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Brandywine Museum Visit

October 21st, 2013

Yesterday, Sunday, October 20, 2013, Linda and I visited the Brandywine Museum Art Center in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. It was a perfect autumn day, the colors of autumn all around us. We had been to this museum in 1991 and knew someday we would re... 

I just received a call from Ray Rothgeb, President of the Independence Historical Museum and Art Center, Independence, Kansas, informing me one of the three original watercolor paintings I entered in the 2013 Verdigris Valley Art Exhibit titled "Sepi... 

I like painting with the earth tones. A couple of years ago I decided to try painting just using the primary colors of red, yellow and blue. Other than many, many years ago, probably back in high school, I believe this painting is the first using jus... 

Demo Painting Completed

February 14th, 2013

The finished painting almost a month later. I started this painting at the Bartlesville Art Association meeting on the 15th of January. I had about an one hour of work in it by the time the session was over. I posted the image of that evening's ef... 

What a great time Linda and I had at the Bartlesville Art Association's monthly meeting last night. About 50 folks braved the cold to watch as I painted a winter landscape while demonstrating the use of watercolor. Their meeting began promptly at 7:... 

In a fog, part 3.

January 11th, 2013

I finished this painting today, signed my name and photographed it. I will post it on my home page in the near future. I'm satisfied with the way it turned out, the gull certainly takes center stage, the background serves to support his image. Ori... 

In a fog, part 2.

January 7th, 2013

Several things got in the way of having time to work on this painting. But, I have made some progress, even though it is still in a beginning stage. I had applied frisket in some areas, at the windows, some places in the background, but mostly on t... 

In a fog.

January 2nd, 2013

I'm trying something new with the painting I started this morning. A sea gull is in the foreground, the lighthouse and the lightkeeper's house is in the background. The gull will be in full color with detail while everything else is subdued in a Pa... 

A New Year

December 31st, 2012

It's the eve of the new year 2013. I've spent the day in my studio, finishing up a painting I will title "Monday." I've also reviewed some of my previous works and found three images to post in the next few days. I signed on to FAA on November 11... 

Finger painting

December 23rd, 2012

My cousin responded to my post on Face book regarding my health issue in the blog below. He wrote, "Maybe you should try finger painting." I replied, "I tried that many years ago. Nobody was buying painted fingers."  

Taking it easy.

December 20th, 2012

This past year I had a major health issue. My wife's sister told her about a phone call with her brother who had called to inquire how I was doing. The phone call went like this. "Well, how is Monte doing?" my brother-in-law asked. "Fine," my... 


December 18th, 2012

Oh, getting old is so exciting. I had a quote I wanted to post here, but had no idea where I had put it. I headed for "Google" to do a search. For some reason just then I turned to look at the light over my painting desk, a foggy memory of having ... 

My cousin Cathy is a beginning watercolorist. Recently she unknowingly gave me some fodder I can use while I'm teaching one of my future watercolor workshops. She decided to quit on the painting she had been working on and told me why. I've decid...