Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tomoe sketch

Thought I'd just post the original sketch from figure drawing class .  It had been riding around in my portfolio for a while, so it is a bit scuffed up.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Cold Morning at Dolores Beach

The holidays have taken most of my time, so I am not painting as much right now.  I slipped away for a couple of hours to paint this scene at Dolores Beach.  It was 26º F with a brisk breeze coming down the canyon.  I removed the rock I had in there earlier and touched up colors.  It think it works better now.

The city put these big rocks there to keep the "wingnuts" from driving their 4-wheelers through the river.  I have seen pictures of nice rigs that have broken through the ice and were half sunk...costly and it pollutes the river.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Lakeside Evening Light

This scene is from a lake near where I grew up.  I always liked the vague softness of the evening there.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Evening Glow

It is snowy AND windy AND bitter cold, which is why I am doing studio work today.  I try not to be a wimp about the weather but this wind is too much with temps in the 20s!  Ouch!

This is from an earlier study in Yellowstone Park that I have always wanted to do larger.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Easy Pickin's

This is a quick sketch I did in the park.  I was wanting to draw all the ducks on the frozen pond but as soon as anyone comes near they come looking for handouts.  I was lucky enough to have this young boy and his mom arrive and the ducks headed for easier pickings.  I wish I would have had my camera because this would have been a good painting.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Snowy Mesa

It was snowing hard this morning and I had to to paint it.  What I found out once I was on the road was that it was a very wet, slippery kind of snow.  Luckily I didn't have an accident but I saw one who did slide off the road.  I decided to drive the back roads, hoping I didn't get down in a gully and couldn't get back out of it again.  The road I was on ended at the base of Mesa Verde and this is where this scene came into view.  I took a picture below to show how snowy it was, if you look closely you will see those big flakes.

Friday, November 12, 2010

High Country Snow Storm

This is mostly a larger version of Approaching Storm that I did at the beginning of this year.  I always wanted to do a large version of it and here it is.  Since it has been snowing the last few days I got inspired to give it a shot.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Early Light

Sorry I haven't posted recently.  I did some painting but wiped most of them.  I am also trying to get things ready around the house before the snow flies.  This time last year we had two foot on the ground and it didn't leave until April!

This scene is in Dolores next to the river.  The sun rising over the canyon lit the top half of the trees. I haven't practiced much on buildings so I'm a little weak on this one.  This is a beautiful old house in the Craftsman style.  These houses are rare around here.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Colors before the Storm

I have been drawn to this clump of oak trees that sits at the end of my road and was trying to figure out how to paint them.  Then came fall, a beautiful color change and a cold misty day.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Moonlight Sonata

I woke up very early today and noticed the moon in the clouds and I couldn't resist.  Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" was playing in my head, so I put it on to listen to.  These paintings are hard because the lack of light means, lack of color!  I don't mean on the painting as much as on the palette! I couldn't tell ultramarine blue from burnt umber or what color I was mixing.  A head lamp helped but it will blind you if it shines directly on the canvas.  Still, it is a lot of fun painting these kind of scenes.

Monday, October 18, 2010


This painting is off of an original drawing from a figure drawing group I used to run here. This is one of my favorite models, Tomoe.  We had been playing dress up the model and she suggested her traditional Japanese outfit might be fun.  After she struck a pose, I moved around the model to find a view that excited me.  This is what came of that...she is lit from the front, but my view was "backlit".  I have always liked using the toned paper as part of the drawing and here I tried it with a toned canvas.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Carmel Fog

I took Brian Blood's workshop this last weekend.  I learned a lot even though it was two days. Hopefully I will get rid of those bad habits I have been carrying around.  I love his use of color, bold strokes, sense of light, etc., etc. and hope to incorporate that into my work, that is, if I ever figure out how to do it.  This was one of two I didn't wipe.  This was next to the beach at Carmel, CA. I want to work more on this one but thought I would show it anyway.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Blue and Gold

I got a chance to go out painting with Veryl, Rosie Sandifer and Ralph Oberg, wow was I in seventh heaven!  I just wish I could paint!  All these guys are great painters and it was a learning experience to see how they dealt with different scenes.  All of mine looked horrible, of course, so I am reworking and touching up those that are salvagable.  This is the first of those I have finished.  The best thing I can do is practice, practice, practice.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Evening Shadows

This is a study of the beaver ponds above Rico, Colorado.   I loved the light, colors and reflection here.  I had to wipe the first try because it just wasn't working well at all.  I am hoping to do a larger painting of this next.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Colorful Day

There is a lot more color going on up higher in the mountains now, some is even past.  I was going to paint at the bridge on Hillside road just below Rico, but there were some determined fly fishermen there so I drove on up the hill and painted this scene instead.  I know it is similar to the other but I liked playing with the shadows and looking back down the road.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Symphony of Color

Yesterday was just a glorious day, perfect in every way.  The fall colors are just now starting to get interesting so I made good use of the day.  This was up the West Fork of the Dolores River, just below Dunton, Colorado.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Nocturne #1

I have been watching Marc Hanson's blog and was intrigued by his nocturnes, so I decided to try it myself. The moon is at full or just before and is quite bright right now.  I may do one with the moon in it next, though it was blinding me when I looked toward it.  Something came snorting along the east side of the house which sent me, quickly, inside.  When I tell this story, everyone asks me what is was.  I was not going to hang around to find out! It may have been something harmless, but there are bears (and skunks) here and I didn't want to take a chance at having an unfortunate surprise.

