Friday, November 19, 2010

Levi Doesn't Care Much...

Levi Doesn't Care Much for Strangers Since the Yogurt Incident of '09
5 x 7 oil on panel

My apologies for the lengthy absence. I should be able to start posting work more regularly now and I'm looking forward to seeing some of the pieces I have planned.

Have a great weekend! 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I'm not dead yet!

Despite my lack of posts lately, I have not in fact fallen down a well or been trapped in a cave by a rabid bear. Illustration has been keeping me busy lately as well as some changes in our family schedule (kids' soccer games/practice, etc). My mom has been doing some really neat color/mood studies lately (see 1 and 2) that have been giving me some ideas. So, apologies for the lack of posts lately. I should be back to posting more, interesting paintings soon enough.

Have a happy and safe Halloween! I'll be out this Sunday night with my ten year-old vampire masquerade dancer (an interesting twist she came up with), my eight year-old zombie soccer goalie (another fun twist), and my nearly two year-old...something-or-other. We haven't yet decided what to do with her yet, but I'm sure it'll come to us. Eventually. ;)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Checking Eyelids For Leaks

Checking Eyelids for Leaks
5 x 7 oil on panel

I started this one as a quick, 15-minute speed study in Westcliffe, CO and finished it up back in the studio. I love how blue her face was with some subtle warms below and above the eye.

This piece is also the first for today's commencement of a new "75 for 75" project; at least one painting, every day, for a month. Hard work, but always an exciting challenge, starts today!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

"75 for 75" project - part two!

Being exposed to so much great art and beautiful scenery over the past five days has been a big inspiration and has made me want to start another "75 for 75" project.  So, on the way back from Westcliffe, CO yesterday, I challenged my mom (Adele Earnshaw) to another "75 for 75" battle starting Wednesday, October 6th and ending on Saturday, November 6th. We're going back to our roots with this one and I'll be doing landscapes (with a dog or two thrown in possibly). Adele has had many requests to repeat the bird theme, so she will be focusing on bird studies. Each day we will post our paintings on our respective Web sites (see below) as well as on our Facebook group page. It's always a challenge for me to balance my commercial illustration work with doing a painting each day, but over the past few months I think I've got a little more practice under my belt and I'm pretty confident that I can make the painting-a-day goal.

The goal is to produce at least one 5 x 7" painting each day, but I might not stick strictly to the 5 x 7 format. While Adele will be painting 5 x 7's, I might mix it up with some 6 x 8's, or 6 x 6's. I'll let the composition dictate the size, but most pieces will probably be 5 x 7.

We'd love for you to drop by now and then, take a peek at the work, offer some comments or words of encouragement, or simply just follow along! As before, each piece will be available on our Web sites, unframed, for $75.
Here are the Web sites where the work will be posted:

Adele Earnshaw:

Shane Rebenschied:

As with the last "75 for 75" project, I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to expand my abilities, try out new things, and I'm excited to see where it takes me.
We look forward to hearing from you, and let the games begin!

Oh, and since I posted so close together, don't forget to read about the Westcliffe trip below. :)



I'm back, and I'm alive! I was hoping to blog each evening, but I quickly discovered that standing in the sun all day combined with the altitude wiped me out by the end of the day. It was all I could do to stay awake long enough to participate in some light conversation before crawling between the sheets and passing out.
   The trip was great fun though. We had long hours in the car, but it was offset by great conversation and some beautiful scenery.

Driving through New Mexico, we were treated to a rising full moon while it was still relatively light outside. We arrived in Westcliffe, CO late that evening but were up fairly early the next day to hang pieces for the show, and then we were off to search for good scenery for some plein-air painting.

Many homes were built in among the trees. I wonder which came first, the trees or the homes?

This one will definitely become a painting. I eventually figured out that the reason the grass was so green here was because it was soggy wet. The cows made "splurch" sounds as they walked through the boggy green zone.

My easel set up, ready to paint. Eventually I'll get an Open Box M, but for now it's a borrowed and broken mini Julian.
Fortunately you don't have to look far to find an incredible vista. The vibrant greens and yellows provided a great contrast to the blues in the Wet Mountain Range. There were also a lot of Aspens changing to brilliant yellows and oranges in the mountains.
   We spent a little over half the day on Friday and another half day on Saturday out painting and collecting reference. One thing I discovered while standing near fields containing hundreds of heads of cattle, is how often they defecate and urinate. Holy smokes.

Earnshaw snapping some shots of cows mugging for the camera.
The aforementioned cows
It wasn't all cows. There were some beautiful horses out and about as well.
While it was definitely a kick to be outside painting, my plein-air abilities are quite rusty so I spent lots of time scratching my head, turping out pieces, and making the cattle blush with my swearing. It's certainly a challenge, but one I look forward to besting in the future.

