Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Last one for today. This is the 45 minute exercise we did in Brian's workshop in Boone, NC. No time to think, and very messy! FUN!


I blended this a lot to get the variation in color, because I didn't know how to do it otherwise.

My First Contribution

Hi Brian, This is my first attempt at contributing to your Blog. Here is a little still life I set up. I tried to be a looser than some of my previous ones, which I will send.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008


A little 16x20" oil, done tonight, still warming up after a week or so of not painting. A bit rusty,......comments welcome. Brian

Monday, April 28, 2008

Hang in there!

I thought that would be an appropriate title, as this last one took way too long. There are so many things I don't like about it...... too numerous to list. I knew this next one would be a dog, and I figured I can't just post the gems. With out sounding like I am beating my self up, because I am chuckling, the best part about this painting is that I'm done....not finished, done. May be time for a little one hour exercise eh?? It's 24X30


Ok I'm an addict. It's midnight. I can just hear Brian say all those beautiful quotes about leaving room for the viewer, and leaving some inplied. Sorry brian. I am in my infancy, and I thought I would try this big pacifier. I took this shot last Sunday, down the road. It's 30x36 It was fun..... quite

Sunday, April 27, 2008


This is a little demo painting done today at a workshop...16x20" acrylic/canvas. Done from a photo. Comments welcome.


Saturday, April 26, 2008

Tending the Fire

I did this today,its 18x24 oii/canvas
Thanks for looking

Friday, April 25, 2008

Mr. Biggar's old Truck

This is a 12x 16 oil/linen that i did today
Thanks for looking

Sunday Morning

So I tried posting this (my latest) before, but it did happen. I'll get this computer stuff one day. I hope it doesn't show up twice.

Worked hard on the values, the warm and cool tones, and to try and keep that sense of overwhelming light that comes into my place in the mornings. It was a struggle. But a good exercise. It was small at 12X16 that made it trickier.

Hello to all, I too am a newby from Brian’s latest workshop, and since Astri has already done the plug all I can say is my heart felt gratitude toward Brian’s teaching will be with me for some time to come. Thank you Brian!
I’ve checked out the site and I really seem to respond to Elliot’s work. I also love Brian’s RR#2 painting, it’s stunning. Funny I went out and took pictures, and I shot telephone poles, which are numerous, along the railroad tracks by my house. One of many "still to paint" on my favorites list.
In the meantime here is my latest. A little tighter than I usually go. Feels a little “muddy” to me. I’ll live with it for a few days and see if I pick it up again. I said in the work shop that I wish I had you in my back pocket Brian…….now that I’m home…more than ever.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Prospector

This is a 15x 30 oil/canvas
I used a limited palette and
im not quite finished ,thought
i would post anyway
Thanks for looking

Hi everyone connected to Brian here! I'm one of his workshop 'newborns', just back from five wonderful days on Quadra Island where six of us moved through the Seven Step program together -- a wonderful group of people so diverse we never would have found ourselves in the same space that intensively for that long, if not for our common interest in learning to paint. Brian is such a great teacher - clear, step-by-step, funny, likes people, and not afraid to (very gently) push us each time we default to habits which do not serve the process of painting... Thank you Brian! And how wonderful that your Blog gives us this chance to meet others of your workshop people and give and receive comments. So, this was one of the paintings I did - and I still have a few changes I want to make to it. But I thought I'd ask everyone's opinion first, not that what you say will definitely sway me but I do want to hear!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Here I am again!
I started this when you were here in Feb. Brian (remember me ruining the value study with all the little trees)? I Gessoed them out and finished it a couple of weeks ago. When I asked Steven for help he said he didn't have a clue as to what to do and that he would never have choosen this picture to paint.So there I was all on my own. Here is the result. I am happy with how it turned out. It looks a little more blue here than it does in person.
This is the first time I have contributed any of my paintings to Brians blog. I am doing it now because my friend Elliot is helping with the the technology. This little scene is in a tiny space between two buildings in downtown Boone NC. I love it.

Autumn Barn

This is a 12 x 16 acrylic I just finished. Thanks for looking, Brett

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


This is a 15x30 oil/canvas
Thanks for looking
I've included a close up of the face

Mike the Pastry Chef

This is a friend who makes all the pastry at the deli
here in Tubac. Thanks for looking
This one is 12c16 oil/canvas

Monday, April 21, 2008


I'd really like some criticism on this one. I think I did well with shapes and contrast. I'm not sure how the colors and textures read. Does it just end up looking splotchy rather than painterly?

Bad Dog

This is another one of this series that i just finished
its 18x36 oil/canvas
Thanks for looking ive added a closeup

Saturday, April 19, 2008


This one is 18x36 oil/canvas
Thanks for looking

Friday, April 18, 2008

At the Races

This one is a 15x30 oil/canvas
Thanks for looking

Party Time

This is a 15 x 30 oil/canvas
Thanks for looking

John Doe's wife - Jane

This is also an 18 x36 oil /canvas
Thanks for looking

John Doe

this is an 18x36 oil/canvas,i concentrated of the chartacter of this
guy. Thanks for looking

Monday, April 07, 2008

Lavender for Sale

This is a 12 x 16 acrylic from a photo of a box of lavender bouquets for sale in Provence. The roosters in the corner and on the window sill were models made of pottery. It has really helped focusing on the light and dark values and the shades of color rather than on the items portrayed in the photo (Your seven steps really work, Brian!). And it is fun to see the picture emerge as I add the color and detail.

Friday, April 04, 2008


This one done today, 24x30" o/c Comments welcome. Brian

Wednesday, April 02, 2008


Done today, 24x30" o/c Comments welcome. Brian

At the Pond

This is a 18x24 oil/canvas
comments welcome

A Flower in Provence

This is a 12 x 16 Acrylic painting of a flower and vine in the south of France. I struggled for a bit trying to mix a warm pink color for the flower, but my friend, Steven Prewitt of Boone, NC, helped me mix the right colors. Thanks for looking, Brett

Tuesday, April 01, 2008


This is a guy i saw this morning at the coffee shop,i had my digital
camera and asked if i could take his shot. This one is 11x14 oil/canvas
thanks for looking