11/21/17

'Storm Rising' - Utah

Painted from my base camp near the Straight Cliffs just out of Escalante .. this piece was one of the several paintings I did for the Plein-air competition .. could only choose one to enter .. it was not this one.  However I kinda like it .. mainly because it reminds me of what was happening that morning .. cliffs were golden from the rising sun and the sky growing darker by the minute .. luckily the storm retreated and I was left high and dry :)



9x12    oil on canvas panel    $325





11/18/17

'Moab - Sunday Morning'

My first urban painting! .. was intimidated by all the cars so I left them out .. put in a couple dog-like shapes instead.  It was actually a lazy late afternoon when this plein-air paint-out event was happening .. I was competing with almost 100 artists .. early Fall and still warm.  I will have to try more 'city' pieces .. fun.



9x12    oil on canvas panel     $335




10/25/17

'Sand Flats' - Moab

Getting back to into the studio swing after traveling this Fall.  From that trip .. here is another award winner .. took 2nd Place in the Moab Red Rocks Plein-air Competition .. the main event with over 100 artists participating.

Super surprised  .. I thought this was kind of a weird painting for an entry .. but since the snow ruined a couple previous efforts [left outside to dry .. never expected snow while camping .. oops] .. I was running out of time .. so I set up with the atv and bike rider crowd just outside of Moab to try to capture that slickrock glow.  You never know .. just do it ;)






And here is my late afternoon setup ..





10/18/17

'Dead Horse'

Just got back from camping for 12 days in Moab ..  great place to have outdoor adventures .. so many people everywhere having fun.  Attended the Moab Red Rocks Plein-air Competition .. won two awards here too!

Here is one winner .. painted from the rim at Deadhorse State Park .. we had only an afternoon to paint .. then frame .. then turn it in for judging.  The canyons were very smoke-filled from the fires in California .. but I managed to record some muted colors and just a small slice of the vastness.  Received 2nd place in the Deadhorse Paint-out  .. a great honor as there was some really good artwork in this show.  Want to go back and paint again .. love the area.






Here it is on the judge's wall ..






10/2/17

'Chamisa' .. won TWO awards :)

Just got back from camping near Escalante - Utah while participating in their Plein-air Competition for the week.  I wasn't having much luck painting rocky landscapes .. so I thought I would try my hand at the lush rabbitbrush lining the roads .. a subject that I had only attempted once before.  Tricky to get the weight of the flowers just right .. a fun challenge.

To my surprise .. this small oil won two awards .. the Award of Merit [one step below Best of Show] .. and the Artist's Choice .. an award which I will certainly treasure.  It sold before I could take a better photo .. but this image gives you an idea of the painting in it's rustic frame.

Right now I am re-supplying and packing up to head out to Moab .. another big Plein-air Competition .. hope I can find a decent camping spot during their busiest time of year .. will report back in a couple weeks.




8x10    oil on canvas panel    SOLD


..  and another photo ..






8/24/17

'Cedar Mesa' - near Notom - Utah

Another piece from the six series .. framed in satin white .. painted from one of my favorite places in the West .. the Cedar Mesa campground on the east side of Capitol Reef .. glorious landscapes are to be found there in a region of superlatives.



8x8   framed in satin white wood   oil on canvas panel

- available at the Burr Trail Outpost - Boulder - Utah
or email me and I will ship it to you .. $280



'Caineville Fields' - east of Capitol Reef

I just finished a series of six 8x8 oils .. inspired by the landscapes found near where I live in Torrey .. framed in satin white wood for a contemporary look.   I debated whether to paint the frames another color .. but then they look 'painted' and not professional .. so it was either black or white in this type frame .. white it is.



8x8   framed in satin white wood  
oil on canvas panel   $260




5/14/17

From the winter studio ..


Here is one of the paintings I was working on this past winter .. a 24x24 .. from my imagination and recall of the desert mountains found near Death Valley .. big alluvial fans with Persian patterns .. still working out the design and color.  By comparison .. plein air is much easier :)



* Edit update:  This painting project no longer exists .. I wasn't able to take it where I wanted it to go .. headed for the burn pile.  You have to be able to let go and not get too attached even if you worked hours and hours on it [like this one].  I haven't given up on the concept tho .. always loved the patterns made by water .. even in the deep desert.



And another imaginary piece that I may try to finish someday .. 








2/14/17

'Transitions'

Focusing on transitional light and land forms .. that magic time as dusk starts to fall .. the last colors are darkly saturated.  Tricky to paint the subtle bands of ascending color .. someday I would like to be able to paint that pellucid atmosphere .. where your pupils are open because of the dimness .. but you are able to perceive 'more'.
    


6x6     oil on canvas panel     SOLD



Here is a previous version .. I thought I was finished .. but it kept nagging me to go further :)





And an even earlier version .. it has improved quite a bit :)








2/4/17

'Erosional Beauty'

On the east side of Capitol Reef you will find a myriad of beautiful clay formations .. sculptures made from the ancient sea beds that once covered this region.  These small studies are very satisfying to do .. a sense of accomplishment because they are not as stressful to finish like a large complex piece.



6x6    oil on canvas panel     $115








1/31/17

'Storm Light' - Grand Canyon

A small painting inspired from a small crop of a photo I took while living at the South Rim  .. out for a hike while a storm quickly blew in .. and then blew out. Lucky I had my camera with me to record the fast-moving event.  Of course.. this looks nothing like the photo .. it is an impression of the just one of the Canyon's moods.



6x6       oil on canvas panel        $115







1/30/17

'Spring Snow'

Another small snow painting .. early melting here in the high desert.  Love working with the subtlety of whites .. just a microscopic touch of color changes it's mood .. it is luminous and wonderful.



6x6      oil on canvas panel      $100






1/26/17

'Snowbound'

Winter is still in full swing here... almost zero.. brrr.  Here is another small snow painting that was fun to do.. lots of turquoise.



6x6       oil on canvas panel       $100



And here are a few process pics:


I thought this was the finished painting .. I had to break up the diagonal snow and rocks .. too strong and leads you right out of the composition.  I also made the snow not as blue and added more light to it.  Snow is very reflective.


The layin:











1/13/17

'Winter Chamisa'

Another in the small series .. was out on a photo shoot last week .. not much snow .. been warmer here than usual.  So to allay cabin fever .. nothing better than drive around in my Jeep with a trusty camera.   Here is one such scene .. ochre turquoise chamisa .. low winter light .. mountains with snow clinging all in blue shadow.



'5x7       oil on canvas panel       $100





1/10/17

'Totem Rock'

Another rock study in a series of small paintings .. created while a major snow storm moved in and is in the process of blowing itself out .. not to worry .. all is warm and cozy in my studio .. wind gusting .. Vivaldi accompanies to lighten the mood.

This piece was inspired by one of the many redrock formations found in this part of Utah .. it was an overcast day when I took the reference photo.  I emphasized the cool cast and underplayed the warmth from the image.  I liked how this stately group thrust up into the silvery sky .. calm and watchful .. like a totem.



5x7     oil on canvas     $110




Here is my photo used as a reference:







1/8/17

'Western Skies'

Winter is in full swing here in Torrey .. I am keeping cabin fever from setting in by doing a series of small oil studies.  At the same time.. I am also reworking a couple larger complex pieces and I needed to take a break and have the satisfaction of completion [which is eluding me on the big canvases] .. ergo small paintings to the rescue.



5x7       oil on canvas panel        SOLD



And here is the photo I took last summer .. reference for the clouds: