Old Schoolhouse Series, #2

LG-Old Schoolhouse Series #2, sat photo
Old Schoolhouse Series, #2 – 30″ x 40″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

This old schoolhouse, only a few miles from our house, is starting to get covered up by the encroaching trees. I’m a little worried they’re going to tear it down some day; so I grab a photo whenever I can.

This is the second painting I’ve done of it; the first was two years ago and it quickly sold. I’ve just started a third, much more modern and abstract interpretation of a close-up of the entrance. It will be a 48″ x 48″.


“Nestled” – 24×24 acrylic on canvas. Available for purchase.


This scene was begging to be painted. It’s based on a small, zoomed-in corner of my recent painting, “Top of Hill.” The composition was pleasing to my eye every time I viewed it in the video posted on the “Top of Hill” blog. I would kind of like to have another go at it in a vertical orientation.

Here’s the video, in case you didn’t see it in the previous blog.




“Audacity” – 48″x48″ acrylic on canvas. Available for purchase.


I usually write a nice little blog, giving background or insights into the painting. In this case, the paint speaks for itself. I have nothing more to add, except that I hope you enjoy it!



LG-Wires, revised
“Wires” – 36×48 acrylic on canvas. Available for purchase.

I snapped this photo during my last expedition to downtown Grand Rapids. The photo originally included the street and a bunch of other “noise.” But I often crop like crazy to get to what I really want: for me, it was these wires. In real life, there were about three times as many wires as what I painted.

End of Dock

End of Dock, Revised
“End of Dock” – 36 x 48 acrylic on canvas. Available for purchase.

Every once in awhile I just need a big abstract with strong contrasts of “blacks and creamy whites.” This one is so great in person.

If you saw this painting when it was first posted,  you might notice that it has been revised. It makes me much happier now.

Evening Sun on the Grand

Evening Sun on the Grand - 30
Evening Sun on the Grand – 30″x40″ acrylic on canvas. SOLD.

Don’t you love the way the sun–when it is low in the sky, either morning or evening–sheds an orangey-yellow light on its subjects? This view stopped me in my tracks while we were visiting ArtPrize exhibits with some friends last year. It is from the Ford Museum area, looking east across the Grand River.

Once this painting was complete, it was a challenge to get a photo to accurately portray the delicate balance of values and colors with which the painting communicates the shaded foreground and the effects of the striking sun in the background. We artists say this way too much, but it’s especially true on this painting: you need to see it in person.

Speaking of which, you are welcome to come visit my home gallery/studio any time. You don’t have to buy; just come to drink in some art, see my newly expanded studio, and have a little art chat. I do schedule appointments for visits; please use the Contact tab to start up a conversation, or call me on my cell: 616-723-6600.


I had something totally different in mind: a richly-textured, multi-layered background. But after I started a few foundational drips, and the sketching in of the design, I fell in love with this minimal representation and dared not go a step further.

48″x48″ diptych (two 24″x48″ canvases). Acrylic. Available for purchase.

Cycling - 48
Cycling – 48″x48″ Diptych (two 24″x48″) Acrylic on canvas. Available for purchase.

Cycling, bottom right

Cycling, top right