Saturday, December 30, 2006

Trio Still Life Sweets Series !

This past week I decided for my new years resolution I was going to focus on a more relaxed and enjoyable series. I realize that many of my regulars probably won't be interested in this style but my focus at this point in my life is try to be diverse and challenge my creative processes. This series that I have started consist of some of my favorite subjects - food and sweets! I really find them fun to paint and very relaxing compared to the very tedious style of high realism. I am able to experiment with colors, technique and textures in this series. I use impasto, stippling, glazing and many other approaches to my paintings. These three little paintings can be displayed together or individually. The idea is to capture something as simple as a jelly donut and make it art. Some say no some say "pass the coffee". Please enjoy and your comments are appreciated.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Still Life Series VI - Cupcakes

These two paintings are a continuing part of my small series of still life's and sweets. These two cupcakes were inspired by my wife who is always baking and cooking.


Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Miniature Painting Series II - Jelly Donut

This is the second of many in a small series of these miniature paintings coming out within the next few days and weeks. The still life is loosely painted and it is very rich and impressionistic in style.

"Jelly Donut !"

Friday, December 15, 2006

Miniature Painting Series I - Chocolate Frosted Donut

This is the first of many in a small series of these miniature paintings coming out within the next few days and weeks. The still life is loosely painted and it is very rich and impressionistic in style.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Vintage Toy Tin Japan Fighter AirPlane

This is part of my vintage toy series. I really enjoy these classic tin wind up toys. I find them fascinating and a wonderful subject for my paintings. This painting is a vintage airplane tin friction Japan S. Y. Fighter USAF.

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Monday, December 11, 2006

Retro Fan

My wife's Grandmother who lived to 103 on a farm in Findlay, Ohio left behind many wonderful items from the past. This retro fan is one cool object. I just love those objects from the past and this little beauty in no exception. By the way, the fan still works.

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Saturday, December 09, 2006

Diner Art with Ketchup Bottle

This still life is a portrait of my collection of ketchup bottles and coffee/tea pot. I found this pot at the Salvation Army. This still life is a painting within a painting - sort of surreal.


Thursday, December 07, 2006

Red Apple on Wood Table with Knife

I really enjoy painting the wood grain in this painting. I think it plays well against the vibrant red apple still life.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Vibrant Marbles Still Life

This still life painting is of two vibrant marbles - one of my favorite subjects. What makes this painting a little different that some of my other marble paintings is the light. The canvas plays an important role in the illiuminousity in this still life. The painting is rich in detail and vibrancy.

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Monday, December 04, 2006

Cupcake with Frosting !

Cupcake - reminds me of being a kid and making home made cupcakes !


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Friday, December 01, 2006

Still Life Diner Painting

Part of my 'Diner Series'.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Heinz Cocktail Sauce

This painting was one of my favorites. I just love the warm tones and rich red color in the cocktail sauce bottle. I guess I can't seem to escape my fascination with these still lifes.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Three Danish Pastry Still Life

I couldn't pass up painting these three danish pastries. This composition - which extends to the sides, is a contemporary still life that depicts a rather interesting design - if you like pastries. The painting utilizes a rather free and in places impasto type painting technique to create an expressive style.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Tomato - Olives and Family Still Life

This composition fills every corner of panel. I painted this still life arrangement using thin transparent layers of color and built up the tonal quality to create a rather intense and almost hyper real image. The tomato slices steal the show!


Friday, November 24, 2006

Donuts by the Dozen

This painting is larger than most of my other paintings (16 x 20) and was fun to paint. I felt like painting a variety of donuts and the arranging them in this composition. I thought is was a sweet idea.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Olives Still Life II

This painting is of two olives immersed in oil on a dish. I particular enjoy the high level of shine and reflection in this composition. The painting is painted on a smooth masonite surface to enhance the transparency.


Saturday, November 18, 2006

Vintage Marx Tin Wind Up PlaneToy Painting

This particular painting is a fascinating painting of a Vintage Marx Tin Wind Up Roll Over Plane designed around 1957 - the year I was born..


Friday, November 17, 2006

Wind Up Tin Bettle Family Toy Painting

Since Christmas is around the corner I can't help but think of some of those cool vintage toys from the past. This painting is a quaint painting of a family of little tin windup bettle family - not sure on the year.


Thursday, November 16, 2006

Tin-Litho Friction Acrobat Plane Toy Painting

This toy painting is a vintage tin-litho friction acrobat plane.


