A recently completed pastel inspired by winter in the Eastern Sierras.
November 29, 2013
November 27, 2013
"October In The Blue Ridge Mountains"
I would like to take this time to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving with Peace and blessings throughout the Holiday Season.
November 24, 2013
This newly finished painting was inspired by a recent trip to the Eastern Sierras. This piece will be part of my Holiday Studio Exhibit and Sale on Saturday Nov. 30th.
November 19, 2013
Above painting is still on the easel 16x20 Oil
I will be opening my studio Saturday, November 30th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for an exhibition and sale of recent paintings. The last open studio was an enjoyable time for all and many folks walked away with new paintings. Please come by and bring a friend or two. There will be eggnog and goodies available for all.
November 8, 2013
This was one of the high country tarns I visited last summer. It's amazing to find a place you can call your own for an afternoon where all you see and hear is nature at its finest. Then of course there is the challenge of capturing it with wet paint and a brush. Even the scrapers are memorable because it was time so well spent observing and absorbing it all. Nature is always the best teacher for an artist.
November 3, 2013
November 1, 2013
October 29, 2013
Every Fall I make sure that I get up to the sierras to see the aspens and cottonwoods changing.
Before leaving I watched the weather forecast and clear skies were predicted for the time I would be there. Oh well, I cant always have it my way and have snow showers and beautiful dramatic skies to compliment the drama already happening on the land. On the final morning I spent in the high country I was up early once again. When I looked outside I noticed a breeze and a few pink clouds floating by. My excitement level was rising. I was meeting a couple of friends to paint and now we might have a few clouds to ad as we paint. I made my way from my cabin out toward the lower corral at Rock Creek where the sky is open and the view is spectacular. At this point the clouds were building and looking more dramatic with each passing moment. I was ecstatic. Everything I love to paint was unfolding before me in a perfect rhythm. I took a moment to thank God for this wonderful gift. I let that feeling carry me through the difficult stages of blocking in the scene and after about an hour into it, the snow started falling. Not enough to be a deterrent but adding to the whole experience. The sun would hide for long periods then come out long enough to reveal something I had missed before. The snow came and went leaving a crystal clear sky with beautiful white and grey cumulus clouds floating about reminding me of the ever changing weather. It was a perfect morning.
October 27, 2013
I recently returned from a trip to the Eastern Sierras where I had a wonderful opportunity to tour some areas of ranchlands that were previously not available to me accept from the road. This is one of the first paintings that has come from this inspiring trip.
I will be opening my studio on Saturday November 30, once again to show some of my new work. Come by early for the best choice. The time is 11am to 4pm.
September 5, 2013
This has been an amazing summer. I have been very busy painting with new plein air and some studio pastels and oils. The above pastel is one of them. I recently returned from this years Los Olivos Quick Draw and The Labor Day Art Festival In Mammoth Lakes California which both proved to be successful events. I received the third highest bid at this years Quick Draw and sold well in Mammoth. I made some new friends and visited with the old friends that came to support me once again to which I am very grateful.
June 3, 2013
May 21, 2013
May 20, 2013
I just returned from a very busy four days at the Carmel Art Festival. For the most part weather managed to cooperate for the artists and the sun came out for most of the while. This was one of the most picturesque areas I have ever been and it is easy to undersand why an artist would call this area home. The painting above was one of four I completed during the two full days of painting.
May 10, 2013
This pastel was a recent demonstration for my pastel class. This was another wonderful session and when you have students as good as mine, teaching is easy. Another session begins in June. I am now preparing for next weeks Carmel Plein Air Festival. I am a bit nervous as it has been awhile since my last plein air event. I am looking forward to the challenge to paint the best pieces I can. No doubt there will be plenty of subject matter to paint.
This pastel was accepted into The Segil fine Art Summer Show.
May 6, 2013
I have been doing more plein air painting with oils recently and I want to continue this trend so last Friday I drove to Palos Verdes to paint. I did not have a lot of time to search for a new vantage point or discover a new location so I drove to a familiar place. This was merely about practicing and seeing if I could do more with a familiar subject. I like to go to places that I have painted before to test myself to see if I have grown and learned since the last time I painted there.
This painting was accepted into The Segil fine Art Summer Show.
April 29, 2013
I recently had the opportunity do some plein air work in Laguna Beach.
