Thursday, May 12, 2022

Snow Shadows (study)


      This is from this last winter.  A friend invited me to her property to paint after a snowfall the evening before.  The snow was thick and the shadow colors were amazing.  I saw this scene with such lovely shadow and wanted to study how the reflected light plays across the willows covered in snow.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Saratoga Woods Idyl

 

     Another painting from Saratoga Woods.  To walk into these huge old trees is truly amazing.  The light was filtering through at this spot and a young spruce or redwood was trying to make its' way up to the canopy.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Barn at Saratoga Woods


    A month ago, I went on a sojourn to Seattle and the surrounding areas.  One of my first stops was Langley on Whidbey Island.  A lovely town that is lots of fun to wander around in.  I had always wanted to wander around the whole island so I set about discovering its beauty.  Saratoga Woods which is not too far from Langley was a stopping point.  This barn was on an adjacent property but I could view it from the edge of the preserve.  Everything here is lush and coated with moss and lichen giving it various greens.  Coming from the dry southwest it was a real treat!

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Lizardhead Snows


   This was done up at Lizardhead Pass, one of my favorite places to go paint.  I got an unexpected treat when I got there, it was snowing!  I just loved the graphic fade of this scene as the snows came through.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Saddle Horn Pueblo


      This is a ruin in Canyon of the Ancients, National Monument in the southwest part of Colorado.  It is so distinct that it is the poster child for the Sand Canyon trails.  I really didn't know the name of it, while painting, until another person was walking up explaining it to others.  I thanked him for enlightening me.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Aspen Winter


      Aspen are anything but white most times of the year.  In winter, many take on a warm, almost reddish, tint.  I love the blue shadows on the snow and with the warmth of the aspen, it seemed a good fit.  Spring is coming and the ground it starting to show through as the snow blankets the ground.

Friday, February 25, 2022

Noontide Contemplation


      This was during midday, which can sometimes be hard to find anything good with light and shadows.  This scene caught my eye, I had painted a somewhat similar view here many years ago and always liked it.  This was looking up a bit more.  I always like the way the shadows lay across the snow.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022


      This was a beautiful clear morning up near Trout Lake in Colorado.  This is an area I love to come and paint for its sheer beauty.

Friday, February 18, 2022

Glorious Painting Day


      This is another scene from the farm in Trail Canyon.  The gentleman that owns this farm is an arborist and lovingly cares for the trees on his property.  No wonder this is such a calling to us during fall color!  My good painting buddy, Betsy, is the painter in this scene.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

The Golden Gate

 

     This is a yearly pilgrimage to a friends tree farm that is in a lovely canyon called Trail Creek Canyon.  The entrance to his place is framed with these lovely, huge, cottonwoods that were in glorious color this year.  There is really a regular rocked road running through there but it doesn't look as inviting as a grass trail, so I took artistic license there.  The bushes are called "Rabbit Brush" or the Spanish name "Chimisa".  His farm is truly a magical place!

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Aspen Spring


 Searching for something to paint in one of my favorite spots, I suddenly found lots of people...everywhere!  Of course, with the coronavirus running rampant, being outdoors was the place to be.  Unfortunately it was noisy and dusty next to the road, I was lucky to find this sweet little spot a bit off the road and settled in to paint.  I loved the colors and the quiet it afforded me.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Clouds Above the Mesa


 After a lovely rain in this parched land the clouds were breaking up, casting light and shadow upon the mesa.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Red Rock Sentinel


 I did this one a while back in Arches National Park, Utah.  There are many beautiful red rock formations and worth a trip to see.  I don't think that this one has a name but it is located along a place called the "Great Wall".  It is always a challenge painting red rocks and shadows.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Small Aspen Grove


This was painted within a small grove of aspens.  I liked the shadows and the beautiful golden color of the leaves.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Sunlit Aspen


 I was out looking for aspen color when I saw this sweet scene in a narrow gulch between the mountains.  Everything was in shadow except this lovely tree.  I finished this in the early morning, decided I liked it so well, I wanted to go back later in the afternoon to try it again in a larger form.  When I got back there, all the leaves were gone!  There was enough wind in this little valley it just stripped the tree.  It was a lesson in "striking while the iron is hot".

