|Red Caboose 6x8 oil|
Monday, December 24, 2012
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
PAAC paint out at Castlewood Canyon State Park. We got our first snow of the season last night, and the Canyon was beautiful. Everything was dusted with about 4" of fresh white snow. It was cloudy, so the colors were very subtle. It almost looked like a black a white photograph everywhere, with a few tints of green and orange.
|First Snow at the Canyon 14x11 oil|
|Fall Yucca and Grasses 12x12 oil|
PAAC paint out at Chief Hosa and Genesee. This is the first long-range view of the mountains that you see when you drive west from Denver on I-70. When you get to the top of the hill, the mountain range is revealed as you drive under the bridge. The mountains looked especially nice today with a fresh dusting of snow.
On the way home, I stopped at Matthews/Winters park to paint some fall trees.
|Genesee View 11x14 oil|
|Fall Trees at Matthews/Winters 11x14 oil|
Friday, October 12, 2012
|Green Truck 11x14 oil|
Monday, October 8, 2012
PAAC paint out at Columbine Open Space. What a change in weather from yesterday! Very cool and windy today, a taste of things to come. The hillside had some great fall color. As I was packing up, a train went by and I had a front row seat.
|The Other Side of the Tracks 11x14 oil|
Monday, October 1, 2012
|Bush with Red Leaves 12x12 oil|
We met in Ashcroft, a ghost town about 12 miles from Aspen. The aspen were at their peak in this area, and it was hard to decide which view to paint. We voted to return to this location for a second day.
|Ghost Town 16x20 oil|
|Fall Trees 16x20 oil|
I spent the week in Aspen at a workshop with Don Sahli. We met on Owl Creek Rd behind the Airport. Don did a quick demo, then we painted the pond. It was hazy all week because of fires, which made the distant mountains almost blend in with the sky.
|Mountain Pond 16x20 oil|
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
This is a view of my annual bed in my front yard. It's filled in quite well after a rough spring. I planted the small Zinnias from seed in May, and they were just coming up when we got a major hail storm. The garden was covered with pea sized hail. After a couple of weeks, some of the plants around the edges started coming back, but there were large empty spots. So I went to the garden center and bought some larger-flowered Zinnias in the same colors. They have finally all filled in now that summer is almost over. This was a fun to paint, I wanted to capture the many different blooms, and the shades of red, peach, pink, and orange.
|Mixed Zinnias 16x20 oil|
Thursday, September 6, 2012
|The Rock 9x12 oil|
I tried a different method with this painting. I picked the four main values of the scene, and pre-mixed them on the palette. The colors were for the sky, the foliage in sun, foliage in shadow, and rock in shadow. When I compared them on the palette, I could see that I had mixed the sky and the rock shadow too light. So I adjusted them on the palette. I think this really helped the painting. I'm going to do this more often. Once I had the main blocks of color on the canvas, I added variations and accents and I was done! I think this one reads quite well in black and white.
|Buffalo Overlook 11x14 oil|
|Christie's Flowers 8x10 oil|
Denver Plein Air Arts Fest. The mountains looked hazy from the top of Lookout Mountain, so there isn't much variation in value here. I enjoyed the company of the other artists and had a great lunch on the patio, courtesy of the Pahaska Tepee Trading Post.
|Lookout Mountain 11x14 oil|
Friday, August 24, 2012
|Juniper Pass Morning View 12x16 oil|
|Juniper Pass Afternoon View 12x16, oil|
I just felt like playing with the paint today. I layered color on the canvas with a palette knife, then scraped off the excess paint. This reminds me of a bouquet of flowers. I may use it as a backdrop for another painting, or leave it as is.
|Abstract 20x24 oil|
Monday, August 20, 2012
|Red Rocks View 11x14 oil|
Friday, August 17, 2012
|Hidden Mesa Sunset 9x12 oil|
|Mansion Garden 11x14 oil|