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Space Saving Wall Easel Revisted

Space Saving Wall Easel Revisted

Back in December of 2012, I wrote about the do-it-yourself space saving wall easel I’d conceived and built for our art studio. Since then, I have received a surprising number of inquiries and comments about my design…To those who have inquired about purchasing wall easels, I am actively looking into what it might cost to construct, package and ship easels similar to what I’ve made for myself…

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New Figurative Painting

New Figurative Painting

This painting of my stepfather was started last Winter as a simple monochromatic figurative study in casein. It was cast aside for other projects until recently being resurrected and developed further with soft pastel…

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Seeing Artworks in Person

Seeing Artworks in Person

This day and age any person can see an endless world of art online. Google some artist’s name or subject matter, browse through museum databases — Why even bother going to a museum when one need not leave the comfort of their home to get a general impression of an artwork? …

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Portrait of Lucky the Dog

Portrait of Lucky the Dog

Our dear friends Carey and Lisa commissioned me to paint a portrait of their boxer, Lucky. The photo session was a lot of fun. Lucky is an extraordinary dog — handsome, outsized personality and a lot of energy! Cindy took over two hundred photos of Lucky during the course of the photo shoot as Lucky was in nearly constant motion…

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Winter Landscape

Winter Landscape

Here’s my newest painting, just off the easel. I am very partial to the elusive beauty of snow. I find new undisturbed snowfall, and it’s hushed sounds, invigorating. Everything seems softened, time appears to slow down and become more patient, homes become more cozy, hot chocolate warmer and sweeter…

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Paul Emsley

Paul Emsley

Occasionally, I see drawings by artists that just make my jaw drop and remind me of how potent a well executed drawing can be. I just stumbled on the drawings of Scottish artist Paul Emsley and I’m simply amazed and inspired…

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Another Still Life

Another Still Life

I have another still life completed.

It’s been my intention for some years to paint a series of still lifes of traditional subject matter — and I suppose a wooden bowl with winter squash is about as traditional as one can get…

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Making Time To Make Paintings

Making Time To Make Paintings

These days I’m a stay-at-home dad, tending to the many needs of a delightful, precocious and energetic little boy of five months. Finding time to paint can be challenging. I’ve found that the most productive time I have to work at my easel is about an hour after I wake up. At 5:30 in the morning I get up, pour myself a cup of coffee, turn on my easel lighting and get to work, picking up where I left off the day before…

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New Still Life Completed

New Still Life Completed

I’ve completed a new still life. Well, I’m pretty sure it’s completed. I’ve learned to live with paintings awhile, displaying them on an easel a week or so, in case I notice any issues or adjustments before adding my signature…

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