Saturday, December 19, 2009

DSFDF Portrait Challenge - Akiko

14"x11" oil on canvas
This is my contribution to Karin Jurick's Different Strokes From Different Folks year end portrait swap challenge. The portrait is of Akiko Watanabe.

Friday, December 11, 2009

A New Site For Sorolla Fans

I was recently contacted by Iain Vellacott, a wonderful artist living in the south west of France letting me know of his new website devoted to the master Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla. Check out his site by clicking Sorolla Paintings. There's even a section devoted to his quotes.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Dante's View Climb

16"x20" oil on canvas
A recent commission
I recently finished this commission of a cycling team making their way on a road in Death Valley toward Dante's View. The painting will be auctioned off to raise money for the team who are called "Tieni Doro" (it is a phrase shouted by cycling fans in Italy to encourage their favorite riders... it basically means "stay strong").
If you want to see a master of cycling paintings (as well as race cars and beautiful countryside paintings), you have to check out the work of Rob Ijbema at his blog, Painting le Tour. Rob's paintings really capture the sense of speed and the excitement of the race.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


8"x10" oil on canvas
This is my contribution to Karin Jurick's current challenge on her Different Strokes From Different Folks blog.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

San Leandro Show Photos

Here are some photos of the "San Leandro: Then and Now" show that opened today.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

San Leandro: Then and Now

The San Leandro Museum will be having a show called, "San Leandro: Then and Now", and it will run from November 7 - December 13. These are the paintings I am entering in it. "Trailer Haven" 11"x14" oil on canvas
This is an old trailer park that has been in the city for decades and I have always loved the sign - a bit of Americana.

"Bal Theatre" 20"x24" oil on canvas
I love the old movie theatres and this one has become a computer repair shop that I believe does show movies at times. If you want to see some stunning old theatre paintings, check out the work of Francis Livingston.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

I'm Back!

We are back from our very wonderful Caribbean cruise. We lucked out on the weather, though at times it was a bit hot and humid. Here are a few photos of our adventure.

This is the ancient Mayan city of Xunantunich in the jungle of Belize. We walked to the top of this temple and enjoyed a great view. A lot of people in the past only went up once.

This is the Mayan city of Tulum which is perched on the cliffs overlooking the beautiful Caribbean Sea in Mexico.

And in Grand Cayman we did the stingray and dolphin encounter which was a lot of fun. We tool a 30 minute boat ride to a sandbar where very tame stingrays of all sizes would swim around their visitors.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Self Portrait

8"x10" oil on canvas
This is my contribution to Michelle Burnett's Following the Masters blog. The current challenge is to do a self portrait, and since I haven't done one in many years, I thought that this was the perfect opportunity.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


11"x14" oil on linen
A man ponders a painting at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Good Enough to Eat

6"x6" oil on panel
This is my contribution to Karin Jurick's latest challenge on her Different Strokes From Different Folks blog. It sure was fun painting it.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

A Passing Glance

11"x14" oil on linen
A woman gives a passing glance to Renoir's Dancer at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Two Other Winning Paintings

Sunflowers 18"x24" oil on canvas - First Place

San Francisco Victorian 24"x30" oil on canvas - Second Place

Monday, August 17, 2009

"African Child" Wins Best of Show!

11"x16" pastel
Over the weekend the San Leandro Art Association held its 50th Anniversary of Festival of Fine Art which took place at the historical Casa Peralta in Downtown San Leandro. I entered 3 pieces and all won awards! This one, African Child, won Best of Show.

Friday, July 31, 2009

After Manet's Boquet De Pivoines

6"x8" oil on canvas
This is my second contribution to Michelle Burnett's Following the Masters blog. The current assignment is to do a painting of flowers & gardens, so I chose to do one of Edouard Manet's beautiful flower paintings. This one is titled Boquet de Pivoines (Boquet of Peonies).

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Portrait of a Man

9"x11 1/4" oil on canvas
This is my contribution to Karin Jurick's latest challenge on her blog Different Strokes From Different Folks .

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Art Lover

9"x12" oil on linen panel
A woman admires Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


8"x10" oil on canvas
Another contribution to James Parker's blog Windows to the Words Art. This time it is a portrait of fellow artist Maggie Mayer's dog, Tulsi. Maggie is a wonderful artist who also does great dog portraits. Click on her name to check out her work.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

It's Hanna!

