Friday, April 30, 2010

Wild West II : Colorful Colorado landscape Paintings by Tracy Haines in Oil and Pastel

This 18 x24 oil took most of the day today; there were many distractions. Sometimes I wish I had a dedicated studio space outside the home.
At least I have a dedicated room to call " studio!"

18 x 24 Oil
$ 400, unframed

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Music: Colorful Colorado Landscape paintings in oil and pastel by painter Tracy Haines

Rythm, harmony,movement, and syncopation inhabit the wilderness , draw us in, keep us coming back for more.... the beckoning cadence of nature!
Oil Painting

Peace and Easy: Colorful Colorado Landscape Paintings in Oil and Pastel by Tracy Haines

Crispness underfoot as boots crush fallen leaf, wafting scent of cedar bark from nearby campfire, wind whistling through color-laden loose and leighing leaves, peace and easy is this call. Such is the fall, such is the fall.
4 x 4 oil

When sky meets Ground:Colorful Coloradolandscape paintings in oil and Pastel Tracy Haines

When skies meet ground through trunks of trees, the colors meld ,puts heart at ease.
Ugh. Oh well.....thought I'd try my hand at a bit of poetry. Poetry?
Mini 4 x 4 oil on canvas

Slippy Trek: Colorful Colorado Landscape Paintings in oil and pastel

Hiking by myself up at Lair of the Bear in the dead of winter. Saw no one that day. This little uphill snap of the path was tricky and I fell a few times.

Mini Oil 4 x 4

Monday, April 26, 2010

Cool Eve Along the Platte Colorful landscape paintings oil and pastel colorado landscapes

This time I painted a pastel from an earlier oil painting; usually it's the other way around. I like the peaceful quiet feeling this scene evokes.
11 x 14 Pastel Painting
$ 300, framed

Friday, April 23, 2010

Sant Fe Lovely

This 5 x 7 oil was based on a previous pastel study. I've gotten quite a bit of mileage out of the stop along the Platte that very cold day back in February after the long weekend workshop. It turned out to be well worth the time, effort and exposure!

Oil Painting, 5 x 7
$65, framed

Thursday, April 22, 2010

This is an oil painting based on an earlier pastel study I did. It's been a while since I've picked up my oils. It seems easier to me to spend several painting sessions working with one medium, then switching versus alternating daily.
6 x 12 Oil on canvas
$65, unframed

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

CO Sky

This quiet, peaceful sight is a common occurence most evenings up at the cabin. I've had friends tell me they thought I exagerated the colors of the sky in Colorado in my paintings until they come out and see for themselves that it really often is this colorful.
Pastel 9 x 12
$ 250, framed

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Pleasant Cool of Autumn

This is another enlargement of a previous study. As I painted this I recalled vividly the co mingling of senses that made this hike so pleasant. The cool crisp air and distant smell of burning wood and leaves from someones campsite. The glorious color and sound of rustling leaves....

Pastel painting, 18 x 24
$600, framed

Monday, April 19, 2010

This 18 x 24 pastel painting was done using the original photograph and two studies done earlier in both pastel and oil. This is very useful in several ways. First, one gets to know the subject inside and out, and has a chance to work out potential problems with composition, color and other elements before committing much time and material to the larger work. Also, those who want to buy an original piece of art but prefer to spend less money, can do so with the smaller studies, which still stand alone as works of art despite being labeled, "studies".

18 x 24 Pastel Painting

$800, nicely framed

Sunday, April 18, 2010

I was out exploring uncharted territory on my motorcycle when I was stopped in my tracks upon viewing this lovely scene. I liked the layering of colors from the sky to the gorgeous blue mountains with specks of glittering green autumn leaves overlaying the blue, then an undulating pattern of bright yellow and orange from the thicker aspen leaves below. This horizontal pattern of color is nicely balanced by the trunks of the aspens.
Who does not love Colorado?!!!!
Pastel, 9 x 12
This was painted at Bear Creek Park. The water was so calm it reflected the sky like a mirror.

16 x 20 oil
$200, unframed

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Metalic Vase with Tulips

The immediacy of pastels can't be beat. Nothing comes between the concept of the artist and its quick realization on the surface. This allows a spontaneity you just don't get with any other medium.

Outside of my Christian faith and having children, I don't think there's anything in life I've found as fulfilling as painting!
Miniature pastel (2 1/2 x 3 in)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Three More Apples

Since picking up pastels again I have been unable to put them back down. I love them! They're vibrant, accessible ,creamy- just delightful in every way.
I would like to get back to my oils though.......

mini pastel
$ 25, framed

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sound of Color

This is the first abstract painting I've ever done.

Mini pastel
$ 25 framed

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Floral on Red

This little one really pops with the background. It reads well set off in a gold frame.
Pastel miniature
$ 25

A Pair of Pears

More fruit. Flower miniatures are very popular at the Summer Art Market. It will be interesting to see how my fruit minis do. If nothing, I had fun painting them!
Pastel miniature
$ 25

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

I am still without my old dinosaur computer- which crashed and died ( fried, actually-the "motherboard"). Some of my recent paintings still cannot be accessed and uploaded onto this blog. Hopefully, by weeks end I'll be back in the saddle. This mini turned out to be one of my recent favorites.

Mini pastel
$ 25, framed

I'm doing quite a few miniature paintings in preparation for the Summer Art Market coming up soon in June. I love this show. It's a time to meet clients and get direct feedback about my work, frames, etc. It's a great time to catch up with artist friends as well.

Miniature pastel painting
$ 25 , framed
Another miniature. This too was created on black Canson. The bright colors really pop against black and the greys are nice as well. It's a completely different look than with white paper or a washed- in background. It's a change, and I'm having fun with it.

2 1/2 x 3 1/2 pastel
$ 25, framed

Rose, abstracted

This is a miniature abstract pastel done on black Canson mi Tientes paper. Canson has very little tooth so it is difficult to build the painting in my usual fashion with layer upon layer of color.

2 1/2 x 3 1/2 pastel
$25, framed

Monday, April 5, 2010

The computer I use to upload paintings has crashed. As soon as it is up and running, postings will resume. The computer I am using now will not upload my camera for some reason. Sorry for delay!