The Northern Lights

Nortern Lights

Northern Lights have always facinated me. So, why not do a painting of it? And, for added measure, I through a snowy owl in the mix. This is just one reason I love to paint. You can create anything your imagination desires. I’ve done paintings with owls before, but this is my first snowy owl. The backdrop is somewhere in Norway. I’ve never been there, but would like to see the Northern lights in person some day. Just another thing to add to my bucket list 🙂 This was done on three pine board planks glued together. For those of you who have never picked up an artist paint brush, give it a try. You might surprise yourself.



It is with deep sadness that our family friend Grace passed away last night. She had been going for chemotherapy treatments for Stage 4 Sarcoma cancer. She was only 32 years old. Anyone who knew her would tell you that she was the sweetest person with a heart of gold. I did a painting for her and it is located in this blog and posted it on Aug 23 of 2017. If you scroll down below you can view it.

“Jesus Takes What is Broken and Makes It Beautiful…Its Called Grace”.

Super Blue Blood Moon


The Super Blue Blood Moon glows brightly red in the cold black night as a seagull sails above a mighty ocean wave.

I wanted to make a painting/tribute about a rare epoch celestial stunner that will occur on 31 Jan 2018. It’s a moon trifecta. An All-In-One Blue Moon, Super Moon and Blood Moon event.

A Blue Moon happens every 2.5 years according to NASA. It has a couple different definitions, but it’s basically a second full moon happening in a single month. Hence the saying “Once in a blue moon”.

A Super Moon is when the moon is closer to the earth, and so it appears 14 percent larger than normal and 30 percent brighter. There are 12 to 13 full moons a year. Of these, 3-4 of them are classified as super moons.

A Blood Moon is a total lunar eclipse. This is when the full moon passes into the earth’s shadow. The moon becomes bathed in a bright red glow. It’s like seeing a combination of the world’s sunsets and sunrises all at once being reflected off the surface of the moon. It’s been more than 150 years since this spectacular event has occurred.

Any one of these events is amazing, but having all three occur at the same moment in time is an immense astronomical event not to be missed!

NOTE: This painting is on two pine board planks measuring 6 1/2 inches wide and 15 inches in length.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the painting. Any feedback (good, bad and ugly),is always welcome.

Eagle Over The Smoky Mountains

Eagle Over Smokies

I call this painting Eagle Over The Smoky Mountains. The Smoky Mountains bring mysterious, peaceful and sometimes haunting images throughout the hours. It all depends on temperature and time of day and evening. The mist blanketing the mountains is something to behold. I remember traveling and camping here as a kid with my parents. It’s something once you see, you never forget. The eagle threads his way atop and along the horizon. This is a small painting on two pine board planks. Even though the canvas is small, this little painting packs a colorful punch and rivals any large paintings I have done. I’m completing this painting on the last day of the year 2017. As we soar into 2018, I’m thankful to be able to paint, and to all of you who have looked at my work. I wish all of you the very best in the coming year!

The Magnificent Elk


With this painting my mind harkened back to when we went to Colorado on vacation a little over a year ago. The scenery is a hodgepodge of photos we took. Part of that trip we stayed in Estes Park. This is a stunning area of the Rocky Mountain National Park, and it’s loaded with Elk. I guess I wanted to make a tribute to the magnificent Elk standing majestically in the cool crisp Rocky Mountain air. It is a beautiful animal, and I don’t know what the painting commands most? The attention of the Elk or the scenery? I made this painting on three pine board planks.

Homemade Wood Plank Storage Chest

And now for something completely different…I handmade this for our grandkids. Three pics below….

Homemade Wood Plank Storage Chest

When I started this Blog, I did it to display and archive my paintings on wood. Of course, I love to paint, but I also love to make things with wood. I have made countless pieces of furniture since I was a teenager. Recently, my wife wanted some sort of storage chest to store our three grandchildren’s toys. We scoured the internet to buy something, and found some we liked. For the chests we liked it cost anywhere from $200 to $500. We almost bought something, but my wife suggested that maybe I should make something instead. That way we can make it the size we want.