6"x6" oil on canvas
This is my first contribution to James Parker's blog Windows to the Words Art . I thought I'd have a little fun with this one.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Rower Reflections

6"x8" oil on canvas
This is my contribution to Karin Jurick's latest Different Strokes From Different Folks challenge.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Beach Girl 2

10"x10" oil on linen panel

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Keeping it Cool

8"x10" oil on linen panel
A trio enjoys the beach at Carmel. More beach scenes to come.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

N.Y. Taxi

6"x6" oil on canvas
Here is my contribution to Karin Jurick's Different Strokes From Different Folks blog.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Meet Beau

Meet Beau, the newest addition to our family. It was a 3,500 mile round trip road trip to get him, but it was worth it. It took us 2 days to get to San Antonio, Texas from the SF Bay Area and 3 days to get back home (which was still a LOT of driving). As well as picking up our Beau, a very sweet east going almost 1 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who instantly fit into our family, we got to enjoy the very beautiful city of San Antonio - we loved it so much, we hope to return to it again someday.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Road Trip!

Well, my wife and I are off on another road trip - this time it is to San Antonio, Texas, to get our little girl, Sophie, a little brother - another Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She's been a bored and lonely little dog since she lost her big brother in January. We leave early tomorrow morning with Sophie so she can get acquainted with her new friend and to see if they get along (Sophie loves everyone, so it should work out fine). Plus, we've been wanting to see San Antonio and check out the Riverwalk. I'll post photos of our new pup when we return.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Sorolla - Following the Masters Challenge

9"x10" oil on linen panel
This is my first contribution to Michelle Burnett's Following the Masters blog. The painting is a copy of Joaquin Sorolla's Promenade Beside the Sea painted in 1909.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Ceiling Mural Finished!

Well, I finally finished the ceiling mural in our master bedroom. It turned out to be more of a challenge than I thought it would be, but it was worth it, my wife and I are very happy with the way it turned out. The putti are based on photos of us when we were toddlers. The photos don't really do it any justice - it looks much nicer in person.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Laura & Lucky

9"x12" oil on canvas
I recently completed this commission that is to be given as a birthday gift to the woman in the painting, Laura. Lucky is a very cute little chihuahua.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

2009 East Bay Rose Show

For anyone who loves roses and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, this is an event you should go see.
America The Beautiful
East Bay Rose Society's 62nd Annual Spring Rose Show
Free - Public Invited
Sunday May 3, 2009
1-5 p.m.
Lakeview Park Garden Center
666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610
For Information contact Phillis May at (510) 835-0485
My wife and I have been members of the society for a few years now and it is always a fun event to see and participate in. I've been doing the posters for it the last few times and this one is the best one so far - I get to try out my graphic design skills.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Beach Girl

7.5"x12" oil on panel
Another contribution to Karin Jurick's Different Strokes From Different Folks blog. I really enjoyed painting this one. It got me thinking about one of my favorite artists, Edward Potthast, and his wonderful beach scenes.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Veggie Sushi

6"x6" oil on canvas
Another contribution to Karin Jurick's Different Strokes From Different Folks blog.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Thank You, James!

Yesterday I discovered that my artist buddy in Costa Rica, James Parker, had presented me along with another wonderful artist and outstanding person, Sheila Tajima, a "keepsake" he had created to show his appreciation. I am deeply honored and very appreciative of what he had written about me. Thank you, James, you are a gifted artist and a super person who posses a wonderful sense of humor. I always get a big smile or a good laugh whenever I read your blog - thank you for that. I wish I could present the keepsake to you, you are very deserving of it.
Here is the poem James wrote to accompany the keepsake
I had some folks come visit, my humble little blog
And leave a thoughtful comment, 'bout the painting I had
I don't know how to tell them, or even where to start,
Of the wondrous gift they gave me, bringing joy to my heart
Some days are dark and lonely...I feel that life's a bore
But those simple words of kindness, have brought sunshine
to my door.
As a recipient I need to pass this keepsake on to two other bloggers (a very difficult task).
This gives me a great opportunity to return a very kind gesture that Dean gave me when he presented me with an Art Blog Award. Dean is not only a wonderful artist who is constantly striving express who he is in his art, but he is also a kind and spiritual man who really appreciates and derives joy from the the simple things that life has to offer. I hope to meet him one day.
This is a man on a mission - constantly sketching in his sketchbooks anyplace at anytime. Now THAT'S dedication and a real love of the process of creating art. Something I greatly admire about the man. But not only is he a wonderful and prolific artist, he is a deeply spiritual and very loving family man who absolutely adores his little boy, Josh - you can plainly see by just looking at his sensitive portraits of his little man. He allows himself to be open to the world and to take in all it has to offer. He is another person I would very much like to meet one day.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Sugar & Spice

