Sunday, June 11, 2017

May 2017 Works

12x24" 30x60cm acrylic on hardboard Near Sunset

6x8" 15x20cm acrylic on hardboard Roadside Trees

6x8" 15x20cm acrylic on Hardboard Avenue Morning

6x8" 15x20cm acrylic on hardboard Rainy Day

12x24" 30x60cm acrylic on hardboard Autumn Early Morning

6x8" 15x20cm acrylic on hardboard Damp Day Along the Embankment

6x8" 15x20cm acrylic on hardboard Damp Evening

Sunday, May 7, 2017

April 2017 Works

A bunch of small paintings using one of my most common motifs -- the London Square. All, except noted are 6x8" 15x20cm all are acrylic on hardboard.
The Usual Suspects 1

The Usual Suspects 2

The Usual Suspects 3

The Usual Suspects 4

The Usual Suspects 5


The Usual Suspects 6

Autumn Hill 12x24" 30x60 cm 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

March 2017 Works

18x24" 45x60cm acrylic on hardboard Market Bound

18x24" 45x60cm acrylic on hardboard Boat and Branches

18x24" 45x60cm acrylic on hardboard Island Trails
Three piece depicting the Archipelago of the Tenth Star -- a setting for on of my novels. The premise is that you have islands floating in a vast ocean of air. The small islands have no gravity, so there is no set up or down -- it simply depends on where you are standing.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Feb 2017 Works

18x24" 45x60cm acrylic on hardboard Among the Islands

24x12 60x30cm acrylic on hardboard Considering the Stepping Stones

18x24" 45x60cm acrylic on hardboard Island Trader

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

January 2017 Pieces

May Morning 12x16" 30x40cm acrylic on hardboard

Abbey Rd Light 18x24" 45x60cm acrylic on hardboard

Mums 18x24" 45x60cm  acrylic on hardboard

Winter Creek Revisited 12x24" 30x60cm acrylic on hardboard

The Harbor of Saristar 12x24" 30x60cm acrylic on hardboard

Sparrows on a Branch 12x24" 30x60cm acrylic on hardboard

Monday, December 26, 2016

New Work From 2016

After taking some time off from painting I'm back with the modest goal of paining a piece each week, at least for the winter. I have no goal other than to have fun messing around with paint. I'm looking to try new things, but mostly I'm doing old things. It's the old dog and new tricks problem. Here is what I've been up to since I last added things to this blog:

Abstract Floral 18x24" 45x60cm acrylic on hardboard

Top of the Bureau 18x24" 45x60cm acrylic on hardboard

The Still Life of African Violets 18x24" 45x60cm acrylic on hardboard

Misty Morning Along the Boulevard 18x24"45x60cm acrylic on hardboard

In addition I did some new covers for my books:



Monday, February 22, 2016

New Covers

Painting has pretty much stalled out again. I'm spending two hours a day working on my next novel, so I'm not discouraged by my lack of inspiration to paint. I've painted some 1,500 pieces in the last 13 years, so perhaps I've painted all the pictures I have in mind. And since I don't sell my work (for less than $100,000) I've no reason to paint the same things over and over again.

I did, however update the covers of my books, using the same artwork, just switching places with the titles. The titles are now in boxes instead of the art. An improvement, I think.













Note: The Bright Black Sea box is now black rather purple as it's shown here.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Last of pieces of from 2015

12x16" 30x30cm acrylic on hardboard Autumn Street

4 painting each 8x6" 20x15cm acrylic on hardboard 4 variations of a scene

Friday, November 20, 2015

Rural Road Study

12x16" 30x40cm acrylic on hardboard Rural Road Study


















12x8" 30x20cm acrylic on hardboard Autumn Sunlight

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Evening in the Hills

8x12" 20x30cm acrylic on hardboard Evening in the Hills

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Autumn Lane

12x16" 30x40cm acrylic on hardboard Autumn Lane

Sunday, November 1, 2015

New Works

12x24" 30x60cm acrylic on hardboard Beacon Hill

8x6" 20x15cm acrylic on hardboard Moonlit Alley

18x24" 45x60cm acrylic on hardboard Autumn Blvd

18x24" 45x60cm acrylic on hardboard The Road To

Saturday, October 17, 2015

My old Impatiens 2015

A quick painting of a 10 year old impatiens plant after it was brought in for the winter.  Its on my painting table and I painted it against the night outside the window.
12x24" 30x60cm acrylic on hardboard My Old Impatiens 2015