This is a view from Heisler Park looking south.
This painting was accepted into The Segil fine Art Summer Show.
April 6, 2013
This pastel was recently completed for the Pastel Society Of Southern California members exhibit.
The show opens Saturday April 6, with a reception from 6-9pm at the
Manhattan Beach Creative Arts Center.
March 2, 2013
This little painting is part of my studio exhibit happening today from 11am - 4pm. Come by and say hello if you are in the area.
756 36th st. Manhattan Beach Ca. 90266
February 17, 2013
"High Country Spring" 14x11 Pastel
I am pleased to announce I will opening my studio for another
exhibit and sale of my paintings. Please come by for a visit.
Saturday March 2, 11am to 4pm.
Friday preview available by appt.
The above pastel painting was a recent
demonstration given at the Palos Verdes Art Center.
February 8, 2013
Late Autumn In Olancha 20x16 Oil
Remembering Sonoma 16x20 Oil
The two pieces above were chosen as part of the Salon International 2013 Art Show. This show received over 1,000 entries and only 374 pieces were juried in. This exhibit is held in San Antonio, Texas and hosted by The Greenhouse Gallery.
December 21, 2012
This is another piece that will be on display at my Saturday Year End Studio Sale.
The sale begins at 11:00am and will run until 4pm. Get here early for the best selection.
December 17, 2012
"Summer Evening" 18x24 Oil Revised
This piece has been spruced up a bit to hopefully sell at my studio exhibit this weekend. It really needed to be lightened up. I also added a bit more color in the clouds. It feels like a new painting now. My studio sale is Saturday Dec. 22 11am 4pm. Some of the proceeds will be donated to
The Sandy Hook Support Fund.
December 14, 2012
In October some friends brought me to the Chalk Bluffs outside of Bishop, California. As we hiked up to the top, the view seemed to get better and better. I especially enjoyed seeing the Owens River as it snaked its way through the valley. To see familiar mountains from a new perspective felt a bit like I was rekindling an old friendship.
December 11, 2012
December 10, 2012
December 9, 2012
November 25, 2012
On my way home from a recent trip to the sierras, I witnessed a wonderful sunrise on Mt.Whitney. The clouds behind the mountains were mostly still in shadow setting the stage for the highest peaks to show off even more. It was a fleeting moment that I was so pleased to experience. This painting is available at my studio. Please contact me
directly for more information.
November 22, 2012
I'm pleased and relieved to finish this pastel because it has taken a year to get to it. I have several more potential paintings that I would like to work on from my trip to North Carolina last autumn. All in good timing as I'm sure that these ideas have needed to marinate for awhile
before I begin working on them. This particular scene was used last weekend as a partial demonstration for a Saturday workshop.
November 10, 2012
October 31, 2012
This painting was inspired by a recent trip to the High Sierras. When I arrived at this location near June Lake, it was cloudy and overcast with a bit of snow falling. I remained in the area long enough to have the sun come out for a short time but just long enough to be treated to aspens that were putting on a show with fall color.
October 27, 2012
October 21, 2012
350. + Tx. unframed.
Last week I returned from a trip to the high sierras for some fall color. It was a great experience as I was treated to every kind of weather including hail storms and snow. This plein air painting was completed in Rock Creek canyon.
Please contact me if interested in purchasing this piece.
October 19, 2012
This pastel is a view of the cliffs near Pismo Beach California and was a recent demonstration for my Wednesday morning pastel class. The current pastel session is already more than have way finished however a new four week session begins on November 14th. Please use the link below if interested in signing up and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
For those interested in one on one lessons, and when my schedule allows, I teach out of my studio as well. Contact me for more information on private classes.
October 8, 2012
"Monday Morning In Manhattan Beach"
6x8 Oil on linen. 175. + Tx. Sold
This morning was perfect. Clouds gathering around with sunlight filtering through and and opportunity to visit with some folks taking their morning walk on the strand. I had about 2 hours and on the parking meter so I worked quickly. Eventually it clouded over completely and all was in shade but with a few moments of sunlight peeking through I was able finish.
A Monday morning well spent.
October 6, 2012
Available at Solvang Antiques, Solvang California.
I have been anxious to get back to painting some smaller oils again.
This scene of California wine counrty is the first of a few I have in mind. Stay tuned.
