Ali

I did this painting of Mohammad Ali's eyes. Another American Icon. I Painted his eyes from a period of his life when he was still young and vibrant. I am in awe of his principles and activism. He risked all he had to protest the Veitnam War as a Concientious Objector. Stripped of his title and put in jail for what he believed.

Table Top Painting

"60 Minutes" (Evening Side.)

"60 Minutes" (Evening Side.)

This is a painting done on a two sided canvas that sits on a horizontal surface. I call it "60 Minutes." The other side is a scene of what I imagined it would look like 60 minutes later looking back in the other direction. It will be on exhibit at the Gallery 518. 518 S. Americana Blvd. Boise, Idaho. 

"60 Minutes" (Night Side.)

"60 Minutes" (Night Side.)

Cash

I did a painting of Johnny Cash's Eyes. After I did the painting of Marilyn Monroe. I thought of other celebrities I would like to paint. As I was making some painting panels that were 11 by 4 inch wide. I thought they would be perfect for a series of Iconic eyes. And of course since I consider Johnny Cash an american Icon I decided to paint his first. It was hard to decide which era of his life to choose. I decided to choose one where he was aged but still vibrant. The color of the frame had to be Black. I have read several biographies of the "Man in Black" and am in awe of the kindness and love he had for everyone. I know he had a checkered past but his later life was filled with a generous respect for all people. Maybe the next set of eyes I paint should be Mohammad Ali's. 

I did a painting of Johnny Cash's Eyes. After I did the painting of Marilyn Monroe. I thought of other celebrities I would like to paint. As I was making some painting panels that were 11 by 4 inch wide. I thought they would be perfect for a series of Iconic eyes. And of course since I consider Johnny Cash an american Icon I decided to paint his first. It was hard to decide which era of his life to choose. I decided to choose one where he was aged but still vibrant. The color of the frame had to be Black. I have read several biographies of the "Man in Black" and am in awe of the kindness and love he had for everyone. I know he had a checkered past but his later life was filled with a generous respect for all people. Maybe the next set of eyes I paint should be Mohammad Ali's. 

Painting along the Salmon River

I attended the Idaho Conservation League's "Wild Idaho" this year it is always held at the Redfish Lake Lodge. Each year they host panels that talk about environmental issues and speakers that give presentations on different species or landscapes. I tend to skip the field trips to go out and paint. If the weather is good, and this past weekend it was, I go out to paint. I chose this time to drive out to the Salmon River along the road to Alturas Lake, I spent an afternoon painting a view of the river. Below is a picture of my painting easel that I built after several incarnations with my painting mounted on it. I have included several views of it so you can see how it works.

You can see the brush roll clamped  on the left and my turpentine can hanging on the right. 

You can see the brush roll clamped  on the left and my turpentine can hanging on the right. 

This picture shows the blue bag I use for used paper towels and other garbage. The black bag holds all the oil paints and stand oil. This bag helps weigh down the easel to help it be more stable in windy times. After the turpentine dries out on the used paper towels I can often use them at least one more time before they are tossed in the garbage.

This picture shows the blue bag I use for used paper towels and other garbage. The black bag holds all the oil paints and stand oil. This bag helps weigh down the easel to help it be more stable in windy times. After the turpentine dries out on the used paper towels I can often use them at least one more time before they are tossed in the garbage.

The easel is mounted on a quick release camera clamp. The upright back is mounted and the pallet opens down and is held down with gravity.

The easel is mounted on a quick release camera clamp. The upright back is mounted and the pallet opens down and is held down with gravity.

My Studio

My studio is a former two car garage that has been walled in. I have installed a small gas heater in the ceiling that blows warmed air into the studio. I do many things here and have plans to do even more. Currently I paint in oils and make my own stretchers and panels. I also make my own frames. I do some woodworking, mostly things I make for myself. For instance I have made myself several outdoor easels. The last one I made works very well and I will share that with you on a future blog post. I have been learning to play the guitar and recently the desire to build one has been creeping into my idea box. I have an old abused learners guitar that I plan to rebuild using only the bent side panels. I will show you that in future post also.

 

Here is the front door to my studio. You can see a cut out of Daffy Duck my sister Debbie painted for me. You will see more of Daffy inside.

Here is the front door to my studio. You can see a cut out of Daffy Duck my sister Debbie painted for me. You will see more of Daffy inside.

Here is a view of my easel without a painting on it. My Painting Table that holds my pallet and on the right a table and a computer screen that I view my photos and references with. You can see the guitar on the wall and a poster of the Man in Black. There are unfinished canvases on the floor to the left.

Here is a view of my easel without a painting on it. My Painting Table that holds my pallet and on the right a table and a computer screen that I view my photos and references with. You can see the guitar on the wall and a poster of the Man in Black. There are unfinished canvases on the floor to the left.

The top jaw of my easel is adorned with Daffy as "Stupor Duck" The Berlin Bear shield I got in Berlin visiting Jake and the Garmisch-Partenkirchen  Shield I got when we all went to visit Hilary.

The top jaw of my easel is adorned with Daffy as "Stupor Duck" The Berlin Bear shield I got in Berlin visiting Jake and the Garmisch-Partenkirchen  Shield I got when we all went to visit Hilary.

Some picts above my desk. There is a picture of Johnny Cash, two images by Eric Pederson, a stamp set of American Modern Art, notes and a fret chart.

Some picts above my desk. There is a picture of Johnny Cash, two images by Eric Pederson, a stamp set of American Modern Art, notes and a fret chart.

Miscellaneous nick nacks or is that knick knacks above my desk including pictures of my mother, my Aunt Jo and Uncle Henry. Another Daffy ornament that hold a picture of my sister Lori and her family in Disneyland.

Miscellaneous nick nacks or is that knick knacks above my desk including pictures of my mother, my Aunt Jo and Uncle Henry. Another Daffy ornament that hold a picture of my sister Lori and her family in Disneyland.

Pictured here is my Chop Saw and table. The drawers you see underneath are rolling easels that my painting students use and the mast are hanging on the wall in the upper right. You can see painting storage above it and my art book collection on the left.

Pictured here is my Chop Saw and table. The drawers you see underneath are rolling easels that my painting students use and the mast are hanging on the wall in the upper right. You can see painting storage above it and my art book collection on the left.

Here is the work bench I made and there is half a log of Juniper. I may make a stool out of. I loved the grain and the colors., Some hand planes and a guitar neck I am making.

Here is the work bench I made and there is half a log of Juniper. I may make a stool out of. I loved the grain and the colors., Some hand planes and a guitar neck I am making.