Friday, December 10, 2010

Hill Country Colors - SOLD

8x8 Pastel on Canson

Just had some fun with colors.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


12x12 oil on canvas

Not quite finished with this one but just love the blues.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Happy Cows - SOLD

8x8 inch oil on RayMar panel

I grew up on a farm in Collinsville, Oklahoma with cows, shetland ponies, chickens, dogs, etc. It was a great place to play. We had a holstein cow with a heart on her forehead, named Gertie, that let me and my three siblings ride on her. So, I have a very soft spot in my heart for cows.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Upside Down From Over Head

When your brain has a hard time seeing the shapes and colors in a portrait, or any painting, turn everything upside down! This photo was taken by Heather, a photographer for the Air Force who found me at the Nueva Street Gallery painting last Wednesday. She needed a subject for a class she was taking and I was it. When she asked for a ladder I knew it was going to be interesting. Happy Halloween everyone!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Trumpet Flowers - NFS

Trumpet Flowers
10x8 oil on canvas panel
Just loved the shapes and colors.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sonia - 1983

pastel on canson (1983)
Another reminder of the art I was making in 1983. Sonia and I reconnected during my last visit to Santa Cruz and I look forward to seeing her this coming week during my next visit to California.

Andy in Santa Cruz - 1983

pastel on canson
I loved coming across this photo today. This is a pastel portrait I did years ago (1983 - you do the math) of Mezzo's friend Andy. What I remember about Andy is that he was mighty cute, really smart and funny.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Early Morning Boat Ride - SOLD

Early River Boat Ride
14x11 oil on panel
I'm at the gallery today and just finished another Riverwalk painting. This was an exercise in deciding what elements to include from my reference photo - which was very busy. I simplified. Now if I can get looser...

Hill Country Vista - SOLD

Hill Country Vista
10x8 oil on canvas

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Gathering Sunflowers - SOLD

Gathering Sunflowers
16x20 oil on canvas
Love all the colors in this painting.

Waterlily Radiance

Water Lily Radiance
16x20 oil on canvas
This painting started a year ago when my sister and I went to the McNay Art Museum for her birthday. We took lots of reference pictures and had a great time. This waterlily called to me.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Time For a Walk - SOLD

How Many Cups of Coffee Does It Take To Write a Song?
6x6 oil on panel
The first title that came to mind was, "How Many Cups of Coffee Does It Take To Write a Song? Then, "Song Unsung." Then, "Maybe Some Coffee Will Help." Then, "Time For a Walk." Whew. What would you have titled this painting?

Friday, July 16, 2010

Under Rosita's Bridge - SOLD

Under Rosita's Bridge
10x8 oil on canvas
Rosita's bridge in just a short walk from Susan's Gallery. It crosses the San Antonio River to the Arneson River Theater which is a popular performance stage for cultural dancing. The river boats are a fun and informative cruise on the San Antonio River through downtown.
Under Rosita's Bridge

Early Morning Riverwalk - SOLD

Early Morning Riverwalk
10x8 oil on canvas
Riverwalk San Antonio is a popular tourist destination. This painting is of the heart of the Riverwalk where you can cross the bridge and find all kinds of shops and restaurants on either side.
Early Morning Riverwalk - Framed

Saturday, July 10, 2010

To "The Blue" - NFS

To The Blue
8x10 oil on canvas

My Alpine, Arizona friend and I took some great long drives in the forests around where she lives. This painting is from a photo I took on our way to "The Blue," as the locals call it. It's a little town named Blue in the Apache Forest. It was a beautiful cloudy day and I loved the icy blue bushes along the side of the road. I tried to find out what the name of them was but couldn't find it in the "Plants of Arizona" book. If anyone knows, let me know!

The painting is for sale. If interested, send me an e-mail.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Mezzo At Her Computer - NFS

Mezzo At Her Computer
6x6 oil on panel

I painted this before I left on my trip in early June while I was watching the gallery. The shiny places are where I just made some corrections and signed it. I'll take a better picture after it's dry and the rain has stopped outside.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Texas Flower - SOLD

Bluebonnets - The Texas Flower
6x6 oil on panel
I wanted to start and finish something at the gallery today, yes, bluebonnets. It's for sale framed or unframed. If interested, send me an e-mail.

bluebonnets - framed

Friday, May 21, 2010

Texas Spring - SOLD

Texas Spring
8x10 oil on canvas, framed
I'm trying out this new "floater frame" on my latest Texas landscape. It's nice in that you see all of the canvas. With a regular frame you loose about 1/4 inch all the way around. I painted all the way around the edge of the canvas because it is visible in this frame.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Little Pitcher

Little Pitcher
6x6 oil on panel

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Fields of Texas - SOLD

Fields of Texas
6x6 oil on panel

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Perdido Creek - SOLD

Perdido Creek
20x16 oil on canvas
This painting went to live with folks in Florida last week. I started out painting it with a brush but at some point picked up a pallet knife and kept going. When Spring rolls around I'm heading out to capture more Texas country.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Working the Gallery

I'm working the gallery (Susan Carlin's Art Studio and Gallery) this beautiful Spring-like San Antonio, Texas Saturday. The sun is shining, it's 70 degrees, and the wind is blowing the dry leaves around.

There are three artists represented here: my sister Susan, Bonnie Mann and me. We all have original paintings, prints and cards for sale.

A happily "just engaged" couple from Albuquerque, New Mexico came in this morning and took away one of my Arneson River Theater prints as a souvenir. Lots of happy people out roaming the river today.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Kayley and Loretta

Kayley and Loretta
This little 10 x 8 oil is a painting of Kayley and the sweet little cockatoo, Loretta. The photo was taken by Kayley.

Little Church of La Villita - SOLD

Little Church of La Villita
This "Little Church of La Villita" was commissioned by some folks who were married there. As soon as it's dry and varnished I'll be shipping it off to its new home.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Off To Europe

Lyle off to Europe 1-2-10

I dropped my son Lyle at the Airport this morning. He is off to Los Angeles to meet up with his band, The Faceless, and then they're off to Europe for a five week tour.

What does this have to do with art? Being a part of my children's lives is the most creative thing I've ever done. I didn't paint a thing over the holidays but I did take some reference pictures.

One of the most important things I did this holiday season was to connected with some old and new friends. I was reminded that the essence of me is music. So besides painting, going to school full-time this Spring, I'll be playing the piano and remembering that I'm a songwriter.

Here is wishing everyone a wonderful new year filled with events that alter and illuminate our lives.