Sunday, May 28, 2017

Circus Vargas Workway

I challenged myself in this painting with some drawing and perspective problems. It is a work in progress and I like to wait a few days to let the oils dry and have a fresh view of the painting. 

Circus Vargas Front Entrance

This is a straight on view which the challenge was to lead the viewer into the format. It is a busy mess of color and flat planes. I should have tried something simple, but I have learned as much from mistakes as successes. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Circus Vargas With Ventura Hillside

Another 12 x 12 oil of the overcast May day in Ventura. I might go back in and cool the sky down in order to have it recede in the painting. This is about a 45 minute sketch.on a cool morning after checking the surf.

Here's my palette setup. I usually have a warm and cool of each primary, a couple earth hues, several whites and ivory black. I certainly need them for circus and carnival paintings.

Circus Vargas 2017

Vargas Circus, Overcast day 11x14" oil  I love to paint bright colorful images on a cloudy day. Here is the first of many from the circus. It's been great working at this location where I have a chance to meet the performers and go the shows. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


This is the second pass on a location at the Santa Paula Airport.12 x 12" oil/canvas

Monday, November 28, 2016


George Scribner and I painted from the parking structure looking at the alley behind Main Street. I worked on this after laying it in. It has been donated to a fundraiser for the Children's Art Fund at Vita Art Center in Bell Arts. 12 x 12" oil on canvas board......

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Fair West Ride

16 x 12 oil, work in progeress

Woman on Stilts

16 x 12 Woman on Stilts, oil

Giant Slide

16 x 12" oil on canvas

Fair Ticket Booth

16 x 12 Oil on canvas board

Fail Swings

Fair Swings 12 x 12" oil on canvas board

Fair Slide

2016 Fair Slide  16 x 12" oil on canvas board

Fair Ice Cream

Another nocturnal painting of a concession stand. 16x12" oil 

Fair Booth

12 x 16" oil on canvas 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Swings, Ventura County Fair

4" x 7" watercolour with a strong diagonal impression... I love working on location.

Magic Swings

4 x 7" watercolor of the ride bought from the Neverland Ranch owned by Michael Jackson....

Hanglide Fair Ride

4 x 7" watercolor of a ride at the Ventura Country Fair....This is an impressionist  painting because it is moving so fast, it makes for a challenge to get any details.

Fair Fun

4 x 7" watercolor of a ride that spun cages around in the sky....I'd rather paint it than ride it....