Taking a Break

Lately our landscaping has taken most of my time. Not that I am complaining, mind you. Really it is a sorry excuse. I am on a sabbatical from retirement. So far, my attempts at outdoor sculpting has been a 'FUBAR'. The gardening is just about the same. Try growing anything in this soil which is all rock. Rock is what we have a lot of, best to utilize it for rock gardens. The best bit is that they do not blow away in the relentless high winds coming off the mountains. I have turned to my old friend, photography for my creative musings.

Here I am delving into photos I have taken in the past and having a blast. We have a large box of 35mm slides that I found with some good ones to scan and play around with. These creations may be on the surreal side, but what the heck.

Art Museums

What is your favorite art museum? If you can't go there in person to spend hours absorbing the magnificent artworks, go to their website. Chances are it will put a lift in your day browsing collections and discovering masterpieces. My favorite is The Art Institute of Chicago. My mother would take us on visits first making a bee line to the Impressionists. These were some of many pieces to fall in love with.

To stand in front of a master piece just takes my breath away. Words can not describe how I feel. One piece at the Institute has been etched into my brain is,
Paris Street; Rainy Day 1877 Gustave Caillebotte
(French, 1848-1894)

Click on the museum's link to read about it's restoration, history, provenance, etc.

Montana Wild

These 2 paintings will be on display at Montana WILD Outdoor Education Center, Helena, MT. to June 1st. Their website is
It is a wonderful center with displays on the wildlife and fish of Montana. They are also a rehab center for injured birds and wildlife that they reintroduce back into the wild.

If interested in purchasing one of these paintings please contact me via email;

Sandhill Cranes

The subject matter of my paintings almost always include water and sky in some composition. Birds have been more an important part of my paintings mainly because they seems to natural fit so well. They are such a wonderful species. So fascinating to observe. They have such beautiful feather colors and patterns. I can’t say that I am an ornithologist but, I find myself picking up the binoculars and snapping photos on a more regular basis.

Here is a bit about the subjects of this latest painting, Sandhill Cranes.They mate for life, after going through an elaborate dancing display of stretched wings with pumping heads and leaping into the air. They usually nest in wetlands, feeding on the vegetation growing in standing water. The clutch size is 1-3 eggs, usually only one nestling typically survives to fledged. The crane is a symbol in Japan of longevity and good luck because it was thought to have a life span of a thousand years.


What are you studying lately? For me it is clouds and scenes with water. I look at the light and how it plays on the various shapes in the scene. I work with in a warm or cool color palette. The small studies are the next step after sketches. By the 'study step', I have worked out the composition and colors to a point where I can make fairly quick work of the study. These studies then, end up looking fairly spontaneous. They can be a lot of fun. If they go well, these small pieces are transformed into larger pieces. My goal is to keep that same spontaneity in the large piece. I aim for the emotional qualities to be in the final artwork.

Yellowstone Art Museum Annual Art Auction 2019 (YAM)

I am very pleased to announce that, the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, MT has accepted these two paintings into their Annual Art Auction 51 for 2019. More details of this event go to

January 25, 2019 - March 9, 2019

Every year, the Yellowstone Art Auction raises crucial support for the exhibitions and educational programs that the Yellowstone Art Museum presents to the community year-round.
This year, the YAM is proud to offer three wonderful and distinct events, all in conjunction with the Yellowstone Art Auction. January 25th will kick off the festivities with Cocktails & Quick Finish and Special One-Night-Only Silent Auction. That evening will feature 10 quick-draw artists, a one-night-only silent auction of approximately 40 works, entertainment and hors d’oeuvres.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year