekends ago.  I don't often paint my ravens with their back to the viewer, so this one is unusual.  I need to come up with a title so I can bring it into the gallery before this Friday when we have our art walk.

UPDATE:  This painting was eventually titled "Garden Guardian" and was purchased on line by a lady I met at the Prescott Indian Market. She decided it was just what she needed!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Feather and Leather


My feather art has just returned from a special showing last month. There are currently four in the series, and one larger piece. They can be viewed on my Picasa Album Feather Art

The gift of a feather among native americans is a way of honoring the courage of the recipient.  Each piece is $350.00 and comes with a certificate of authenticity. The largest, Four Corners, is $500.00.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Prescott Indian Market

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Award Winning Entry "Many Faces"

This year the Prescott Indian Market was wild and crazy - as well as very wet!  We woke  on Friday morning to monsoon rains and the rest of the weekend followed suit.  It got so wet I even took a video of the pounding rain.  Fortunately we had all our art well inside the tent and there was no real damage.  Art patrons are real troopers and made sure to come out in force and support us.  When the awards were handed out I discovered my painting entry had won third place in the two dimensional category - which included original drawings, watercolors, oils, gouache, photography, and mixed media.

Monday, April 9, 2012




This crow painting (a variation on Crowing Together) is on a 12x12 panel that is raised above the light green background panel - making the whole piece about 17 x 17. Still a work in progress.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


24 x 12 - canvas size
Oil on board

This work is being done on an unstained cabinet door which I found at a local store. The panel was first painted with an acrylic gesso.  The background and the foreground are both done in oil. The sides of the panel have been stained in a dark cherry.
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Yesterday was a particularly productive day. I worked on three paintings at once.  This way while one is drying the other can be refined. I think they are competing with each other..


These guys are twice as big as my last two whispering crows.  The board is 12 x 12. Again, the same technique - acrylic background with the crows added in oil when they dry.

Monday, March 26, 2012


The beginning of a new raven painting.  The claws will come later! The background effect is done by using wax between two opposing colors of paint.  In this instance the red was applied first, then the wax, and then the blue.  I was thinking about calling it "Raven Road Rage" but I don't think he looks angry enough!


Oil on acrylic  
Painted on solid wood door panel
10.5 x 18

This painting symbolises the harvest moon and the "Red Road".  To walk the Red Road is to know you stand on equal ground with all living things. It is to know that because you were born human, it gives you superiority over nothing. It is to know that every creation carries a Spirit, and the river knows more than you do, the mountains know more than you do, the stone people know more than you do, the trees know more than you do, the wind is wiser than you are, and animal people carry wisdom.


Oil on acrylic background
17 x 17
Mounted on a painted board

Finished today!  Hope to have it in the gallery later this week.

Saturday, March 24, 2012


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Work is going fast on this painting.  My raven friends were back this morning sitting on a telephone pole right by the back fence line. Seems they found something to eat.  They were sitting on the pole the owls favor. Got word last night "Raven Magic" sold to a couple visiting the gallery. This means all but one of my raven series has sold.  No wonder they keep buzzing me!

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Friday, March 23, 2012


The beginning of a new painting.  I like playing off the colors of the crows - painting their feathers various colors of blue, purple and gray.  I normally start with the background in an acrylic wash and then do the main subject in oils. Refining comes later.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Oil on canvas
Acrylic background
Pink wood frame on canvas
11" x 14"

This work is rather 'folksy' with the pink wooden frame attached directly onto the canvas. The background is a mixture of swirls and flowers.


Oil on wood
Acrylic background
10.5" x 18"

This work is nearly done.  I was fortunate to find a series of small wooden doors and used them as my canvas.  The "red moon" was associated with the harvest and often called the "Corn Moon".  I am still thinking about putting some corn stalks in the foreground.  


Isn't this precious?  I am not even sure if I am going to be able to part with it!  The frame is an old salvaged piece that I painted a warm pink.  The print has been antiqued and shows little cracks like it has been sitting around for years.  It is only about the size of a normal dinner plate.

Monday, March 19, 2012


Oil on acrylic background
18" X 23"
Painted on cradled board - mounted on board

While at the gallery on Saturday I finished this painting. It really needs another name besides "Pink Eyes". Hope I can think of something soon. I am going to take it to the gallery today or tomorrow. I have also produced some prints which are smaller. I have named similar paintings "Crowing Together". Since crows and ravens mate for life I think they make a good example of staying together.

Thursday, March 15, 2012


So this is something new - I am painting him on a solid piece of wood.  Actually it is a cabinet door that was never used.  It doesn't have any holes in it anywhere.  I don't have to frame it because it's already framed!  This is a work in progress (WIP).  I am still thinking about the background.  Ideas?


Now that the eyes have been added they are looking very cozy.  I will bring this down to the gallery on the 17th for a live demonstration.  I think I will finish it then.  But what should they be holding?  Maybe one should have a four leaf clover in honor of St. Paddy's Day. Any suggestions?

Monday, March 12, 2012


This painting was done in oil over an acrylic background.  It was mounted on an old piece of wood and framed with oak.  A couple from Tuscon bought it last weekend but I was not at the gallery so unfortunately I did not meet them.  So glad it got a home!


Raven is the bearer of magic and a harbinger or messages from beyond the cosmos. Messages that are beyond space and time are nestled in the midnight wings of the Raven and reveal themselves only to those who are worthy.


Started another pair of crows/ravens today.  This time there shall be plenty of pink!


Did somebody say eyes?  I took this painting to the gallery and used it for my demo last Saturday.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Last month I brought this painting to the Arts Prescott Gallery where I demonstrated my technique as well as explained my personal inspiration.  I will be continuing this demonstration and answering questions on Saturday afternoon March 10 and 17th.  Look for me around 11:00 until 3:00 in the afternoon.  The Arts Prescott Gallery is located in downtown Prescott near the Courthouse Square at 134 S. Montezuma Street.  Look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, March 5, 2012


The Heard Museum Indian Market was this weekend in Phoenix Arizona. My sister and I had a great time and met lots of interesting people in our booth. But it is goodbye to the "Spirit Guide" which has been one of my favorite paintings. A nice couple from Phoenix took him home. He will reside in their foyer and be around for many years to greet all who enter the house. I am happy for him but also sad to see him go. I hope to see him again someday!
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