Monday, November 13, 2006

Mickey Mouse Safety Patrol Painting

I love painting those old classic toys from the late 1950's and later. This painting is for those collectors of Mickey Mouse - a Mickey Mouse Safety Patrol. 1956-1958 Pull Toy.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

1957 Chevy Auto/Landscape Painting

This painting is a rather interesting composition of a red 1957 Chevy. The angle is taken from ground level and is dramatically highlighted by the dark imposing sky - which is a painting within a painting.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Vintage Slinky Toy Dog

This painting was fun to paint. If you enjoy old vintage toys and slinky dog toys - this one is for you. This little painting is only 3.5 by 7 inches but packed with fun. The digital image does serve this painting well.


Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Wine Cork Screw Realism

This painting of a wine cork screw uses the realism of reflection and chrome to create the realism of the subject matter. I have always enjoyed painting chrome and here is no exception.


Sunday, October 29, 2006

Zucchini Still Life Painting

This painting displays two zucchini's on a cutting board with a knife. The dark wood grain really offsets the deep green of the zucchini and the shiny surface of the cutting knife in this still life.


Saturday, October 28, 2006

Antique German Toy

I guess lately I've been on a kick painting unique and interesting antique toys. I really found this one fascinating. These German Tin scooter toys are especially fascinating. The colors, design and composition makes this unique piece a real piece of art.

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Sunday, October 22, 2006

VolksWagen Painting

This painting was a blast to paint. I loved those old VolksWagens (VW) from the 50's. This painting captures those moments in this dynamic portrait of American history. I really had fun painting the landscape - which captures the dark skies and rich green setting.


Saturday, October 21, 2006

Chocolate Truffles !

With Sweetest Day upon us, I was inclined to paint some of my wife's favorites - chocolate truffles! And yes, I did buy some real candies for my wife. :)

Monday, October 16, 2006

Pizza Sauce and Cutter

This painting is of a pizza sauce jar and a Zyliss pizza cutter. I really enjoyed painting the pizza slice on the label - they make it look so good. I play of color on the shiny surface of the pizza cutter is almost abstract up close.

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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Antique Toy Racing Car

This painting is of an antique German (I believe) toy racing car. I have always loved to paint these little toys because of its unique color, shapes, patterns and design.

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Friday, October 13, 2006

Buttermilk & Measuring Spoons

This very humorous and interesting piece was a blast to paint. I just love the face on the chef (almost Leroy Nieman like). The painting is of a canister of Buttermilk Blend and a set of measuring spoons. My wife makes the best buttermilk biscuits with this blend !


Thursday, October 12, 2006

Liquor Glass with Spider Shadows

I really wanted to detail the wonderful array of colors in the light and spider shadows of this liquor glass. This painting uses light as the main source of of this composition.

Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 8" x 10"
Price: $100.00

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

1956 Bel-Air Classic Automobile Painting

This painting is a 1956 Bel-Air automobile. This classic automobile is one of my favorite subjects. The chrome, design and colors is a painters dream. This painting is more stylized than some of my other paintings. The reflections and angles makes for a strong and almost abstract composition.

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Monday, October 09, 2006

Canned Chiles & Onions

This still life painting is of two pearl onions and a can Old El Paso Green Chiles. I found the design of the can interesting and colorful. In incorporated two onions to enhance the composition.


Thursday, October 05, 2006

1950's Classic Automobile Painting

I just loved the fin of this 1950's old classic car. The blue and red tones are very virbrant. I have another one of these car paintings coming out this weekend. I am nuts with those wild colors and chrome reflections. I'm working on a Volkswagon and 1956 Bel-Air painting. Can't wait to display it - these are fun!

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Monday, October 02, 2006

Contemporary Pop Art - Peanut butter and Jelly !

This still life painting illustrates a peanut butter jar and a bottle of homemade jam . You can't go wrong with peanut butter and jelly. This painting is a continuing series of what I call my 'contemporary pop art realism' series. The series is designed to focus on modern day food produce and to depict them as an art form. Unlike the popart from the Warhol days, my art takes the ordinary and combines both popart and realism still life to create fine art realism. It is kind of a 'mix bag'. If you are into realism and contemporary art, than this will fit your taste. Thanks for viewing.


Sunday, October 01, 2006

Contemporary Pop Art - Pumpkin Pie Time !

