Ron x2


Ron Gallegos stopped by my studio at the Firehouse Art Center this afternoon to pick up a portrait. He had a beard when I did the painting!


Triple Dog Dare


I’ve been working on this painting for the past several weeks, after sketching it. 28″ x 30″, acrylic on canvas. I wanted to see if I could get the same effects in acrylic as in oil. I applied many thin washes of paint.




Patriotic Pooch


My wife, Holly, came up with the idea of taking a month’s worth of pictures of Chester wearing different bandanas, which she’s been posting to her Facebook page.

I’ve been taking the pics, having Chester pose in the same spot every day. He’s getting great at assuming the position without much fuss. I’m impressed that I can get him to strike pretty much the same profile pose each session.

Dead body in my backyard

wirelessI noticed Chester sniffing around under one of the trees in our backyard, and discovered this fallen bird.

Upon closer inspection, it looks as if the bird is a predator.  There is what appears to be a tail is sticking out of its beak.  A field mouse? Did the last meal prove to be the Last Supper?  I could see no marks of violence.

Does anyone know what kind of bird this is?

My Three Kongs


Chester reluctantly posing with 3 of his Kong toys.  The two on the left are rubber, that you can stuff with treats.  The one on the right has a small opening (on the reverse of the displayed side) that allows kibble (or anything small enough) to fall out when a dog rolls it around.

I had found the smaller 2 Kongs while cleaning . . . the small one on the left has been unseen for months.  It struck me that lining these 3 object up might be fun.  I used my new technique of positioning my iPad on the floor for the shot, then crossing my fingers.