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.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Join or Die

Join or Die, 20"x24", oil on gallery wrapped linen, available at my show on November 12th
Paying homage to the first political cartoon ever run in an American newspaper by one of my favorite Americans, Ben Franklin... and man of many talents. You may or may not know that I am an editorial cartoonist and the son of a man who ran a printing business for 30 years so he could syndicate his own cartoons. We have been working together on this endeavor since 2004, Dad started in 1969. I have deep respect for me who speak their minds in front of many.

Best Painting Blog... EVER

I have been so busy reading the blog of New England artist, Stapleton Kearns, that I have neglected my own blog. I have never found a blog and read it from the first post to the last... until now.

Stapleton Kearns has been a full time painter for over 40 years and has all kinds of tips and advice on everything from the making of panels to the chemical make-up of oil paints. He discusses other painters at length, including one of my favorites, Emil Gruppe.

He is a no frills, straight up kinda guy and a painters painter. His work is beautiful and he is so kind to share his wealth of knowledge with us. I am incredibly grateful!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Gadsden Flag

Gadsden Flag, 18"x24", oil on linen gallery wrap, available at my one man show in November
Always been a huge fan of this flag and what it stands for.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


UGA Arches, 11"x14", oil on RyaMar panel, SOLD
Painted this commission for a client who wanted this for her daughter who is currently enrolled at UGA. I had this image from a shoot I did for another client several years ago when I was doing a lot of photography.

Monday, September 12, 2011


Decoy, 11"x14", oil on museum wrap, available at my one man show in November
Found this little gem in a junk/antique store in downtown Newnan, which is rapidly becoming the antique and junk store capital of the tri-county area.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Shhh... I'm Hunting Wabbits

Hunting Cap, 8"x8", oil on gallery wrap, available at my show in November
I have no idea why, but my parents let me get this hunting hat for my grandfather on his birthday when I was about 4 or 5... he graciously gave let me wear and keep it. I suppose it was because it was way too small for him. However, on the bright side, it fits my smallish tater just right these days. Julie made it perfectly clear that just because it fits, doesn't mean I get to wear it. Kinda like my overalls. What she doesn't know won't hurt her.

Friday, September 2, 2011


Rawlings, 8"x8", oil on gallery wrap
Sorry, still on this sports, man-cave thing at the moment.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Daily Painter Originals

Just in case you don't already follow me or, you can now follow me through I have loved daily painter and daily paintworks, but daily painter originals is a MUCH smaller group. At the moment, they have around 30 member as opposed to the 150 or so on daily painters and the 300 or more on daily paintworks. Daily paintworks does have a small core group of amaZing painters like Carol Marine, Michael Naples, Laurel Daniel, and the like... but I have yet to get my invite from them:) Honestly, if you are here, there is nowhere else you need to go!