Homemade Wood Plank Storage Chest 2

I hadn’t really thought about it, but the wood planks I painted on came to mind. So, in one day I thought up the measurements and bought pine board to construct a chest. I cut the boards, sanded and screwed together the pieces and literally had the chest done in a single day. My wife wanted doors on it though. Making and hanging the doors was much more time consuming. Two weeks later I was done with the doors. I made this shelved toy chest for less than $60. I decided to add this piece to this blog to show that the planks I use for painting wood canvases can also be used to make furniture. Eventually I will Clear Coat it, but for now I like the natural rustic look.

Homemade Wood Plank Storage Chest 3

Being near Christmas, I feel like one of Santa’s Elves making furniture. I only needed a saw, drill, clamps, wood glue and hardware to make this thing. Wife happy. Happy wife, happy life. Now, I can get back to painting 🙂

The Lion Within

The Lion Within

The air is crisp and clean. The majestic Locomotive roars powerfully across its tracks. The Lion within also reveals itself as it roars powerfully in the escaping steam. With manmade and nature forces combined, these two images are unstoppable as they speed across the shadowy landscape. Do you have the Lion within you? Are your body and mind like a Locomotive? I wanted to capture in this painting the strength and noise of the Locomotive and Lion together as one symbolic powerful roaring force. I decided to go mostly black and white with this one using three cedar planks to show-case more of the grainy cedar wood canvas. I’m pleased with the result, and I hope whomever lays their eyes on it is pleased as well.

Sky Chess

Sky Chess

I call this painting Sky Chess. Ever since I was a little kid I have always loved the game of Chess. I have been wanting to paint something about Chess. Little things came to me here and there, but I was having trouble coming up with an interesting Chess theme. Then I figured why not just go all in and make something grand. This painting is a mix of my imagination, reality and fantasy. The water falls, bluffs, trees and parts of the mountains are all reality. They are from pictures I took from state parks in Tennessee. Of course, the chess board rising out of the water, and both the sun and the moon out at the same time is from my imagination and from ideas I had seen on the internet. The raven and dove are the Chess adversaries. Black is in check and the end game ensues with both birds locked in battle. The fantasy is dark v.s. light, good v.s. evil. Winning and losing are at stake on Mother Nature’s world stage. At the moment Black is in check. As I said, I love the game of Chess and this painting is my tribute to it! I made this painting on three pine board planks. It took me a long time to finish this, but I’m pleased with the time I spent creating and completing it. I hope you like it as well.


via Daily Prompt: Visceral

Today’s Daily Prompt Word is VISERAL – the meaning is based on emotional reactions rather than on reason or thought. I thought this was fitting for the painting I did for Grace seen just below this post. Or, click the link below.

It seems like everyone knows someone who is effected by the scourge of cancer.  I’m so saddened that our family friend GRACE has been besieged by this calamity in her life. I pray for her.

This fund raiser has been extended to 20 Sep 2017. See results from link below…


Painting For Grace

Owl for Grace

We have a family friend. Her name is Grace. She is only in her early thirties and she was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Sarcoma cancer. As of this writing she has started intensive chemo therapy.

Grace is a talented nurse and caregiver, a devoted and loving wife, and an amazing soul. With the support of her amazing network of friends and family, she is taking on the fight to beat it. Grace is the definition of a strong woman, and we are here to help her focus healing by taking on some of the financial burden through donations and t-shirt purchases. Anyone who wishes to contribute can go to: 

NOTE: This fund raiser has been extended to 20 Sep 2017. See results so far from link above.

I wanted to do a painting for her as well. She likes owls, and earthy colors with yellow being her favorite color. So, I put my thinking cap on and came up with this painting. It’s painted on 3 pine board planks.

“Jesus Takes What is Broken and Makes It Beautiful…Its Called Grace”.

Daily Scrolls Quote.