Saturday, February 27, 2010

Cypress Near Carmel

This was painted from photos taken along coast near Carmel from our trip last summer. I was especailly inspired to paint these views after seeing so much of SC Yuan's work.
6 x 8 Oil on canvas

Friday, February 26, 2010

Un-named ll, with vertical growths

Similar scene as two posts ago, but with the spikes.. There is a quiter feel to the scene without the upshoots. The vertical strokes in the second painting do add some visual interest. In this case I'm glad I did two paintings instead of adding the spikes to the first.
Oil on canvas, 5 x 7

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Duck and the Goose Regarded Each Other

I thought I'd try something different for this late afternoon painting. I 've yet to put animals in any of my landscapes but I just loved the way these two creatures seem to be interacting.
Oil on canvas, 6 x 7 "
$75, unframed

Un-named as of yet

Again, thick paint application and lots of greys, plus simple design was my goal here. There are reeds, or whatever you call those spiky brownish growths in the field, but I liked this and was afraid to put them in. Tomorrow I will repeat this scene and put the spikes in. Tomorrow I shall be fearless!!! :>)

5 x 7 oil

$55 unframed

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

This is from a photo I took in Carmel last summer. I used the same colors plus the large globs of saved paint for greys as in yesterdays painting. This study was done on white canvas and gives a different "feel". New to this style of painting for me, are the thick juicy strokes of paint, and the greyed down color. So far, I like this look and want to incorporate it into my work.

5 x 7 Oil on canvas

$65, unframed

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Carmel on Black

Several goals in this and the next few paintings
include, first, getting rid of the globs and globs of greys from the excess paint I saved from a recent workshop. These globs of grey really come in handy towards my other big goal, which is doing a few paintings in the style of a new hero I discovered while in Carmel: S.C. Yuan! This guy was a master of utilizing greys, of design, drawing, etc. A recently discovered genious!!!
This is painted on black canvas. Next I will try the scene on white canvas.
5 x 7 Oil
$65, unframed.

Monday, February 22, 2010

View From Porch of Cabin

Dusk often turns scenes you pass by without a seconed glance to ones that stop you in your tracks. The only thing I have against dusk is its fleeting nature!
Pastel on Canson mi Tientes, 5 x 7
$65 framed

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Clouds Illusions

Another view from off Deer Creek Road. This is one of three favorite spots for gathering material for paintings. It's best to do paintings on site (plein air) but time and weather don't always allow for this.
9 x 12 Pastel

Friday, February 19, 2010

Pastel Study

Ooooh it is nice to get back to pastel! I haven't touched a pastel stick in months and decided to do this small study in pastel before I take on the subject in oil. This was so much fun though, that I might switch gears and do the larger painting in pastel!

6 x 9, roughly, pastel on Canson mi Tientes paper
$45, unframed


....a quick study in applying paint in a thicker manner.......
4 x 6 Oil

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Cold Day Along the Santa Fe

So glad I stopped and walked along the Santa Fe shooting photos despite freezing cold temperatures and exhaustion. I was on my way home from a long weekend workshop-but the lighting as I drove by was just too spectacular to to pass up, as I was tempted to do. Hopefully there will be many more paintings from this series.
12 x 12 Oil on gessoed masonite
$95 unframed

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Cold Colorful Cadence

Although exhausted from painting for 6 hours Sat and Sunday in a workshop, I was so motivated to try out some new found skills that I painted this colorful little 6 x 8 last night despite very poor studio lighting. I ended up very happy with this piece and it sold hot off the easel this morning to a very nice client of mine who stops by periodically to snatch my best before they go into galleries! I hope to do more oils like this, full of color and spark.
6 x 8 oil on canvas

Monday, February 15, 2010

Lair Beauty

This was painted on Wallis paper mounted to Gatorboard for a sturdy support. It's amazing how many layers of pastel this paper can hold. I had washed out a previous painting I wasn't crazy about and thought I'd have little "tooth" left but was pleasantly surprised to find out otherwise.

18 x 24 Pastel


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Color studies

This is a 12 x 16 panel of the same image painted with 4 different varieties of the primary colors. I was in Tim Diebler's workshop all day long and will continue the workshop throughout the day Sunday.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Cold Water

This kind of scene always invokes a peace and quiet and restfulness. I love the surreal quality of fresh and heavy -fallen snow blanketing the earth, smoothing out all rough edges, bringing a sense of safety and contentment. I've learned from experience these moments are best expended in front of a nice, warm fire with a good book and coffee, and soup wafting from the kitchen.....lest my sense of peace come to a grinding halt and rude awakening by sliding my car into a tree,or slipping on the ice!!!!!
Oil on canvas panel
$ 55, unframed

Thursday, February 11, 2010


In this piece I was after the clean look I admire in Stephen Datz's work. This is an abstract representational painting.
8 x 10 Oil on stretched canvas
$85, unframed
$150 framed

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

This is the next step of the underpainting shown on yesterdays post. I may work more on this or not. I'll observe it for a day or two. If I add more, I could ruin the whole thing. It's a risk probably worth taking in order to keep learning.

18 x24 Oil on canvas


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Yellow Fields Forever

I love doing these quick and lively little studies that are challenging in the simplicity of their design. I'm pretty sure this one will find a happy home; after a while you get a feel for what might appeal and what probably will need to be recycled.
5 x 7 Oil on panel

Painting in progress....

This is an experiment where I've toned the canvas in multicolor acrylic, with hues complementary ( or opposite on the color wheel) to the planned finish. Usually, I just tone the canvas burnt orange in oil or acrylic, or start with just white canvas. This is a tricky painting for me; we'll see how it turns out. I'll put myself out on the line and post the finish, or near finish, good or bad. What the heck.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Ice Crystals

People think painting is relaxing. It is not remotely relaxing. It's fun, exciting, even "meditative" when you're in the so called "zone"; but it is never, ever relaxing. This little piece stressed me out just considering where to start in order to pull it off and make it read.
Oil on panel, 5 x 7
$ 55

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Trek Through Snow Country

The zig-zag pattern of the distant trees and bushes was appealing. I added in the large foreground trees for needed vertical balance.
12 x 16 Oil on panel
$ 85, unframed

Friday, February 5, 2010

First Autumn- Panel Two

This is panel two of my diptych or triptych. May still need some tweaking. This is the first time I've tried a series to be hung together. Painting is a lifelong learning process! I think it's best to do a dip or trip all together at the same time so the colors and application stay very uniform. ( one would need a larger studio for this, however!)
20 x 24 Oil on Stretched canvas
$ 200 (or $375 for dip; $560 for trip)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Colorado Reds

This is part of a series I'm working on. Tomorrows post will show the second of a planned diptych or triptych. This, though, is a stand alone. It really was that red one fall here!

18 x 24 Oil

$200, unframed

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Accidental Moose

This was a quick study done plein air at Lair of the Bear. Unfortunatey, the focal point inadvertently shaped itself into a moose. Once you see this, it's all you can see and it ruins the painting. I did do a large painting from this study but made sure not to repeat the error.

5 x 7 Pastel

$ ? NFS ( you really want the moose?!- call, we'll talk)