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.