Monday, May 25, 2015


"Red"  (pastel, 6x6 inches)  click here to bid

Happy Memorial Day! Here's a brave rooster for you. He's proud to show off his red, white and blue for for our fallen heroes.


Friday, May 22, 2015

Nuttin' Honey

"Nuttin' Honey"  (pastel, 8x8 inches)  click here to bid

Back to the easel at last! Here's something a little different; this one's in the shade. I like it!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Clover (and the Rockport Gallery Talk)

"Clover"  (pastel, 6x6 inches)  $250

One of the last little ones I painted for my show Beauty of the Beast at the Rockport Center for the Arts in Rockport, TX. The reception was last Saturday, May 16. It was well attended and quite enjoyable! On my Art Journal Blog, see reception photos and a video of the Gallery Talk, where myself and artist Billy Keen (who's work is in the Main Gallery of the Center) had an informal Q&A session for the guests! The show will continue through June 13.

Meanwhile, here are some progress shots of Clover!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Dawn of a Texan Dynasty

"Dawn of a Texan Dynasty"  (pastel, 36x36 inches)  $5180

I actually finished this one 10 days ago, but hadn't taken a good photo of it when it was done. So I had to get the scans put together before I had an image I could post. I scan all my artwork before it's framed, so I can have a good 300dpi image file. Since my scanner is just an ordinary desktop size... yea. You get the picture. This one was about 25-30 sections to be connected up in Photoshop. I have a feeling there might be some program that could do that for me, but who has time to research that?? I'm too busy on my computer, uh, I mean PAINTING! I'm too busy painting. Yea. (Lol)

To continue the techie aspect of this post, I thought I'd show you my compositional thought process. This one was composed from 3 photos - the three cows:

They were all from the same herd on the same day (the same "photo shoot" I call it) so that the light matched. I remember these were on my way up to my workshop in Kansas last spring, somewhere in the north Texas panhandle.

I had a lot more pics from this herd, but as I played with the composition, these three settled to the fore. I also found a webpage online by a guy who talked about composing in a square and using mathematical formulas and circles very similar to how the golden rectangle uses 1.618 and the spiral to create the aesthetic ideal.

After spending more than an hour last night looking for that webpage because I had neglected to bookmark it, I looked again this morning with different keywords and found it! It's an essay by artist Janusz Kapusta, which I was able to trace back to his website Check it out!! His essay is on the geometry page. (But you must click on the k-dron link too! It's awesome!)

Here's one of his square design diagrams overlaying my photo composition:
I did end up tweaking the positions just a bit more for the final painting.

"Dawn of a Texan Dynasty" will be my other largest painting at my show Beauty of the Beast at the Rockport Center for the Arts in Rockport, TX. Reception is this is Saturday, May 16 at 4:30.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Old Nickelhead

"Old Nickelhead"  (pastel, 30" circle)  $3500

Old Nickelhead is actually my very first, and largest, circle painting, from early last year. So he has a special place in my heart! Read about his story and the origins of these circles HERE!

I thought I would post him again because he's now the centerpiece for my wall of circles in my show Beauty of the Beast at the Rockport Center for the Arts in Rockport, TX. My work will be in the Garden Gallery. The work of multi-media artist Billy Keen will be in the Main Gallery. The shows open today (Thursday) and the Reception and Gallery Talk for both shows is Saturday, May 16 at 4:30. Hope you can make it if you're in the area!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


"Dodge"  (pastel, 15 inch circle)  $850

Dodge began as a demo for the Pastel Society of Southeast Texas in Houston earlier this year,

..but was was finished to balance "Bull Profile #1" (same size) for my show in Rockport, TX, which opens tomorrow! Dodge is also the 'CoverBoy' for my postcard invite, and Y'all are invited! The Reception and Gallery Talk is this Saturday, May 16. Hope you can make it if you're in the area! Tell all your Texas friends!
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