Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Oil Painting, 18 x 14 inches

A scene in downtown Chicago, just east of "the Loop".  The view is to the west and the overpass in the middle distance is the train track for the loop trains.

A couple of posts ago I showed a painting I had made from the complementary colors red and green...this painting is the same idea, but the complementary colors are yellow and violet.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Oil Painting
8 x 10 inches

Recently I did a series of small paintings of cakes and desserts.  It was a lot of fun, including shopping for the subject matter!  The 4 that I like best (including this one) will be shown at the annual Miniature Masterpieces show at Evergreen Fine Art in Evergreen, Colorado.  The opening will be next Friday November 21, from 5 - 8 pm.  If you're in the area please do stop by.  As the title suggests, the show will consist entirely of small works.


Thursday, November 6, 2014


Oil Painting, 18 x 24 inches

This is a scene in Toulouse, France.  I liked the architecture of the old bridge, the reflections in the water, the figures in the scene and the arrangement of light and shadow.  But as much as anything I was interested in making a painting based on the complementary colors red and green.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Oil Painting
24 x 30 inches
A challenging scene involving interior light and exterior shadows after dark.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Oil Painting 14x18 inches

Another in this summer's series of plein-air paintings, this one in the town of Silver Plume, Colorado.  This old mining town is one of my favorite spots for painting.  Here we are looking down the main street of town, which remains unpaved.  We are having good weather for outdoor painting, at least in the morning.  The afternoons have been bringing us rain, which may not be good for painters but it is very good for the forests so we are grateful for it.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Oil Painting
9 x 12 inches

The plein-air season is well underway for me, and this is one I did recently not far from my home in Colorado.  Aspen trunks are a subject I've returned to many times in the field.  They are a great opportunity to study light and shadow, and each tree has its own variations on the standard Aspen themes.  Plein air is certainly not the only type of painting I do, but it is an important part of the mix and helps me develop good painting habits.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Has it really been over 6 months since my last post??  Last weekend an artist friend reminded me that it's been awhile, and so it has!  Since my last post I have spent many of the long winter evenings making a new website, which can be found at http://RNaylorStudio.com    The long winter evenings are of course now long gone, but the new website did take up a lot of my computer time for awhile.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

The painting above is one of a series of night scenes I painted, this one in Albuquerque, New Mexico, along the old Route 66.  It is an oil painting, 18 x 14 inches.  As is well known, I am very fond of strongly lit daytime scenes, so this was part of an effort to explore different types of light.  It was both a challenge and a pleasure to paint this.

PS  Yes, I will plan to increase the frequency of these posts!