Sunday, December 17, 2017

May the Farce Be With You

A friend of mine inspired me to alter my Empty Suits painting with a little pop culture. She was right. I could not help combining a few of my favorite films. Pulp Fiction, meet Star Wars! This was fun to do.

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Here are a few older images that never made it to the blogsite. They are all gone from my walls and enjoying someone elses. Gone, but not forgotten...


Thursday, February 2, 2017


Early morning sunlight was shining though some smoke in my house, making awesome patterns, I put my camera on burst mode and took about 10 pictures of it floating, shifting, changing. A few days later I looked through those photos. What  I found was creepy, at first...
...knowing my home was built in 1920, I had often wondered about the spirits that had lived here. I believe I captured one. I don't know who he is, or if he died here, but I wanted to honor him, as our spirits share the same space.
  So I decided to paint the spirit in the smoke, a total divergence from my usual style. I think he likes it, I know I do.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Moonlight Sunflowers

 THE INSPIRATION: my neighbors amazing giant sunflowers! I took many,many,many pictures from all angles of these babies.

 THE CHALLENGE: A TRIPTYCH!    I wanted to do this as a series of 3 paintings, done as one complete image, so I build a cradle to hold the pieces together.

THE SKETCH: I needed a starting point, using the pictures I had taken, I quickly roughed out a layout that would allow me to space the paintings so each one could stand strongly on its own.

END RESULT AND GETTING THERE: For some reason, I decided to try out some black gesso as a base, instead of white. I thought that it would help me with the overall effect of the seeds in the end. I had to buy a white water color pencil to block in my rough idea from above. Originally this was to be a full color piece, but the white on black got me thinking, so I took a walk that night to ponder, walking past the sunflowers by moonlight, the idea hit! I have been working on it for 4 months now, and finished it last night. Though am not sure how to sign it. Does one sign each piece individually, or spread the signature across the 3 pieces???? I don't know.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Wood: creating the first part of my grape arbor.

This is my first large scale wood carving, made out of one 8 foot 2x10 piece of fir. I still have to make the tail piece, but together they will become my grape arbor. Start to install.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Starting a new sea horse piece

Time to get away from bicycles and trees for awhile. So I wanted to play with glazing again and to challenge myself to try painting another set of sea horses. So here is the beginnings of that process after 3 sittings. Each sitting was about 6-8 hours. Can't wait to see how this one turns out!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

My lovers hand

It has been a tough year for my life partner Ann. She always wanted me to paint her, but I don't think she was expecting me to do something like this. It is the hand that she has had and will have more surgery on this year. The hand I hold and kiss. The knot represents one of the screws in that delicate appendage. I plan on holding that hand through all seasons.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016


I have all 8 bicycles back in my possession, as I am going to have them all made into full size giclee prints this month,separately.  Just in time for the 2016 Fairfield Artists Studio Tour in May!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Ray Guns Completed

Got the blunderbuss finished on Halloween Day, just in time for a fun night. It works with a sustained ray, or a single shot ray. I have packed up the steampunk tools and bits n pieces from the living room for now, as they don't go so well with my new puppy, Hammer.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Steampunk Ray Guns in the Works

Every once in awhile I break into my treasure chests of old parts and pieces too see what I can make happen. I just finished the ray gun and am currently working on the blunderbuss and utility belt.

 The ray gun is made from an old brass toilet shut off stand pipe and a keyhole saw handle.
 Add a few working parts and trick out with a little clock bling, and presto!

and utility belt.