Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Oil Painting, 18x14 inches

This is an experimental painting which was part of a series of night scenes like this one.  As I was working on an earlier one in the series I got the urge to use more transparent paints (still oils).  So I set aside my favorite Cadmium reds and yellows (all very opaque) in favor of Perylene Red, Indian Yellow and a transparent orange (all transparent), in addition to my usual blues which are already transparent.  The main opaque pigment is white, a Titanium/Zinc blend.  I mainly wanted to use the transparent pigments in the darker shadows, but in the end I also used some opaque mixtures there, and used the reds and oranges in the interior-lit parts of the painting too.  They seem to impart a distinct glow.

I will probably work on the painting a little more, but it has been a lot of fun to experiment with some new colors, and new types of colors. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


And now for something completely different!

This is an oil painting, 20 x 16 inches.  I did it in a class I am taking at the Art Students League in Denver...the class focuses on abstract painting.  I am taking it in order to study the elements of shape, light, color, texture, edge quality, line, etc, without the distraction of making it look like a specific subject.  I then intend to take my observations back to my regular work. 

There are a couple of benefits I hadn't thought of until a couple of classes went by.  I am learning and experimenting with different ways of applying/modifying/removing paint.  And, since I have no intention of taking these paintings to shows or galleries, I have nothing to lose with each painting and can push each one in any direction at any time.  This may be a good attitude to bring back to my regular work as well.  And, it's fun.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Happy New Year!

This is an oil painting, 20 x 16 inches, based on a view of a rock climber in the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  When I saw this scene and cropped the view, I liked the simple division of the picture into light and dark shapes, and of course the tension of the climber on the rock wall.  The late afternoon winter sun was hitting the rock wall straight on and giving a nice illumination to the red rocks.  Our state is named for these red rocks, which can be found for many miles along the front range of the Rockies, "Colorado" being a Spanish word for red.

This painting and several others can be seen at Framed Image this month, in a show titled "Way Out West".  The show coincides with the National Western Stock Show which is one of the major public events in Denver each year.  The gallery is at 5066 East Hampden Ave. in Denver.  Their website is www.framedimage.net

Friday, November 27, 2015

Oil Painting
18 x 36 inches

A late-afternoon scene in New Mexico, on the way from Amarillo to Tucumcari.  There was just a little piece of bright sky at the horizon, which is why I painted this. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Oil Painting, 12 x 9 inches

This painting of an evergreen tree will be one of 3 paintings I have in the Miniature Masterpieces show at Evergreen Fine Art in Evergreen, Colorado.  For those of you in Colorado, the opening reception will be this Friday November 20 from 5 - 8 pm, and I plan to be there.

In other news, we have now moved home and studio into the city of Denver.  We are in the Park Hill neighborhood, a great walking community built mostly in the 1920's and 1930's.  We have great access to all that Denver has to offer, but for a city neighborhood it's still fairly quiet.  We miss our mountain views but are excited to be in town, and the mountains aren't that far away when we need a visit.

I sacrificed a lot of painting time over the summer as we unpacked boxes and shifted furniture.  But most things are in place now and I am back on a good painting schedule.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Oil Painting, 16 x 20 inches.

We have had a lot of rain lately in Colorado, and for the past week I have tried to honor Mother Nature's decision with some rainy-day scenes.  It's an interesting change from my usual sunny-day paintings.  The colors have to be different (largely cooler), and edges in many areas need to soften quite a bit.  The challenge and fun of it all is to get the painting to express something about what kind of day it was.

This is a scene in the autumn in Washington DC. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Oil Painting, 24 x 36 inches
An autumn scene in the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado.

This painting and at least 20 others can be seen at my upcoming show at Evergreen Fine Art in Evergreen, Colorado.  The opening reception will be Saturday March 7 from 2 - 5 pm and the show will be up through March 28.

In the show I will be bringing my painting style to scenes of life in the West, and it is accordingly titled "A Western Life".  Some of the paintings (like this one) are of scenes that could have taken place 100 years ago, while others clearly evoke the West of today.  One of my favorite things to paint is the human figure in the context of a larger landscape or scene, and many of the paintings will do this.  Those who know my work know of my fondness for strongly-lit daytime scenes...there will be some here, but I will also be exploring other lighting situations including night scenes.

And that's probably enough said for the moment.  If you're in the area I hope you'll have an opportunity to stop by at the reception or at least see the show.  More information about the gallery can be found at www.evergreenfineart.com