Sunday, December 18, 2011


It's been a while since I've done any artwork, but today I got out the pens and some photos and did some drawing. It felt good to create these little cards.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Puree Garden Tomatoes

Today I pureed more garden tomatoes. These will be canned and put by to enjoy in the cold months.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Find Old Paintings

While I was looking for something else completely different, I found this old painting of our old cat, Herb. She was a good kitty.


Saturday, June 11, 2011

Fix Things

The old faucet fixture failed. I replaced it. Just one of the many, many joys of home-owning. It seems there's always something that needs maintenance, fixing, improving, enhancing, replacing, and I'm glad I have the skills, the books, and the willingness to ask lots of questions, so that I can do most of these tasks myself.

This spring began the "south-side-shingle-replacement" project. We were going to repaint the shingles on the south side of our home, but during the prepping I discovered early signs of dry rot on a few, so we decided to replace all the shingles on the south side. I'm sure there will be photos of that project at some point.

And as the days grow toward summer, I hope to squeeze in a little time to do a little sketching.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Paint the Wren House

"Wren House" was one of those quick sketches I enjoy doing from time to time, this one is oil on watercolor paper.

This little bird house has been visited every spring for many years now, by the wrens who clean it out, fix it up with fresh bits of grass and other bits, pausing only to share their joyous song of the season. Things quiet down a bit when the eggs are laid, but the song returns, along with frantic chirping, when those eggs hatch.

I'm looking forward to the wrens' return.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Find Beauty in my own Backyard


I'm still resurrecting some paintings of days past to make available as prints. This scene of this ol' red maple is one that I've painted many times, from many angles, in every season, and I suspect I'll paint it again ... and again.

Some days I just want to set up the easel, paintbox and sketch ... and often with only enough time and light for a quick sketch in my own Backyard ... a quick sketch that allows me to appreciate the simple beauty that's around me every day ... the beauty I might otherwise take for granted. 

Monday, March 7, 2011

Look Forward to Plein Air Painting

The snow is melting and spring will be here soon and I'll be able to get outdoors to paint again ... to paint springtime scenes like this one, "Resting Tractor." I'm looking forward to it.

This painting is one of the many scenes that I've sketched along the Salisbury, Connecticut road called Salmon Kill. The maple tree, old barn and the tractor parked beside it, all seemed to call to me ... to join them while the tractor enjoyed at bit of rest between its tasks of the season.

I hope you'll take a closer look at this and my other artwork on ArtFire

Enjoy the day. Do something creative!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Occasional Still Life Painting


Having a day off from work is nice. Having two in a row is like a mini-vacation. So today, along with laundry, a trip to the recycling center, writing music and lazing around, I've listed a new fine art reproduction of my still life painting, "Blushing Mums."

You can take a closer look at it, and other works of art, at my ArtFire studio.

Now ... I think I'll gather up the garbage and recycling and take a little ride in the sunshine. Have a great Wednesday!


Thursday, February 10, 2011

When the Snow Melts

With all this snow we've had this year I just keep dreaming of When the Snow Melts and of the coming of spring. So I created a Collection of paintings by members of ArtFire's "A Passion for Painting Guild" to help my dream be a little more clear. I hope you'll take a closer look at it and of the studios of some of these talented artists.

I figure that if we all dream together, the snow might melt a little quicker.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Rake Snow

Then ... shovel.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Dream of Summer

With all the recent snowfall, I've been dreaming of sunshine and warm weather, and this image of "Hay Field" helps me to conjure those warn, sunny days of late summer. Paintings like this - mine and others - remind me of Picasso, who said, "Painting is just another way of keeping a diary."

You can take a closer look at this and other pieces of my artwork on ArtFire. If you live somewhere in the heart winter's cold and snow, I hope this image helps you to recall those warming, sun-filled days too.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Feed the Crows

I clear off a section of our stone wall.

I place the fat scraps from my wife's renderings on the "feeding station" that the crows know well ... and I whistle their signal and drum on the bucket.

I feed the crows.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

"Cow Barn"

Today I added a giclee print of this image, "Cow Barn" to my ArtFire studio. The original painting was done oil on canvas, on location and in one sitting. Capturing such functional beauty in the freshness of Connecticut springtime really is a joy.

I may go back to paint this lovely barn again.

In spring!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I Shovel

Need I say more?