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Welcome!

Welcome!

Welcome to my artist’s page! Thanks for stopping by. This blog is a connection between me (the humble artist in his lonely garret) and you (the rest of the world). I will post to this blog at least once a week, here you will see works in progress, upcoming shows, new paintings or prints for sale, and happenings around the studio. Sometimes I might wax eloquent on art, though probably not often; I’m really not that kind of artist. Feel…

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Good Day in the Studio

Good Day in the Studio

A great day painting today, one of those days when everything just seems to work and time seems to fly. No music today, I listened to several videos from some of my favorite Youtubers concerning art philosophy and/or business. “Listening” is not a typo. Since I use the computer for reference photos of the painting I’m working on and watching a video would be way too distracting anyway, I selected vids that are for the most part just the individual…

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Painting Again…

Painting Again…

Back to painting in the studio today.  Working on a commission that is to be a Christmas present.  I really appreciate the amount of time the buyer gave me to complete this job.  I finished the rendering yesterday and will start blocking in the color today.  The rest will go surprisingly quickly.  As my wife says, after the picture is drawn, it’s pretty much like a paint by number thing. I’ve opened Pandora on the computer and have one of…

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Prairie Flowers

Prairie Flowers

Returned a book to the library and discovered their prairie flowers are in full bloom. Several pollinators had discovered it too. So I chucked the book in the slot, parked the truck and took photos. Paintings to come later…#prairieflowers #wildflowers #wballenart

New Painting – “Meeting of the Minds”

New Painting – “Meeting of the Minds”

“Meeting of the Minds” 2019; 8” x 10” Watercolor and ink on paper, $120. This painting was inspired by an old photograph from my father’s collection.  It was always one of my favorites.  Like several of my recent works, it tells a story, yet leaves much to the imagination.  With the faded oxide red hopper car providing the backdrop to their one act play, what is their play’s tale?  Is there a derailment?  hot bearing?  Who are these men?  Obviously,…

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New Painting – “On the Advertised”

New Painting – “On the Advertised”

“On the Advertised” 2019; 8” x 10” Watercolor on paper, $110. “On the Advertised” is an old phrase used to indicate that the train is on time.  A moodier piece than I’ve done lately, I used a very wet technique to give a rainy late evening feel that accentuates the sparks of light from the headlight, switch lamp and windows.  The reference photo for this was taken at the Strasburg Railroad in Strasburg, Pennsylvania in 2009.

July solo show? Not so much.

July solo show? Not so much.

A bit disappointingly I found out this morning that the July solo show at Scottish Rite Park in Des Moines, Iowa is delayed due to unforeseen construction. Right now the tentatively rescheduled date is January. As this is dependent on construction, it is a bit up in the air right now. I will give more details as I have them. Back to painting…