Poetry: Collections

  1. Created  09/23/2021

I have been writing both prose and poetry for as long as I could read. It has always been an outlet for my mental health and creativity. I would like to introduce a new series, a journal of sorts, creativity, art, wellness, a little bit of humor and what ever else I can find along the way,
any comments or suggestions will improve both of our experiences, so sit down, relax and make yourself at home.

Created 09/23/2021

A storm in Grand Canyon
Artbygordon 2021

The Grand Canyon at First Sight
Of the ages
carved on the backs of giants,
rushing surf of ancient seas
a whisper
outstretched and contained
beneath me

Grand Canyon
Artbygordon 2021

An air of decorum,
like a funeral, the hushed voice,
the deep reverence
they breathe, as a flock of ravens
rise and fall
just beyond reach
into the empty space
before me

Grand Canyon view
Artbygordon 2021

God’s fickle palette
Rich reds and pale muted tones
breathe in light
exhale shadow
the  indifference
of a tombstone,
or a sunset,
the shear edges
and infinite space
the canvas of God.

Grand Canyon
Artbygordon 2021

And God is a painter, no a sculptor,
The shear edge is mortality
And the distance is experience
How small we are, I put all my brushes away
What to say to a giant
That lies quiet before you
With nothing to say
With a mouth full of words
That will fill me for days….

Latest Series of Pastels

This is a group of pastels in the last 4 years-it was from being on the road selling insurance. I noticed people outside and I captured moments that I saw.

I am in the process of doing a new series of pastels from the city.

Looking for sea shells on the beach child and parents in pastels
Pastel: At the Beach
Blue Jay in Back Yard
Pastel study of Blue Jay
Standing in the doorway
Rockfish from beneath
Pastel of Rockfish
Gazebo in East Texas
Gazebo Pastel from East Texas
Study of Sunrise over ocean
Morning Ocean
Front Porch
Front Porch
Kids Climbing a Tree
Your Turn
The walker
The Walker
Late Afternoon Sunflowers
The Balcony in Florida
Balcony in Florida

Photography: From the Garden

I photograph nature, one subject is my garden which is grown specifically to attract wildlife to my yard.

I am forever amazed at the color and richness of natures glory-I seek to capture light as it models the flower, I am planning on shooting more wildlife in the near future and creating a collection of nature: Isolated.

This group of flowers are winners in my garden. All of the plants shown grow with little care and flower quite freely.

Garden Flowers
Blanket Flower from the 2021 garden, another winner in Texas. I
 consider a plant that does well in Texas, as one that doesn’t need any watering, can deal with the heavy clay dirt and even a bit of overwatering in the spring. This plant not only spreads and flowers freely, it’s color is a bold accent to the spring garden.

Lantana, another winner for the Texas garden. Flowers freely and does well in drought, heat and even too much water.


The above plants are from my collection of Passionvine- the top one is Incarnata and is literally a beautiful weed in the garden. The bottom one is Lady Margaret.

Zinnia, one of the easiest plants to grow from seed.



Photography: Portraiture

The Flyline
Pensive II

The Depth and Intricacy of Water in Original Oil on Canvas and pastel on Paper

Original Oil on Canvas-20″x24
$1,000 unframed: Beaver’s Bend Oklahoma

Beavers' Bend Oklahoma, Original Oil Painting on Canvas
20 x 24 Original Oil on Canvas, Copyright artbygordon 2020 $1,000 unframed

16×20 Original Oil on Canvas: Lake Texoma, Texas. $750 unframed.

Lake Texoma Original Oil on Canvas
Original Oil on canvas: Lake Texoma: 16×20 $750 unframed

18×24 Original Oil on Canvas: Turner Falls, OK $900 unframed.

Original oil on canvas: Turner Falls, OK
Price $900 18×24 Original Oil on canvas: Turner Falls:

18×24 Original Oil on Canvas: Petit Jean, OK $900 unframed.

Petit Jean Oklahoma, Oil on Canvas
Original Oil on canvas: Petit Jean

My intention, when painting water is to capture multiple dimensions. From the simple reflection of the sky and trees and how the mirror breaks and divides, to the depths of stones and plants beneath the surface.

An old painting, that has never actually been finished but is on my list, is a painting of a rain barrel-as a child I felt like the leaves at the bottom of the barrel seemed like ghosts rising and falling in an in-between state of color and space. This and a love of waterfalls, started my passion for water.

A Celebration of the Night Sky in Original Oils on Canvas

I work in multiple layers that overlay each other and create a vibration between different tones. I then meticulously add and substract light and flecks of color so the stars appear to flicker as the viewer observes the painting.

