Friday, December 30, 2011

Three Jeeps

Jeep I, 18"x24", oil on linen, $840, click here to buy

Jeep III, 20"x24", oil on linen, $960, click here to buy
The title is a lie, I am missing the middle jeep that was the actual commission piece. I client asked me to paint their son's Korean War era Wilys. I photographed the Jeep and they picked the image that Jeep I was based on. With their permission I painted the Jeep 3 more time. I must have the commission piece, Jeep II on different camera, but that was the one they picked.

The New "Rig"

Here is my new Open Box M panel holder. It was well worth the weight and really works better for the way I like to paint than any of the other systems I have used... and I have used them all with the exception of the Glouchester. I started with a half Julian, then a full, a Guerilla box and most recently and for the longest, James Coulter and his Art Box and Panel system. I was looking at the EasyL Versa but the ones I have seen and felt were very heavy and kinda clunky.

The box is 12"x16", beautifully made and it smells like heaven. I have used it outdoor on 6 occasions and in the studio the same amount. It is comfortable in all setting.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Avocado I

Avocado I, 5"x7", oil on museum board, $85 starting bid

Still playing with museum board. Got out my old stand by, avocados, and did a couple of small studies. I also got my new pouchade box today, an Open Box M, 12"x16". It took while to get it, but it was worth the wait. Being able to mimic the angle of the canvas with the palette and having it closer to my face really makes a difference in being able to see the values correctly.

This museum board was lightly primed with gesso and it really helped with the absorption problem.

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Towards the Tower

Painter buddy, Elsa Sibley, and I went out for an afternoon sketch to a spot I had been admiring for a few days now, it was could, but I kinda like it like that.

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Towards the Tower, 10"x12", oil on raymar panel, $300

Friday, December 23, 2011

Paper Bag Demo

I practiced fruits and the like for my demo without much success. Just didn't feel like me anymore, even though the daily painting fan base really enjoyed them. I planned on doing an 8"x8" that I could do in the hour of time allotted. At the last minute before I left for the demo, I grabbed a paper sack and an 11"x14" panel. Something spoke to me when I saw it and the demo was a success... sorry for the poor image, I took it with my phone and it was kinda dark.

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Paper Sack, 11"x14", oil on raymar panel, $300

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Demo and ArtTalk

Here are some more belated images from the demo and Arttalk I did to coincide with my show. I had pieces there from my first painting I did in college at the age of 19 to pieces I did in my late twenties and early thirties, up to when I got serious about painting 5 years ago. It was great to be able to show the progression and growth in my work, talk about my methods and ideas about art.


Here are some belated images of my show, Progression. The show was hung on November 12 and we are taking it down right after Christmas. Great crowd and great fun, I appreciate all the Greg and Jennifer Blair and Dogwood have done for me!

My lovely wife Julie and I before the big show...

I have no idea what I am doing in the background...

Some of my students, Kent on the right and Mitchell on the left

My friend, Meredith, thinks I am hilarious... and she is right. Surrounded my aspiring stand-up comic Gabe and his brother, Sam and their father.

My sister, Rosalyn Moore,  and Greg Blair try on the 3D glasses. Once upon a time, before the 3D craZe took over, I wanted to do a show that was all paintings that were 3D. What was I thinking??

Monday, December 19, 2011

Super M Study

Small Super M, 6"x8", oil on RayMar, $125
Study of one of my favorite tractors of all time, the Farmall Super M. This was mostly about color notes and creating a feel that I liked. Just finished a 30"x40" version that I will post soon.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Oranges on Blue

Oranges on Blue, 8"x8", oil on RayMar panel, $150
Thought I was going to do a daily painting for my demo, I really wanted people to be able to see the creation from start to finish, but at the last minute, I strayed from the fruit and painted a paper sack I got some lettuce in.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Just Playing

Avovados on Museum Board, 6"x6", oil on museum board, $100
Messing around with some old stand by's. I wanted to warm up for the the demo and play on museum board, which, for the record, I hate. This was untreated and very absorbant. I could get used to to it, but not sure why I would want to. I have but gesso on a a few larger pieces and I will play with them soon. here to purchase

