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: