Monday, June 12, 2017


10"h X 16"w
Something a little different for your viewing pleasure.
 This was so much fun to paint. Let me know what you think.
Thanks a bunch - MB

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


Here's the 3rd version of "Meet Tiffany".
12" X 12"
Believe it or not I've been painting daily - wiping away - starting over again and again and again. 
I have one version half finished another version totally finished - but didn't think it was good enough
and this version. I'm on a deadline(more on that later) so this is the one I'm choosing. 
It feels like I've never painted anything in my life. These are some weird times for sure.
I think 2017 is going to go down as the oddest painting year in my life. 
I just hope it all becomes clear soon. 
Thanks for waiting. MB

Thursday, May 25, 2017


Life can be a little scary at times!
I started painting yesterday - will have a painting post soon.
Hope you've enjoyed the little side trip.
Tiffany up next. Later MB

Sunday, May 21, 2017


OMG! someone really throwing that out??!!
I can paint that and make it beautiful again.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Tour de Steamboat

Here's a fun new bike painting. 
It's been hard to get going and get something worthwhile.
I thought the work was going to shift in some way so I've been struggling 
but maybe it's not going to happen. I have some ideas floating in my head 
evidently they're not very good ideas!?
Thanks for waiting. MB

Monday, May 1, 2017


Best buddies
Georgi & Roger sharing a chair. 
Thanks for waiting. 
I have some paintings ready just need some prodding.
Time will tell.

Friday, April 28, 2017


Lulu's pillow review - not too soft - high count cotton pillow case
Just right for getting cozy!
A perfect nights sleep I'm ready to go
Georgi's review - Spacious - comfy mattress with luxurious cotton sheets!
A definite 5 ***** experience 
Yavapai Lodge - South Rim Grand Canyon
Thanks a bunch

Saturday, April 22, 2017


Hillary & Bill enjoying a special moment in the shade!
We were so fortunate to be able to stop and talk to Bill and Hillary. 
This was the highlight of our visit to Los Alivos, CA. 
I feel another portrait in the works.
Thanks a bunch MB

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Roger finds a new home, he's so happy.
I found Roger the Rhino in a recycling bin on my bike ride. I knew I had to save him from a sad fate.
I gingerly set him near the bushes so he'd feel right at home till I could get back to rescue him in my car.
He was cooperative and friendly. He quietly grazed on fresh grass till my return.
He's our new best buddy.
Thanks for listening. MB

Thursday, March 30, 2017


MR. Fox
The light in my studio has not been optimal for photography and the fox is too
wet to move. Anyway this gives some idea of what he looks like finished. 
He's going to live in Vermont with his buddy Mr. Moose. 
I'm hoping to get you a final photo in May when he's dry but this is as good as it gets for now.
Thanks for waiting. MB

Saturday, March 25, 2017


This is not the best photo but you get the idea. 
The fox is finished but I couldn't get a decent photo. 
Maybe I'll get lucky tomorrow with the light in the studio so I can get a good shot.
The fox is sitting on what I call a stump-rock! The shape changed radically for three days.
Wipe it away and start again. I'm happy with the end result but it wasn't easy getting there.
Thanks for waiting MB.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Here's the start to a red fox commission painting.
30" X 30" 
This handsome fellow will live with his buddy the moose in Vermont.
It took me a while to get this far I'm hoping to finish the fox today. 
We'll see how that goes. Thanks a bunch. MB

Monday, March 20, 2017


Here's what the 3" X 3" paintings look like all lined up.
It's kind of fun to see them all together.
Here's a new 3" X 3" - he's a different rendition of the same cow. 
I love to paint his expression. 
Thanks a bunch MB!

Thursday, March 16, 2017


Happy St. Patty's Day!
Sorry I couldn't resist. This should be a painting maybe next year!
Later MB

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


3" X 3"
Here's another small painting from my Less is More series.
Thanks for taking a look. 
I went for my first bike ride of the season - feels like summer out there. 
Hopefully there's more snow on the way soon.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Chocolate Moose

I just couldn't resist - I have 4 moose living in my yard. The twins along with
Mom and Dad. This is big Daddy giving me the eye but he's perfectly comfortable where he is.
My corgi Lulu was out there trying to tell them they were in her yard - didn't seem to faze them one bit. 
Hope you're having a wonderful day! MB

Friday, March 10, 2017

Less is More

Hilton Gulch School House
3" X 3"
Here's the newest in my series "Less is More"
It's been awhile since I've painted so I wanted to start with something familiar.
It's great to be back painting. 
Thanks for waiting - MB

Sunday, March 5, 2017


I started painting this bike as a demo for first Friday - this is how far I got!
It was a busy night and lots of friends stopped by which makes the evening special.
Rather than have it dry with thick paint I performed my newsprint trick to pull
off most the paint while leaving the image. If you're unfamiliar with that technique
you take plain newsprint(no writing on it) press it onto your image a rub the back of the
newsprint with your palm. It took about 4 rubbings to get most of the paint off till I have time
to get back to this little gem. The other bike I painted last week is on my website up for auction. It has a couple of bids - I'm giving the auction platform 
a go to see if I can sell a few small works here and there. 
Thanks for taking a look - not sure how posting is going to go. 
I have a 30" X 30" commission to get under way. Once I get it going
I'll post the progress.