This still life painting illustrates a can of pumpkin pie mix and a chrome cheese and pie slicer. Since Halloween is around the corner, my wife was ready to make some pumpkin for my son is loves it. This painting is a continuing series of what I call my 'contemporary pop art realism' series. The series is designed to focus on modern day food produce and to depict them as an art form. Unlike the popart from the Warhol days, my art takes the ordinary and combines both popart and realism still life to create fine art realism. It is kind of a 'mix bag'. If you are into realism and contemporary art, than this will fit your taste. Thanks for viewing.

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Saturday, September 30, 2006

Chalk Art - Liberty

This summer my wife and I went to an Art Festival in Downtown Detroit, near Wayne State University and there we saw these young artist doing chalk art. I found it really interesting and thought that a painting would be cool. This young lady is painting Liberty with a tear. This painting is 11" x 14" on canvas. The painting required dozens of layers to accomplish the concrete effect.

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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Vintage Can Opener & Mason Jar-Still Life

This painting is very different and not so ordinary. The painting displays a vintage can opener with a red handle and a mason jar behind it on a chopping block.


Crystal Bowl-Tomato & Pickles Still Life

This arrangement is an antique crystal bowl that my wife inherited from her Grandmother. The bowl contains a slice of tomato and pickles. I like the colors and the top view of the composition. The painting is painted on a 3/4" panel with the sides painted and ready for hanging.

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Size: 6.5" x 6.5" on 3/4" wood

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Friday, September 22, 2006

Asparagus and Chopping Block


My wife decided to create this composition for me. In this still life with asparagus and a knife, I wanted to create a solid composition. I have a small series that involve compositions such as this. The digital image is darker than the real painting. This painting will be up for auction Sunday when it is complete.

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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Still Life - Ketchup Bottle - Diner Art

This still life painting includes a ketchup bottle, creamer and salt shaker. I incorporated an old car wallpaper on the wall behind the still life. In earlier paintings I painted an art nouveau female figure on the wall behind the still life. I made a little change here and added an old car wall paper to set the mode.

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Red Candy Sucker Still Life Painting

This little composition was inspired by the anticipation of Halloween. In this painting I painted a red sucker. A very simple design but very rich in design and color. I will have several of this little paintings coming out in the next few weeks. This one is good enough to eat !

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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Marbles and Dilbert

The painting of two marbles and a comic strip of Dilbert is up for auction. I trd to combine the comic strip with reality of the marbles. What is real?

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Saturday, September 09, 2006

Water Melon Still Life -'Paint it and Go!' Series

This little painting is part of my 'Paint it and Go!' series. I decided that I would start a small series that involves very quick, rich and loose style of paintings. I want to experiment more with color and use the brush stroke to create form. I feel like in the last 5 years that my paintings have been missing some exspressive qualities. The series will include many oridinary objects in a very simple composition. This painting of a slice of water melon, is a very popular subject matter and it is painted very often by artist. The painting is painted on 3/4" panel - it is ready to hang. I hope to post this on ebay this weekend. I realize that my client base my not be interested in this subject matter but I feel as an artist that I need to expand my style.


Saturday, September 02, 2006

Retro Red Stove Painting

This labor weekend, I decided to paint another one of my favorite kitchen appliances, an old retro red stove. I've always been intrigued by the design, color, chrome and nostalgic of these old classic appliances. In this painting I used a combination of red paint such as Alizarin Crimson and cad medium red. The painting is painted on gessoed canvas is 8" x 10".

This painting will be up for auction this labor day Sunday.

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Friday, September 01, 2006

Diner Art- Donut Shop in Livonia Michigan

This landscape painting is a Diner that my Dad and I would frequent before he and I would go to work. A few years ago my Dad and I would fix up houses and resell them. My Father who is a very skilled carpenter really enjoyed going out to breakfast. It gave us time to talk about sports and politics. We don't do this much anymore - really miss that coffee and donuts in the morning.

I don't paint all that many of these types of paintings because of the amount of time involved in completing this very detailed and complex composition.

This painting was sold at auction in 2005.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Marbles and Jack of Hearts

Once again my fascination with marbles ! I have more of these coming this holiday season. I get many emails requesting these paintings from my ebay auction. I have so much fun doing these.

The blue and green are one of my favorite combinations. The red from the Jack of Hearts really pops out !

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Monday, August 28, 2006

Chess / Checker Table and Tea Set

This painting was one of my truly favorites. I painted this about a year ago and sold it at auction to a collector. I really regret selling this because my wife fell in love with this peice. The antique chess/checker table belogned to my wife's Grandmother who lived on a farm in Findlay Ohio for 103 years.

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