Monday, June 27, 2016


I painted this last Saturday while sitting the gallery. It keeps me busy.
6" X 8"
Here's what the 5" X 5" paintings look like when they're framed. 
Thanks for taking a look. MB

Friday, June 24, 2016


Here's the last painting in the plein air series. I really have a hard time with
all the green so I added some reds and pinks to the scene. These paintings
are pretty tiny too! I think they measure 5.5" X 5.5". 
Thanks for hanging in there have a great weekend! MB

Thursday, June 23, 2016


This view is looking in the opposite direction through my forest.
Thanks for taking a look.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


I avoid landscape like nobody's business so I used the plein air event to give
some landscape a go. This is a scene that takes place in my front yard right before sunset. 
The sky is a ball of white light and the shadows are intense - the light doesn't last long either. 
It's a challenge and a head scratcher at the same time. 
 Thanks a bunch!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


Here's the third painting in the series. This is my favorite downtown bike. 
I've never met the owner of this bike but I see it parked all over town. 
I love the pink and green combo it screams - paint me!
Here is the progression of the idea for my self imposed plein air challenge
 thanks for taking a look. 

Monday, June 20, 2016


Complein air painting #2 

This year I took an unconventional approach to plein air painting. The paintings I submitted 

are still life in nature rather than painting the local scenery.  My goal was to have some fun painting and show

something a bit different this year. I got quite a few positive comments on my unique approach

to complein air painting. That makes it all worthwhile! 

Thanks a bunch and stay cool wherever you find yourself - later MB


Sunday, June 19, 2016


Complein air painting #1  SOLD

This great old Chevy can be found resting in John's yard 

 on the wrong side of the tracks in Steamboat Springs. Brooklyn was Steamboat Springs'

neighborhood filled with Rowdy Saloons ,colorful characters and a checkered past. 

Hope that link works because it's a fun story. 

Thanks for taking a look.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Thursday, June 9, 2016


This is Deborah Newman painting on Figueroa Rd. outside of Los Olivos, CA. 
I was riding my bike out to Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch and saw Deborah
painting on my way out. If you know me - I know you 
 think I'm a fast painter but in reality I'm a tortoise compared to Deborah.
I stopped on my way out to chat for a short time but wanted to get 
my ride in before the afternoon winds. But then it hit me!!!!
Why didn't I record this event with my camera. Luckily she was still there on my way back. 
Deborah was finished and packing up but I convinced her to pose for me and we talked while she packed up. It was great to meet another daily painter and talk about the trials and
tribulations that go with a daily painting practice. Trying to find galleries, staying
on track, not getting depressed etc. It was good to find out that I'm not the only
one out there with the same questions and of course doubts. You can click on her name above to
look at her work - give it a go you'll be happy you did. Her mom was with her
and she's an artist too! How cool is that?
Have a great weekend - I'll be doing some com-plein air painting this week.
Thanks for taking a look - MB
6" X 8"
oil on panel

Sunday, June 5, 2016


Cruising downtown Winnemucca, NV. 
We usually stay in Winnemucca on our way home from Mt. Shasta, CA.
We arrived in town early enough so I could cruise around downtown on my 
bike. Snapped some fun photos, there should be some more paintings soon.

Here's the start. 
Thanks a bunch - MB



Tucker was a happy dog but he didn't appreciate having his photo
taken until he was all tuckered out from a day of activity.
He was a sweet, loyal friend.
Thanks for taking a look - MB