6"x6" oil on panel
Another contribution to Karin Jurick's Different Strokes From Different Folks blog. It was an odd one, but fun to paint.

Monday, February 23, 2009


8"x6" oil on canvas
This is a portrait of Lexi, a beautiful golden retreiver that was the beloved pet of good family friends. I painted this as a gift for them after hearing of her passing. Lexi sure loved playing ball.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

James Parker's Portrait of Edward Burton

When I returned from our little adventure I thought that that was it for excitement for now, but I was wrong. A friend and fellow blogger, Dominique Eichi, told me I should check out our friend James Parker's blog. So I did and this is what I saw...James had painted a portrait of me from my blog profile photo! I was completely flattered that he had painted it and also very honored. Thank you very much, James, you did a great job! Please check out his very wonderful blog and artwork by clicking on his name (take a look at his other blogs he has going on - he's a very interesting guy). Also, please check out Dominique's blog and see her beautiful artwork.

My Short Adventure - The Grand Canyon & Las Vegas in 4 Days

My wife and I and our very dear friend, Gary Hanauer, just returned from a wonderful 4 day adventure. We left for the Grand Canyon on Friday expecting to get there in about a 10 hour drive....but things didn't quite go as expected. When we were about to go over the Tahachapi Mountains, the California highway patrol closed off the road just a few cars ahead of us due to a snow storm. So we had to do an 8 hour detour though Los Angeles and had to deal with the famous LA traffic. Anyway, when we get about 75 miles away from Williams, Arizona, we get stuck in a snowstorm and have to drive many miles at 20 mph or less -- mostly less, all the way to our hotel. So after about a 20 hour drive we show up at our hotel at 5am and get about 2 1/2 hours sleep then grab a bit of breakfast and then catch our train for the Grand Canyon.
On the way home we spent a night in Las Vegas and saw a wonderful Cirque du Soleil show, Le Reve. This is me and my wife front of our hotel (fantastic hotel). We had such a wonderful time. And luckily we were able to cross the Tahachapi Mountains on the way back - yeaaaa!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tully's - Plein Air

10"x8" oil on canvas
Well, this is the result of a plein air painting day in downtown Pleasanton, CA. I helped introduce my new friend and fellow blogger, Sheila Tajima (check out her wonderful blog by clicking on her name), to the plein air scene. She watched as I painted this scene and with her coaxing got me to reluctantly post my painting ;) I'm somewhat happy with it, but I have a long way to go to get where I'd love to be proficiency-wise. And for those of you who aren't sure what plein air painting is, it is when an artist sets up his easel outside to paint and tries capture a moment within a short amount of time before the light changes too much.

Monday, February 9, 2009


6"x6" oil on canvas
This is a portrait of our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Sophie - she's a real sweetie.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Painted Lady

10"x8" oil on canvas
Another contribution to Karin Jurick's Different Strokes From Different Folks blog.

Thursday, January 29, 2009


11"x14" oil on canvas
This is a portrait of our greyhound, Cairo, that I just finished today. We adopted him back in 2002 from a rescue organization that saves racing greyhounds that are no longer wanted as racers and would be put to death otherwise. A few years ago he had an operation to remove some mast cell tumors, however, they returned. A week ago from today we sadly had to say good-bye to our big sweet boy. We miss him very much.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

San Francisco Victorian

24"x30" oil on canvas
This is an older painting I did a few years ago. I thought I'd show it since it is similar to the latest Different Strokes From Different Folks challenge. I will be posting my version a little later on.