Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Early in the morning, snow melt rushed past, drowning out all distractions. Watching the water is as hypnotic as ocean waves or a campfire leaping. With this painting I wanted to capture that hypnotic draw of the water on canvas. Oil on Linen, 20" X 24"
Monday, March 28, 2011
The path heads to an apple orchard, just ready to blossom. Homesteaded decades ago the inhabitants long gone but the orchard continues it's life cycle, a testament to the lives long gone.
Oil on panel, 5" X 7" (study for larger painting)
Thursday, March 24, 2011
When you surrender to an instructor and paint exactly as directed with all of your heart the painting created is a complete stranger to you. I had the pleasure of working with C.W. Mundy recently at the Scottsdale Artists' School, thanks to the generosity of P. Riggs. C.W. freely passed out nuggets of painting truths for us to chew on all week. Here are a few: The difference between a “scene painting” and a powerful painting is the resolve of the piece – darkest dark and lightest light in the centrality of focus. A quality artist is an excellent director. A series of mediocre decisions creates a mediocre painting. If there is a problem in a painting, it's usually with the values. The two most important things I learned is to keep my values closer together, say 3 -7, rather then 1 - 10 and that "I" am the director and can paint in what ever way my passion leads me.
Oil on Panel, 16" X 20"
Monday, March 21, 2011
It's no wonder Sedona is known as home to stunning red rocks. Late in the day the stone reflects the sun and radiates the heat collected as the sun passed over head.
Oil on panel, 9" X 12"
Friday, March 18, 2011
Heading towards Flagstaff from Sedona the road follows a meandering canyon creek. I found this painting spot late in the afternoon, the red rock cliffs holding the warmth of the day as the temperature dropped quickly.
Oil on Canvas, 16" X 20"
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
In Scottsdale Arizona, Papago Park is the closest location I found to paint that was fairly safe and interesting. I painted this rock formation several times, exploring different ways to describe the stone in paint. Too early for snakes, other then one Jack Rabbit, all I had were birds for company.
Oil on Panel, 11" X 14"
Monday, March 14, 2011
The end of the day cool of the red rock butte with the distant mountain range lit up in the last of the sunlight was what attracted me to this view, while painting in Arizona.
Oil on panel, 9" X 12"
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Some trees feel like old friends. I have painted this tree at least 5 times from different angles over the years and look forward to our next meeting.
I am hanging my "gone painting" shingle again. Heading to the Red Rock country of Arizona to sling paint!
Oil on canvas, 11" X 14"