Sunflowers in a Window

A while ago my friend commissioned a painting for his girlfriend’s birthday. I was told that she liked sunflowers, so a painting of that flower was all that was requested. I wanted to avoid the cliche composition of sunflowers, in a vase, on a table. (Or worse, in a mason jar). That setting is disgustingly […]

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Stone Wall

This particular painting has been sitting around for quite a while.  I’m not too thrilled with the way it turned out, but I thought I would post it anyway.  I meant for it to look looming and foreboding with a ton of cool detailed stone-work, but it looks like a cardboard cutout and two crows.  […]

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House By the Woods

Having a background of trees and no sky was something I was hesitant to try.  I wasn’t sure if the green would look flat or come out blobbish.  Both circumstances would have been undesirable.  Midway through the painting, the trees looked flat and blobbish.  I was ready to give up, but I persevered and got […]

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Study on Vilhelm Hammershøi

The amount of color in this particular painting may not be immediately obvious, but as I was studying the original and painting my rendition, the colors slowly manifested themselves.   There is a certain value of light in the original oil painting which is very difficult to achieve in the watercolor medium. (I’ll have to get […]

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Goose Barn

A rather standard barn was made unusual by the addition of an enormous three-dimensional goose to its roof.  I was looking at local farms for inspiration (which I seem to lack), and turned a bend in the road to see The Goose.  I have no idea how it has managed to survive high winds, as […]

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Pennsylvania Woods

The snow which we’ve recently had has given me the opportunity to paint.  I was, of course, in a snowy sort of mood, so I painted the following scene based on my memory of a lovely little hollow I used to ride by all the time, but now see less of. I have other pieces […]

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The Star Barn

American Gothic is a rather famous painting named for the house in the background.  That house is an excellent example of the Carpenter Gothic style.  In the late 19th century, the Gothic style made a comeback, and Carpenter Gothic was a purely American application of this revival.  It was seen in just about every kind […]

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