Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Old Schoolroom / New Studio




A recent cross-country move to Whidbey Island, Washington has prompted the need for a new studio.  I've converted the old arts and crafts room in a former middle school to my new work space.  It feels good to be back to work!

 Here are some before-and-after photos.












Sunday, November 5, 2017

Admiralty Head Lighthouse



The Admiralty Head Lighthouse on Whidbey Island, Washington.


"Admiralty Head Lighthouse"   10" x 14"   Watercolor

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Portrait of Grayson #3


A grandchild makes a fine portrait subject.



"Grayson #3"   Oil   14" x 11"



Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Poppies



Poppies in a garden on Whidbey Island, Washington.


"Cary's Poppies"   8" x 10"   Watercolor


Sunday, September 3, 2017

Podcast Interview


Artist Danny Grant recently interviewed me for his podcast.  You can listen to that conversation here.




Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Driftwood Park


After teaching a workshop recently on Whidbey Island, Washington, I went exploring the island for subjects to paint.  


"Driftwood Park"   10" x 14"   Watercolor


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Summer Garden Posey


Abelia and coneflower from the summer garden.

"Coneflower and Abelia"   9" x 6"   Oil


Monday, August 7, 2017

Hug Point


A few miles south of Cannon Beach -- along the beautiful and rugged coast of Oregon.


"Hug Point, Oregon"   20" x 30"   Oil













Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Workshop at Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio



I recently had the privilege of teaching a portrait painting workshop at Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio in Washington state.  Our venue was the beautiful Dancing Fish Vineyards on the island.  My son was there and produced this short video, giving a taste of the experience.



Video by Justin Tennison



The first morning started with a demo.



Then the workshop participants began their paintings.



There were two models posing on opposite sides of the room.



It was a great experience for me -- helping and painting alongside fellow artists.



Thursday, July 6, 2017

My Grandson


He is kind.  He is smart.  He is important.


"Grayson"   14" x 11"   Oil












Wednesday, June 21, 2017

My Granddaughter


One of the sweetest portrait subjects ever.  
(Just my unbiased opinion.)


"Lily"   14" x 11"   Oil










Thursday, June 15, 2017

Evening Swim


Last swim of the day on the Trinity River in Fort Worth, Texas.


"Evening Swim"   16" x 16"   Oil


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Vera at the Farm


A commissioned portrait of Vera -- on her family's farm in South Carolina.


"Vera"   40" x 32"   Oil

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Old Windmill


An abandoned grain mill in the rural countryside of Portugal.


"Old Portuguese Windmill"    16" x 20"   Oil


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Red-Bellied Woodpecker



I was in Nashville this past weekend for a portrait sitting and had a little extra time one rainy afternoon.


  


"Female Red-Bellied Woodpecker"   7" x 5"   Watercolor


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Botanic Garden Urn


Early morning at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.


"Morning Light"   20" x 14"   Oil


Monday, May 15, 2017

Son-in-Law



Thank you to my son-in-law for stopping by the studio to pose.


"Brian"   14" x 11"   Oil





Monday, May 8, 2017

Carmel Mission Window



In the courtyard of Mission San Carlos, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.


"Carmel Mission Window"   18" x 24"   Oil



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spanish Walk


Andalusian stallion El Apagon performing the Spanish Walk.  


"Spanish Walk"   24" x 30"   Oil




Thank you to Chon Macedo for posing his magnificent animal while in town for the International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association's National Competition.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Coals to Newcastle


A Texas artist sending a West Coast seascape to an art show in California feels a bit like sending coals to Newcastle. Nevertheless, the California Art Club has accepted this painting into this year's Gold Medal Exhibition -- and for that I am grateful.  You can see all of the paintings in the show here.



Indian Beach, near the town of Cannon Beach, Oregon.




Video by Justin Tennison



"Indian Beach - North View"   14" x 21"   Watercolor


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Portrait of Clyde Tuggle


Mr. Clyde Tuggle -- Collector of antique books, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Agnes Scott College in Atlanta (for whom this portrait was painted) and Senior Vice President of Coca Cola.



"Clyde Tuggle"   44" x 32"   Oil


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Painting The Wenatchee River


Sunrise on the Wenatchee River -- near the town of Leavenworth, Washington.


"Sunrise On The Wenatchee River"   18" x 24"   Oil


My son was in the area shooting some wedding videos and joined me one morning as I painted a watercolor of this river scene. When you vacation with your videographer son, you get a cool video like this!


James Tennison - Painting on the Wenatchee River from Tennison Visuals on Vimeo.



"The Wenatchee River"   8" x 10"   Watercolor