Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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High Country Grandeur

Acrylic on Canvas
24" x 36"

This is one of my 3 masterworks that I've created so far this year.  The view is the central Oregon Cascades with Mt. Jefferson featured.  I have explored countless streams and meadows since I was a young boy and this painting is the essence of my feelings for that wild country.  A great amount of detail and repainting took place to get this work to the finish line.

La Vecchia Strada ( The Old Road)

Acrylic on Canvas 
20" x 16"

I have been painting an on-going Tuscan series for eight years now.  This painting may be one of my all-time favorites.  The sky and hills started to take on a different look and feel than the image in my head.  It virtually painted itself while I applied one hundred thousand brush strokes!  I moved forward carefully when I realized that it had a special 'atmosphere' that had to carry through the entire painting.

Serata Venezania (Venetian Sky)

Acrylic on Canvas
10" x 8"

This is a landmark scene at the entrance to the Grand Canal in Venice.  The "Santa Maria della Salute" is four hundred years old and is held up by over one million pine poles!  The contrasts of color and brightness along with ancient architecture attracted me to this scene.  I wanted to quit halfway through!  The detail on the building is so exacting and I was using a four hair brush at times.

Lavender Evening

Acrylic on Canvas
8" x 10"
This painting is inspired by visits to my friend's lavender farm and the aura of Provence.  I also love warm and cool colors combined together,  A painting such as this is really nice to have around during our dark, wet Northwest winters!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Tuscan Delight

Oil on Canvas
10" x 8"
$250. + shipping

This was a fun painting to do and especially at this time of year.  Using all of these wonderful colors chases the gray, rainy days away for me.  I framed it with a dark frame which makes the colors 'pop' even more!

The Sun's Promise

13" x 10"

I have painted Willow Ptarmigans in a small format before, but this time I wanted to explore the relationship of a pair in their winter plumage.  It still amazes me that a brown and russet bird knows when to change color as winter gets near.

They are friendly, social birds and they tend to be a loyal companion to their mate.  

Painting this background when it was very wet and mixing the colors was a real risk, but I liked the way that it turned out.  I would say that I got lucky!

Autumn Sonata

Acrylic on Canvas
11"x 14"
A Fall day in the high country.  The storm clouds are clearing and the sun's return will make for a perfect day.
This scene is in the Sparks Lake area of the Central Oregon Cascades, my favorite camping area and a wonderful place to be alone for awhile.  The bushes are dwarf huckleberry and they turn a beautiful crimson red this time of year.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Harvest of the Waves

Watercolor on Handmade Paper
6.5" x 12.5"
This little watercolor is painted on one of my last pieces of handmade paper in my favorite size.  It takes a steady hand and a very small brush to pull this off.  I enjoy the wide variety of weaves and designs that they worked into their daily lives.  There are three different Northwest tribes depicted here.

Standing Tall

23" x 14"
A passing storm over the Cascades has dropped the first snow of the season.  The sun returns and the mountaintop glitters for a brief time before the melting begins.  The title comes from my thoughts of these trees and what they endure through bitterly cold winters and hot summers.  It may also represent what you an I endure in life and hope to remain standing tall.

Pueblo Magic

11" x 16"
The Kachina doll is much more than a souvenir sold in gift shops. To the Pueblo tribes of the Southwest, they are an important and sacred aspect of their religion. The large ones have been used in their rituals for a thousand years, while the smaller carvings are used to teach the young children.

Lakota Pride

Drybrush Watercolor
11" x 14"
This piece started out as a simple composition of a single figure standing in the tall prairie grass. It soon became a major work of art in a somewhat small format. Sometimes it seems as though the painting takes over and just paints itself.
The wardrobe, shield and spear are authentic. The painted design on the tipi is an exact depiction painted by a Native artist two hundred and eight years ago.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Whispers Through the Grove

Acrylic on Canvas
14" x 11"
$325. + shipping
This painting also took awhile to finish, but it was fun to paint.  As I paint, I can actually feel myself transported into the scene.  When I visit an aspen grove in the fall, I sometimes just sit and listen to the sound of the quaking leaves.  It is truly music for the soul.

Here Comes the Sun

9" x 13"
$400. + shipping
I found this beautiful and delicate little Northwest Coast basket and knew that it had to be surrounded by my favorite wildflower, the trillium.  This is a view of nature that we might not notice while on a walk, but it has a lot to offer.