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Eggplant and Fig Jam

eggplant and fig jam, acrylic on mdf, 5" x 7"

“Eggplant and Fig Jam” Acrylic on MDF, 5″ x 7″

Eggplant, or aubergine as it is also known, is not my favorite veggie, unless it arrives on the table in the form of Indian baingan bharta! Then it’s number one, right up there with saag paneer (which is, oddly, also number one). As it happens, I had baingan bharta the day I painted this; I remember, because painted it to honor the owner of my favorite Indian restaurant who had signed up for my painting email list that day.

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avocado, acrylic on MDF, 5" x 7"

“Avocado” Acrylic on MDF, 5″ x 7″

This painting is a favorite of mine, partly because of the use of both “cool” and “warm” greens together. It was auctioned just after the terrible tornado damage in Oklahoma City in 2013, and all proceeds from this painting, along with one other I submitted, went to Central Oklahoma Humane Society to help care for the many pets that were lost and homeless after that disaster. I posted the painting on St. Patrick’s Day, so I suppose it could have been called “the eatin’ o’ the green,” because that’s what I did after the painting was finished. That’s one of the perks of painting food.


Egg for One

egg for one, acrylic on mdf, 4' x 4"

“Egg for One” Acrylic on MDF, 4″ x 4″

This painting was done in response to a “challenge” to paint an egg. I don’t suppose I would have chosen this subject matter had it not been for the challenge. My painting was won in a contest by a man in Germany, who I hope enjoys it. As a boy, I joined the 4H for a year, and in that time, I raised about 30 chickens for my project. I chose Rhode Island Reds, and fell in love with the little things. And I learned that, amazingly, they laid brown shelled eggs! I’ve preferred brown shells ever since, yet I’ve heard there is no difference whatsoever between white shell and brown shell eggs. Still, it’s one indulgence I intend to keep until some nursing home puts a stop to it.



032 sunflowers, acrylic on mdf

032 “Sunflowers” Acrylic on MDF, 7″ x 5″

This painting was donated to the emergency relief for Oklahoma City immediately after the tornadoes of 2013. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this painting and one other of mine went to the Central Oklahoma Humane Society.



031 workday, acrylic on mdf

031 “Workday” Acrylic on MDF, 5″ x 7″

I spent today building narrow shelves in my studio to hold paintings. These are my tools for the day. I learned to wear gloves the day I moved a bundle of 2″ x 20 ft. galvanized pipe with new threads into the 2″ bin. Brand new threads. Razor sharp threads. The guy on the other end dropped his end just ahead of me, causing my end to burst the steel band holding it together, the threads lacerating my hands. My hands were sliced into so many ribbons it looked like a birthday party. But that was then. Now I wear gloves.