Toward the end of the Summer, a peahen strolled across the front porch.  A few days later, a peacock showed up.  [The male is called a peacock and the female is called a peahen.] They never left.  These magnificent birds come and go, sometimes spending the day roaming the yard or just sitting in the gazebo.  Some days they are not around at all.  There's a lot of symbolism associated with peacocks reviewed at this blog.  I did a couple paintings of the peacock.  I left the background unpainted leaving the Claessens linen exposed on the one above and painted the peacock with oil [canvas panel 20 x 16 inches].

Winter Scene

A painting to match the approaching season. Under a Winter sky, a horse-drawn sledge returns home through the snow accompanied by a Golden Retriever. Distant leafless trees surround the home.  16 x 12 in oil on linen.

3 Trees

3 Trees
Along the shores of the San Francisco Bay just west of the Saint Francis Yacht Club, there are 3 large trees that have been there as long as I can remember.  The wind blows off the Pacific Ocean through the Golden Gate toward Berkeley and over the years, these trees have shown the effects of the prevailing wind by growing up and bending toward the east.  The trees could symbolize how in life we yield to forces surrounding us.  This piece was done on a 16 x 12 inch linen panel drawn in the "peinture à l'essence" technique that Degas (briefly) and Toulouse-Lautrec used with oil paints.

Museum Exhibition

Pandora's Pythos
Two paintings I completed earlier this year were juried into the Pensacola Museum of Art and will be exhibited until the middle of August. The juror for this special exhibit was the Chief Curator of the Savannah College of Arts and Design, Erin Dziedzic.  The paintings are Fly Away and Pandora's Pythos (24" x 36" oil on canvas, shown above).

Dogs in Art

Pets are a frequent subject of art.  A few weeks ago, I came across a book that reviewed dogs in centuries of art.  Francisco Goya's "The Dog" is at the Prado in Madrid.  a discussion of this piece is at Wikipedia and can be seen here.   American artist, Andrew Wyeth had one named, "Ides of March."

The painting above is a scene of a Golden Retriever played out nearly every time I leave the house.  She looks around the corner as I go to the door asking,  Can I come?  Are you taking me?  Let's go play.   The painting is oil on linen 12 x 16 in.

Sailing the seas

Oil on 16 x 12 inch canvas panel.  I divided the canvas diagonally painting the gathering gloom on the left side and the lighter golden tones on the right side and placed the horizon a third of the canvas height above the bottom edge and positioned the cutter sailing vessel about one-third of the width of the canvas from the right edge with the sails jutting through the horizon.  Mussini semi-transparent oil paints in layers along with burnt sienna and umber for the darker tones were used.  Flake white oil for the sails.


Blackwater Sunrise
The beginning of a new day as the sun rises over the Blackwater River.  Oil on canvas 24 x 12 in.

Fly Away

Fly Away

Oil on canvas panel 20 x 16 inches.  Blue skies.   Sunshine.  Birds winging in unbound escape in the gentle breezes above the seashore.  Waves gently lapping the sands.  Everyone deserves a day at the beach.