Morning Star

morning Star Compressed

Lucifer which means ‘bringer of light’ was associated with the morning star or Venus. It is one of the few stars seen in the morning as the sun rises. Hence, Bringer of Light. He was god’s favorite in christian religion until he rebelled. I like the Muslim version better . God wanted him to worship humans but he refused saying that he could only worship god.

New Gallery on ArtSpan

Angels is a new gallery, old work as well as a new one. see below

Four Birds

This is a pastel i recently did. Just trying not to think about anything. the colors are a bit muted for me. i like them This hearkens back to my Elements of Form series i did as an undergrad. 19 1/2 ” x 13″ or 49.53 cm x 33cm

four birds

promotion of my artwork

Price reduction on several of my paintings



I haven’t been painting much lately but there IS a reason now. I’ve been writing a book, a sc-fi novel. It was an idea that came upon me back in the spring. I started writing down snippets and have about 28,000 words so far. I need about 60,000 to 100,000 words for a novel length. I have a ways to go. It is my favorite genre and goes back to reading DC comics when I was 10. My creative energies have been funneled towards it. Truth be told I may have exhausted my painting muse. I plan to draw or try different media. I may get hit by some painting inspiration but for now I am going to focus on my book. I shall continue with this blog intermittently.

Thanks to all of you who have followed me. It means a lot to me. On to the next adventure!

Tree [brown and yellow]

close up treetree brown and yellow

Smaller than the other trees. Has lots of paint on it. About 5 layers. I included a close up. 24″ x18″ or 61 cm x 45.72 cm

Family Tree

Finally am able to post this. Third in tree series. [larger ones] Was thinking of Mondrian and his abstractions of a tree. I didn’t go quite that far. I wanted to use some “not natural” colors for it. Maybe some of the Western wildfires seeped into my unconscious but that was not my intent. I have been thinking about family and the ‘ties that bind”. I’d like to think this painting is ambiguous in that it is colorful and lovely or not. Perhaps, I should leave it at that. I am pleased with how it turned out. I may do some smaller tree studies, exploring color but am not sure at the moment.

3 Trees and Bristle Pine

                                     3 Trees on a Hill, inspired by bristle cone pine trees of the western, USA.

3 trees on a hill

bristle pine tree

Bristol Pine Tree, 2016, 36″ x 24′ or 91.44cm x 61 cm

As you can see from the date on the second tree, I’ve actually have been interested in trees. They are some of the oldest trees. I am fascinated with the twisting of the trunk and branches. A friend of mine Rachel Newton had taken some pictures of them. With her permission, I used a few of her photos. And then I abandoned them, not sure why. As I was fumbling about for new inspiration I came across the photos and this one painting. I may have had another painting, don’t know where it is. There is a pictures of it on my older works site. Also a block print from undergraduate printmaking class is the genesis for trees. My daughter may have that painting. (she occasionally “raids” my paintings. it is fine. I’m happy she likes them!) Anyway, I rediscovered them and started painting again. So far, so good. I think I have a few more in me. They reflect the technique I’ve used for my angel pictures but with different colors and they are rooted in the ordinary world. Fingers crossed

2 things

I’ve started a separate Instagram account called schindlerartworks. Only art, just another way to promote them.

I’ve started painting again. Ha! I guess writing about “it” purge all that nothingness. Will see how it goes but I’m feeling pretty good about it right now.


I’ve hit a wall with my painting. Nothing seems to be working. The Vessels are ok but not something I’d want to do 10 of. Not enough complexity to sustain the image or the painter. I’ve tried several other avenues and they all just don’t feel right . That is the closest I can come to explaining “It”. There’s a painting sitting on the easel for over 2 weeks now unfinished, the paint drying on the palette. I wish I could articulate what “it” is but I can’t. It’s stuck somewhere in my unconscious, I guess. I find if I can define “it” or bring “it” into conscious thought then the block will dissipate. But this has been almost a month and “it” hasn’t gone away. This has happened before so I have to have faith the “it” will go away, eventually. I thought that by just painting anything “it” would go away but “it” hasn’t so…… here I am.

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