Tuesday, May 13, 2014


I love old wooden barns.  Slumped ridges, tilted doors, and abandoned
stalls all speak of by-gone times.  
No matter how much I look at square and level pole
buildings, they don't excite me.  Old barns have character, belong to
landscapes and make fascinating drawing and painting subjects.

I paint barns as I would portraits, trying to capture how they were
built and weathered.  For the most part barns look to me like old
people, forgotten, not used much.  Their boards are split or missing.
Weeds grow around them.  Pigeons roost in their lofts.  They represent
our human presence on the land, places where we labored and built

There's an old barn on the farm where I live.  Its boards were cut
from nearby trees and its corrugated roof is rusting.  Cows last used
it forty years ago.  They rubbed board edges round in the stalls where
they fed.  I paint it and other barns around the area to preserve
remnants of the past and because barns are simply interesting
buildings that tell stories.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

This weekend March 29th 2014

Join Wes Hanson and learn to paint more spontaneously this coming Saturday March 29th in his new class ABSTRACT IMPRESSIONISM
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

This week ..class this Wednesday at Spokane Art

There is still time to join in the Spontaneous drawing & Painting Series At Spokane Art Supply. 
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Title "Jazz Singer"  I layered on acrylics using trowels,
then found the jazz singer immersed in colorful notes.

Monday, February 3, 2014

New Classes in February

New Classes....check out my page at Spokane Art Supply for the next session of the Spontaneous Painting Series

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

New Classes coming up!

Check out these new classes at Creative Element and Spokane Art Supply. Click here to go to the Upcoming Classes Page

Saturday, December 21, 2013


Title: Sailing Alone

I created the background by applying a multi-colored wash and let it
dry, washed in transparent colors to suggest clouds, established the
hills using darker washes, and carefully painted the sailboat.

Title: Across the Field

In this painting a light wash of many colors was applied.  Background
trees were suggested using darker values applied wet.  The barn was
painted using a combination of hard and soft edges and a bit of dry
brush.  I completed the painting with foreground spattering.

Title: Hermitage

Here is an example of painting a suggested subject.  I washed in a
light background.  A slanting line and white patch suggested a hill
and cottage, so I developed them using positive and negative painting

Title: Color Brew

I penciled in the design, applied a multi-colored wash, then began
painting shapes.  Dry brush, scraping, and small washes define the