Thursday, December 13, 2012

Outside Paris

Outside paris, oil on linen, 5x7, available when the larger studio piece is complete
The morning before Thanksgiving I was ROR into the wild while Julie and her mom cooked. I took my thumbbox and went to a spot I have been eyeballing since we came through earlier in the fall. It was a spot I would never paint outside of the car because of a blind hill and flying cars. I sat in the comfort of the car, warm, listening to music and painting. It was very nice, though I missed the cool air and the sounds around me.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Last Light

Last light, oil on linen, 5x7, available after the larger studio piece is completed
This was done from a photo I shot on Julie's mother's land in Tennessee on Kentucky Lake. Beautiful sunset site but I was trapped with only my camera and no thumb box!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

SOLD Dixie Drive In

Dixie Drive In, oil on museum wrap, SOLD, commission, architectural
Did this for as a commission piece/editorial piece for a classmate of mine who now lives in South Carolina. Great sign!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Delta Morning

Delta Morning, oil on panel, 6x8, $150, landscape
I really fell in love with the delta the morning we left. It was a bit overcast and the landscape was wet from a morning rain. The colors were incredibly rich and there was an amazing smell of "things growing and decaying" in the air.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Cotton Boll SOLD

Cotton Boll, 6x10, oil on panel, $175, still life, sold
Picked the "flower" for Julie the morning before we left Clarksdale, MS. Cotton is an amazing plant.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Autumn Shadows

Autumn Shadows, 5x7, oil on linen, available when larger studio piece is complete, landscape
Playing around with my new thumb box, painted from a fuzzy cell phone image.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Reflections on a Pond

Reflections on a Pond, 8x10in, oil on panel, study, NFS, landscape
Another workshop pieces. Happy to put your name on the finished piece if you are interested.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Morning Light

Morning Light, 11x14in, oil on panel, NFS, landscape
Did this piece the first day of the workshop.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Moonrise in Meriwether

Meriwether Moonrise, 6x8in, oil on linen panel, study (available after the larger painting in complete) $150, landscape, nocturne
Learned a great deal from the first night... I went out the next evening on my own and came back with this. Would like to work this one larger, the study and larger piece will be available at the time of completion. let me know if you would like for me to put your name on either one.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

In the Moonlight

In the Moonlight, 11x14in, oil on panel, NFS, study, nocturne, landscape
My first plein air nocturne done with Roger and Greg. Millie Gosch and Craig Reynolds were also brave enough to join us. A little blue, but Thats what I picked up... just blue and white. I knew I could only focus on the big shapes. I enjoyed this more than any painting I have done with the sun up. Again, if you are interested in a larger piece based on this, let me know.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Hints of Autumn

Hints of Autumn, 11x14, oil on panel, study, landscape, NFS
Done at the Roger and Greg workshop. Again, I do not feel that pieces done in workshops should be sold. However, if you are interested in the larger piece that follows, let me know.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Fall Field

Fall Field, 11x14in, oil on panel, study, NFS, landscape
This was done at the Roger and Greg workshop... I cannot sell this piece, but if you would be interested in the larger piece that comes from it, please let me know.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Fall Creek Farm

Fall Creek Farm, oil on panel, 12x16, framed, $775, landscape, architectural
Found this great farm in east Tennessee. It will inspire many future paintings. Beautiful place...

Friday, November 30, 2012


Evolution, 8x8in, $175, unframed, study (available upon completion of larger piece), still life
This is an editorial piece I did for an article about moonshine drinking over the holidays. I focused on the evolution of the containers used in the running of illegal liquor.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

SOLD Between the Walls

Between the Walls, oil on luauan panel, 24x24in, unframed, architectural,  $1200, SOLD
Painting of my favorite alley in my hometown.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

Afternoon Angles

Afternoon Angles, oil on panel, study (available when larger piece is completed), 12x16, architectural, $775, framed
Excited to move on to something new when commission season comes to a close. Here is a taste...

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Family Farm

Family Farm, oil on panel, 11x14, $625, Framed, landscape, farm, Tennessee

painting of some of the land my wife's family owns in Paris, TN.

Friday, November 23, 2012

New Committments

I have been playing around with the idea of smaller studies and doing a series of small, consecutive daily paintings. I have a small Julian 6x8 thumb box that I had to modify to make it work correctly, but that was even too big. I wanted something I could carry with me every day. I picked the Guerilla Box 5x7 and it has been great. I got the kit from Utrecht and added the tripod attachment. I have used it in my lap in the car, outdoors and even on a tripod. I have been using my spoils from AIS, my Michael Harding paint to round out the kit. If you like safflower based paints, they are hard to beat. I'll let you know when I man up and try to do 30 days in a row... Pretty sure that's all Ivan handle outdoors.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Sewell Farm Demo

Did this demo for my upper schoolers yesterday from my iPhone... They were mildly amused.
12x16, available, canvas, landscape, oil, Sewell Farm

Back in the Saddle

It has been a whirlwind around here since the end of October and the opening of the show, I have some serious catching up to do with the blog and the website. Having 2 full times jobs requires something to fall by the wayside and my online life has been cast aside. Changes have been made to keep this thing rolling and you should start to see more consistency from me!

