Saturday, November 12, 2016

Farm Themed Commissions....

I recently went to the open house for a local Farm Credit Services where two of my artworks were newly framed and hanging.  One near the front lobby area and another at the end of a hallway.  It was rather fun to be in a business where my artwork was on display.  I was commissioned for these two fun farm inspired pieces....
"CR Barn and Silo"; Watercolor and Ink on 22" x 28" Paper.
Commissioned Piece
Photo of framed CR Barn and Silo.

"Old McDonald's Pig"; Watercolor and Ink on 20" x 20" Paper
Commissioned Piece

Photo of Framed Old McDonald's Pig

Friday, October 14, 2016

Survived the Flood and Gone to the Dogs....

Sandbags a common sight in Cedar Rapids some have become inventive in their uses.
The Cedar River got to it's 2nd highest level ever and I was evacuated out of my home for about 3 days.  I ended up moving most of my belongings to the 2nd floor of my home.  Then, I moved most of my studio and a few larger items to a friend's garage.  It also affected my work which was almost directly across the river from my house.  I must say sometimes it's not a good idea to be within walking distance of your work.  In this case it was like having all my eggs in one basket.  But temporary barriers and a whole lot of sandbagging managed to save most of the city and I was lucky.

But with all of that moving and what not I got a little behind on some of my commissioned pieces.  But thankfully people were understanding.  Here's some dog commissions that I recently finished...
"Jack #1", an 8"x 10" Ink with Watercolor.

"Zephyr #1", 8" x 10" Ink with Watercolor

"Zephyr in Reflection", 11" x 14" Ink with Watercolor.
Sorry to say that these are memorial paintings, but I hope they will provide good memories for my friend Polly.  Thank you for stopping by and please feel free to leave a comment.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

NewBo Arts Festival...

Well, I am happy to be able to say I've been juried into another art festival.  On Sunday Sept. 4th you will find my booth among others in the NewBo Arts Festival in the NewBo District of Cedar Rapids.  I've been busy painting away in preparation.  I'm still trying to build a bit of a stock after my wonderful experience at Houby Days where I sold about half of my paintings.  Yahoo!  I hope it goes well at the NewBo Arts Fest and swing on by if you happen to be in the area.  Here's one of three paintings that I finished this last weekend and early this week.  I've got more in the works....
"Old Blue with yellows"; Watercolor and Ink on 10" x 12" Paper.
"1959 Biscayne Rear"; Watercolor and Ink on 11" x 14" Paper
Available for purchase
"1926 Franklin"; Ink with Watercolor on 8" x 10" Paper.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A Franklin on a Patriotic Day

Photo:"A Franklin on a Patriotic Day"; Watercolor and Ink on 11" x 16" Paper
Available for purchase.
Here's the latest I finished last night.  It's a little off in a new direction.  I took several photos of this 1926 Franklin that I saw on the 3rd Avenue bridge in downtown during a 4th of July car show.  I was just fascinated with listening about the guy who owned it talk about the engine and how because of the specialty of the steam-powered engine he had to go up to Minneapolis area to have it serviced.Then he talked about the restoration that he had to do in the interior.  I found myself taking photos from several angles with my phone.  Later as I got to looking at this particular photo of the back.  I liked the Cedar Rapids skyline that was showing in the background.  It simmered for a few days and this was what came about.  I put extra flags into the piece with a couple of them on the car itself.  I still may do others of this Franklin car.  It's a very unique car.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Ford and Veteran's Memorial...

Here's a latest that I put together.  It's based on a photo I took during the 4th of July car show in downtown Cedar Rapids.  I found it fun to do a loose version of Veteran's Memorial Building in the back ground.  It's one of my favorite buildings in the downtown area....
Photo:"Green Ford with Veteran's Memorial"; 11" x 14" watercolor and ink on 140lb. cold press paper.
Thanks for stopping by and I welcome any comments you may have!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Joe's Auto....

Here's the latest of my commissioned pieces and it was a FUN painting to do!  I always wanted to put a gas station behind one of these cars that I have been painting.  Joe was excited at the possibility and was please with how it turned out.  This is his 1970's blue Chevelle in front of an older Standard station.
Photo:"Joe's Station"; Watercolor and Ink on 11" x 14" cold press paper.
Commissioned Piece
Thanks for stopping by and I welcome any feedback you may have.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Catching Up....

I've been working on several different paintings in the last month; a couple of them have been commissions and a couple have been bit by bit between the commissions.  Here they are....

"1950 Dodge Pickup with MOPAR Christmas Tree"; 9" x 13"  Watercolor and Ink on paper
Commissioned Artwork

"Love and a Lab"; Watercolor and Ink on 11" x 15" paper

"Black Cherry and Pistachio Motorcycles"; Watercolor and Ink on 16" x 17" paper
Commissioned Piece 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Dogs in Ink...

I've recently been doing a bit of playing with ink drawings of dogs.  I did one of my black lab, Jazz, and afterwards had a friend request that I do a drawing of her dog.  Here's the fun results....
" I'm Waiting..."; black ink with a touch of watercolor.
Available for purchase.
That's my Jazz with a fun quote.  She's quite the

"Trek in Ink"; Black ink with a touch of watercolor.
Commissioned Piece
Here's Trek done in black ink with a touch of brown watercolor for the eyes.  It's been rather fun experimenting with ink and a bit of water coloring.  Thanks for stopping by and I welcome any comment you may have.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

For Pete's Sake, It's George's Motorcycle....

A bit of delay in getting this up on here but here's the Harley Motorcycle commissioned I finished.  I call it "For Pete's Sake, It's George's Motorcycle."  The friend that I did this for, his real name is George but a lot of his friends call him Pete.  Talk about identity crisis! lol... he fortunately loved his painting and here it is...
" For Pete's Sake, It's Geogre's Motorcycle"; Watercolor and Ink on 14" x 14" Paper.
Commissioned Piece

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Buick Roadmaster Convertible...

It's been awhile since I've had a chance to post something on here.  I'm still painting but things get busy sometimes.  Here's a watercolor/ink that I finished about 2 weeks ago.  This is based on a photo I took at Good Guys Car show a couple of years ago when it was in DesMoines.  I believe it is a 1952- 1953 Buick Roadmaster Convertible. Enjoy....
"Buick Roadmaster"; Watercolor/ink on 11" x 14" paper.
I'm currently working on a commission of a Harley Motorcycle that I hope to share with you soon.  Thank you for stopping by and please feel free to email me with any feedback you may have!