Friday, November 4, 2011

Wide Open Spaces

Wide Open Spaces   20x24   oil

Painted for my Solo show "Wide Open Spaces" at Duke Raleigh Hospital, Raleigh, NC  - January 15 - March 15, 2012
based on a photograph taken in Colorado

Cottonwood Glory

Cottonwood Glory  16x20   oil
Painted in my studio based on a photograph I took in New Mexico in the autumn.

Autumn Evening

Autumn Evening  16x20   oil
Painted in my studio based on a photograph taken in North Carolina.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Windy Day II

Windy Day II   24x30   oil

Painted for my Solo show "Wide Open Spaces" at Duke Raleigh Hospital, Raleigh, NC  - January 15 - March 15, 2012

Sunday, October 23, 2011

San Geronimo Apple Tree

San Geronimo Apple Tree   16x20    oil

Painted from a photograph taken in Taos, NM in Spring of 2009.  There are apple trees near the San Geronimo Lodge that burst forth in glorious color for only a few days in the Spring.  I didn't get a chance to paint them on location and have been waiting for a time to paint them from my photographs in the studio.  Today was that day.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Along the River

Along the River   16x20    oil
Painted from a photograph taken while we were whitewater rafting on the Snake River in the Grand Tetons National Park.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Rio Hondo

Rio Hondo  16x20   oil
This is a rio (river) and early Spring scene viewed from the road between Arroyo Hondo and the John Dunn bridge, north of Taos, NM.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Near Grand Teton National Park

First the glazes...

Then the opaques.  This is a scene along the Snake River in Wyoming near Grand Tetons National Park, as seen from our whitewater rafting.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Marsh at Dusk

Marsh at Dusk   20x16   oil
Painted in my studio from a photograph; completed in the studio Autumn 2011

On location in Taos, NM

Taos Morada in Spring 12x16   oil

I painted this scene on location in May of 2011 on a beautiful Spring morning.

Mariposa Ranch   12x16   oil
This is the Mariposa Ranch north of Taos, a beautiful vista of ranch land.  Painted in the Fall of 2010.

Pink Barn    12x16     oil
This pink barn is also on the Mariposa Ranch; this painting was done on location in the Spring of 2011.

Windy Day

Windy Day  11x14    oil
Painted on location in Spring of 2011 in Taos, NM - north of town.

Sky paintings

Golden field and clouds  12x16    oil
I love these simple subjects that pack such a punch of delicious color and joy.   I'm doing a series of sky paintings and enjoying this new subject very much.
Joy in the sky  16x20    oil

This larger painting is based on the first painting in this post.  For this second larger painting I enjoyed making the clouds more geometric and also allowed a red underpainting to show through.   These points of red make the painting more active and interesting.

This painting is for my show "Wide Open Spaces" at Duke Raleigh Hospital, Raleigh, NC, January 2012

Monday, October 17, 2011

"Cathedral Rock"

Cathedral Rock  16x20 oil
This is "Cathedral Rock" which is on the low road to Taos.  Behind the bushes is a cemetery, and, yes, there really are crosses on top of this rock.

"Cottonwood and Pine"

Cottonwood  14x11  oil

Pine  14x11   oil
I tried a new technique with these two paintings.  First, I painted the subject in greys only - to make a value study.  Then I painted high key, opaque paint over the greys.  The result is more muted color than I usually use.

Red Still Life

20x16 Red Flowers oil
Painted in my studio from a still life set up.

The Pedernal

For some reason when I am on location at Ghost Ranch NM I do not often paint the Pedernal itself; when I am there I think it seems too obvious.  I had a great photo of it so I painted this version in the studio last week.   This is the time of year when I normally visit NM for a week of painting on location but I will not be going this year.  So I am painting scenes of Ghost Ranch in my studio and dreaming of that magical place.

Church in Placita NM

Painted from a photo on to an 11x14 panel:  the charming church in Placita, NM is set amidst farmland on the High Road to Taos.