Friday, September 17, 2010

History's Lessons

This painting was part of the Mesa Verde Paint Out that happened earlier this year.  The show will be displayed at the Goodnight Trail Gallery in Mancos, Colorado, which will be showing from Sept. 25 through October 31.  If you are interested in purchasing any artwork in this show please contact the gallery, but you had better hurry, some have already sold.  Part of the proceeds from the sale of these works will help support the Mesa Verde Foundation which is a wonderful group of people who are dedicated to preserving and sharing their excitement about this wonderful site.  There are some great artists involved in this show and some stunning work.  Click here to go to the Mesa Verde Paint Out to see some of these works.

This painting had been sitting around my studio for a while,  I was nervous about putting the people in it (and messing it up).  Deadlines are fast approaching and it always seems to be the motivation I need to get it done.  A great motivator for procrastination!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Late Summer Shadows

There were clouds around this morning casting shadows across the fields.  I liked it best when it put a spotlight on this rise, with the houses lit upon it.  The silhouette of this with the valley beyond in blues and purples inspired me to paint it.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Just Before Sunup

I thought I would paint a small quickie early this morning to warm up for the day.  It happens that this morning was about 35 degrees out.  Not too bad but my hands got a bit cold.  It is still shiny with wet paint so the photo is pretty rough, you can't see those scratchy strokes in real life.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Dolores Bridge

I see this bridge just about every morning. I am always drawn to the way the light plays across the forms. Straight lines, structures and perspective aren't my favorite subjects, but I liked this scene.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Cedar on the Rocks

There are cedars everywhere around here and the place I like them most is in the red rock country.  This painting had been hanging around for a bit, it wasn't quite done.  I picked it up today and decided to play with it.  I originally liked the way the shadow played along the rocks and the contrast of colors in the scene.  I may still adjust it some more later.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Orange Sky

I reworked the earlier post "At Sunset".  I painted directly over the old one and gave it more of an orange tint, mostly because that is what the sky looked like that inspired it!  It was a bugger to get the colors right and there are some things that could still improve. Still, I like it much better than the old one.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Moon just before sunrise

This is the larger painting I did from the study, trying to get more of the light just before the sun breaks over the mountains.  There are still things I want to fix before this one is done.

Moon just before sunrise - Study

I was working early in my studio and happened to step outside and was taken by the beautiful colors right before sunrise.  I think this banding of colors is called twilight, a refraction of light just before the sun breaks over the edge of the earth.   I went out the next day and set up early.  I had to use a head lamp because it was too dark to see my palette.  I started to paint before it got too light because it happens so quickly.  This is that early morning study.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Early Morning Light

I like the feel of early mornings and have been looking to paint the soft muted colors that I see before the sun comes up.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

After Aspevig's "Lost Eagle Peak"

I really admire Clyde Aspevig's work, that boy can paint! I have been dying to study some of his work, of course this is no where close to the original. This was a quickie, less than an hour, since I have to go somewhere soon. It's a great way to learn techniques. Never pass something you've copied off as your own.

At Sunset

We had this beautiful sunset after it had been raining all day. I want to rework this one because the colors aren't right.

Through the Forest

This is the second one I got done on Wednesday.

After the rain

I have been out for a while and am just now getting a chance to paint again. Veryl, Leonard Davis and myself went up early Wednesday morning to paint below Helmet Peak. It was an absolutely fabulous morning, cool and bug free, fresh from recent rains. I painted this one early while the clouds still hid the tops of the mountains giving them a lovely etherial feeling.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Keeping a Watchful Eye

Wolves are respected and persecuted by humans, hence the watchful eye.

Friday, July 23, 2010

More people watching

This scene was in a coffee shop in Red Lodge, Montana. This biker, wearing a bandana on his head, was leaning on the counter waiting for his coffee. I really liked the pose, it reminds me of a cowboy leaning against the bar at an old time saloon.