Joanne Hanson evaluating her piece. She ended up with three great plein-airs.
Joe Garcia putting the finishing touches on a great landscape.

Me, holding the brush badly, doing a 15-minute speed painting of a cow. I didn't even have time to set up an umbrella.

Our collected work from earlier in the day. From left to right it's Earnshaw, Earnshaw, Hanson, Hanson, me, Garcia.

The show on Saturday night was a lot of fun and I had a fantastic time talking with some great artists. Sunday morning we packed up and took the back-roads out of town where we came across miles and miles of incredible Aspen, changing to stunning, brilliant yellows.

This guy was surrounded by Pine Trees and so made a wonderful, yellow stand-out.
The variations of yellow were dramatic.
The back-roads drive didn't seem to last long enough as before too long we met up with a highway, then a freeway, and were on our way out of Colorado. Fortunately, we split the drive back to Arizona into two days so it didn't seem as long as the drive out.
   So now I'm back in the studio, catching up with work, and looking forward to the next trip. I'll also be announcing a new painting-a-day project with my mom, Adele Earnshaw, later today so keep your eye out within the next few days for some regular paintings being posted here again.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Leaving Tomorrow

I'm leaving early tomorrow morning on a five-day painting/reference-gathering trip with my mom, Adele Earnshaw, her best friend (and my best man at my wedding 12 years ago), Joe Garcia, and my aunt Joanne Hanson. We'll be spending quite a bit of time in the car but we should have at least a day and a half for plein-air and time to stop whenever we spot something that needs to be photographed. Our destination is the picturesque town of Westcliffe, CO where Adele and Joe will be showing at the Art for the Sangres.
It should be a great trip and I'm looking forward to having five days to devote to painting and gathering reference. I also plan on blogging our progress during the trip and, if I can sneak some shots past the guards of Garcia, Hanson, and Earnshaw, posting some pictures of our plein-airs.
Below is an in-progress shot of a 12 x 24 piece I've been working on lately. The foreground is still very much in-progress, but since the landscape is Westcliffe, CO, I figured this would be an opportune time to post it, even unfinished as it is. I should have time to put the last 5% into finishing it when I get back next week.

Time to finish packing my panels, brushes, paints and...umm...oh yeah, clothes! More to come later from the road...

Monday, August 30, 2010


My apologies for the lack of updates lately. I'm currently swamped with illustration work which involves models, scheduling photo shoots, lighting, compositing, research, and lots of time in Photoshop. I should have some time--possibly next week--to get back into painting.

Last week I got in a sample pack of RayMar linen panels (single and double primed) that I'm really looking forward to experimenting with. 95% of my work thus far has been on Ampersand Gessobord which has some great tooth and texture, but ultimately gives a very smooth, almost graphic quality to the paintings. I want to try out a different surface for a bit that is a little less predictable and encourages a little more looseness. I'll, of course, post the results here.

Thanks again for following along, and have a great week!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Wishful Thinking Update & More

This is just a quick reminder that Wishful Thinking gets a price reduction (from $150 to $100) tomorrow morning.  See Wishful Thinking and read more about it here.

And since I'd hate to waste your visit here just to see me talk about something as trivial as a price reduction, be sure to read this awesome write-up about "The Academic √Čbauche", or in a term that we can all understand, the art of the underpainting.  It's a great read that gets better as it goes along. If you don't have time to read it now, be sure to bookmark it and read about it later. Here are the links in three parts:

- part 1 -
- part 2 -
- part 3 -

Oh, and lastly I wanted to thank everyone who took advantage of the "Clear the Easel" sale.  All the pieces except for one have been sold.  Additionally, at the behest of my mom, I added one more to the sale page. I didn't add it initially as I felt the quality isn't up to par, but she threatened to post pictures of me on the internet in a blow-up pool as a child in nothing but my underwear, so I had to acquiesce.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Gone Without a Whisper

"Gone Without a Whisper"
7 x 5 oil on panel


   I often get asked what my titles mean.  Most of the time they originate with stories that I make up involving something going on in the painting, or a story that I see coming out of the painting, akin to seeing shapes in the clouds.  With this piece, I imagined a man, standing in the park, watching his fiance walking away far down the path (if you click on the image above you can see a larger version where the figures are more visible.)  His fiance has just suddenly broken off the engagement, leaving him stunned in this beautiful place.  He watches her walking away, waiting for her to turn around, run back, and tell him that it was all just a joke.  She doesn't, and he watches until he can't see her any longer.  She just left him, without any warning, and was Gone Without a Whisper.
   Melodramatic? Definitely. A sad story coupled with a beautiful scene? Indeed.  But this is what came into my head when looking at the painting, and so it stuck.