Friday, November 20, 2020

After the Fall


I had been out painting lots of golden aspen.  I looked down into the stream next to me and saw these leaves floating.  My friends dog had come through the water and had splashed some water onto the leaves floating there.  I was happy to do a change of scene.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Arroyo Light


 Sedona Plein Air Festival 2020 - "Year of the Woman".  I traveled over to southeast Utah where the red rocks and incredible rock formations reside.  I followed a small dirt road and found this lovely arroyo filled with chamisa (rabbit brush) and lovely warm shadows.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Giants Among Us


Another for the Sedona Plein Air Festival 2020, "Year of the Woman".  This was during the early winter storm that brought snow to the mountains here.  I have painted this area several times and never get tired of it.  It was 12ºF out that day, the paint became stiff and I pushed it with a palette knife.  I think I like the effect! 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Lakeside Cabin


Another painting for the Sedona Plein Air Festival 2020 "Year of the Woman".   The day after I painted the lovely golden color of the cottonwood in "Beneath the Cottonwoods", a strong cold front moved in.  I drove up to 10,000 foot elevation to catch the snowfall.  The lake was only slightly freezing so there was some reflection in the water that was fun to catch.

Friday, November 6, 2020

Beneath the Cottonwoods


This is the first painting for the Sedona Plein Air Festival 2020, "Year of the Woman".  A friend of mine has a lovely property in a canyon with huge cottonwood trees.  They were in all their fall glory when I went to paint there, it was a delight just to be there.  It is available at this link: https://sedonaartscenter.org/product/beneath-the-cottonwoods-spaf2020/

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Aspen Fall

 

Aspen Fall
12 x 12
Oil on linen
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This painting was done late in the fall season for the aspen trees.  The lovely carpet of leaves covering the ground and more leaves falling from the trees were what entranced me in this scene.

These next six paintings are with the Sedona Plein Air Festival "Year of the Woman" 2020.  This first one "Aspen Fall" won an award of merit.  They are all available through the link.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Rise and Shine

This is one I have been working on for a while.  It was an early morning trip up into the foothills looking for something totally different but when I saw this, I had to try.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Tough Life

This is down in a canyon near me.  This little tree has made a life for itself in this crevice between a rock and a hard place.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

High Country Springtime

     I went up to the pass to paint.  At over 10,000 feet in height, spring is just starting to show up.  The red in the field is a small scrubby willow that hasn't leafed out yet.  Many flowers are pushing up to take advantage of the short season.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Ute Mountain Moonset

     Chasing the full moon is something I enjoy doing.  The colors are soft and lovely.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Passage

     Fresh off the easel.  This is around winter solstice in by yard.  I wanted to try painting the setting sun coming through the trees and the light across the snow.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Cascade of Spring

     I was out plein air painting with one of my good painting buddies.  I was supposed to meet her at this stream but she didn't explain to follow the yellow ribbons.  Our social distancing was excellent since we didn't find each other until later.  This is a seasonal stream that was too fun to pass up.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Getting Loose

     I went to visit one of my favorite artist friends.  She has many wonderful animals, including Don Key.  We tied him out so we could practice plein air painting him.  Boy does he move a lot!  Good practice though.  He grabbed his rope and proceeded to untie himself.  He was an expert in my estimation!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Moonlight Snowfall

     As always, at the pass.  I took a photo of this scene and was so struck by the abstract qualities, I wanted to paint it.  This was really hard to get the softness that was there, but I gave it my best!

Monday, April 20, 2020

Cedar Sunrise

     This is a painting from where I grew up.  At a certain time of year the sun comes up behind these cedars growing along the edge of a lake.  I have been working on it off and on for a while trying to get the light and shadow right.  Once I got to this point, I felt pretty good about it but may try another larger one later.  The big problem now is photographing it, I can't quite get it exactly as it looks in person, but it is close.