Todd Walton…fabulous California author and his fab brother…

So, Todd Walton used my painting LONG WAY FROM HOME to ‘illustrate’ one of his articles and blogs in California. His brother saw it, emailed me for info on the painting and just let me know today he and his wife are purchasing it! Great day in this Saturday morn!!!

This has been just the best art week for me in many moons. Now, as soon as I finish a 5 card calligraphy and illustration (backgrounds are of my paintings, ha) I can get back to making NEW work. Cannot wait, though the calligraphy is fun. Happy Day!safari one150


When it rains….

I wake withWow, yesterday I got a commission to paint and calligraphy a series of 5 cards for the publishing house I do some work for. O boy.

This morning I got an email and call that a new gallery in Santa Fe wants to include my work. Winkler and I will drive 8 pieces up tomorrow and turn around and come home tomorrow (10 hours in the auto!) because they need to hang the opening show this weekend. The official opening is next weekend and we’ll go up and stay at least overnight for that one. Can’t stay overnight this time (kids live there so it’s easy) because we have guests coming here Friday afternoon. BUSY time and I’m happy as a clam.

Since the new work is still up in TorC and some of it goes to Las Cruces in a coupla months, I’m taking work from the series I had at the Las Cruces Museum last year. Wheeee, some of my favorite works and I love when I get another chance to show/sell them. Fingers crossed. I WAKE WITH WONDER. I WAKE AT HALF AST 4 is one of the paintings going on the trip.

A messy mind?

128_AWIsn’t that’s what said about the messy desk… hmmm… it’s very appropriate this week. Having just signed the commission, it’s time to try to bring some order into some much neglected paperwork.

I’m definitely in a familiar (and strange) head space after finishing a big piece – where I look at it and wonder who painted it. Maybe in the finessing one ends up looking at smaller areas, refining, tweaking, adding, obliterating. Then at some point you deem it’s time to stop and then every encounter afterwards is a bit of a surprise? Not sure if that’s the right word. But stepping away and finding the desktop seems the best approach for today.

This piece is very literal, but the ‘client’ had some stunning trees on the property so this is where it came to. ‘Spotted glens, sighing after rain’ Oil on canvas 100cm x 95cm x 2


A lamp blew in my tungsten lights, so focus isn’t great, but I will take another shot tonight (pics will open in separate window if you click on ’em). And below, for scale, note Sunday and I are both looking a little ‘soft and fuzzy’ here. Time for a good lie down perhaps?