Monday, December 20, 2010

Goin' Home

5 3/4"x8"
This is my contribution to Dana Cooper's Flying Moleskin. Since I was on a roll with beach scenes, I decided to do one for Dana. This is my final painting for the Flying Moleskin project.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Studying Sargent

oil on linen panel
A self portrait (with the help of my wife) of me taking in the masterful portrait of Mrs. Edward Davis and her son, Livingston, by John Singer Sargent at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Beach Stroll

oil on linen panel

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Sliced Lemon

oil on linen panel

Monday, November 29, 2010

Rough Waves

oil on linen panel

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Testing the Water

This is for Irit Bourla's Flying Moleskin. A father a little bit cautious about entering the water and his son who can't wait to have some fun!

Thursday, November 11, 2010


oil on linen
From one of my many photos of our trip to Venice.

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Art Lovers

oil on canvas
A couple of art lovers take some time and visit the impressionist collection at the Palace of Legion of Honor in San Francisco.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pear no.3

oil on linen panel

Monday, October 18, 2010


This is for Michelle Burnett's Flying Moleskin. The theme for her book is, "Postcards and Snapshots", so I decided to do a painting of one of my favorite places - Venice. The long gondolas seemed to be the perfect choice for the format of her book.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Capistrano Courtyard

This painting is for Dominique Eichi's Flying Moleskin. This is a courtyard at Mission San Juan Capistrano - one of the most beautiful missions in California.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Absolut Ice Bar - Stockholm, Sweden

A few more photos of our trip - the Absolut Ice Bar in Stockholm, Sweden.
Even the glasses are made out of ice!
It was a very cool experience!

I'm Back!

Wow, what a trip! My wife and I have just returned from a wonderful Scandinavian cruise that covered many countries. Here a a few photos of our adventure. We started our round-trip cruise in Copenhagen.

Above is the beautiful medieval village of Tallinn, Estonia.
We have the Winter Palace behind us, also much better known as the Hermitage Museum in St Petersberg, Russia.

One of the incredible hallways in the Hermitage.

The Church on the Spilled Blood in St. Petersberg with it's fantastic onion domes
The incredible fountains and gardens at the Peterhof Palace in St. Petersburg.
In Oslo, Norway, at the incredible Vigeland Sculpture Park.
Examples of the wonderful work of Gustav Viegland.
The other countries we visited were Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland and Gdansk, Poland

Friday, August 27, 2010

Cruising Time!

I'm off for another adventure - this time it is a Scandinavian cruise with the highlight being a 2-day stay in St. Petersberg, Russia! I am very much looking forward to the excursion to The Hermitage Museum. Another stop that should be interesting is the Absolut Ice Bar in Stockholm, Sweden, where the year-round temperature is kept at 23 degrees f. I will post a few photos when I return.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

"Visiting Monet"

This painting is for Camille Olsen's Flying Moleskin. This fellow is checking out the Monet collection at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Good Life on Santorini

This is the Flying Moleskin of Angela Elledge whose theme is places. When my wife and I were on the island of Santorini, Greece, we couldn't help noticing that even the dogs seemed to enjoy the beauty that surrounded them.

Avenue Art Reception

Last night's reception at Avenue Art went extremely well. A large number of people showed up and for the first time we had some wonderful live music. It was a very delightful experience. Here I am with a few of my California mission series paintings.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

3 Person Show

I haven't been posting lately because I have been busy getting ready for a 3-person show at Avenue Art in San Mateo, CA, a gallery that I've been with for about a month. If you are in the area, the reception will take place on Saturday, July 10th from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Two for James Parker

These are for James Parker whose Flying Moleskin subject matter is wildlife. I've been wanting to paint this beach dog so I took this opportunity to do so. The night heron is from my trip to the beautiful city San Antonio, Texas when my wife and I were there to pick up our dog, Beau.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Victorian Gold

oil on canvas
This is the beautiful St. Clement Winery in Napa Valley. I will be entering it in the Alameda County fair - the theme for this year is: "Have a grape time".

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


oil on canvas
This is a portrait of our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Beau. It was a gift to my wife on her birthday. Beau is such a sweet little boy - his 2nd birthday is coming up in a few days. If you want to see a painting of his sister, Sophie, click on her name.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Venetian

oil 9.5"x7.5"

This is for Liz Holm whose Flying Moleskin subject matter is portraits. This elegant look woman was spotted on one of our travels, she was taking a vaporetto (water bus) in Venice and her features were so striking I just had to take a photo of her.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Creatures Great & Small Show

I am a participant in the upcoming "Creatures Great and Small" show at the San Leandro Museum & Art Gallery. I am honored by having my painting, "Beach Buddies", chosen
to help promote the show.
The San Leandro Museum & Art Gallery is located at 320 W. Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro CA

Friday, April 9, 2010

The Unseen

This is for Adebanji Alade whose Flying Moleskin subject matter is the homeless and poverty. I thought the juxtaposition of the two existences made a compelling contrast.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


oil on canvas
A man admires Vermeer's "A Woman Weighing Pearls" at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

A Day at the Museum

oil on linen
A trio enjoys the day at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C..

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Ever Watchful

This is my contribution to Dean Haven's book on The Flying Moleskins blog. He left his subject matter open and since I know he's an animal lover, I thought I'd do a painting of a cute little dog that was in my dog's training class.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Death Valley Cyclists

Death Valley Cyclists
30"x40" oil on canvas
This was commissioned by my brother-in-law. It is of his son's cycling team taking a ride through Death Valley.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Karin Jurick Tribute

Karin Jurick
10"x8" oil
Shortly after the last challenge on Karin Jurick's Different Strokes from Different Folks was posted, many of the participants were contacted by one of the participants, Jill Polsby, she wanted to create something special for Karin as a thank you. The final out come is a book made up of portraits of Karin that 118 of us contributed to this gift. You can see all 118 portraits by clicking on 118 portraits.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Flying Moleskin - Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal
acrylic 7.5"x10"
This is my contribution to the Flying Moleskins project for Vern Schwarz's book. When I first came across Vern's blog and became aware of his wonderful work, he was in the process of painting a large scene of Lisbon - actually just the other side of the large archway looking out through it, and since we love Lisbon, I thought I'd do a painting of it as well.

Friday, January 15, 2010

The Flying Moleskins - JAZZ

I'm a member of a recently formed group of artists who will be sending their Moleskine journals, which range in themes, to each other and by the time we have our own journal back, every artist will have done a sketch or painting in it. My theme is music, I have it playing all the time in my studio and since jazz is my favorite form of music I did this piece.
This wonderful idea was thought up by Dominique Eichi. Please take a look at "The Flying Moleskins" and follow our journey.