Monday, July 16, 2018

Utah Desert Road


"Utah Desert Road 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board

I am ever taken with the colors of Utah.


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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Nisqually Marsh


"Nisqually Marsh", 8 x 10, Oil on Museum Board

This was a painting done back in March on the first paint-out of the year for Plein Air Washington--usually at the Nisqually River Delta, which is a National Monument. The Nisqually River originates from the Nisqually Glacier high on Mt. Rainier, running approximately 80 miles to South Puget Sound just north of Olympia.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

"Utah Canyon Trees"


"Utah Canyon Trees", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board
I'm continuing my experimentation with palette knife. Its both easier to mix variations of color and easier to put it down.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

New Mexico Cloudy Day


"New Mexico Cloudy Day", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board
This is a painting from a couple of months ago. I have many paintings from a couple of months ago but I haven't posted many being busy with so many other things. I have a system of keeping track of the paintings which includes putting a date on the back (which is something so easy to forget) and photographing them. I also enter them in a database and a spreadsheet and track the date I blog or post on FB. I'm curious how other artists keep track of their paintings!

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Last Light Fremont River


"Last Light Fremont River"
I am still experimenting with palette knife, partly because it is the direction my muse is taking me and partly because it would be so much easier to travel without mineral spirits. There is a different mentality to it--one that is more abstract.

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Baja Elias Calles


"Baja Elias Calles", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board
This was the first painting I did on that sunny day in February on the coast of Baja near Todos Santos. The Pacific was a glorious blue.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Baja Coast Rocks



"Baja Coast Rocks", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Musuem Board
This is another of the palette knife paintings I did when visiting Jolyn in Baja. We stood out on the cliffs above the Pacific with the waves crashing on the rocks.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Autumn Woods Idaho


"Autumn Woods Idaho", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board

This is another painting with my experimental palette knife work. There is something about the palette knife that takes me out of my ordinary thinking habits, not to speak of the physical ones. I'm curious how others work with the palette knife. Sometimes I take the painting off the easel and turn it around from top to bottom and side to side just to get the paint on where I want it. When its on the easel, I seem to frequently get in the way.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Idaho Farmland


"Idaho Farmland", 6 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board

I've been doing studies recently, in the smaller size range, vacillating between painting knife and brush and in the process at times becoming disoriented as to my method. But that has to be all to the good, right? This one had just a few brushstrokes with a simple composition.


Monday, April 9, 2018

Sierra Madre Winter


"Sierra Madre Winter", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board
I painted this after my trip to Pescadero in Baja in January, 2018. It was an attempt to capture the atmosphere and color of the Sierra Madre and the desert in winter. I have been experimenting with painting knife, but with this painting I went back to the brush. I know there are areas in the Southwest, mountains and desert, that are equally beautiful. There is a special feeling about each place and a painting helps me to remember the magic of a place--in this case, Baja.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

River Crossing San Jacinto


"River Crossing San Jacino", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board
When I was in Baja with Jolyn, we drove up into the Sierra Madre on a windy dirt road. Surprisingly there was a river crossing at San Jacinto that we decided we'd best not attempt. So we painted the river and the view of the mountains. Our companions were a mama pig and her two piglets who were very interested in what we had with us! This painting was another experiment for me with water soluble paints and painting knife application.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Storm Over Utah


"Storm Over Utah", 10 x 12, Oil on Museum Board
I am actually creating an inventory for my paintings and sorting them by date, because otherwise, in the gigantic mess of my studio, I can't find the one I am looking for. My mother's famous last words: "If you can't find something, clean up!" This is a painting I did a few months ago.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Sierra Madre from Pescadero



"Sierra Madre from Pescadero", 8 x 10, Oil on Museum Board
This was another palette knife experiment painted from Pescadero on the west side of the tip of Baja--the view across the desert to the Sierra Madre. I had always imagined Baja to be a very long flat peninsula, so it was a happy surprise to find that the Sierra Madre run to the tip of Baja--beautiful mountains with few highways across to the east coast.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Zangle Cove Winter - Sold


"Zangle Cove Winter", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board

I'm continuing with my palette knife experiments! This is the first painting of Zangle Cove I've done in a long time. But there it is, always in front of me from my studio window. We are still working to protect Zangle Cove from an industrial geoduck farm.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Sierra Madre Cactus


"Sierra Madre Cactus", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board

I painted last with month with Jolyn Wells Moran at her place on the western side of the tip of Baja near Todo Santos. From her court yard was this magnificent view. Because of possible customs restrictions, I took water soluble oils to paint with--something that I've never done before! I struggled mightily on this first painting and eventually, with subsequent paintings, found it easier to work with a palette knife. I like the idea of not having to deal with mineral spirits, so this was a good experiment!

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Hells Canyon from Buckhorn


"Hells Canyon from Buckhorn", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board

Much of Hell's Canyon in inaccessible by car, but there is a road across the Zumwalt Prairie to the Buckhorn Overlook. This overlook actually is above the Imnaha Valley with the Snake River of Hells Canyon behind a vast set of ridges and valleys.
Zumwalt Prairie and Buckhorn Overlook.

We are planning a horseback painting trip in Hell's Canyon in May, 2018, starting along the Snake River at Oxbow. We met the outfitter when taking a drive up the road from Halfway to Cornucopia, just south of the Wallowa Mountains. This area, with the Wallowa's in Northeastern Oregon just west of the deep canyons of the Snake River and tributaries, is one of the most beautiful and enigmatic places I have ever been. Here is my blog on Halfway in 2010.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Last Light Utah Cliffs



This painting is from somewhere out in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. I hope, in the end, we can keep this area in its entirety as a National Monument. I know that's veering off into the political, but to me, if we want to retain our ability to feel wonder in the world around us, we have to protect the wild places.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Shed at Sundown


"Shed at Sundown", 6 x 9, Oil on Museum Board

The drive is to become ever more simple, stark in pattern and color.

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