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John the Vagabond

John the Vagabond

The model for this painting actually entered my life forty some years ago, but recently re-emerged through a descendant’s query.  He was a colorful soul, to say the least, and I made multiple attempts to capture him from an old black and white photo I had.  He was a self-proclaimed vagabond at the time I … [View Details]

Light at the River’s Edge

Light at the River’s Edge

There was a lot of experimenting going on in this particular piece.  The scene is a spot along the Ocoee River but, of course, could be pretty much anywhere.  I wanted to catch the light filtered through the trees and bouncing off the water.  Paper was coated with a rough acrylic ground that left the … [View Details]

Magnificat

Magnificat

I do love my irises!!  And one of my favorites is the elegant white iris given to me by my friend Jenny many years ago.  Every year there are more and they seem more beautiful than the year before.  This is a small painting done with a big heart, a heart of gratitude for life’s … [View Details]

Mending a Story

Mending a Story

Over the past year I have painted or drawn this individual at least a half dozen times.  I met him 40+ years ago when i was about my current age.  I revisited John by re-reading old letters and doing the renderings.  It seemed with each painting I was discovering yet another layer of his complex … [View Details]

Ocoee Spring

Ocoee Spring

This watercolor on yupo was done after an early evening gathering in the spring with neighbors along the banks of the Ocoee River.

Orange Blossom Special

Orange Blossom Special

If you have been hanging around this website for any time, you know I am very fond of bluegrass music and draw at concerts any chance I have.  This fiddler was at a bluegrass jam in central Florida and played a mean version of Orange Blossom Special.  On site I did a small sketchbook drawing … [View Details]

Passion Flower

Passion Flower

This floral features the passion flower or wild apricot. Rather than a simple rendering, I have used at least three different paintings  that I have cut and arranged and stitched in the traditional log cabin quilting pattern.

Pilgrim of  the Universe

Pilgrim of the Universe

John was a fascinating character that I had the privilege of meeting years ago on the campus of St. Bonaventure University in Olean NY where I was working on a masters degree in biology.  Good years of my youth!!  He recently re-emerged through a descendant tracking down an old letter.  John had a sense of … [View Details]

Reflecting

Reflecting

Probably Nikki is reflecting on what trouble she might get into……cats do that sort of thing.  I have drawn her here with ink and brush.

Spring Poppy

Spring Poppy

Who can resist the beautiful red poppies in the spring?  I have so many paintings of poppies but I never tire of them.  I started them in my garden years ago and they continue to pop every year reminding my of my friend Jenny who gave me a teaspoon of seeds to plant one fall.  … [View Details]