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!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

This is Jared, my second cousin. He is now turning a bit gray but still looks like a leading man. Oh, to be young and good looking!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

I don't do many landscapes. Just don't feel like I know how to do them yet. This used to hang on my office wall. Now it is on the wall of one of my former students.
My oldest granddaughter, Zoe. She is now finishing her first year at Auburn. This is from one or her more funky days - hairdo from some foreign zip code. She was still beautiful though! She wants to go to med school after AU. And I pray that her dreams come true.
My wife Nan, feeding pigeons on our trip to Germany in 2014. She rested on this bench while my grandson and I wandered the grounds of a beautiful old building (can't recall its name) taking photos.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

This is Audrey, my youngest grandaughter. I painted it from the photo she selected as her "favorite"among all the ones I took of her last summer while she was visiting. It was really an accident - she was running at me and I meant to get her entire face. Kind of different, but I like it too.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

I call this "The Bun". My eye caught this woman's hair as I sat behind her in church one Sunday. The smallest things can catch an artist's eye. I enjoy making nice paintings of simple things.

Another painting of Nicole, Matt's wife. I've painted her several times. I'm still working on painting people, not as portraits, but as just a painting subject. People are truly God's greatest creation. He said He made us in His own image! How's that for a compliment?

Friday, March 31, 2017

An older painting of my mom in my dad's yard, admiring his handiwork. She was a beautiful woman and I miss her. She is gone now, a victim of the most hellish disease on earth - dementia. I choose to remember her this way, lovely gray hair, at peace in her simple life. Beautiful.

The lovely wife of one of my best friends and colleagues. She is dressed in her traditional Indian wedding garments. 

My granddaughter chalking up her daddy's drive way, still dressed in her Sunday dress. She is now a teenager with green, purple or blue hair, depending on her mood that week I suppose. She is now living in Virginia. Sure wish she lived closer to us in Birmingham.

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


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?


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!


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.