Friday, May 6, 2016

Spring in Baraboo Wisconsin


I'm having a spring show at Blue Heron on Saturday July 25! Several of my spring paintings will be on display at the show, as well as some autumn and winter pieces. For the past couple of years, my spring show was before Memorial Day, but this year we pushed it back until late June, so that I can include the pieces from my favorite time of year.

Early Spring


Spring is here. This is my favorite time of year to paint because of the promise of many nice days ahead.

Late Winter




Late winter on the farm means melting snow, high water and ochre grasses. These four paintings feature our corn crib.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Two New Classes

I am pleased to announce two new classes with Gallery Dillon in Madison! The first class is coming up quickly, on Saturday April 30, and will focus on painting cityscapes. I love to paint street scenes and painting this demo is going to be fun for me because I love the Willy Street neighborhood!
The second class is on Saturday May 21. For this class, we will take a short walk to the banks of the Yahara River to paint. Spring is coming, and it will be fun to paint the budding trees and chartreuse grass!
My classes focus on the fundamentals. I want you to leave the class with an understanding of drawing, values, and color. I have developed several teaching tools that allow me to teach these concepts. In addition, if you do not have an outdoor easel or supplies, I can help you out with them, just shoot me an email to reserve one.
Please consider these classes as a gift for Mothers Day. To register for the classes, please contact Pat Dillon at

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Our Barn

June Barn and Car 11x14" oil on canvas - $300

With Spring right around the corner, I wanted to post our barn standing tall in the summertime.
I was painting in Door County last week, with Matt Holt, and it was cold. I joked with my friend Josh today that it was so cold that I didn't even want to paint, and that's COLD! For now, forget about the blue snow shadows of winter (and the pink halo's around them) and remember where we are headed. Stay warm out there :)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


Terrytown Creamery 12x16" oil on panel available at Gallery Dillon

Evening Farm 11x14" oil on panel available at Gallery Dillon

I am dropping off work to Blue Heron in Reedsburg and Gallery Dillon in Madison this week, and I am also in Outside the Lines Gallery in Galena, IL and Cornerstone Gallery in Baraboo. I have worked with Blue Heron and Cornerstone Gallery for 7 years now, and am new in Dillon and Outside the Lines. Having great galleries is everything to me. They keep me motivated to paint, and give me opportunities to show and teach.

I have a Valentines event coming up at Blue Heron, and have taught several classes in their studio, as well as have had at least a show a year there over the years. I am also getting ready for a still life show and class at Gallery Dillon, and I appreciate the opportunity to teach in Madison.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Door County Ice Cream Factory Delivery Van - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - Day 30

You Know the Place 9x12" oil on panel. sold

This is the last painting that I'll post for the 30 in 30 challenge! This is the old iconic delivery truck in Ellison Bay. When Cory, Maci, and I went to Door County for the first time, we went out painting on the first day in Gills Rock. Then we stopped for a pizza at the Ice Cream Factory. It was a lot of fun to page through their book on Door County shipwrecks, and see all of the historic photos from the northern Door. I shot this photo, on our way out, and finally gave myself a reason to paint it.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Still Life

Lemon Still Life 6x8" oil on canvas $99

This is a painting that I painted during the first week of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. The best part of the challenge is that I've found myself painting at times of the day that I probably would not be during this month. If I had things to do during the day, there is no relaxing on the couch in the evening, it's firing up the stove in the chicken coop studio and chiseling away at another painting. This was one of those paintings, where it was late into the evening.

Today we set up for the Cool Boo Open Studio's. I'll be showing with several other painters and artists at the Baraboo Arts building on Saturday the 30th. Two of those people happen to be my girlfriend and bestfriend Josh! We set up our booths today, and I'm happy for how each of ours turned out.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Oranges - January 28 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Oranges - 8x10"
We are winding down the 30 in 30 Challenge. A few paintings, including these oranges, will be going to a still life show at Gallery Dillon. I've had a good time painting for the challenge, and I feel very warmed up for the month of February, when I'll be going on a painting trip to Door County with Matt Holt.

Grapefruit Slices 6x6" oil on canvas. $80

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Allis Chalmers Tractor - January 27 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

I got out to paint today in the morning, and was glad that I did because clouds rolled in just as I was packing up. This is an Allis Chalmers covered with our fresh snow. My girlfriend had to drop me off and pick me up, because there's not where to park on this road. She asked me if I got cold, but all I can think about when I'm out there is chasing it down.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Cows January 26

Another small study, this time of cows. I painted this in the studio from photo reference that I took this autumn. These are the neighbors cows.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Chug - January 25 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

A little study from today, painted from a photo taken on my trip to Florida in 2014.