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Why Guinevere? -- and some process pics

Why Guinevere? Well, after not painting much last year at all (mostly focused on writing the book), but also feeling a little lost artistically...  Amy and I visited England for the 2nd time.  We visited several galleries in both London and Oxford. After spending several days looking at all kinds of art I felt most impressed and inspired by some of the different Pre-Raphaelite paintings we saw. I was really moved by their ambition, their patience, the obvious planning, effort, and time that went into these images.

I've written a book

I confess, 2016 was not a very productive year for me as a painter.  I got it into my head to write a book, and it's finally finished and up on Amazon!  If you get a chance, please take a look: 

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Almost finished with this one

Here I am working on a large riverbed painting.  It was a commission from an old friend who lives in Texas now.  I don't think they have rivers like this in Texas.  I'm not sure they have water in Texas.  I digress. 

Preparation work for Painting "Living Water" - (portrait of Christ)

Recently I completed this religious painting, a portrait of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Battle Ground Community Library buying 4 paintings!

A few months ago the library approached me and said they were interested in acquiring some of my paintings.  I've had a couple solo shows there over the past few years, in the Swift Gallery which is part of the library.  They said the shows got such positive response that they felt maybe they should get some of my work to fill some of the empty wall space!  This library is fairly new, it was just built within the last 5-6 years or so.  

The Career Path of an Artist

New Solo Show at Swift Gallery in Battle Ground WA

Today I put up my new solo show at the Swift Gallery in the library at Battle Ground, Washington.  I've got a few portraits, some large riverbed paintings, and a couple sky-scapes, and one snow scene.  It's a mix of everything I've been working on over the past couple years.  I'm still working on another painting that I want to bring in and add to the group, but I'm pretty happy with how things turned out.  The show will be up for July and August.  

New drawing of an old friend

Had fun doing a painting demo for SWA

Yesterday I was priveleged to be able to give a painting demo to the Society of Washington Artists (SWA).  It was a lot of fun, and they had tons of questions.  There were about 35 artists in attendance.  A couple of them were wandering around shooting some photos, so I'm hoping I can get a photo to drop up here.  It was good to meet other artists in the Vancouver area. Lots of good feedback and a few of them asked me if I teach lessons or workshops.  I haven't seriously thought about that really, but maybe I should.

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