Sunday, March 30, 2014

Negwegon Sunset

Negwegon State Park is on Lake Huron, just south of Alpena, MI. It is undeveloped and remote. Although Lake Huron is Michigan's sunrise coast, you can often catch spectacular sunsets.

Fine art prints of this painting are available here.

Oil on panel, 18 x 36 inches, 2014
#119

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tawas Point Light

This is a study for my larger painting called "Tawas Bay". The season, the time of day, and the weather create many different moods on the Point.

Fine art prints of this painting are available here.

Oil on canvas, 10 x 20 inches, 2013
#118

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Tawas Bay

Tawas Bay State Park is a pristine sandy hook which arcs into Michigan's Lake Huron. Its shallow waters are ideal for swimming, and it is a bird watcher's paradise where one can often see the endangered piping plover. The Tawas Point Light is open to visitors.

Fine art prints of this painting are available here.

Oil on linen, 18 x 36 inches, 2013
#117

Sunday, January 19, 2014

From Point Lookout, Au Gres

This is one of a series of lakescapes in which I explore the vast expanse of sky and water that characterize Michigan's Great Lakes. My family has vacationed on Point Lookout for many years. This is the view looking north toward White Stone Point.

Fine art prints of this painting are available here.

Oil on linen, 18 x 36 inches, 2013
#116

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Bayley

Bayley was a wonderful model with whom I worked several times. She went on to model internationally.

Fine art prints of this painting are available here.

Oil on linen panel, 10 x 8 inches, 2009
#115

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Asters

This small painting was done recently for a friend's wedding. I often look to Manet's late flower paintings for inspiration. Something to look forward to in old age.

This painting is a available as a fine art print here.

Oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, 2013
#114

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

My wife Lauri creates our Christmas card every year. They always uniquely capture the spirit of the season. Season's Greetings and a prosperous New Year to all!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Clare in Mirror

Clare was always great at interpreting my direction. Her mom Eileen was also very helpful. We did a lot of work together. 

This painting is available as a fine art print here.

Oil on linen panel, 10 x 8 inches, 2008
#113

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Kelsey with Starfish

One of my favorite themes is the figure seen in a mirror. Although Kelsey's face is fully reflected, it is in deep shadow and she remains unknown to the viewer.

Available as a high quality, low cost print here.

Oil on linen panel, 10 x 8 inches, 2009
#112

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Haley in a Round Chair

Haley's dreamy expression and the late afternoon sunlight on the wall behind her state the mood of this painting. 

Fine art prints of this painting are available here.

Oil on linen panel, 8 x 10 inches, 2009
#111

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Kelsey Again

Kelsey sports maize and blue in this small painting, the colors of the University of Michigan Wolverines. She actually attended Central Michigan University, as did I. Kelsey and her mother Darlene were always a pleasure to work with. 

This painting is available as a fine art print here.

Oil on linen panel, 7 x 5 inches, 2007
#110

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Naomi

The unfinished feel of this piece seems to capture something of the mystique of this particular model, with whom I worked only once. 

Fine art prints are available of this painting here.

Oil on linen panel, 10 x 8 inches, 2009
#109

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Allan D. Gilmour

Last Monday was the dedication ceremony for the newly-named Allan Gilmour Mall at Wayne State University in Detroit. The ceremony included the unveiling of my portrait of Mr. Gilmour, who recently retired as WSU president. Previous to that he was an executive with Ford Motor Company. I want to thank Sandra Schemske, the David Klein Gallery, and everyone involved in the success of this project. Thanks also to current WSU president Dr. M. Roy Wilson for his gracious introduction at the unveiling.

Oil on linen, 36 x 48 inches, 2013
#108

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Summer Dinner

This ambitious piece is from 2005. I was reading about the canals of Europe, and wishing I could explore them. I imagined an idyllic afternoon with a view of a canal from the window. I actually lived on a canal on Detroit's east side right after I was married. It was a magical time.

This painting is available as a fine art print here.

Oil on panel, 24 x 36 inches, 2005
#107

Sunday, September 22, 2013

My Flesh Palette

These are the colors I use for painting human skin. It can be tedious to mix up a palette this complex everyday, but I've found that the more thought out my working space is, the more likely I will get what I want in the painting. First I lay out colors from the tube across the top. Next I mix fairly large amounts of the hues in the bottom row. Finally I mix the tints in the second row. I intermix them all as needed when painting. Mars black is cool enough to serve as a blue in almost all cases. I'm posting this so my students can print it out and bring it to class, but anyone is welcome to make use of it. Use matte photo paper for best results.



Sunday, September 15, 2013

New Portrait Commission

I am currently painting the portrait of Allan Gilmour, who recently retired as president of Wayne State University. Before that, Mr. Gilmour was an executive with Ford Motor Company. I'm very happy to have been chosen for this commission and I am enjoying working with Allan, about whom you can read more here...http://goo.gl/15Tbbr


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Going Forward

This painting is from 2008 and is called "Going Forward". It was a phrase heard often in the media about that time. It is available through the David Klein Gallery in Birmingham, MI. It is beautifully framed by the John Rowland Workshop in Ferndale, MI. John does most of my framing.

You can order a fine art print of this painting here.

Oil on linen panel, 18 x 24 inches, 2008
#106

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Blue Mirror

This is another in my short series of paintings by artificial light. The furniture and the room itself are doll house miniatures. The figure was a real model. I composed the piece in Photoshop. The original is available from the David Klein Gallery in Birmingham, MI. 

To order a fine art print of this painting, click here.

Oil on panel, 18 x 17 inches, 2007
#105

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Gift

This piece is one of a short series where I attempted the figure in artificial light, which I find very challenging. It is now in the collection of the Detroit Institute of Art.

This painting is available as a fine art print here.

Oil on linen panel, 24 x 18 inches, 2007
#104

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Seashells and Guitar

I tried to capture the feeling of a laid back summer day at the cottage. Kick off the sandals and have a glass of wine. You can see Lake Huron out the window.

This painting is available as a fine art print. Click here to learn more.

Oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches, 2006
#103

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Clare and Jordyn

Many of my paintings involve two women in a room, often in an ambiguous relationship. Here I was interested in the psychological tension between Clare sitting upright and Jordyn reclining in the background. This work is available through the David Klein Gallery in Birmingham, MI. It is also available as a fine art print.

Oil on linen panel, 20 x 30 inches, 2009
#102