La Santisima Trinidad

This 16x20 painting is of the church "La Santisima Trinidad" located in Arroyo Seco, NM.  I painted this larger version using the 12x16 version that I painted on location.

Kathryn Stats instructional dvd

Yesterday I watched Kathryn Stats' instructional dvd "Overview - Mountain Scenery".  During the six hour video she painted a scene of mountains just outside Zion National Park in Utah.  I am a big fan of her work, and it was interesting to watch the video.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

SOLD "A Russian Night in Taos" show

I'm pleased to announce that the painting "Ghost Ranch at Dusk" was juried into the "A Russian Night in Taos" show at the Taos Art Museum in Taos, NM.

In addition, it was purchased by the Executive Director of the museum.  A portion of the proceeds benefits the museum, and I am very happy to support this wonderful, southwestern museum.  It's one of my favorite places in NM.

This is a studio painting created using one of my plein air, on location works as an inspiration.
16x20 oil Ghost Ranch At Dusk

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Painting on location in Pilar, New Mexico

Painting on location in Pilar, New Mexico

View from above Pilar, New Mexico 11x14 oil plein air

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Aspen Trees - final phase

Aspen Trees  24x18  oil
In the final pass over this painting, I toned down the darks, gave the foreground more definition, and gave some detail to the tree trunks.  I also softened the edges of the trees to show more leafy patterns.  I'm pleased with this final result!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Aspen Painting - second Phase

Here after the second phase, the second pass over the painting surface, you can see that I filled in the trees, putting in the shadows and giving them shape and color.   During this second pass I also did a bit of over-painting of the background to tone down the mountains and give them depth.   Depth is created when I let some of the first layer of paint and colors show through while placing a slightly different color on top of that layer.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Aspen painting - first phase


I've taken photos of my latest painting in progress and would like to share this with you so you can see the methods I use when I paint.  First, I used many reference photos to study aspens and then I drew my invented scene on the canvas using pencil.  Next, above, is the first layer of painting where I put down the big shapes. I painted the background behind the trees first since this will be darker than the trees themselves.  My first layer of paint is the darks of the painting and I will come back later and make some of them lighter.  

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Juried into "Scope: the North Carolina Lanscape" show

I'm pleased to announce that "Carolina Marsh" has been juried into the annual, national "Scope: the North Carolina Landscape" show at Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, NC. The show was juried by Allie Pitcher, Curatorial Assistant, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA.

Join us at the opening on June 3, 2011 6-9pm at Visual Art Exchange during the First Friday Gallery Walk event in Raleigh, NC!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Something completely different

This past Thanksgiving my family and I spent 3 nights on Ocean Isle Beach in the southern tip of the NC coast. One night I managed to time my arrival just right - so I could catch the last rays of light as the sun set. These photos are just waiting for a time in my life when I can paint a new series inspired by the Carolina Coast.
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Friday, January 21, 2011

Taos Ranch

"Taos Ranch" 12x16 - painted en plein air in May 2010. This location is near the Millicent Rogers Museum looking north towards Taos Mountain.
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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Winter Scene, North of Taos

Winter Scene, North of Taos 11x14 oil
The 11x14 oil painting above "Winter Scene, North of Taos" is on display at the Cary Senior Center, Cary, NC in my soloeshow "A Passion for the Western Landscape". On display until January 30, 2011 - stop by and take a look at the 28 paintings on display! Many paintings are 50% off my retail price.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Hondo Valley, NM

This painting was created on location in the Hondo valley in New Mexico. It is one of the 28 paintings on exhibit in the Cary Senior Center, Cary, NC until January 30, 2011. The exhibit named "A Passion for the Western Landscape" consists of paintings based on locations in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona.
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

In the Aspens

This is a 10x8 study of aspen trees with their Autumn colors. This is the first time I've painted aspens, and, like with all new subjects, it was a real learning experience. I've already blocked in a larger version of this painting, and with the larger version I have done more drawing, especially in the shapes of the trees. I do like how the spruce tree turned out in the painting above; it makes a nice accent.
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