Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Barn for Sunday morning #125

This morning's barn was part of a series of 12x48" canvases I painted about 7 or 8 years ago.   I have always enjoyed working in that size; it lends itself to broad, sweeping landscapes.

Acrylic  12x48

In retrospect, I think the painting is greatly improved by cropping out the extreme left, which only detracts from the rest of the painting.

The joys of Photo Shop

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


The once grand and elegant Irving Cobb Hotel (now apartments) on Paducah's Broadway, is now sitting on my easel.

Rendered primarily in watercolor, with s bit of ink and acrylic, it measures 30x22".

Sunday, September 21, 2014

First Snow #123

This painting was completed on a hot summer day, which of course means absolutely nothing.

First Snow

Sunday, September 14, 2014


This painting was inspired by a photo taken somewhere in south eastern Ohio in the early 1990's.

Yellow Sky

Sunday, September 7, 2014


At least it is in this Sunday's Barn of the Week, an acrylic on 24x30 gallery wrapped canvas.

It's Snowing

This painting is available - $900.00 (includes S&H)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ode to a Dog Show

Patience and young Swede William
This Labor Day Weekend I joined Patience and our waggle of whippets on the maiden trip in our motor home to the dog shows in Amana, Iowa.  The experience reminded me of something I wrote after my last dog show - the Eastern Specialties in Atlanta GA in 2005.

Ode to a Dog Show

 Here I sit, pen in hand
Somewhere in Atlanta land

Looking at this page with dread
Just as empty as my head

Dogs and people prancing ‘round
One’s a canine, one’s a clown

All their faces etched with hope
Until they hear the judge’s “nope”

Which quickly sends them on their way
…but tomorrow is another day, and

all the nopes can’t dash the hopes

Atlanta, Sept. 05

Sunday, August 31, 2014


Faith allows us to embrace what evidence cannot provide.  Faith (religion) can give us a belief; evidence (science) gives us facts.  No judgment is implied in this statement.

Faith that is rigid and strictly defined by sacred texts, by its own definition, cannot be open to new knowledge and is obligated to reject anything that contradicts the texts upon which it is based.  The faithful are convinced that they have the only real truth about our world and will not accept any other views.

Science questions what it knows and looks for contradictions that it must prove or disprove, and is willing to adjust its conclusions according to the evidence.  “Authority” is constantly tested.

There is another “type” of faith, one where sacred texts are used to find meaning and inspiration about life, and not as a source of absolute truths, often reinforced by personal spiritual or transcendent experiences.  The faithful seek a relationship with a God they know, (or hope) is there, with complete love and commitment.  They are willing to acknowledge that others may find this God in other ways.

Regardless of how one approaches this notion of faith, it remains a personal belief system and not one to be imposed on anyone else.  If there is a caring, loving Supreme Being, then there must be room in His tent for everyone.  To deny that it to limit Him with our human frailties’ and fears.