The Neighborhood: 11×14 Standard 1/4″ thick canvas, original oil on canvas. $400

Original oil painting of a the neighborhood in Sachse Texas. This is when Woodbridge was just the golf course and the Vistas.

Moon Flower- original oil on canvas.

The Bus Stop: Original Oil on canvas
Original oil on canvas: The Bus Stop


Sporting Art: original oil Paintings and pastels from A Kayak

I am a kayaker, not the most agile one as you’ll see if you read the stories below. I love water, it’s what I paint and some of my best inspiration has been on the water in a kayak.

I enjoy painting the subtleties of water and how reflections change and become their own image while the depth beneath has it’s own intricacies.

This is what I love about painting water and why it has been a joy for me both through photography, oil painting, pastels on paper and writing.

These original paintings have already sold but I do commissions from photographs, etc. We can capture that moment and why you enjoy being out on the water, kayaking, surfing, etc.

Kayak Pastels and oil Paintings, sporting art
Original oIl paintings and pastels on paper of kayaking. A study of water and sporting, work available for commissions.

Lake Texoma 2018

16×20 oil on canvas

Lake Texoma 2018, from one of many trips to Lake Texoma.

Texoma  original oil painting for sale
Lake Texoma, oil painting on Canvas-Available for prints or for sale.16×20 standard 1/4 inch canvas. Painted in 2018. $600.00

This image of Lake Texoma was from a kayak-I enjoyed the colors and how you can see the bottom and the rich warm colors of the stones.

Original oil on canvas-16×20 standard 1/4 inch thick canvas. for sale $600. Prints available on request.

Catamaran on Lake Ray Hubbard

18×24 oil on 1 1/4 inch thick canvas

Original oil on canvas-18×24 standard 1-1/4 inch canvas. for sale $900. Prints available on request.

Sail boat on Lake Ray Hubbard
Original oil painting of sail boat on Lake Ray Hubbard, 18×24 for sale-sporting art series-$900.00.

This painting is actually a remake from a pastel sketch from Sandy Hook New Jersey, I created this years earlier. I liked the orange and yellow and how it reacted with the cooler colors of the water.

This series of sailboats and water craft were a departure from previous more detailed work, I concentrated more on the colors and the movement of water as expressed with looser strokes.

Blog posts from kayaking trips.

Navarre Beach

I would usually be shooting this from the kayak but in this case, Read More

Kayak view

This is the first kayak trip of our road trip and at this point I am rethinking the whole idea. I can’t say it was wonderful. 
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Lake Texoma, Back on the water

The last time I kayaked was the first time in the Florida surf. I lost a rod, got dumped beneath a wave and remembered how awkward it can be when nature makes a fool out of you.
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How fast time flies, a year of selling insurance, a new car, a year of building an art and writing business and here we are out on the water again. It’s been two years since I’ve been out on the water and I wish I could say it was smooth sailing.

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Writing Poetry and Prose: Nature, Business, Creativity, Politics, Religion, philosophy

I put words with my own photos as well as illustrate for writers. I do book covers for writers and write ad copy for businesses with a concise, organic feel using my connection with people and love of psychology.

My work has been described as honest, open and inspiring.

Words and Pictures:

Photos and text of poetry and philosophy.

Words about Nature, travel and Creativity:

Artbygordon Blog: a blog about art, creativity, painting and upcoming series.

Life Creatively: Seeing life from a creative viewpoint

Travel Writing: Freedom to Roadtrip

Blood oranges on windowsills full of light,

Flowers in sunset catching last minute vibrance

I watched the sun slip beneath the concrete, 

as the gnarled silhouette of trees

bent and changed in the final throws of the electric hour

I watched a cat take his place in a window

a mist of a curious herb mingled with the flavor of chicken

grilling in the backyard

trumpet vines climbed warm white walls

as colors gave up all of their voice in tantrum

I sipped the energy like a glass of wine

white and fragrant the fading light

I explored long grey walkways, watched artist

paint on walls and pull works through press

flowers grew and tumbled out into the street

broken edges of the road

warning signs and couriers on bikes

I watched dogs investigate

and people in conversation

fragrant lattes in open windows as we passed

I was in Oakland, awake

the artist in me

fruits and vegetables, herbs like weeds

across the cold concrete, warm yellow flowers

my beautiful muse, all I need…

Artbygordon: Original oils on canvas, Original pastels on paper celebrating the beauty and mystery of nature. Water and night skies are my specialties.