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.
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!
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.
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.
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....
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.