Monday, August 24, 2015

New Art Prints at Fine Art America (Gardenias, Red Tulips, and Red Barn)

"Red Blast"
8"x 10" oil on canvas

This original oil of red and white tulips is still available from the artist.   However, tonight I also made it available at Fine Art America where you may purchase various types of prints (framed and unframed) as well as other items with this image on them.

"Bold and Beautiful"
8" x 10" oil on panel

This painting of gardenias is also available at Fine Art America as prints and other items.   For prices please go to my website at FAA  

"The Heavens Declare"
12" x 16" oil on canvas

This recently completed painting is also at Fine Art America as a fine art print.  Please check it out .

Fine Art America is a top name in the print industry with excellent image reproductions.  

I have begun 3 new paintings so please check back real soon.  Thank you for viewing my art.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Wet Panel or Wet Canvas Drying Racks

Yesterday I began a painting using the above reference photograph I took of a harbor not far from where I live in Honolulu.   The painting is such a rough lay-in right now that I am not posting it yet. 

 But this post is about something new for artists that you all might be interested in, especially if you travel frequently to plein air events.   They are called Dryangles and are made to hold and store several paintings up to 16 inches high.    You can choose either the rack for panels, or the rack that holds 3/4" canvases.....several artworks at once on one rack.   They are good for the studio as well as to display works on a table at outdoor art shows.  They fold flat so fit into your backpack or suitcase.   
For more information, go to .   

Stay tuned for progress on my oil harbor scene.  

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

"Beside Still Waters" - Oil Landscape With Sunset

"Beside Still Waters"
6" x 6" oil on panel

This morning I completed this small oil landscape study which shows the sun about to set.   When I say study, I mean I may do a larger work later similar to this one.   This is a completed painting in itself.

Thank you for viewing my art.

To inquire or purchase, please contact me at

Monday, August 17, 2015

Flower Reference Photographs for Artists (Cereus, Plumeria, Tulips, Orchid)

"Flowers are those little colorful beacons of the sun from which we get sunshine when dark, somber skies blanket our thoughts."  -  Dodensky

This green and magenta orchid really caught my eye.   All of the flowers posted here are free for artists to use as reference material for their paintings.  You do not have to worry about copyright infringement and there is no need to give me the credit for a reference photograph.   Just keep in mind that I may eventually paint from the same photograph; but, let's face it, out of the thousands of reference photos I have, I will never be able to paint them all in my lifetime.   I thought it would be nice to share.     
For those of you who are not artists, keep in mind that I do commissioned paintings; if you see a photo here you like or if you have pictures of your own that you would like me to paint from for you, contact me at

Cereus or Night Blooming Cactus

There are a couple of spots here on Oahu where there are many night blooming cactus showing off every July.  I have many more photographs of these if you are interested in seeing several.

Being a tropical climate in Hawaii, tulips do not grow here.   I have to purchase store bought tulips when I want to  paint them.    Below are photographs of plumeria tree blossoms which are found on all the main Hawaiian Islands in abundance.   Also known as frangipani, they put on quite a show here.   

I have an enormous collection of plumeria/frangipani photographs.  If you are interested in seeing more, just let me know.

Happy painting!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

"Peace Like A River" - Oil Sunset Landscape Painting

"Peace Like A River"
6" x 6" oil on panel

I completed this oil landscape painting with a sunset this morning.   I intended it to be a small study for a future larger painting, but that may or may not happen.   There are so many subjects I hope to paint !  

To inquire or purchase, please contact me at

Monday, August 10, 2015

Barn Reference Photographs for Artists

The photograph above of a Michigan barn was taken by me a few years back and I am making it available as a reference for artists to paint from.   The same is true of my barn photos below.   Feel free to use them without me raising any objections...... you do not have to worry about copyright infringement.    Just remember that I may end up painting the same barn myself in the near future.  Giving me credit for the reference photograph would be nice but is not necessary.   For you viewers who are not artists, enjoy the scenery and if you have a particular barn or other reference photo that you would like me to  paint for you a commission in oils or acrylics, just email me at   I can also paint you a commissioned work from one of these barns on this post.

Below is an old barn photograph which I took over 40 years ago in Massachusetts with a very inexpensive camera.   The original photo only measures 3.5 inches square.   I just thought I would include it for the fun of it and to also save it on my computer for future reference.

Please stay tuned as I am still painting away !