Falling Water Swimming Hole
..is one of my favorite swimming holes, and we spent many a day there when I lived near by. When the water is up you can dive off the bluff, and right after heavy rains kayaks actually run the stream. It is just downstream from the Falling Water Pentecostal Church where an awesome 4th of July week long camp and revival takes place.
The Original and a large print edition have been sold out.
One of my my first true (hike in the woods) Plein Air efforts, done just off the mountain at my place in Lurton.
Original Framed 11×14 Acrylic Painting, SOLD.
Ozarks 5:00 AM
This image was painted on watercolor paper, inspired by glimpses of the fog filled valleys that surround us in Newton County. Now, I have a very similar view right outside my Studio window.
The Original Painting was sold ages ago, but 8×10 prints matted to 11×14, with or without a frame are still available upon request.
Stuckeys Barn on Scenic #7
This was one of my first partial plein air attempts (I did some sketches and took some photographs on site, and finished the painting in my studio). The Barn has since fallen in and been removed.
The Original 12X30 Acrylic Painting on board is in a private collection, and a few prints matted to 11×14, with, or without a frame are still available.
On the courthouse square, local old timers often still gather to share the comins and goins of their busy days. When I approached this man, I asked what he was making. He looked at the piece of cedar in his hand, looked at his pocket knife, and the pile of chips on the ground, slowly looked up at me, and said … “wood chips”. We talked for awhile after that, and I learned the difference between a “Whittler” and a “carver”. A whittler makes “wood chips”..
The original painting and a large print edition are sold out.
This Painting was actually done in Illinois before I moved to the Ozarks. Visiting Art Shows around Chicago was actually the impetus for me to consider making a living as an Artist. As I much as I loved wandering around and viewing art, I often thought “I could do this”… So, I did. 🙂
The Original and a large print edition have long been sold out.
Walking Back from the Garden
.. is Ernest & Buelah Ponder from Salem Arkansas, and they pretty much represent the perfect traditional Ozark couple. Almost everyone relates to this picture on some level. Many folks see their relatives in these non-distinct figures. It brings back memories of Pie suppers, Church singins, gardening, Family reunions, auctions, and carrying spring water.
It is one of my earliest acrylic paintings. It was at a time when I was mostly using Pencil, Charcoal, and Pen and Ink, and had just began incorporating color into my work. I had played around with copying pen and ink drawings, and then overlaying a little watercolor. This was one of my first works done without drawing at all, it was done very fluid like a watercolor, on watercolor paper. The entire picture took about half an hour, and I have since sold thousands of prints.
The Original Acrylic 8×10 painting on Watercolor Paper is in my personal collection. 8×10 prints, matted to 11×14 are available with or without a frame.
Was drawn with pencil when I was still in High School. It was a metamorphosis from King Faisal of Egypt into a camel. It won a scholastic competition, and as a teenager, that was great encouragement for me to continue drawing. I didn’t take an interest in painting for another decade.