Springtime

Spring has sprung, and I have awoken from hibernation, more or less. At any rate, it is time to update. What follows in no particular order are some of the paintings I have completed since my last post:

seven sirens

This one, Seven Sirens, is a scene I painted at Riverbend Ponds with the Fort Collins PAAC group. 8×10″, oil on canvas panel, $225.

 

melting away

I didn’t think that much of this one at first, but it has turned the most heads of any of my paintings so far. I called it Melting Away, and if you visited the Thompson Valley National show at the Lincoln Gallery last month, you may remember it. 8×10″, oil on canvas panel, nfs.

 

Westward3

Westward is one of my few (so far) paintings of the Continental Divide, from a secret spot along the Bear River Road. 12×16″, oil on canvas panel, $350.

 

Poudre Paradise

Poudre Paradise is one of my first alla prima pieces, and the product of a beautiful day spent with my girlfriend and several other painters in the middle section of Poudre Canyon. 12×16″, oil on canvas panel, $400.

 

Farmhouse

Farmhouse is another alla prima piece, painted on one of the local open spaces at a local PAAC paintout, and one of my rare forays into architecture. 12×16″, oil on canvas panel, $400.

 

Elkhorn Canyon

Elkhorn Canyon is another alla prima, painted about half a mile up the trail from “Poudre Paradise,” at another of our informal paintouts. 12×16″, oil on canvas panel, $400.

Stay tuned…

Huevos Alla Prima

Believe it or not, I finally started and finished a painting in one sitting (alla prima). I started a beginning oils class in Denver last Saturday and painted a greyscale of an egg. I learned a lot, but didn’t really like the result, so I got an egg out of the fridge and gave it another shot.

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You can see the first attempt (done in class) in the background. I think the repetition reinforced what I learned in class. Maybe I’ll do this for every lesson.

Monolith

I started this painting last summer. It’s inspired by a rocky peak I saw along the Poudre River and has taken on a life of its own since then. The trees are all Colorado. The mountains remind me of mountains I have seen in the Arizona desert. If it gets in, you can see it live at the Art From the Heart show in Greeley this spring.

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Winter, or what to do when you don’t want to go outside.

The days may finally be getting longer, but the warm weather is still too far away to think about, other than making plans for its return. An important painting lesson I learned this winter, fortunately not the hard way, is that acrylic paints and cold weather do not mix, so all of my painting these days has been confined to the warmth of my studio. That, and ordering supplies for the coming year, which includes a set of oil paints and brushes. I won’t completely give up my acrylics just yet, especially for painting in the backcountry, but I do expect oils to be my new medium of choice, at least once I get used to them.

To that end, I joined the Art Students League of Denver and signed up for a beginning oils class that meets there on Saturday mornings, taught by Clyde Steadman. Andrea recognized his name right away, and after visiting his web page, I realized I had already seen some of his paintings in a Denver gallery and liked his style. It should be a good class, and a convenient excuse to spend my Saturdays in downtown Denver this spring. The class doesn’t start until mid-February and runs through mid-April, so I’m hoping the afternoons after class will be nice enough to get out and enjoy the city instead of getting right back into the car and heading home. Before it’s over, I might even bring my plein air gear along and paint a few urban scenes.

Meanwhile, I’m shopping online, looking at catalogs, being warned to save a little money now so I’m not broke during the long summer of no teaching gigs, and painting indoors. Lately, I have been finishing up some of my plein air pieces from the warmer months, trying to de-clutter my studio, and working on a brand new painting of Vernal Falls from a photo I have of Little Yosemite Valley. Maybe next winter I’ll venture outdoors with my oil paints and do an actual winter scene. We’ll see.

Winter in the rockies

This is the first of what I hope will be many posts. I set up this site primarily as a way for others to view my work, along with some of the locations I have visited, and some of the people I have met along the way.

Today, I met some of my friends in the Northern Colorado Plein Air painters’ group. It was a chilly day, especially sitting in the shade, but not to cold for a little painting:

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I’ll post another photo when it’s done.