Monday, December 5, 2011

Demo and ArtTalk

This Thursday at 6:30pm at the Dogwood Gallery I will be doing a quick demo as well as a guided ArtWalk and ArtTalk. I will field questions on my palette, my imagery and why I paint. I haven't painted in over a week, so I will be dusting off my daily painting abilities. I really want to start and finish a piece in one sitting. I love to see someone finish a painting... hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sandman Motel

Sandman Motel, Rawlins, WY, 30"x40", oil on gallery wrap, $2750
I am finally back. I have shrugged off the last of my Scott Christensen cobwebs and feel like I am myself and not some weird, awkward version of myself. It always bothers me when people ask questions like, "what kind of white do you use or what kind of brush is that." It reminds me of something my dad always used to say to his opponents when playing golf, "do you breathe in on you backswing or you downswing?" The point is, does it really matter? In this case, I was loving a synthetic brush over my old bristle brushes and that made all the difference to me. I guess sometimes the little things do matter.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Crossville Corner

Crossville Corner, 6"x8", oil on RayMar panel, $125
Study done from some images I took on our journey to Crossville, TN earlier this fall.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Eyed Peas on Collard Greens

Black Eyed Peas on Collard Green, 6"x8", oil on raymar panel, 
This piece was published in LifeStyles Magazine here in Atlanta as part of the Southern Traditions editorial. The partnership is a new one and I am very excited to be working on such a beautiful publication. Due to the time crunch, this piece is very small. Subsequent illustrations will be larger and auctioned off as well. Look for this one done 24"x24"

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Rusty Coke

Rusty Coke, 36"x48", oil on gallery wrap in floater frame, available at Dogwood Gallery

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Blog Trouble

My blog has not been working properly. I can not upload photos and text at the same time, I am surprised if this will even post. I am hoping that since there is no photo in it, that it may work! I will still be posting to and

If I have to, I will just post images, but I would rather do both.

Afternoon GraZe

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Overcast DodgeOvercast Dodge

Overcast Dodge, 30"x40", oil on gallery wrap, available at the show Saturday, Nov. 12
I have had this on my list of paintings to do for quite some time. I am glad I waited until now to paint it. It is by far my favorite car piece...

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Villa de Suenos, St. Simons Island, GA SOLD

Villa De Suenos Beach view, St. Simons Island, 11"x14", oil on raymar panel, SOLD
Did this piece a couple of weekends ago while at my one of my best friends wedding. This was done the day of the wedding, actually right before. I had to pack up my gear before really finishing the piece to get ready for the big show.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

RC Cola

RC Cola, 24"x20", oil on 3" Museum Wrap, available at my show on Nov. 12th
This completes the southern pairing painting series with it's sister piece Moon Pie. Both will be available at the show as a pair.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Simple Ground PLane

Simple Ground Plane, 8"x10", oil on RayMar panel
Playing with the ground plane... I did this one the same day as the other Thompson Farm painting. The ground plane was so active, so I decided to so something simple.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Past the Tree

Playing around with some extra paint on my palette from the days outdoor adventures...

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Work from Peggy Root Workshop

From the Barn, oil on raymar panel, 12"x16"
I have been very bad and have not posted in quite sometime. Before the Peggy Root workshop in early October I got a stress fracture in my foot while running (barefoot, begin the ridicule now). I had worked my way out of running shoes because of a 5 year battle with IT band issues. So, no riding and no running for me. Shortly after I injured my wrist and could do nothing! I hobbled around the workshop and struggled with my inability to exercise in the same manner until now... it is weird what an impact exercise had on my mental health. We were also at a destination wedding on St. Simon's Island off the coast of Georgia. So, I am just now beginning to get back to the blog.

