"Incoming" Watercolor on Paper, 9" x 12" $100 | Available on Etsy

“Incoming” Watercolor on Paper, 9″ x 12″ $100 | Available on Etsy

I was out walking one morning and spotted beautiful red-tailed hawk circling in the sky above me. We walked together for a while and then suddenly, he swooped down, chasing something in the field. He was pure energy…and like that, he was back in the sky, far above me, searching again.

Marathon Runner Painting is Getting There…


It’s missing the energy! I’m hoping one more session at the easel will put thi sone to bed. Right now, I still feel like the intensity isn’t there. I don’t feel the energy yet. I think it needs a bit more contrast….some big hits with white and black. I think the flatness of the color is what is keeping the energy level down.

Slipping Nicely Back into My Comfort Zone with a Painting of a Sled Dog

I guess this goes with my recent athlete paintings! After all, is there any creature that is moire athletic than a sled dog? These animals run for hundreds of miles in the freezing cold. I think I have probably painted or drawn this dog, or some version of this dog, at least fifteen times, if not more. I love the image of a sled dog doing what they love most and do best. It’s like painting pure joy.

Iron Dog: The Runner Acrylic on canvas board 16" x 20" 2013

Iron Dog: The Runner
Acrylic on canvas board
16″ x 20″

More Paintings of Athletes

My IronMan paintings were delivered yesterday. I really enjoyed working on them! In fact, I will be starting a new runner soon. I took lots of photos at the Runner’s World Half Marathon and Festival this weekend. I’m going through them today looking for my next inspiration.


My Final Iron Man Painting: The Swimmer

After several false declarations of “I’m done!” I think I am finally actually done! My last painting of the Iron Man series, The Swimmer, has been signed and sealed! This one feels a bit different, but I think swimming feels a bit different too. I think I still captured the energy of the Iron Man, but there is a little more coolness in this painting.

Iron Man 3: The Swimmer Acrylic on canvas 24" x 30" 2013

Iron Man 3: The Swimmer
Acrylic on canvas
24″ x 30″

Another Acrylic Painting of a Runnner

Sometimes I am a runner. Sometimes I am a painter. Until recently, I used a wait-for-inspiration approach to both. I have, however, discovered that it is a lot more rewarding to create your own inspiration. Now I regularly try to exercise both my body and my mind. Hard work is the key to stirring creativity and energy.

This week, I gave my painting muscles a bit of a workout…

Ironman1:R2 Acrylic on canvas 24" x 30" 2013

Acrylic on canvas
24″ x 30″

Acrylic painting of a cyclist: number two in my IronMan series

I finally started and finished the second painting in my ironman series. I think I will do another runner next. I haven’t quite worked out the composition for the swimmer yet.

Acrylic painting of a cyclist

IronMan 2: The Cyclist
Acrylic on canvas
24″ x 30″