Turquoise Mountain and Independence Day Shop Update

Im still working on updating pictures and descriptions in my Etsy stop this week which I recommend doing every few months. Theres always room for improvement in most everything. The downside of that is I havent been able to paint anything for a week and a half and I am getting itchy fingers. People who enjoy working with their hands will understand this ­čśë Anyway some current improvements posted here. My shop link: http://etsy.me/29ijrj2 @studio313 Im still working on eliminating my tendency to be repetitive in my descriptions – not finished yet – its a process-dont judge =P

Bw Angus Print


The Turquoise Mountain Textured Abstract (below) was a palette knife painting that I photo processed later. I darkened the darks in foreground using the quick select tool and a curves (color) adjustment layer. I lightened the background a touch using the shadow/highlights filter. I did some slight burning of the side of the rock face in the center then sharpened the whole thing. The original had mostly earth tones which is ok – just wanted something to go with this BA blue velvet couch lol.


Turquoise Mountain




Framing the Charolais

A few years ago I worked mainly commissions for cattle breed owners. Besides Charolais there were Angus, Simmental, Limousin and Belted Galloway. I enjoyed the custom work and interaction with the breed owners. They were a great bunch. I made several pieces for FFA and 4H shows. I often think about doing it again and I may do just that if I can get around to setting up the space for it.

In the meantime I’ve been framing up the pieces I have in my shop to make it easier for buyers to have a ready to hang piece of art. I know if I were purchasing I would definitely be looking for something ┬áready to hang and enjoy right away.

I have to have my art framed and presentable for any show I do or gallery space I have. So I am already looking through the best products for the best price that looks most flattering for the art and will make it viewing ready. Id like to pay that forward as it is very  t i m e  consuming and not the most fun thing to do when you would rather be enjoying the creating or viewing process instead. But the frameless print and original counterparts are always available also for anyone who would like the tackle the presentation on their own.

Here is what I have for today: Find the details and purchase price here


Thanks for reading my update. I always enjoy the feedback. =)


Wildfire Awareness a Charolais Pair and Landscapes


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On the easel this week: Charolais is listed here. https://www.etsy.com/listing/269053605/charolais-cow-calf-painting-8×10-oil Landscapes are still drying. Will be listed this afternoon.

Thanks for coming by to see my blog. I love seeing visitors and meeting new people.



very wet unfinished landscapes above.


Happy Saturday – One Cow , Hay and a Treasury


I finally got this little guy finished.┬á This is a 5×7. It took me all week to complete 2 5×7 ‘s. I’m going to have to get on my A Game.

Find him here

This next week I’m planning on working on stilllife paintings. Last week obviously was animals which I didn’t get enough time on. I may extend it out for 2 weeks. Since I make the rules I can break them right? We’ll see. I really enjoy the animals. Anyway, both paintings are listed on Etsy now.

Also here is a Treasury of Etsy artist and their artwork I put together yesterday. Its full of really sweet animal art. Take a look and  heart your favorites. Follow an artist. https://www.etsy.com/treasury/NTc0NTQwN3wyNzI4MjQxMTQw/creatures-great-small-barnyard-animal?ref=pr_treasury

On the homefront: this happened today. Always a good day for this. Even at 29 degrees. Happy Saturhay!


Home & Studio

In the studio: I think eventually I will have some finished paintings to post at the end of the week. I chose to paint cows because I tend to overlook them as model material since I see them pretty regularly in real life. So that being said I decided to dedicate a week or two to our beautiful bovines.
On the homefront: 67 degrees in Kansas today. Wow! Enjoyed some outdoor time with my youngest son and the cat.  Lots of deer tracks running through the back 40. Found some old relics and great light for photos.