The show was a raging success, selling 34 out of 70 pieces. Now that it is down, I am trying to find homes for all the unsold pieces. Not lang after the show I participated in a workshop with 2 of my favorite artists, Roger Dale Brown and Greg Larock. Not long after that, a trip to AIS National in Indianapolis where I received an Honorable Mention from Judge, Kevin MacPherson... mind-blowing. I quick stop over in Clarksdale, MS for some photo opportunities and time with my old man.

Did I mention I paint full time and teach grades 7-12? Lots of paintings and experiments to unfold in the future.

Looking forward to bringing you all up to speed.

Three Wise Men and a Caddy, Honorable mention, American Impressionists Society National Exhibition 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Forbidden Fruit

This barn is part if a farm here in newnan that is no longer occupied. There are several buildings on the property, but no one is allowed on to paint it... Which is a shame. This was done from a quickly snapped cell phone image from a moving car.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Wartrace Remnants

Wartrace Remnants, 6x12in, oil on aluminum, $250
Playing on aluminum here. Kinda tricky, the effect is interesting, though none of the aluminum come through... it just have a brighter feel even thought I sanded and stained the aluminum so it would take oil better.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Alta Farm

Found some reference going back to my Scott Christensen time in Idaho and Wyoming from a couple of summers back. Great memories.

Alta Farm, oil on panel, framed, 11x14in, $550

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Carabelle Morning

Carabelle Morning, oil on museum wrap, 36x48in, $3400
The reference for this piece was taken early in the morning the day of the Great American Paint Out while hunting for subject matter. I decided to stay away from boats since the best plein air boat painters in the business were there. I decided to stick to my thing and i did an alley with a truck at the end. Hodges Soileau actually painted this boat during the paint out and he nailed it.

Inspirations from the Mother Road

My show opened this Sunday... and things went great! The whole experience was mind-numbing and exciting. By the end of the day, 24 pieces were sold and they continue to sell as the week continues. The show will hang until the end of the month.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

SOLD Taos Trucking

My largest truck to date, I really enjoy getting big with these pieces. It makes them seem more real, like I can walk up to it, open the door and drive off.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Bel Air Motel Study

Another great Googie Art sign from Austin. This is a study created for a larger piece that will be 18x24in.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

The Best View

Route 66 had the best signs. Found this gem outside Kingman, AZ.

The Best View, oil on museum wrap, 24x24in, available at my show at the end of October, $1100

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Reflections On the Days Gone By

Reflections On Days Gone By, available at my show in September, framed, 16x20in, oil on panel, $800
Found a goldmine on Route 66 in Hickberry, AZ. Felt sorry for this old Ford that had to sit and watch all the cars go by.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Three Wise Men and a Caddy, Key West

This painting and I will be traveling to Indianapolis this fall for the American Impressionist Society national show.

Please note that this is not the actual format of the image, it is 18x24"
Three Wise men and a Caddy, oil on panel, framed, $1800

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Fly for the Little Guy SOLD

Painted this fly for Greg Blair who owns Dogwood Galley. Greg's son is obsessed with fishing and just celebrated his tenth birthday

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Cemetery Point, Cedar Key

Cemetery Point, Cedar Key, 10x12in, oil on panel, $400
The last of the pieces done in Cedar Key. I am still about a month behind on my posts and we are leaving again for the big trip out west! I am hoping to get out from under the backlog soon!

There is no cemetery in this painting, it is actually behind me. I painted this from a board walk that goes around Cemetery Point and offers a great view of the marsh.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Westward Expansion Online Studio Sale

I am having a "Westward Expansion Studio Sale" this weekend. These include studies and finished pieces that have been filling up space in the studio since we moved.

There are some real gems in here, so I hope you can find something you cannot live without.

All pieces are available by following this link, click on the thumbnail you like and you will see a "buy now" button. Click on that and you can pay through PayPal. If you do not have a PayPal, you can select the option to pay with credit card through PayPal as a guest. Last resort would be to email me and have me mark it as sold, however, someone may get it before I can get to it. You can also navigate the paintings within the large thumbnail images by clicking "next."

If all else fails, go to, click on paintings and then the westward expansion studio sale collection.

I appreciate your patronage and support!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Hurricane Sun

Hurricane Sun, 12x16in, oil on panel, $500

The day after the storm it was still very windy and cloudy, you just see the sun behind the thin veil of fast moving clouds.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Old Florida

Old Florida, Cedar Key, 10x12in, oil on panel, $400

This is Elsa's place in Florida, done from a photo during the tropical storm. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Cedar Key Marsh

A painter friend, Elsa Sibley, has great place in Cedar Key where we spent most of our time avoiding Tropical Storm Beryl. The place is full of characters and old Cracker Architecture, tons of marshes and great seafood. Sadly, I only painted one plain air piece and the rest were done from the refuge of our dwelling.

Cedar Key Marsh, 10x12in, oil on panel, $400

Hello, remember Me?

I'm the guy who used to post his painting here... regularly. Good news is that I have not stopped painting, only posting. By the end of the school year I was done with ANYTHING but painting and had even considered asking one of my graduates to intern for me as an assistant so I can just paint. I have found that keeping up with the blog, the website, Pintrest, and Facebook keep me away from where I really want and need to be, behind the easel. I have missed communication with all of you and I am ready to jump back in... baby steps, baby steps.

I have been very busy since my last post. Julie and I have combed just about every inch of Florida and have come back with great sketches and tons of reference photos. We spent most of our time trying to stay away from tropical storms, but we are back home and ready to post!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012