Thursday, March 2, 2017


My timer lights showed up today and they're installed. My piece should be bright for 6 hours
a day while the gallery's open. Yeah! 
Tonight is First Friday
I WILL BE PAINTING LIVE(as apposed to dead painting) from
5:00 till 7:30pm
Stop by if you're in town and say hi! 
Thanks a bunch - MB

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


8" X 8"
Oil on panel
Here's another idea that sat on the back burner for quite some time.
That's Mt. Werner in the background - our local ski area.
This photo was taken on a bike ride when spring was popping up all around
and the snow was still visible on the ski runs. We don't always have this phenomenon 
in the spring but the combination of a big snow year and cold nights preserve the snow up high.
It's not a given and who knows what spring will bring this year.
Thanks a bunch - MB

Sunday, February 26, 2017


"The Scotty Twins of Strawberry Park"
8" X 8"
Oil on panel
These Scottish highlanders escaped from their original home and travelled quite
far on their own. They ended up in my neighbors pasture. The Scotty owner was suppose to come and
get them but that didn't happen and they ended up staying in Strawberry Park till the end of the summer.
It was a treat to see the Scotty twins everyday on my way home from town. 
That's my story and I'm sticking to it! Thanks a bunch MB

Saturday, February 25, 2017


8" X 8" 
Oil on panel
Think spring! 
We had spring weather the last few weeks - today we returned to winter.
Today was the first day in a long time that we went skiing on some pretty great snow. It was wonderful!
Thanks for taking a look. And think snow. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Finally something new and different. 
8" X 6"
The store I have some work in requested some bicycle paintings, how fun is that?
I'm working on a series of bike paintings for them. It's not easy because I'm not sure what I want
from this assignment. It should become clear soon. 
Thanks a bunch - MB

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Roomful of Views

Here's the small works show at Center for Visual Arts
837 Lincoln Ave
Steamboat Springs, CO
My fairy lights need to be replaced with a set of fairy lights with a timer.
I've ordered a replacement set not sure when they will arrive.
The fairy lights in my piece only last 2 days the set with a timer
will work for 5 days. Live and learn. If you go and the lights are out
I apologize! 
Thanks a bunch - MB

Saturday, February 18, 2017


"Roomful of Views"
Here's my finished piece for the small works show at the gallery.
It's hard to photograph so if you're in town in the next month stop on by the gallery 
837 Lincoln Ave.
Steamboat Springs, CO
and take a look. 
This piece is a prototype for something larger. I've attached a large price tag because
I am not interested in selling this piece. I can imagine this piece room size with everyone together 
walking inside the room. Wouldn't that be cool? 
The room is lined with mirror, a glass peace orbacle with peace written in 37 different 
world languages. There's a hanging crystal - a pearl - turtle and some other surprises.
  Grand Canyon - Mexico USA references to add some interest. It's lit with fairy lights attached to the ceiling.
Thanks for taking a look. I'll post installation photos next. 
Later MB

Thursday, February 16, 2017


In between making all the pendants and Roomful of Views house sculpture I painted this little
4" X 10" just for fun. I had forgotten all about it. It's getting framed today and dropped
off downtown tomorrow. 
My Roomful of Views mixed media piece is getting another addition today. 
I'll post when completed.
Thanks a bunch. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


The blog title was going to be diversify or die! 

But I thought that you might be worried with that title.

I have a feeling the gallery I belong to might not survive through 2017 and I won't have a definitive answer
until November. With that thought in mind I thought it was best to start thinking about my future in the arts. 
I like to paint too much to quit. 
There are not many options in Steamboat to show work - I have placed
my paintings in a store to see if they can sell them and I will also be giving the
Steamboat Art Museum store a selection of pendants(above) and small
prints to sell.  I always said I would never make prints of my pieces but disparate times call for
desperate measures. I'm trying to get ahead of the eventual demise of gallery showings.
Not that it will happen but it's better to be prepared if it does happen.
This pendant and print project has taken up most of my time with all the R & D. I know it all looks pretty
straight forward but figuring out how to make a successful pendant took countless hours
of one failure after another. The prints were also time consuming. The right glue, the right
varnish, the right paper the list goes on. 
I'm hopeful I can get back to painting sometime this week.
Thanks for waiting and understanding. This truly has been one weird trip!
Later - MB.


Sunday, February 12, 2017


This is going to be so cool! Doesn't look very promising here but you'll just have to trust me.
We're having another small works show at the gallery- Jim(my honey) came up with the title for the show
I went through a number of ideas for the show but knew it had to include mirror in some way.
I thought about mirror mosaic - a reflective painting - sculpture covered in mirror 
I've had this little cardboard house sitting in my studio for years - AHA!
Found all my mirror, my glass cutting tools, glue, etc. and got to work.
This is what I've been up to its taken over my life.
Haven't painted in a week 
Yikes!!! I couldn't find anything in the studio what a mess
Here's the roof. I cut up the left over postcards from the 12 X 12 Small Works Show and made shingles.
More to come but I had to order some parts will post when it's finished.
Pretty exciting for me.
Thanks a bunch. MB