Artist Blog


Snow Shoeing

Last Sunday afternoon a friend and I went snow shoeing at Farragut State Park (about 1/2 hour from my home).  A beautiful peaceful afternoon.......That's the southern tip of Lake Pend Oreille in the background.  The Great Creator is amazing.



I traveled to the Old Bedford Village in Central PA this past weekend to attend and photograph the Wild West reenactment.  About 150 (?) actors participated, and a great time was had by all.......Here are a few pics that I took for your enjoyment.  PS: To all of the old west actors - you can download the group pic by going to this hidden page on my website: CLICK HERE (the page is  A more comprehensive CD with more pics will be delivered to Ken Hall withion the next few weeks. 






PORTRAIT WORKSHOP REPORT - Jacklin Art & Cultural Center

Well, the five day Portrait Workshop at the Jacklin Art and Cultural Center in Post Falls, ID (next door to Coeur d'Alene) is over and my feeling is that it went well.........Thanks to all who helped and especially to those who saw fit to attend.  Everyone worked hard for the duration, and I'll be surprised if the intense study doesn't bear fruit in your own work - and please give it some time, portrait painting from life is difficult stuff.

I thought that I would post a few pics from my demos.....Take note of the pic descriptions, and I'll put up more shortly if time allows.  Thanks again.....M


I wish that I had a pic of the portrait as it looked after my initial start on Wed morning - I took it home and spent another 45 minutes on it in my studio.  I had her a bit too long in the face, and I needed to make adjustments to the facial width, the placement of the nose, the eyebrows and I shortened the chin.  I think it really looks like Claudia now.....If you have a pic from the workshop of my first stage, compare the changes. 

 Here is the final version of my portrait of Ellie (from Sunday afternoon).  I also spent time on this in the studio (about another 60 minutes).  I added another layer of paint to the background, the hair, and the neck/throat area.  I also darkened the eyes slightly and repainted the green in the eyes.  Note the splash of warmth along the cheek edge in the shadow area...I felt it needed the color.

I will post more pics shortly - I'm working on the "Lawman" oil wash demo portrait.  It's receiving new layers of opaque paint - I couldn't resist!


Monday nights at Terry Lee's Studio, Coeur d'Alene

So far the move to Idaho has been going smoothly and work for me hasn't slowed down a bit!  Just got back from Colorado where I attended the opening of the Stampede Western Show in Greeley, CO.  A fun night - lots of great art and fellowship.  Then onto the Saks Gallery in Cherry Creek for the opening of the America The Beautiful Show....also a fun night and more great artwork!  I checkedout the OPA show in Evergreen as well....etc, etc.  Back in Idaho now - What I want to let you is that I have been going to a local artists studio (Terry Lee) on Monday nights and been having a blast drawing and painting from life with several other artists  - all whom are great folks.  Thanks especially to Terry for opening up his space and being such a gracious host.....I will be posting some of my work from these sessions shortly.  I also have added the Coeur d'Alene Art Gallery to my gallery outlets.  I will be sending the gallery new work in the months ahead.  That's all for now.......CMD



Well the move to Idaho has happened, and I am in the process of setting up a new studio and home - a big job, but the hardest part is over........It was long drive of over 2100 miles (and 4 days) across the beautiful northern plains and Montana landscape, across the continental divide and Lookout Pass.  If you have ever been to the Coeur d'Alene area, you know how gorgeous the landscape is......Val and I are grateful for all of the support and help from our friends and family - we couldn't have done it without you, for sure.  I'll be posting some new updates and pics shortly.