Friday, May 31, 2013

Curious Cows complete

This was a very fun painting to do.  To me the cows have personality, and it was fun to try and bring that out.  This painting also brought back great memories - that's my reward for spending the time in my studio.

So, here you go...9 young cows very curious about who was walking in their meadow...
not sure what's up next...I can't be trusted to do what I say I'm going to do :)  Thanks for dropping by, Mark

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


The curiosity of these cows is fabulous.  Their stances are very dog-like...

Friday, May 24, 2013

Welcome committee

A few days ago I was preparing to start the painting I described in my last post.  Then, just prior to laying out the painting I saw a photo from a trip my wife and I took with some friends a few years back.  It's funny how certain subject matter doesn't inspire, then one does!  That's what happened here.

The trip we took was a long walk in England.  Almost every day we walked through pastures and in most there were cows.  One day as we walked through this particular pasture a bunch of young cows lined up to welcome us to their meadow...or so it seemed. 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Gulls and Bay

This painting was a big "who knows" all the way through.  I just wasn't sure there was a painting here.  Maybe I still don't....anyhow it's different.  What do you think?

Next up is a very tricky sunset.  You may or may not see it - I'm not sure I have the skills to do what I have in mind.  Anyhow, it's a firey sky over the Mediterranean.  If I get it right you may get a view of it in a week or so.  Thanks for coming by.  m

Friday, May 10, 2013

San Francisco Bay

Last week I wanted to take some photos of the San Francisco waterfront from the water - so I took the Red and White Bay cruise.  The weather was great, maybe too great, the city skyline was all a bit gray we needed a good breeze to clear out some of the haze.  Anyhow, the Golden Gate bridge was still there, and the water was blue, so for my next painting I am combining elements from a couple of photos I took.  When we were out around Alcatraz a bunch of seagulls were flying along side our boat.  As I snapped away at the city skyline and Golden Gate bridge many of the photos had seagulls at various distances.  So, let's see if there's an interesting composition to be had.  Let me know if this works - when I'm done!  Thanks, Mark

Monday, May 6, 2013

Western Blue Bird

I was up in the Stanford Foothills last week and snapped a photo of a beautiful little bird sitting on a fence post.  I didn't know the species, but got some help, and learned it's the Western Blue Bird.  So, here you go, a quick little painting, (quick by my standards - 2 days).

Not sure what's next - will figure that out by tomorrow.  Mark

Friday, May 3, 2013

New Mini Painting

It's fun to occasionally paint what I call a mini painting.  It  takes half the time, and it's all detail.  This one measures 8.25"x 13.5.  This little painting has lots of neat colors - those that are easily seen and others hiding in the shadows.

 Up next is likely a landscape from the Stanford dish walk.  Thanks for coming by.  Mark