October 3, 2012
This pastel is another that I will be displaying at the Manhattan Beach City Hall Pastel Exhibition.
This is another local scene from the north end of Manhattan Beach. I have come to appreciate the jetties and breakwaters near my home. Each one seems to have its own character. Many have found their way into a painting or two and no doubt will again in the future.
This pastel is 800. framed. A payment plan is available.
October 2, 2012
This pastel was a previous demonstration for my pastel class from about a year ago. I recently put some final touches on to finish it. It will be displayed at the Manhattan Beach City Hall as part of a pastel exhibit I am having with artist David Wolfram. We will each be displaying six pieces. If you are in the area please drop by to take a look.
Contact me directly for pricing and more information.
September 24, 2012
Hi Folks. I hope you are enjoying the first days of Autumn. I am certainly ready for some cooler temps. A little over a week ago I performed a pastel demonstration for the Pastel Society Of Southern California. I was able to put the finishing touches on this weekend and now it's complete. The location is the North Fork Of Bishop Creek looking east at the White Mountains at sunset. It is a wonderful time to be there as the heat of the day subsides and the cool evening is approaching.
September 7, 2012
I was very pleased with "Worth The Wait" 6x8 Oil posted on August 31, and soon realized that I wanted to do a larger painting, and so I should strike while the iron is hot. I used the smaller oil as a reference for this pastel. I wanted to re-create the mood and feeling of the smaller painting and show the light just before the sun sets over the mountains. The long shadows and filtered light are two ingredients to make this happen so I embelish them a bit.
Contact me if you are interested in this painting.
September 6, 2012
Available Through Mancuso Fine Art Studio. 300. framed
I painted this piece while I was up at Rock Creek a couple of weeks ago. This is the scene right before arriving at Rock Creek Lake. Before arriving, I had already planned on painting from this location so I was already thinking about values, colors and shapes etc. You could say I was already painting it before I arrived. I had thought about the granite on the mountains and the blue sky and how they related to eachother. I was also thinking about the apsens and if the greens used would be warm or cool or both? When I first arrived and setup my easel I noticed the shadows across the road and how they would be the first shapes to change, so I quicky made shape and color notes for those as well as the shadows on Mount Abbott. From that point on I roughed in the biggest shapes and then worked more on the details later. When I began painting, the sky was clear and when I finished it looked like it might rain. Experiences like this keep me excited
and motivated to paint on location often.
August 31, 2012
This painting is available through Mancuso Fine Art Studio. 300. framed.Sold
As a painter, I enjoy and study the light in the beginning and at the end of each day. It is always worth waiting for, especially when you are in a beautiful location like the Eastern Sierras. This is a scene from the west side of the the town of Bishop.
My Thursday morning pastel class is filled but there are still a couple of spaces left
in the Wednesday morning class. Classes begin on Wednesday September 12th.
August 29, 2012
This painting is available through Mancuso Fine Art Studio. 300. framed.
I love the drama of an approaching storm and when I can paint a scene that represents this, it makes
the painting process that much more enjoyable.
August 27, 2012
Available Through Mancuso Fine Art Studio. 300. framed.
This is one of the pieces painted on location last week. The location is the picturesque "Round Valley" near the town of Bishop, California. This was a good lesson for me to in simplify what I was seeing. The cottonwood trees had much more detail and the fence line was way too complicated to try and capture. I decided to edit out alot of the details to hopefully make a stronger painting and still say what I wanted about the scene.
August 26, 2012
This painting is available through my studio. 300. unframed
August 21, 2012
This was my practice painting for the Los Olivos Quick Draw. I am happy to announce that this was another successful event for me as my painting received one of the highest bids for the event. It was also successful because it gave me the opportunity to laugh, share ideas and have fun with some fellow artists, many who are giants in my field of work. I am truelly humbled
by their skill and grace.
August 15, 2012
Autumn Retreat 20x16 Pastel
The Cliffs Of Pismo Beach 16x20 Pastel
Greetings. I have been busy getting ready to participate in this years Los Olivos Quick Draw. I will have work displayed at St. Mark's In The Valley Church, one or two pieces for the silent auction at The Los Olivos Grange as well as some paintings at Judith Hale Gallery hosted by Solvang Antiques in Solvang. I am looking forward to this but for now I must jump back in to framing and other duties as my "To Do" list continues to grow.
Here is a link for you to check out: