Up and Running, Finally


Be sure to check out our new website http://www.AlabamaDailyPainters.com/. The site links to this blog plus several other Alabama painters. Many of the paintings below are available through ebay. Some are already sold, some have been given away, and others are in private collections and won't be for sale.


I hope you enjoy my work. Thanks for your interest. I'm available for commissioned paintings - portraits, pets, etc. Just fire me an email.


May God bless you and yours!


Thursday, July 28, 2011

My Dad


My Dad is 82 now. He was always my hero and role model, and he still is. He took me fishing as a boy, and he still does. He is the best man I have ever known. This was painted from a photo before he had eye surgury. He doesn't need glasses anymore, but this is how I always picture him.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Drawn By Another Love

It has been some time since I last posted a painting. Recently, instead of painting, I have been pulled back toward a former love that has lain dormant for many years - writing. Actually, it was my first love. For the past few weeks I have been spending most of my free time writing. I have no firm direction in it really, I'm just writing for the pure enjoyment of it.

Someday I will try my hand at magazine articles to see if I can get published. Maybe a booklet or two after that, and if I can stay the course, a book. Or maybe I'll just sit on my patio and write for my eyes only. Who knows? All I know right now is that I've laid down the brushes for a bit and picked up my wireless keyboard to see what I can paint with it.

Actually, there is a lot of common ground between painting and writing. You can create pictures with both. Maybe I'll post "word pictures" in the future instead of oil paintings. The keyboard, however, seems a lot more complex and daunting than my oil painter's pallet. It contains far more color combinations.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sylvie the "Got Milk" Cat


This tuxedo cat has been our companion for about 9 years. Her mustache is the first thing that catches most people's eye. Although it looks like milk, she never drinks it. She just lays by the pool and sleeps away the day - and night - and the next day....what a life!

Silver Bowl - Yellow Apples


I like painting metallic objects, like this silver bowl. They reflect colors and light from many directions and are a challenge to paint convincingly. These yellow apples were sitting on my kitchen counter just begging to be painted in the summer sunshine.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Apples of Gold in Silver Bowl


Sold (on eBay March 2011)
Golden apples in a silver bowl reminds me of the Scripture: "A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver (Prov. 25:11). I need to always be mindful of the words Ispeak and make sure they bring blessing and not curses.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

White Cup & Rose



 
I like white things in paintings. They take on colors from their surroundings. Sort of like people, huh? We get "colored" by things and people around us - hopefully the colors we take on are beautiful.

Girl in a Red Dress


This is a quick study I did yesterday. I like the loose sketchy feel of it - I want my work to become more painterly. Tell me what you think.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Ready For Spring



Here is lovely Nicole again, ready for Spring. With an inch of snow on the ground this morning, I'm ready too! I can't wait to open the windows again. She did a great job modeling for this. I spent far more time on this painting than I planned, but I didn't want to paint her poorly. What do you think? How did I do? 

Red Onion & Green Pot



 
Red onions are among the favorite things artists love to paint. This one contrast well with the green of the pot.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Teddy



This is my youngest Grandson Teddy Jones. He lives with my daughter and her hubby in Florida. Teddy Bear is as sweet as he looks. His mommy is a Veternarian and his daddy is an artist. With a dad, a grandpaw and an uncle who are artists, he is doomed to paint!

Oriental Vase and Orange


Sold (on eBay Feb 2011)
 This is one of my favorite vases. I love the color and shape of it. I've painted it many times. The blue goes so well with the complementary orange color. I'm still working on my oranges - they are so tricky, with all their little delicate parts. I hope to continue getting better with each mile of my brush. 

Two Pears & Grapes


This painting sold on eBay 2/2/11
This is an older painting that I was not happy with, so I have reworked portions of it. I am now much happier with the results. I love pears - to paint or eat! These two are in love - can't you tell?

Luke


This is my Grandson Luke. He is older now - this was painted about two years ago. He looks like he is pondering what adventure he will pursue next. He is all boy and full of energy.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Audrey Grace



This is Audrey Grace, my youngest Grandaughter. She is now walking, talking, running, grabbing and laughing most of the time. Unfortunately, she lives in Florida so I don't spend nearly enough time with her. But I have lots of photos and paintings to remind me just how beautiful she is how blessed her Grand Paw is!

Zoe


I painted this a year or so ago from a photo I took of my Grandaughter Zoe one Christmas. She was unaware of the camera. The best shots are those "unposed" ones, when the subject does not know they are being observed. This beautiful and super smart young girl is now a preteen wearing makeup and driving all the boys mad! So, her dad keeps a loaded gun close by and he is an expert shot. :) :) :)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

High Fashion Model


I painted this last year. This is Nicole (same model for "Beauty in Black"). She loves to dress up and pose. I think a family member of her's now has this painting. My wife said it looks like it would be at home on the wall of a New York apartment. I don't know about that - Nicole is more at home in Alabama.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Oriental Pitcher and Fruit


 
I'm working on looser brushwork. I usually paint too tight for my own taste. Probably something in my upbringing about being neat and clean?? My goal this year is to find myself, that is, my "voice" or my "style", and I want it to look like a painting, not a photograph. How am I doing? The bird's nest beside the pitcher was the hardest part of this.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Tea and Berries


 
 I'm loving my new-found motivation to paint more often. But this scene makes me want to sit down, stop working and pour a cup of tea. 

