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"Harbor Moon"

“Harbor Moon”, this is a small painting, 6″ x 8″, oil on canvas panel. This painting has SOLD.

At different times, I have sailed by, walked by, driven by, gotten close and moved afar to view this black hulled vessel. The large shape and oh so dark a black is not a color subject I would normally choose. But the mystery of ship drew me to it. I chose an evening with a falling breeze and donned my winter gear to keep me warm in the cold of the shadows as I worked. The ticking time bomb of the leaving light kept me focused and working fast. Painting from top to bottom, as I got to the details of docks and boat, the moon unexpectedly appeared. While it climbed the heavens as I moved my paints, I held my breath for fear my time was up and it would disappear before it reached it full splendor just about the eastern cloud bank…

"Mermaid Farm Calf"

“Mermaid Farm Calf”, this is a small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. This painting has SOLD.

This was started early last week. I finally finished it today, partly because the farmer’s boys, ages 5 and 8, wanted to watch. So both days I was able to hold their attention for at least a half hour before they turned into wild mustangs and galloped up and down the path behind me practicing their whinnies. We talked about lights and darks, mixing black instead of tube black, white in sun and white in shadow and, of course, lots of gobbledy gook!!!

"Birds of a Feather"

“Birds of a Feather”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. This painting has SOLD.

Every time the rancher comes by to feed the cattle 5 or so rolls of hay, the red winged black birds and grackles and meadow larks swarm around. For a few days they gobble up the grains and then fly up to the telephone wires and hang out. Today they were all over the place and I took advantage of them for this painting…

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"Cowtown"

“Cowtown”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $500.00 US

It is stock show time in Fort Worth at the moment. I have never seen so many shampooed, brushed, combed and cleaned cattle and pigs before in my life. Wilber would be proud. It took a while to find a quiet corner with some live stock already in place for me to paint. These critters did a good job of it for me…

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"Tomahawk Hi Dry"

“Tomahawk, Hi & Dry”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. This painting has SOLD.

The Tomahawk is one of the last of the fleet of charter fishing boats to be hauled out for the winter. Captain Buddy Vanderhoop works the waters as long and hard as he can while the game fish are still out of hibernation and catchable. His vessel must have just been hauled out. The rich black of the hull contrasted fiercely witht the subtle, soft, winter seaside colors all around it. The Tomahawk was a painting in my mind the instant my eyes came upon her. Work had to proceeed from inside my van as the wind and rain left me no quarter in which to hide…