Thursday, September 3, 2009

Jamie W.

I think I'm finished with this one.
Well I thought so before then kept messing with it.
Oil On Linen, approx 19 x 15

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Jamie W.

This is one I'm still working on, but I sort of like how it's going. A little smoother and tighter than I intended but that's how these things go. Sometimes the painting tells you how it wants to be painted.

Oil on Linen, 20 x 16

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Parsnips I presume?

I believe these are parsnips and a turnip. So I'm told. I choose things to paint without regard for name, flavor or utility. I just like the way they look.

Trio, Oil on Linen 15 x 16

Friday, July 10, 2009

Monday, July 6, 2009


I'm packing up some paintings to send to the Egeli Gallery in Provincetown, (Cape Cod) Mass. The gallery is active mostly for the summer months, and should be open till late September. Stop by if you're in the area and ask for Arthur. And rave about my work loudly so people will hear.

Sunday, June 7, 2009


Thought I'd post something that isn't a still life. I'm doing some drawings and paintings of a friend of mine, Jamie. Working on a painting of her but had to stop all painting for a little while while I had my studio rewired. I nearly had a fire from a burning  and smoking wall outlet.
Back to normal now.

Pencil on paper, 14 x 11

Monday, May 25, 2009


Friday, April 24, 2009

Turban Squashed

This painting and another small still life have been juried into The California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition for 2009, opening April 26th. 

Oil on Linen, 20 x 16

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Apple Peeling

Apple Peeling, Oil on panel, 12 x 9

Here's an odd little one I recently finished. I say odd, because I don't always know why I paint certain things, and I actually sometimes like that they seem odd to me. Not weird, just slightly different than I intended. 

Monday, April 6, 2009

Muddy Waters

I felt like putting this up, I haven't seen it in a little while. This was a piece I did a couple years ago, that was in a traveling exhibit and book (well the book didn't travel, I don't think), "The Greatest Album Covers That Never Were", which ended at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's a mixed media construction, of steel, wood (from an old picket fence) and the center image is Oil on a Wood Panel. 
When I bought the old picket fence (it was only about 6 feet long) at a swap meet, (and I don't know why he thought someone would buy it) he asked me, "What are you using it for?" When I said it was for an album cover I was making, he said, "Oh... for Wilson Pickett?"
Wish I'd thought of that.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Three Bells

This Painting, Three Bells, was recently in an exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of History,
Contemporary Masters, Artistic Eden II, that ran through April 11th.

Oil on Canvas, 14 x 18

Thursday, March 12, 2009


I found out after I did this and titled it, that the origin of the word "Onion" is French for Union.
Makes sense, but I didn't know it at the time.
My teenage daughter thought it looks like the MasterCard logo and wanted me to re-title it, "Priceless". 
She's a funny kid.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Ed Ruscha

Here's another of Ed Ruscha, from around the same time as the one of Paul. It was part of series I did several years ago of artists, actors and friends. Each person sat for me for no more than 2 hours (by design), and everyone was "treated' similarly, small and "cropped" like this one. I always liked this one of Ed, but it's owned by artist Don Bachardy, so I only had a small image to post from a photo. BTW, Don Bachardy's one of the best portraitists alive today. He painted mine twice, one 20 years ago and once recently. 

1988, Oil on Paper, image size, 6" x 8" approx.  

Paul Ruscha

Oil on Paper, approx. 12 x 18  Collection Paul Ruscha

I've been revisiting things lately. This is a relatively recent book by Paul Ruscha, the brother of artist Ed Ruscha, and an old friend of mine. Paul's a terrific artist and photographer in his own right, and here in his own WRITE, is a great recollection of his collections. The cover is a painting I did many years ago of Paul. He sat for me several times and slept through this sitting. It was his favorite and he's long owned it, and I was a pleasantly surprised to discover it was used as the cover.
It's a witty, funny and wonderfully written book. I recommend it to anyone, even if I weren't also mentioned within it. The stories about other artists are far more compelling than the brief one about me.
The image of the book here isn't so great; I attached one from an old slide I found. 

If you click on Paul's name at the top, it'll link to an Amazon page on the book.

Friday, February 13, 2009

2 Lemons

Not quite the same style as I've been doing lately, but I may go more this way for a while. Shake things up. For me anyway.

Oil on Board, 8 x 10. Private Collection

Monday, February 9, 2009


Here's a detail of the painting below:


I've never known what to call this series of paintings that I've done off an on for many years now. Some say "curb thingies", or curbsides. I usually refer to them as Street Still Lifes. Here's one.

Ten Years Later, Oil on Wood, 30 x 48

Thursday, February 5, 2009


I had to replace one of the persimmons since they had all started to rot, but was able to finish it with my broken thumb still making it tough to hold a brush for long. But now my thumb's almost healed while the persimmons are long gone. What a fascinating story, huh? Riveting.

Oil on Board, 12 x 18