Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Snowfall and Trees

     I truly love painting snow, falling and blurring the landscape.  When I am painting these en plein air, the snow is really coming down, or sideways.  The snow will cover the palette and water gets mixed with oils and I try to complete the painting.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Road Home II

     This is a favorite place of my childhood.  I used to ride my horse down to the creek, which was a couple miles away.  When I turned to go back home, this was my view.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020


     This is of an elk that comes through my field.  The herd has been very watchful lately, and it may be because of predators and calving.  I enjoyed sketching her pensive look.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Cold Smoke

     This is again, up at the pass.  This is known as Sheep Mountain.  There was wind and clouds moving through and they would catch on the top of the mountain and billow on the lee side.  I borrowed the name from a favorite coffee shop in Bozeman, Montana.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Incoming Storm II

     This was one of those days up at the pass, where I just couldn't paint fast enough.  I got 4 paintings done in 3 hours, it was all happening so fast!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Snow and Trees 1

     Though there was not many snow days during January and February, March has afforded me nice snow days.  I did several in one day and haven't come up with proper names yet, but I had a good time!

Monday, March 16, 2020

Storm Over the Mountains

     Here in southwest Colorado, we don't see big fluffy clouds very much.  So when we do it is a time to celebrate, for the visual as well as the rain. 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Snow fade

     This was again up at the pass.  A huge squall came through and this scene was fading in and out.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Soft Rain Day

     This was a rainy day that gave a lovely softness to the scene.  I just had to try it.

Saturday, March 7, 2020


     This is another study from up at Lizard Head Pass.  I took this with my iPhone and it looks rougher here than it does in person.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Sheep and Shadows

     This is from last fall on an outing with some of my art friends.  We stayed at this wonderful place call Canyon of the Ancients Guest Lodge.  This is a fabulous place that offers several places to rent and a working farm, complete with very friendly livestock.  A magical place and a wonderful treat!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Winter's Muse

     One of my favorite spots to paint snowfall is up at Lizard Head pass.  I can catch snow there for a longer time during the season.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Winter Colors

  This year the snow has come and gone many times, leaving patches across the fields.  During a recent snow fall I wanted to capture the fade as well as the patches of snow that describe the lay of the land.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Warm Spring

  This is from inside Yellowstone National Park.  The water will stay open (not frozen) all winter indicating a warm supply of water welling up from below.  On really cold days there will be steam and frost surrounding these.  I must try and catch one of those sometime.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Fade to Grey

     It was snowing this morning and it calls to me to paint.  I can't explain it, but like a sirens call, I need to try and capture the image in front of me.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Chamisa Morning

     This was a scene right out of my front door.  I love watching this chamisa (Rabbit Brush) in various seasons.  The early morning sun lights this chamisa up,  I found it too appealing to ignore.  This is available through Mary Williams Fine Art in Boulder, CO.  $700.00

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Looking Back

     This is a study for a painting I am preparing to do.  I am glad I did it, because I found a lot of errors that had to be corrected.  Drawing people and animals takes a lot of drawing skills and I really should do them more often.

Thursday, October 31, 2019


     One of the earlier aspen paintings I did, before the fall color.  I caught sight for this crooked little tree among the straighter big aspens.  I wanted to catch the feeling of the light filtering down and the depth of the forrest.  This was done plein air on location.  I am now doing a larger version of this.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Aspen Reverie

    This fall the color came and went very quickly here.   I did this plein air painting high up in the mountains.  It was lovely just to stand in the aspens and enjoy the glow.  All that was gone within two weeks.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Collector

     During the Escalante Plein Air Festival we had a "Paint the Town" competition.  As I was driving the streets looking for a good subject, of which there were many, I happened upon this gentleman's shed with these skulls on it.  There were more skulls but I chose to do just these few.  He did have quite a collection.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Pastoral Town

     Escalante Utah is a very small town in a remote part of Utah.  The surrounding area is rocks and desert, but the town has irrigation ditches that provide grass and trees.  The town still has a lot of its rural character, with barns and fields within the town limits.  I had been wanting to try shadows on a white horse and this scene gave me this opportunity.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Escalante Light

     This is another done at the Escalante Plein Air Festival.  There is a lot of red rock there and also white rock.  It was an interesting challenge to paint the shadows of white rock.  SOLD

Friday, October 18, 2019

Warm Shadows

     This is another from the Escalante Plein Air Festival.  There is a lot of red rock and red sand in this area and I loved the complimentary nature of this scene.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Illuminated History

     This painting was done for the nocturne at Escalante Plein Air festival in Escalante, UT.  This sweet little store, called the "Peoples Exchange", and is the last remaining old storefront on this street.  The main thoroughfare through town used to be here but moved to Hwy. 12 when it was put in.  It is now a history center for the town.  Dr. Bines and his wife have lovingly, and painstakingly refurbished it to its original glory.  The stone steps in front are worn down from all the people coming through this door.  I am glad they saved this sweet place.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Warm Up

     This is a scene that presented itself while I was painting under a bridge near Driggs Idaho.  There was a huge hatch of flies, which the swallows, fish and such were feasting upon.  I guess that the swallows time their hatching of chicks to the hatching of flies.  It was really a magical experience.  These little baby swallows would leave the nest and plunk into the river below.  At first, I was worried for them, then realized they float and can kind of "breast stroke" to shore where the parents find them.  This one happened to be sitting right in front of my palette as I painted a bridge scene.  Needless to say I stopped and painted this little guy while he fluffed and warmed himself up after the cold water.  I call this one  "The Warm Up".

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Summer Fields

     I am sorry for the long lapse in posting.  I was informed my Google blog was in Google + and was now defunct and that this blog was a part of that.  I couldn't use it for a while but it seems to be up and running again.  Go figure!

     This is a painting I did while at the Driggs Plein Air Festival in Driggs Idaho.  There were many wonderful artists and people there and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay there.

     This is available through Kilgore American Indian Arts in Mancos, CO,  $500.00

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Sheep Along the Bridgers

     This is one from summer while visiting my son in Bozeman.  We lived in Montana for a while and it just felt like home to me and it will forever be in my heart.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Ghost Ranch rocks 2

     This is the more recognizable rock formation that stands above the Ghost Ranch complex.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Ghost Ranch rocks 1

     In October I headed to Abiquiu to work on a painting I have been trying to perfect for a year.  I took a break from that and headed to Ghost Ranch with good friend and artist Rita Cirillo to do some quick plein air paintings.

Friday, January 4, 2019


     This is a lady who works where my mom lives.  I have been pestering her to let me do a portrait of her.  This was done from life in about 2 hours.