I'm always working on solving the problems a painter faces. A white pitcher against a white backdrop is a challenge! I'm also working on figuring out what my "style" is. The main idea I suppose is to get better and better with each new painting.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Oranges and Oriental Vase


This sold on ebay 1/16/11
I never tire of painting oriental pieces with their wonderful flow blue - and they contrast so well with orange. I'm still practicing on the oranges. They create such an interesting pattern when peeled; but, they are a challenge to paint well. How am I doing?

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wedding Shoes


These shoes were worn by a friend in her wedding. I painted their wedding portrait, a pose from the waist up. Now I'm painting the shoes! What is it about women and shoes anyway?

Saturday, December 25, 2010

In The Potter's Hands


I am posting this painting on Christmas day, 2010 because it takes my thoughts to the call of this season - to simply be clay in the Master Potter's hands. He is the ultimate artist and He makes no junk! If we will only submit to His creative hands on our lives He will make something grand and beautiful out of the clay that we bring. Merry Christmas to everyone. May this painting call you, as it does me, to be at peace in the hands of the Potter.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Left To Die (Book Cover)


I painted this for the cover of my Pastor's book, soon to be published. As a child, Pastor Dennis Arnold was the victim of polio. He was left to die in this unlit unheated janitor's closet by his alcoholic father. It was their "home" for a while. His dad put a padlock on the door so no one could enter the room, kept the only key, and left for several days intending to find the boy dead when he returned. At some point during the dad's absence, Jesus entered the room, picked Dennis up off the floor, and left him a glass of milk and a balogna sandwich! No joke! When his dad returned and unlocked the door he saw Dennis sitting up in a chair, alive and well. Needless to say, he was totally shocked and amazed that anyone could have entered the room since he had the only key to the padlock. Years later, as an adult, Pastor Dennis led his dad to accept Jesus.

This painting depicts what Pastor Dennis remembers about being picked up off the cold wooden floor by Jesus. He distinctly remembers the warmth of Jesus's sleeves. The models for the painting are Pastor's son and grandson.

Pastor Arnold's story is available on DVD. It is totally awesome! He will soon be on TBN with a half hour program that will run for several weeks. Look for it soon. He is the pastor of Healing Waters Church in Alabaster, AL. I've donated the painting to the church and Pastor Dennis plans on offering giclees of it on canvas for donations to help build our Training Center.

Merry Christmas to all. Jesus is the reason for this and all seasons!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Ashley Reading


This is another painting of my grandaughter Ashley (Ash). It hangs in my study as a constant reminder of what the Greatest Artist can create. My paintings are but a poor reflection of His masterpieces. Ashley lives in Virginia but is home for Christmas. She and her brother (his painting will soon be posted), and her parents will be here for a few more days. She is older now and deserves a more contemporary painting - I'll shoot some photos in the next few days!

Blessings and Merry Christmas to all.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ashley with Flowers


This is my grandaughter Ashley. This is sold and hanging in a private collection. Ash is older now but still just as precious! She will be here from Virginia next week.

I've painted her over and over again. The collector's young daughter thought it was
 a painting of her :). I love painting children - I've painted several commissions from paintings such as this. Hope you enjoy it.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Beach Time



Another day building sandcastles. Ho hum. How do you like my beach "do"? The blue and orange make a nice complementary pair of colors. I've painted other similar paintings for moms and grandmothers when they saw this because it reminded them of their own kids and grandkids. I love painting children - they are the few remaining reminders of innocence and purity.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Fruit Still Life


This painting sold on eBay on 12-20-10

This features two of my favorite standby actors- the oriental cup and the warm brown pot. The peeled orange took a long time to get close to being right. I need a lot more work on oranges. Tell me what you think.

Garden Color


This painting sold on EBay on Friday, 12/10/10.
 
Sunflowers are a real challenge. The main player here though is the multicolored watering pitcher - at lease I think that is what it is. I'll have to work more on sunflowers later. Maybe.

Oriental vase


This painting sold on eBay 12-20-10.
The blue and white on oriental vases create such a stimulating visual image.

The Earring

My wife Nan strolling on the beach at Gulf Shores, Alabama on a sunny summer morning. She needed earrings just in case a pelican or crab might see her. This hangs in my study as a reminder that there is a beach somewhere, with an umbrella shading an empty chair calling my name.

Daughter and Son

This is my baby girl (Cammi) with her baby boy (Teddy). I thought she would never marry and then thought she would never have a child. I caught the photo for this sitting in an outside cafe in St. Augustine, Florida one summer afternoon. My inspiration for this sort of painting is from the Spanish painter Royo. I love his colorful loose brushwork. I'm still a little too tight but I'm trying to improve. This is hangin just outside my study - a sweet reminder of God's gift of children and grandchildren.