Friday, April 14, 2017

Her Wine And Book

This model was so lovely that it was very difficult to do her justice.  I took it this direction simply because I didn't know what else to do.  Anyway,  it seemed to work out.  A friend said to me recently when I told him I am turning 70 in May--"...Don, your best work is still ahead of you."  I did not believe him for many reasons--but who knows--after all it was the great Dan McCaw who said it--a man who does not dish out much BS when it comes to art.  OK, let's go Don.  Think I'll take a nap.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Monday, July 18, 2016


This was hard.  I thought it would be easy, but....!  They loved it.  I will be going door to door to seek baby, dog, horse,  cat, golf fish paintings to raise money for Trump.  Maybe he will appoint me to a position--like, O well--let me see--maybe a door stop!  Anyway, pray for my soul.

Saturday, July 9, 2016



I read the book and was fairly disturbed by what I read, and the, behold, I was asked by a friend to do a portrait of  Coco in exchange for an electric piano for my kids--so--what the heck!
An old flat photo was my reference, but I added the cigarette smoke and the torso--I think it works.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Hatfield Cove Scene

This 36by48 in painting was a commission from a retired naval officer.  He wanted something done in classic Hatfield style that was reminiscent of his three children--two girls, one boy, with dad.  He was not concerned about likeness but wanted the relative sizes to be accurate--all of which made this painting very difficult.  I used about 6 pieces of reference material and completely made up the rocks and water and sky.   When it scanned my printer said it was one of my best--made my afternoon.  The family liked it so all is well.

I am sorta stuck in commission ville, but it keeps me in the paint and in the money.  I am pinned with hugh expenses for my kids and I love meeting the responsibility with my art--God's great gift for times like this.  Maybe someday I will do a painting without hearing voices from clients--if I never do--that's OK--but a dear friend said to me the other day"....Don, your best stuff is ahead of you, and you will get to it."

So far it looks like my Summer workshop in Harbor Springs is not going to make it--not enough interest.  People are sick of me and my work.  But I know Donald Trump will save me!  We are keeping the offering open just in case for a few more days--so if you are interested call me at 707-815-5790 or Julia McGrath at (248) 842-8656.

20-20 is airing their treatment of Rachel's story on June 10.  Check for local times.

Down the Road--Don

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Just finished this very difficult painting.  It's 36X40 and provided all of the problems of creating likeness, effect of light, composition, atmosphere and a few other things.  One hears many voices doing these commissions--all of which drive me crazy!  Anyway,  I am happy for the work.  I know I can count on Donald Trump to help me.  How do ya like me now?  See ya down the road.  DonI AM DOING A WORKSHOP IN HARBOR SPRINGS, MICHIGAN FROM THURSDAY,  JULY 28 THROUGH SUNDAY, JULY 31.  CALL JULIA MCGRATH AT 248-842-8656 OR EMAIL: for details  HOPE YOU CAN MAKE IT--THIS IS THE 4TH YEAR AND THEY ARE FUN.  YOU CAN CALL ME AT 707-815-5790 ALSO.