Thursday, April 17, 2014

Island Games-0417c-24x18

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a cool little bocce court at the tiki hut. this place really starts jumping around sunset! love the pvc pipes in trashcans lighting system!

Quiet in the Keys-18x24
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well my stay winter in the keys is drawing to a close and time to head back to northern latitudes in a few days.
 was getting a bit burned out on the lanes and alleys of key west so I headed down the keys about 20 minutes to a little place called Summerland Key. lots of working boats, beat up tiki bars, docks, and less gentrified homes than the ones all over key west. my kinda stuff to paint.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Island Hoppers-16x20

Available at Atelier Gallery-Charleston SC
was painting yesterday in what seemed like hurricane force wind. the easel was rocking, the umbrella was being ripped to shreds and on top of that the sun kept going in and out of clouds. "then why did you paint?" some would ask.
because I could.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hutchinson Alley-24x18

available at Atelier Gallery- Charleston

Friday, March 28, 2014

Southernmost Casas-8x10

Available at Gallery on Greene-Key West

was not having the best day yesterday. a tree from some guys yard fell on my truck, and then every stroke I made on a painting I was working on was bad and had to be scraped off, then put back on. drawing was a real chore and tourists asking directions were really freaking me out. a total wash for painting really. I'm thinking to myself "how can this get any worse"
well, this well dressed guy jumps out of big car with an entourage, to see what I'm working on. he's in shiny shoes and a nice suit. well obviously he's from out of town because everybody else is in flip flops and shorts.
he ambles over to me and starts loudly proclaiming "this guys great. look at that painting. Sir, you are doing a fine job on that" etc. etc.
I think to myself, well at least I got a compliment on the painting, maybe its not as bad as I think it is and the days not all bad.
I say thanks man! and he quickly shoots out his hand. he says something like, I'm MR. X (name left out) I'm running for governor again, in florida and I'd appreciate your vote.
Jeez, we all know what politicians will do to get a vote.
so much for my compliment!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

SOLD-Johnson Lane-18x24

another classic island motif. conch house kapok tree, and scooter.
this has a lot going on but I tried to make you look at the tree first.
this one has great temperature shifts and subtle value changes, when you see it in person. unfortunately computer screens and cheap digital cameras wont allow you to see them but you get the idea.
I found Johnson Lane by accident and ended up loving to paint there. not much traffic and paintings galore in that honey hole!

Friday, March 21, 2014

SOLD-Near Virgilio's- -0314c-18x24

Sold to dear friends who were the first to let me stay with them when I first arrived in key west years ago. The play of light the mornings I worked on this painting were phenomenal.
Catholic Lane-0314c-8x10
available at Gallery on Greene Key West
going for the dreamy look in this early morning interpretation. my biggest improvement this year is the shadows on the buildings. I'm designing them instead of seeing whats really there. when you paint the real thing it looks fake. the fake one looks real.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Life's Good in the Sun-18x24

available at Gallery on Greene Key West

another painting from the show. the van and shadow on the building and roof are my fave parts of the painting. the subtle temperature shifts in all the paintings shapes were a blast to play with. this picture does the painting no justice
Workshop News
Want to go to Maine the first week of September and paint? I'm holding a plein air workshop on Mt. Desert Island at Acadia Workshop Center from September 1 thru September 5. I was there year before last and it was a blast. i'll teach you how to simplify the outdoor landscape and paint with color that shimmers. contact me if youre interested.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

SOLD-Waterfront Eatery-18x24

this was the first to sell in the show. Nice folks from Annapolis Md. bought it.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Key Largo Workshop- Color Studies

here was a color exercise I gave the class. divide the canvas into four sections, and paint three apples and a lemon in a different composition in ten minutes per square. this exercise forces you to paint directly, accurately, and fast! I think this key largo crowd is the smartest ive had this week.
note: if you click on the image you can see it bigger.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Teaching in Key Largo

 In Key Largo teaching day one of three, at the Purple Isle Art Guild and what a blast these gals are! we laugh and cut up and do some really great three value exercises. I ran everybody thru their paces with three, four, and five value black and white paintings of still life setups. and then we painted color over the grisaille. as they say "value does the heavy lifting in a painting and color gets all the credit". if it looks good in black and white it'll be dynamite in color right?! tomorrow we'll delve deeper into color and simplifying complex subject matter.

