San Francisco-The Presidio

Spring break (still) day 4.  The trees along the coast of Northern California are incredible.  I’ve always loved the shapes Monterey Cypress trees twist themselves into to reach out through the fog for every bit of sunlight they can get.  I hope to take many more photographs next time we are in CA.  Better yet, paintContinue reading “San Francisco-The Presidio”

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Spring Break- First Stop

8X8 oil on canvas Over the next week or so I am going to paint pictures of all the places we went over Spring Break. Can you guess where we went first ? On our way to CA to visit family we usually stop and stay the night in Tahoe just to break up the driving.Continue reading “Spring Break- First Stop”

Lemons

Here’s another huge still life I painted for my sister.  It’s a bowl of lemons.  Last time I was in Ukiah I only had time to sketch out the underpainting in acrylics.  She took it and hung it in her house alongside the huge pears.  Now that I see it hung, I like the waitContinue reading “Lemons”

Still life! Alla Prima Toilet Paper

6X6″ oil on canvas Alla prima seems like such a fancy term to go along with a roll of toilet paper.  But that’s what we have here.  Alla prima is a painting technique used by artists since the beginning of time.  It means wet on wet painting or “first attempt.”  Usually this type of paintingContinue reading “Still life! Alla Prima Toilet Paper”

Boise Foothills WIP

Today I am showing a work in progress that I started yesterday.  I started two new landscapes.   I have the general idea down on canvas, now I need to let this one dry so I can build on the color.  I really love the freeness of painting the foothills and Idaho sky.  I’m lookingContinue reading “Boise Foothills WIP”

Mollie

Need a unique gift idea?  I’d be honored to paint your baby. oil on canvas 5X7″ Little Miss Mollie.  In my opinion this is the sweetest age and such a sweet little face.  A companion post to yesterday’s, this is Josh’s baby sister.  Kamie’s 5th and final baby (I think), she is adored by all.  Kamie hasContinue reading “Mollie”

Ruby

Here we have darling Ruby.  Adorable, sweet, charming, huggy, spunky, quick, funny, smart Ruby.  She’s my cousin Heidi’s little girl, Atti’s little sister.  I painted this portrait from a photo my cousin sent me that was taken at a professional modeling shoot.  They had lights on her and fans and her hair was blowing inContinue reading “Ruby”

Plein Air

oil on canvas 11X14 In the fall of 2015 just as the leaves were starting to change color I took a Plein Air painting class with a local Plein Air group taught by Geoff Krueger.  Geoff is a fantastic landscape artist and paints the most wonderful trees, riverscapes, foothills, oceanscapes, etc.  This class was heldContinue reading “Plein Air”

Ballet 1

Ballet 1 Oil on canvas 36X48″ Last week I got this painting back from Evermore where I had it professionally photographed so I can have a high quality image for my website and also I will have the option of making giclee prints from a high resolution image. Two years ago I sat and watched myContinue reading “Ballet 1”

Sweet Sixteen

18X24 oil on canvas A very happy birthday to this really incredible girl!  Miss Danielle, the Millwards love you so much. This painting is of my dear running partners daughter.  She looks just like her mom.  Running partners are something special, really good matches don’t come along very often and once you find one it’s likeContinue reading “Sweet Sixteen”