A proposed pedestrian bridge to be built in West Des Moines connecting Racoon River Park and Walnut Woods State Park. Very exciting.
You see yourself as a shipwreck, but we see the treasures glowing inside, beneath the oceans in your eyes.
This sky will not let me go. So, one more before I attempt a larger one. Enjoy.
This is a larger version of my last painting. It was an hour later, so the pedestrians have changed!
I consider 10th and Locust, in downtown Des Moines, my neighborhood as it is three blocks from my studio. There is a rather decent Italian restaurant in the building you are looking at, along with the Temple Theater venue for live events. Across the street to the west is a Starbucks, also very convenient for coffee and meetings.
Dogs on the loose break all the boundaries.
The north view looking out of my studio in downtown Des Moines at approximately 4:00 PM on a misty Friday night. I had been reading Erle Loran’s book on Cezanne, and it has influenced me. The color planes, the open palette, the lines, and the means, which were his own, by which he created depth.Continue reading
I lived in California for five years in the early 90’s. As a school age kid, I was a California dreamer. Volkswagen beetles and flower power seemed very alluring to me. The entire west did. I eventually discovered it all and, the west and its beauty became my inspiration to paint. The Golden Gate Bridge represented the entire promise of what the west had to offer. Today, it is a vastly different cultural and political climate but, the beauty remains. This painting will most assuredly find a home.
Three night paint out in Des Moines, in association with Mainframe Studios, Salmagundi, and the Polk County Conservation, began at the Lauridsen Skate Park downtown. This was my Friday night entry.
I painted this very view only a week ago at 12×12. Here is a larger version. I enjoyed the sky and clouds from this vantage point during an early morning rain shower skirting by to the east.
This is a work in progress of the walking bridge that spans Grays’ Lake in Des Moines, Iowa. Currently tacking up a bit so I can add the rest of the bridge structure and railing. Stay tuned for final.
This is a Work in Progress. Des Moines is, or was, home of the Travelers Life Insurance Company and, this rooftop sign is an iconic part of the downtown cityscape. I’ve still to add the letters under the Umbrella and, it is basically all the farther I intend to take it. Cheers.
Since first posting, I’ve updated the painting to include the letters of the classic sign.
The Bar Simon’s in Chicago was a favorite of this client and, they asked me to paint a little scene.
8×10 oil on canvas
12×24 oil on panel. Sold
Feat. Barry Flanagan’s “Thinker on a Rock.”
9×12 oil on canvas – Sold
Sculpture “Back of a Snowman” by Gary Hume in the Des Moines Pappajohn Sculpture Park,
9×18 oil paint on panel –Sold
done “en plein air” from our home on Park Point, Duluth Mn. July 12th, 2017
8×12 oil paint – Sold
done “en plein air” from our home on Park Point, Duluth. July 7th 2017
9×12 oil on panel – plein air
20×24 oil on panel
I have been fascinated with the aerial lift bridge since seeing it for the first time over seven years ago. Now that we have been spending our summers on Park Point, I have finally gotten around to approaching this marvel as subject matter. I am so taken by it that I intend to keep painting the bridge in all available light. This little jewel turned out to my liking. I hope you enjoy it too!
Study of Rail Road Bridge in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.
It’s true. Last year (2014) while in Duluth MN. we tailed Bob Dylan riding in the back of an old Bentley with some of his friends. He was playing that night in Duluth and stayed at the Fitgers Hotel where we saw him go in. We could see and hear the concert from our house. It poured like hell.
The streets offer up so much data. Squinting barely diminishes the bouncing lights.
In Downtown Des Moines we have a most excellent sculpture park. A subdued painting on a gray day of Nara’s “White Ghost.” Middle ground is Hume’s “Back of Snowman.” and the late Barry Flanagan’s “Thinker on a Rock.”
Once again we walk the dark and rainy streets of Downtown Philadelphia in the area known as Rittenhouse. I am fascinated by the architecture and perspectives of the city. Especially in the rain.
One cold, rainy, and windy early spring day in downtown Des Moines, Iowa just north of the library. Love trying to capture what is reflected back from wet concrete streets.
Chicago provides numerous and great opportunities to study and paint the cityscape.
Meanwhile… back at the legendary Chelsea Hotel…
early 2015 trip to NYC found me here again!
Can’t wait to paint in Chicago again. Paint early. Paint often.
This is a knife painting of the back entrance of a little but supremely excellent Italian restaurant and hotel in South Beach Miami.
McGillins Pub is in Philadelphia and a favorite place to relax after a long days work. I’ve traveled to Philly many times and enjoy walking downtown to this little spot on Drury Street. You turn the corner and yep… there it is!
I spent a lot of time in all the boroughs of NYC. Brooklyn and Manhattan are very special places and this bridge that connects them is historic and almost magical. on One particular trip I walked across the bridge and back every morning. This particular day was cloudy and rainy. Gray.
My wife Becky and I spent a month one week at the Chelsea Hotel back in 2008. The famous lobby and paintings are now gone. We met the ghosts of Andy Warhol, Sid Vicious, Arthur Miller, and Truman Capote. Fun.
Had the pleasure of spending some time in Salt Lake City earlier this year. This is a painting of the view from my hotel room across the street from Caffe Molise, a great restaurant.