11/30/16

'Awapa Sheep Camp' - Utah Highlands

I thought I would post a few photos of a painting that recently sold.. it took me a long time and many many revisions.  Mainly it took so long because I was not used to mixing so many greens .. a color I rarely used in my landscapes and actually avoided.  So I decided to face my fears and do a green painting.

This is an impression of one of the sheep camps you might find on the Awapa Plateau in central Utah.  It is a vast upland region close to Capitol Reef NP.. high meadows and scattered stands of trees.  The winds can be fierce.  You will not see any tourists up there.. maybe a modern day cowboy or a 4x4 adventurer.  Being above 8000'.. it's a great place in the summer when it's hot down below.. great camping.. and vey beautiful.




20x20       oil on canvas       SOLD



Here is a photo of just one of the very early stages of this painting:





And a later stage .. not as green as the finished piece:







11/18/16

'Sunflower Ridge' - Capitol Reef geology


Another effort at painting rocks .. posted on Etsy.

rock art, capitol reef painting of a rocky ridge,painting of rocks

8x10        oil on canvas       $285



.. a close-up:

painting rocks, oil painting of rocks,capitol reef formations



The early stages .. I think I like this version better .. moonlit rocks?






11/12/16

'Mesa Afternoon' - just outside Escalante - Utah


A quick plein-air piece created while at the Escalante Competition .. standing by the side of the road in mid-afternoon  .. overlooking faraway sandstone mesas .. the radiance was what captured my attention .. the space of the high desert.



plein air painting escalante utah red rock mesas

9x12     oil on canvas panel     $255





And here is an interim stage of this painting.. I thought it was done but was not satisfied .. thought it was too pastel .. too wimpy .. or maybe not :)







And here is a shot of this piece in it's early stages while on my plein-air easel:




.. the paint box on it's heavy-duty tripod: