Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Some new stuff

... for Small Artworks Invitational show at the Art Spirit Gallery.

"The Gift Bearer", oil on canvas, 12x12"

"North Argonne Road", oil on linen, 10x10"

 "Morning on Bruce Rd", oil on canvas, 12x12"

December 2 - January 7
The opening reception on Friday, December 2 from 5-8 pm.

The Art Spirit Gallery
415 Sherman Avenue
Coeur d'Alene, ID

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"Girl in Russian Shawl"

40x16", oil on canvas

Available at The Art Spirit Gallery

Friday, October 21, 2011

A 3-hour study

This study is from last Saturday's "Art In The Making", which is an annual event in Coeur D'Alene. 12-15 artists get together and paint, draw and sculpt from live models in the Coeur D'Alene plaza. People come, watch and ask questions... The night before, I had a solo show opening at The Art Spirit Gallery. Instead of giving a demo at the gallery on Saturday after the opening, I opted for Art In The Making. Less scary when you have a dozen great artists around doing the same thing :) For someone like me, who is so used to the solitude of the studio, it's still rather intimidating. Also, I'm not an alla prima painter, and this is certainly out of my comfort zone... But we had a great model, and I'm quite pleased with the result. I'll let it dry and then probably go over and finish it sometime. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

"Wrong Town"

oil on canvas, 24x24"
Available at The Art Spirit Gallery

Sunday, October 9, 2011

"Last Day of August"

47x16", oil on canvas


Friday, October 7, 2011

"Spokane. Early March"

oil on canvas, 36x36"

Finished this one a couple of months ago and forgot to post it.

I've been searching for a view like this one for over a year. Circled around the downtown, climbed on the top floors of parking structures, tried to get to any publicly accessible high place, and it was not it, and it was not it... Then, last March, I happened to be at an office on the sixteenth floor of the Seafirst building, the building that I hate with a passion.  It dominates the Spokane skyline, it feels absolutely out of place, and  almost everywhere you look in the downtown, you can see it - a giant striped mattress that tries to reach the sky. (Reminds me of this anecdote about Guy do Maupassant, who despised the Eiffel Tower so  much that he ate at the tower's restaurant every day because it was the only place where he could not see the tower.)

And there it was, on the sixteenth floor of this monster - the view of the city, just like what I had in my mind. The weather was perfect, too - overcast, gloomy, heavy sky, wet streets, snow on the roofs.  

It was a very brief visit, I could not do any sketches, did not have my camera with me either. So I snapped a quick shot with my cell phone. Unfortunately, the image got corrupted, my laptop refused to recognize it, and I only could view it on the phone screen, a small thumbnail, about an inch by inch and a half. 

Yet, I learned that a very bad photo makes a great reference for a painting. It provides some information, but not too much, and most important - it does not dictate how to paint, like beautiful photos sometimes do. Of course, painting a late winter scene in July was a fun challenge, too.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

a little something on the side

"Paint Tubes", 8x10"

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


oil on canvas, 20x20"

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


30x40", oil on canvas

Thursday, August 25, 2011

"From the Skywalk"

40x16", oil on canvas

Friday, July 15, 2011

Just wanted to paint a mask.

"Reverie", 24x36", oil on canvas

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

"Pink Peony"

12x12", oil on linen


Sunday, June 19, 2011

"Long, Long Day"

oil on canvas, 48x24"

Friday, June 17, 2011

"Old Friends"

...sat on their park bench like bookends

18x30", oil on linen

Friday, March 25, 2011

"Rainy Day. Sprague Avenue"

30x30", oil on

Monday, February 28, 2011


12x16", oil on linen

Friday, February 25, 2011

"Sea Shells", again...

8x8", oil on canvas

Friday, February 18, 2011


10x10", oil on linen

Friday, February 11, 2011

Just finished this one

"Mandatory Celebration"
24x18", oil on canvas

Monday, January 17, 2011

Rainy day

Another quick study for a larger cityscape.
 8x8", oil on canvas board

(private collection)

Monday, January 10, 2011


for a larger painting

6x12", oil on canvas

Monday, January 3, 2011

"Aunt Lianne"

Forgot to post this one...

12x12", oil on canvas