landscape art

"Yosemite Sunset"

Yosemite Sunset

36" x 60" Acrylic on canvas

Wow! What a place!

Yosemite National Park in California is a spectacular place! If you look closely, you'll see Half Dome is in the distance under a brilliant sunset sky. I wanted to give the feeling of immensity to this landscape. Painting these incredibly beautiful places keeps reminding me of the awesome creative power of the Master Designer!

Click here to discover the source of creativity.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. Ps 90:2

 "Be still and know that I am God."

"In art, all who have done something other than their predecessors have merited the epithet of revolutionary; and it is they alone who are masters."

This quotation by Paul Gauguin is a challenge not to be satisfied by an uninspired copying of the details of the scene, but to attempt to go deeper and convey an emotional response in the landscape. In time your uniqueness will come out if you don't give up. Artistic style is similar to handwriting. Our individuality will come out in the end if we don't give up.

"Look unto the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which are higher than thou."  Job 35:5

Painting Tip

Never put the horizon at the exact center of a painting. It's boring! When creating a painting remember to divide all the elements unequally. No two mountains should be the exact same size and shape in a painting. Look for "twins" and "triplets" - where sizes of elements or the spaces between them are very similar.

The War Within

The battlefield is not way out there --
It's very near.
In fact, between each ear.
Our thoughts are where the battle rages.
Are they based on themes
from Scripture's pages
or on the world's vain charms
that create wild alarms?
Fears within our heads
come from earthly dreads.
But keep your thoughts on Him
and enjoy perfect peace within.



An Offering of Time

Create space to wait
   in silence
      before Thy God.

Present an offering of time
   to the Lord
      of glory.

Like the woman who poured
   precious ointment
      on Messiah . . .
         an outrageous waste,
            according to Judas.

So pour before your Lord
   a sacrifice
      of moments
         and of hours.


How to avoid design traps

Mix clean colors

How to choose brushes

Color and visual memory

Design secrets

Sculpt with light

Stage your paintings

Create excitement

Root out Design mistakes

Sizzle with  contrast

Soar with  abstract elements

Damaging errors