Lunch at Allegro

I was having lunch at this great little restaurant in Livingston, Montana. I had a window seat so I thought I would sketch what I saw. There was this pigeon who liked the view as well.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Absarokas over the Yellowstone

This is a morning painting of the Absarokas with the Yellowstone River in the foreground. This was another hour to hour and a half painting. These are just quick studies, not finished pieces. There are several things that need to be fixed, but I do like the color of the mountains backlit. There were fires in the area so everything was slightly hazy.  This place has a special place in my heart since I woke to those mountains every morning for five years, I still consider it home.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Draft Horse

I had taken a sculpture class with Veryl Goodnight earlier this year and this handsome devil was one of our models. I'm sorry I can't remember his name right now.

I am having trouble getting this copied after drawing it in graphite. My scanner isn't doing a good job and neither is my camera. To add to the frustration my printer is refusing to print! Guess I'll avoid electronics the rest of the day.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Lancaster House - Mesa Verde

Veryl got us another chance to go back up and work on the Lancaster house in Mesa Verde. Ranger Tom Wolf, "the only wolf in the park" as he says, was gracious enough to escort us on his day off! He is a great treasure trove of knowledge and really enhances a visit to the park. Karen Kristen and Marilyn Kroeker joined in on the adventure as well. Adding to our fun was a small fire that started in the park, helicopters flying overhead to get water and a big gust of wind from a threatening cloud. Fun and excitement was had by all.

We are all hoping to have some nice paintings for the show at Veryl's gallery, The Goodnight Trail Gallery in Mancos, CO, this September. Part of the proceeds go to funding the new visitor center near the gate, so please come and support a good cause, we'd love to see you!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Afternoon Clouds

I really love clouds, backlit especially so. These remind me of the proverbial "clouds having a silver lining". Since I feel challenged on my landscape paintings, maybe there is hope for me yet.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

It's all fun and games until...

Since it is cherry season and I need to practice, I figured I'd have a little fun doing these.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Taking the Plunge

Sorry I've been out for the last two and a half weeks attending my nephew and great nephews weddings so not much chance to paint. This was a big road trip to California with my Mom and Aunts Una and Donna. We had a great time but I think we are all bushed. Lots of great scenery that distracted me all the way there and back. Hopefully I will be able to post more often now that that most obligations are behind me.

Since I am way out of practice I decided to start with something simple. Right, sounded good until I had to deal with that white gravy boat! This is something I definitely need to practice more. I wanted to play with the idea of creating tension and action so I placed it going over the edge, just for fun.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

White Mountain Flower

The mountain flowers are starting to come out now giving it a magical feel up in the forests. There were Bluebells and Glacier Lilies scattered along with these white cluster type flowers on the forest floor. I am not sure what these are yet but will keep looking and post what they are when I find out.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Difference of Opinion

The cherries are in! I really like painting cherries...and eating them too. The shapes and stems are so expressive. A nice diversion from landscapes.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Far View

This scene was in Mesa Verde NP at Far View looking southeast. There were these lovely fluffy clouds hanging around casting shadows below. Clouds like this are rare treat here and I just had to paint them. At this high point it truly is a far view.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Long House - Mesa Verde NP

I was lucky enough to be included in a group "paint out" at Mesa Verde National Park. This was organized by Veryl Goodnight, and included some wonderful artists, such as Jim Wilcox, Carol Cooke, Rosie Sandifer, Curt Walters, Gregory Hull, Karen Kristen and Marilyn Kroeker. We got unprecedented private access and much thanks go to Veryl, foundation members and the park service for allowing us to experience this very special and inspiring place.

There will be a show and sale of these works at the Goodnight Trail Gallery in Mancos, Colorado, September 26th of this year. A portion of the proceeds will go to help support the new visitor center and museum that will open near the entrance to Mesa Verde Park. Stored ancient artifacts never seen by the public before will finally be available to view, plus a new Native American center to highlight their recent artistic endeavors. Please come support this worthy cause, we would love to see you there!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Storm over Point Lookout

I got the opportunity to paint very early at Summit Lake again, the wind was to start up about ten in the morning so I wanted to get done by then. To the west and south of me were storm clouds, a rare occurence here, so I set up for a quick paint. The first effort wasn't too great so I thought about it and studied how others had dealt with the colors and composition. I painted this over the top of the old one and feel this one worked much better.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Summit Lake Morning

I was wandering toward Mancos looking for places to paint. I had come here before in winter to sketch the ice fishermen and thought it may be a good place to check out now. This was early in the morning, very quiet with birds singing and a slight breeze whispering through the pines.

Red Mesa

This is what gives Red Mesa Arizona its name. This remote area has a wonderful sublime beauty all its own. If you are driving highway 160 from Tuba City to the Four Corners Monument you will pass this on the way.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Reflecting Pepper

The photo of this isn't the greatest I will try and get a better shot later...when the thunder and lightning stops outside.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Strawberry practice

This was touch and go all the way, but great practice. I wanted to tackle the seeds, surface, leaves, and remember to breathe too!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Orange Study

This was the best one I got off this week. Now to go home and practice.