Monday, October 12, 2015

Two new works

I'm committed to painting again. This time, anything and everything goes.
12x16" 30x40cm acrylic on hardboard Moon over the Thames

24x12" 60x30 acrylic on hardboard Rocks, Dragons and Birds

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Oct New Paintings

I've started painting again, which is about all I can say. Just putting paint on board.
6x8" 15x20cm acrylic on hardboard Small Street Study

12x16" 30x40cm acrylic on hardboard Potted Plant

12x16" 30x40cm acrylic on hardboard Potted Plant 2

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Low Country Barges Study

12x18" 30x40cm acrylic on hardboard  Low Country Barges Study

Monday, July 13, 2015

Some Day Days


I released my second novel, Some Day Days, on 9 July 2015 as an ebook at smashwords.com, once again for FREE
It should be available in iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo shortly for FREE
It is also available at Amazon in a Kindle edition for $.99. Once I draw their attention to the fact that they are being undersold, they should reduce the price to FREE as well – in the USA. Smashwords offers a mobi ver that can be read on a Kindle, for FREE

Be careful what you wish for – wishes can come true, as Hugh Gallagher discovers when the girl of his dreams, the incomparable Selina Beri, comes seeking his expertise on a piece of technology she needs to understand for her last final exam. Can Hugh, the classic shy, geeky, university student, avoid making a fool of himself with the girl he's loved from afar? A romance set in the near future.

Some Day Days is a simple story of first love and friendship set in Oxford and Cambridge England. It reflects my taste for simplicity, understatement, humor, and clever writing (though that's a goal rather than a claim.) Raymond Chandler once wrote that there are two types of writers, writers who write stories and writers who write writing. I aspire to write writing. I started writing Some Day Days six years ago, and finished revising it this year, so this work spans my current writing phase.

It is something of an experimental work, along the lines of Frankenstein. The original subtitle was a romance in an undetermined number of pieces of which this is the first twelve pieces. It began life as a novelette, to which I added a novella length sequel, and then, as my imagination raced ahead, I outlined a whole series of pieces until I had a memoir spanning four years. I use the word "pieces" to describe its parts because no one term describes them all. I have the original novelette, its longer sequel, several chapters of varying lengths, an essay, a gaming story and a ghost story, tied together as the memoir of Hugh Gallagher, a third year student reading Physics and Philosophy at Oxford University – let's say twenty years from now. It does, however, have a beginning, middle and an end, and thus, the essentials of a novel.

The first piece, Kiss of the White Witch is a result of two challenges. The first arose in reading somewhere about a challenge to write a short story centered on the effects of a new technology in the future. I chose a device that records one's life in video as a "dynamic diary" or a "dyary". I wrote this before Google Glass, but after the first such limited devices were being talked about. The second challenge came from my dislike of stories that are told to the reader, rather than having the story play out on its own. Talk being cheap, it's easy to be a critic – so I decided to see if I could write a story that unfolds mostly in dialog. The result was Kiss of the White Witch.

Several drafts later, I found myself wondering how I could bring the two characters together again, and eventually wrote a sequel, a novella called A Shattered Heart – the second piece in this work. I now had two pieces, both too short and too long for anything, leaving me no choice but to plow ahead and write more. Over the past six years I've written the ten other pieces that make up the rest of this work, which cover the first six months of the long romance I had dreamed up.

One should never say never, so I won't. I am, however, unlikely, to write more pieces, so this is most likely a stand alone book. I considered adding an addenda outlining some of the subsequent events, but Hugh wouldn't stand for that, "It's my story to tell. Or not. I'll tell it my way, or not at all," (Artists! It seems that even a small literary effort sparks an artistic temperament!) Still, it is, after all, his story to tell. Or not. I've honored his wishes.

Some Day Days a little romance of first love set in the near future by the author of A Summer in Amber, is available at most fine ebook sellers. And coming late summer/early fall 2015 Planets of Call, a long space opera with a golden age of science fiction touch.