08/21/10 Update: I've replaced the image above with a higher-quality scan.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Inside Joke

"Inside Joke"
6 x 6 oil on panel.


A friend of mine does pet photography and when I saw photos of her new dog "Douglas" I just had to paint him. This is my first time painting white fur and I had a blast finding all the warm and cool colors hidden in there.  He's such a darn cute guy too and I love the little smirk he has on his face, hence the title for this piece.

8/18/10 Update: I've replaced the above image with a higher quality scan.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Available Work Page

   It has been about two months now since I've started painting regularly again (after a 12 year "break" between graduating from art school and developing my commercial illustration career), and during these last eight weeks I've had a fantastic time working again in oils.  I feel I still have a long way to go yet, but the kind words and encouragement I've received through this Web site have been one of the main driving forces to keep me painting even after I've turped out (hence the name of this blog) the painting for the fifth time that day.  So thank you to all who have taken the time to follow my progress, leave comments, and even purchase some of my work.
   However, the last eight weeks has also taught me that Blogger (and blogs in general for that matter) allow work to quickly get buried under new content due to their linear nature.  To that end I've created a new page that I will keep up-to-date which displays all of my currently available work.  This way, older paintings shouldn't be lost as newer ones are created.  This is important as I intend (after I finish this darn 12 x 24) to produce paintings more regularly and frequently.
   Anyway, drop by the new Available Work page by clicking on the "Available Work" link from the menu at the top of the page, or by simply clicking on this link.
   Have a great weekend!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Wishful Thinking

"Wishful Thinking"
5 x 7 oil on panel


This little guy was a lot of fun to paint but it took me several tries to get the initial "sketch" of him down.  Once I got it though, the rest fell together fairly easy.  The price is higher on this piece (compared to my other 5x7s) because I spent more time noodling on details--especially in the face where I had to break out my 000 brush--and because the quality is higher.  However, if it hasn't sold within two weeks, I will lower the price to $100.  I'd rather have these pieces be appreciated by someone instead of taking up space in my studio.

Be sure to click on the image above to see a larger version.  There's a lot of small details in this one.
Have a great weekend!

08/21/10 Update: It has been two weeks so the painting has been reduced in price to $100.
08/08/10 Update: Now that the painting is dry, I've replaced the image above with a higher quality scan.

Friday, August 6, 2010

"Clear the Easel" - $25 off $75 - SALE!

Last month I started the "75 for 75" project with my mother, Adele Earnshaw, where our goal was to paint one painting every day for a month. That project wrapped up several weeks ago and I have some work left over that's looking for a good home. So Adele and I are lowering the prices on our remaining pieces from $75 to $50 to "clear off the easel". Below are my paintings, but be sure to drop by my Mom's Web site to check out her sale pieces as well. Additionally, if you want more information about how my paintings are shipped to you, click "Purchasing" from the menu at the top or simply click on this link.

"Wishing Never Works"
5 x 7 oil on panel.


"Green on Green on Green"
5 x 7 oil on panel.

"Wiggle Room"
5 x 7 oil on panel.


"The Battle of Fading Light"
5 x 7 oil on panel.


"As It Turns Out, the Answer to Sam's Problems Lay in the Valley Below"
6 x 8 oil on panel.


"I Set My Mind in Motion"
5 x 7 oil on panel.


"Umbrellas Won't Cut It"
6.5 x 8.5 (can easily be cut down to 6 x 8) oil on linen on board.


"Covert Diplomacy"
5 x 7 oil on panel.


"Tomorrow's Yesterday"
5 x 7 oil on panel.


"Foggy Bend"
4.75 x 7 oil on panel.


Monday, August 2, 2010

12 x 24

I started a 12 x 24 this morning, which marks the largest landscape I've painted thus far.  I have the major elements blocked in and, once that's dry, I'll start defining details.  So far (albeit, just the first hour or so) it has been a lot of fun.  Working on the 5 x 7s restricts me many times to working with corners and edges of the brush, whereas working larger has allowed me to use the full brush which is a nice change.  If I can get enough time in today (between kids and illustration work) I'll post a progress shot.

Between drying times I'll also continue working on 5 x 7s for the 75 for 75 project.  We also have a Facebook group set up for 75 for 75, so feel free to follow along with us there.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Wiggle Room

"Wiggle Room"
5 x 7 oil on panel


Living in a rural area means that whenever we need to do anything of any significance, like the kids school shopping, we need to drive a couple hours to do it.  Luckily, the drive isn't dull and takes us through the historic mining "ghost" town of Jerome, over the Mingus Mountains, through Prescott Valley (where the painting above is set) and into Prescott.  Locals tend to take the winding curves at breakneck speeds, but this just provides me with the opportunity to pull over, let them by (my wife and son get car sick so I have to take it easy on the curves), and enjoy the scenery.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Oblivious Brunch Bunch

"Oblivious Brunch Bunch"
5 x 7 oil on panel


I'm getting some wicked glare in this photo off the wet, thicker paint in the sky, but I'll upload a higher-quality scan once it's dry.  Despite my earlier dislike of flat brushes (I've been using brights), I decided to give them another try and did this painting with #6 and #4 Bristlon Silver flats.  I take back the mean things I said as it was a different, but enjoyable experience.