yours truly showing off about 2/3s of the show. as you can see, ive got a lot of bigger ones this year. I'm happy to report that many of them have sold. thanks to Nance, Karen, Cathleen, and Frankie from Gallery on Greene for a wonderful reception and all their hard work selling my work year round in key west.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Thoughts on artistic pride and self doubt

here are the latest that just got taken down to the Gallery on Greene. the light has been gorgeous the past few weeks and temps are in the 80's. a plein air painters dream. the nerves start up the last week before delivering a huge body of work that hundreds will be scrutinizing soon. the self doubt about your true ability starts to nag at you, because you know the way you see your ability is entirely different from what it really is. just part of the human condition for emotional survival I guess. will I sell?, will I bomb?, why did I make that shape that color, it should have been that color. that little voice that says you suck, advantageously countering our huge ego that says youre pretty amazing and painting the best you ever have. neither are correct and both are correct at the same time. self doubt. the antidote for egotistical pride

 A and B- 24x30

 Conch Cottages-8x10

Facing Down Southard-16x16-0229c

Monday, February 24, 2014

Keys Lavanderia 8x10

one recently completed on Truman St. of this beautiful laundromat in the sun. yes, I said laundromat. like Charles Hawthorne stated, "everything's beautiful in the sunlight"

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Paint Energy Book Now Available

I have a new book out called Paint Energy. its chock full of paintings and commentary. to preview the book click below
f you'd like a copy let me know at
the Gallery Greene show paintings are almost all finished. lots of big ones, a new skillset I've picked up.
to hold you over, the above is 16x20 and is a cigar store in key west from last year.

Thursday, February 20, 2014


had a demonstration tonite at the Seam Shoppe in Key West. it was part of the monthly Walk on White art walk. got to see some folks who like my work and showed up to see how I do a painting start to finish. actually got a 12x16 done and handed out lots of business cards. fulltime artists have to constantly be promoting themselves. thanks cindy for the opportunity to do that in your shop tonite!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

$100-Safe Harbor-6x8- 0209c

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got real loose with this one by using a big ragged-out brush. most people throw them away but I get cool effects with them! scissors can extend their life even more if you trim off the hairs that are going sideways.
I like the sense that alots going on in the scene, but if you click on the image you'll see that the "things" are just shapes of color and value.

Workshop Update
don't forget the one day demo/workshop in key west on February 28th. only three seats left! email me to sign up at

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Blue Heaven at 11 am-24x30

 Blue Heaven at 11 am-24x30

Caroline Street Afternoon-18x24

just dropped these off at the Gallery on Greene for my upcoming show. having a ball painting these big ones out on the street. I clamp the wet painting to my bicycle basket and go several days in a row at the same time. seem to be accentuating the color more this year than in years past.

The reception will be march 8th from 5-9 at The Gallery on Greene, 600 Greene St. Key West. come check it out if youre in town.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

$75-Tiki Time-5x7

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love these little waterside tiki bars. the dappled light is so fun to "chase" and paint!

Monday, January 27, 2014

$75-Happy Hour-5x6

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 starting to feel the painting rhythm that begins to happen when you paint out everyday. the cold gray winter in nc had thrown off my outdoor mojo. my muse has decided to make her appearance, and I'm excited about painting again!
loved the purple shadows and blinding light on the roof on the one below
Southard St. Morning-8x10

Thursday, January 23, 2014

SOLD-Blue Glimpse-6x6

the lousy rainy weather is gone and the streets are lighting up in the tropical sun

Monday, January 20, 2014

SOLD-Yellow in Morning Light-8x6/ New Workshop Scheduled

buzzing around on my paintmobile (a bike with easels, paintbox, and paintings tied and clamped all over it) is the best transportation on the island.
 I found this great collection of tropical colors and shapes one morning. I know in my left brain that its a house and palm trees and stuff, but my right brain just sees abstract shapes of color and value in a pleasing arrangement. the painter wants what the painter wants!

Announcing a new Key West Demo and Workshop on Friday February 28th
I'm planning a one day demo/workshop where i'll do a demonstration painting in the morning, showing step-by step how I find a location to paint, start the underpainting, and then continue on to the finish of the piece. After lunch, I'll assist students at their easels, while they work on their own plein air paintings, the rest of the afternoon. Cost is $75 for the whole day.

email me at: to register.seating is very limited and will fill up fast. I'm taking a maximum of 6 students so everybody will get plenty of personal attention.