Tuesday, May 19, 2015
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
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
Monday, January 26, 2015
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
The above is an oil painting, 18x14 inches. A bronco-riding cowboy at a rodeo in Colorado.
After living here for many years I finally got to the rodeo circuit this summer, and was very impressed with the skill and courage of the participants. It also provided a great many painting ideas, as there are many dramatic moments in the course of an afternoon at the rodeo. Most of the bronco-riders and bull-riders end up in a position like this rider (who after a direct trip to the ground immediately got up, brushed himself off and walked off the field unharmed)
I call the painting "Game Over".
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
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.