Saturday, March 25, 2017
Here's a post from a Basque Festival photo taken awhile back. I always enjoy their dancing and the whirl of red skirts. The backstage action is good too with the anticipation of performance and a lot of helping hands and emphasis on the costumes.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Fenced In Hollyhocks 10" x 8" oil
One of my favorite subjects to paint. I really needed to turn to a favorite for this one. It continues to amaze me that after years of painting, I've learned that time away from the easel creates a kind of creative blindness when I begin again. I can still feel like a newbie at the easel if I haven't had the opportunity to paint everyday. One of the ways I get back into the swing of things is with a comfortable favorite subject like this one. Colorful and splashy...
Monday, March 6, 2017
Fishing The West oil 8" x 10"
This is from the Big Horn river is Montana. I've painted this fisherman before and always enjoy the shape of his cowboy hat as a focal point. He was having a good day, and I was able to catch several shots of him fishing.Pin It
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Saturday, February 18, 2017
In The Shadows
Here's another painting I've just listed with Daily Paintworks Auctions.... see the details HERE
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Paintbrush Hillside oil 20" x 10"
This is a painting from Rainier National Park. The Indian Paintbrush had started to bloom and looking up this hillside gave a lovely path of red through deep greens. It's one of my favorite color schemes....
1. I'd like to reply directly to blog comments, but often find that Blogger won't post my comment. Sometimes it works out, but usually my reply comment disappears! I have looked at settings but can't seem to figure out what I'm missing.
2. I used to get an email notification that someone has made a blog comment. But in the last several months it rarely happens. I typically have to go back and check my last post to see if anyone has left a comment.
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Monday, February 6, 2017
Chicken And Fruit oil 10" x 8"
I almost titled this Lemon Chicken, but that's one of our 'go to' dinners, and it didn't seem very kind to the chicken! Chicken with Fruit still sounds like a recipe but......oh well...ii wasn't too creative with a title on this one.
This is from late fall, just before we started getting snow in November. There is a small farm nearby where I went to take some photos of chickens, goats and whatever was scratching around the yard. They had thrown a lot of lemons and oranges onto the ground for all their menagerie, and it made the whole scene extra colorful.
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Side By Side 8" x 10" oil
I decided to try something new for awhile and put up a painting on the Daily PaintWorks Auction Page. This auction will last for one week. Feel free to email if you have questions. Meanwhile, this is the Link to Bid and/or take a look at the details.Pin It
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Wenatchee Pink Lady Apples, oil 12" x 9"
In deciding on an uplifting subject with great color to play with, I chose a favorite subject. Any fruit on a vines or trees always appeals to me. My painting process was to establish a brush drawing of umber and red to establish values and basic shapes. Then, started laying in deep greens and reds. I went for establishing the hot spots of pure color next and lightened up gradually into the highlights.
Monday, January 23, 2017
Friends And Fishing oil 12" x 16"
This painting was my personal antidote after shoveling snow (yet again) today. I caught these guys in a photo in Yellowstone Park last summer. I thought it told a good story of 2 guys heading out in anticipation of a good day on the water. I really enjoyed playing with all the rich color in the dry grasses and the feeling of comradery between the two.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Friday, January 6, 2017
As with many of you, we are dealing with below zero temps and snow, snow snow! Today, I re-lived a trip down the Big Hole River in Montana from last July. Beautiful blue skies and a great variety of landscape greens. Enjoy....
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Rocky Reflections oil 9" x 12"
Where does the time go! This time of year makes it especially hard to get to the easel. But, I did today and had fun with this secondary color scheme using violets, greens and orange tones. This is some fly fishing on the Owyhee River.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
I think it never fails...... right about the time cold weather sets in, I feel like painting some warm weather scene! Here's one for those of you missing a shady palm to sleep under. This is from Hawaii.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Pumpkin Garden 8" x 11" oil on linen
Hope it's not too late to post a pumpkin, but I will call this a Thanksgiving theme and look forward! This one is from a friend's garden. The weather has been so mild, that there were still flowers blooming right next to fallen leaves and pumpkins. What caught my eye was the intense orange next to all the cooler leaf and flower colors.
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Peaceful Valley 50" x 36" Acrylic
I've enjoyed painting a lot larger lately, and just finished this painting of windswept skies. Going from 8 x 10" to 50 x 36" requires a little different mind set and of course....bigger brushes! I also have to remind myself that even my regular sized palette won't do when I'm trying to mix large amounts of color. To that end I use small plastic containers with lids to be able to be consistent from one day to the next in color and value. Then I can use my regular palette of color to work over the basic layout.
And as with every painting, it is important to step back and keep looking at the overall design. Even further back in this case to keep in mind the 'big picture'!
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Saturday, October 29, 2016
Old Faithful 10" x 8" oil on linen
This was a particularly great year to visit Yellowstone Park due to the Centennial celebration. We went at the end of September and the park was showing great early fall color. I have seen the Old Faithful eruption several times on this and in a past visit. But, this one was particularly good because the breeze seemed to carry the spray even higher and further than usual. It's always a fun experience.
I like watching the crowd that gathers and waits for the show and the color makes for nice contrast in the landscape. Then, of course I wanted to create the fullness of the eruption and transparency as the plume falls and wafts off into the sky.