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

Lexi

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

Sophie

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