Tuesday, August 17, 2010


5x7 Oil on canvas panel
Daily Painting
Painted Aug 14

These are neighbors on my spice rack, Paprika and Coriander.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Sea Breeze-SOLD

"Sea Breeze"
5x7 oil on canvas panel
Daily painting
Painted Aug. 12th

I'm not too good at painting people yet, but its a start. It still evokes the feeling of wanting to be on the beach with the breeze in your hair.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ode to Chicagoland-SOLD

"Ode to Chicagoland"
8x10 Oil on canvas panel
Daily painting
Painted Aug. 9th.

Its funny hearing people call the Windy City "Chicagoland". But they do! And all Chicagoans love the Bean or its official name, The Cloud Gate, a giant piece of art/architecture shaped like a kidney bean, that people can walk under and see their reflections in. It provides hours of entertainment for masses of people. Here's to the beautiful city!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Saltwater Souvenirs- SOLD

"Saltwater Souvenirs"
8x10 Oil on panel
Painted Aug. 6th

We went to Isle of Palms beach outside of Charleston a couple weeks ago and I got some saltwater taffy. I'm trying out different brush strokes. I really love impressionism too so I was trying to capture that style. I think I overblended the paint a bit. Thats something I need to work on, but I'm still happy with the painting.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Zona Hotelera

Zona Hotelera
8x10 Oil on canvas panel
Painted August 1st

The Zona Hotelera (Hotel Zone) in Cancun, Mexico is the subject of this painting. We went here for our honeymoon. The crystal clear water and the brilliantly blue Carribean sky is amazing!

Feels Like Home to Me-SOLD

"Feels Like Home To Me"
8x10 Oil on canvas panel
Painted July 31st

This is a painting of a peque peque on lake Yarina in Pucallpa, Peru. For anyone who doesn't know what a peque peque is, its like a large canoe with a motor on the back and a roof on top to provide shade. I grew up next to this lake and these sunsets, which is why I said it feels like home.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

I Found You

My first daily painting
I Found You
8x10 Oil on canvas panel
Painted July 30th

There's something about downtowns that I can't get away from. Tawa and I were walking to the market in downtown Cancun, while on our honeymoon, and I stopped when I saw these string of houses. I had to take a picture because I saw something special in them. So I entitled this "I Found You". I stopped to notice something that most people would let slip by.

Friday, July 30, 2010

A Painting a Day

In 2004 a man named Duane Keiser began the discipline of painting one small painting a day and posting it to his blog (http://keiseronpainting.blogspot.com/search/label/apaintingaday). This began a movement called Daily Painting. I just recently learned about this (look it up for the details) and the first thought I had when I read it was that I could never paint a painting in one day. But as I thought about it more I realized that it would help my painting skills alot. It's like finger excercises for the pianist or scales for the singer. So today I began and in an hour and a half (all the time I had inbetween jobs) I created a little piece of clumsy beauty.