07/25/10 Update: I've replaced the image with a high quality scan.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

It All Started With a Misunderstanding

"It All Started With a Misunderstanding"
5 x 7 oil on panel

I departed from the usual (such as "usual" is thus far) with this piece and experimented a lot more with paint and texture layering using various rough, old brushes and credit cards.  My illustration style has always incorporated textures (as I love texture) so I figured it was high time to start working some textures into my painting as well.  This piece was a blast to work on, but I can tell for future paintings there's going to be a lot of drying time involved to get the look I'm aiming for.

07/22/10 Update: I've replaced the image with a newer one after making some changes to the foremost cow.  The photo is still far yellower than the original though.

07/24/10 Update: I've replaced the image with a high quality scan.

Monday, July 19, 2010



7 x 5 Oil on panel

For whatever reason, I was compelled to tighten up with this piece.  The next one will be looser...promise.  ;)

07/24/10 Update: I've replaced the image with a high quality scan.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Next Week

My apologies for the lack of work posted this past week.  My father left on Saturday morning after spending a week visiting.  A hiking trip up the San Francisco Peaks, walks, a visit to the Grand Canyon and Northern Arizona (note to self: visit Cameron, AZ again soon for delicious [and gigantic!] Indian Fry Bread), and numerous other tiny events sucked away the time I usually spend painting.  However, I have one piece about 80% completed and another at 50% that I should have done by Monday evening.  I'm behind in our latest "75 for 75" project that started on the 15th but I'm hoping to catch up by the end of this week.  So much to paint and so little time to paint it!

If you're on Facebook, feel free to follow along with our project adventures by joining the "75 for 75" group.

view from the Snowbowl entrance on the San Francisco Peaks

Monday, July 12, 2010

Little Rascal


"Little Rascal"
5 x 7 oil on panel

This isn't the best photo of this painting, but once it's dry I'll upload a higher quality version.
Update: I've replaced the image with a higher-quality scan.  Huzzah!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Where the Trail Went Cold

"Where the Trail Went Cold"

5 x 7 oil on panel.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

As It Turns Out, the Answer to Sam's Problems Lay in the Valley Below

"As It Turns Out, the Answer to Sam's Problems Lay in the Valley Below"
6 x 8 oil on panel.


My lengthiest title yet.  See yesterday's post for an in-progress shot of this piece.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

One a Day?

Man.  Trying to get a painting done every day is a huge challenge for me.  Often times I'm not done with my illustration work until 6pm, then it's riding bikes with the kids, playing legos, helping clean up, or other somesuch.  7pm to 8pm is dinner.  8pm to 9pm is reading books and getting the kids into bed.  By the time I can get back into the studio and rolling again its nearly 10pm.  I'm looking forward to when school starts again and bedtimes get moved an hour earlier.  Curse you Earth rotation!

I blocked in a piece last night and will finish it up tonight.  Here's a quick snapshot of the in-progress 6 x 8 with a ways to go yet:

While a daily painting remains a challenge, I'm committed to giving it my best shot.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

The One Less Traveled

"The One Less Traveled"

5 x 7 oil on panel.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

The picture of this piece isn't the best, but once it's dry I'll get a scan of it.
Update: Now that the painting is dry, I've updated the image above with a higher-quality scan.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

News and Older Pieces

Starting July 15th I will be embarking on another painting-a-day project with my mother, Adele Earnshaw. While I doubt I can actually complete my illustration work and a painting every day, I will be doing my best to keep up.  While my mom will do an alphabetical painting a day (read more here if you're confused), I'll be sticking with landscapes.  The difference this time is I won't be adhering strictly to 5 x 7s and will be branching out to larger sizes.  I'm looking forward to working a little larger and I'm excited to be starting another daily project!

I'm hoping to get some warm-up pieces done before the new project starts, but in the meantime here are some pieces from the "75 for 75" project that were done toward the beginning that I haven't posted here previously.  Since they were done earlier on when I was much more out-of-practice, I'm not as pleased with the results as I was toward the end of the project, but at the very least they serve as a great progress chart:


"Curious Three".  5 x 7 oil on panel.

"Foggy Bend".  4.75 x 7 oil on panel.



"Plenty to Eat".  5 x 7 oil on panel.

If you're interested in purchasing any of the pieces, drop by the "75 for 75" project Web site to view and purchase any of the 75 paintings.