This first painting was done under a barn looking out into the woods and a field. It was wet and rainy, and I almost threw this one away after the first day. I believe it is very important to try to rescue a piece as much as I feel it is a good idea to scrap some as well.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Rulon Electrical

Rulon Electrical, Houston, TX, 30"x40", oil on 3"museum wrap
Available at my one man show, Progression, Nov. 12th at the Dogwood Gallery
Had to big back in the archives to find this gem. This was from our trip to Houston in the summer of 2010. I knew it would become a painting sooner or later, guess I just needed to do a show.

I am always excited to find out little tidbits about a sign as I paint it, a bit of it's history if you will. For example, I did not notice that the top panel with "RULON" on it had been replaced. You can see that the white border that is on the "ELECTRICAL" part of the sign does not continue up, not to mention the difference in serif and san serif fonts used on the 2 names. I wonder what it was called before Rulon??

Peggy Root

Spent some time with the painting gang here in Newnan. Peggy Root came down for 3 days to work with us. The weather left a bit to be desired, a bit wet and rainy, but I like to paint in that type of weather. The food and camaraderie made up for any shortfall in the weather.

Check out Peggy's work here. She is the real deal. No small plein air "studies" for her. She lugs her gear through creeks and hills in eastern Tennessee, working on one larger piece a couple of hours at a time,  several days at a time in the same location. She actually stretches her own linen canvases on location! She puts me to shame. Peggy and her artist husband, Tom, also run an art school in their hometown. Check out her work here.

There was a good bit of "porch" artwork going on for the first few days... Peggy is in the trench coat on the right.

Hard to keep me away from a fire, but I was always a sucker for going out to get cold and
then coming back in for a warm up session.

We actually got out to a favorite local of our group, the Thompson Farm, on the last day.  Brenda Sumter is on the right, she was part of the Georgia Gang that went to Scott Christensen last summer. Peggy helps Pam Giles on the left.

Linda Mann shows the painting who's boss.

Sandy parker mixes and Val Cranford prepares to go big, or go home!
Special thanks to Val Cranford who brought Peggy to us and Elsa Sibley, who despite some latent surgical foot issues, hosted us at her wonderfully coZy country retreat.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Wyoming Waiting

Wyoming Waiting, 48"x60", oil on 3" museum wrap
Dedicated this week to doing a large canvas, 48"x60". Haven't done one this big in over a year and it is time. I actually think I have more fun and enjoy painting larger than smaller, but who has room for one of these monstrosities. Luckily, I have never had trouble finding a home for one. This painting will be the key piece for my show next month. I also recorded the whole thing and hope to make a time lapse video of it. I have over 30 hrs in it, so I hope I can shrink it down to about 5 minutes.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Alta Tractor

Alta Tractor, 20"x24", oil on gallery wrapped linen, available at my show, Progression,
on November 12th at the Dogwood Gallery in Tyrone, GA

Friday, September 30, 2011

Big Red

A special honor for me to use the photograph of one of my students, Mitchell Jones, as inspiration for this painting. Mitchell, now a Senior in high school, was a junior when he took a picture of the semi up the road from his house. The first time I saw it, I knew I had to paint it. Mitchell was kind enough to let me use it, and I have to say, I really like it. If this one goes over well, it may become a 48"x60" piece. That was my initial thought, but after much debate, I decided to start a bit smaller and work from there.  I usually take pictures at stages of the larger work in case something really cool happens and I can't remember what it is. Thanks, Mitchell!

Big Red, 30"x40", oil on 3" museum wrap, available at my one man show, Progression,
Nov. 12 at the Dogwood Gallery in Tyrone, GA


toned canvas and value drawing in burnt sienna

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Stand of Pines 294

Stand of Pines, 24"X20", oil on 3" museum wrapped canvas, available at my one man show in November
When I want to play and get used to slinging a LOT of paint around, I paint one of these. This one is on very aggressive 3" museum wrap. I fought with this one a bit, but the outcome makes me smile. The colors in the photo are AWFUL, I'll have to get another shot tomorrow when the sun is up.

Monday, September 26, 2011


Lookout, 24"x20", oil on museum wrap
Another one of my favorite snacks, made in the south with a great old logo. Graphics back in the day were so much better than what we see now.