I have painted a classic American outdoor scene. The Canada Geese are migrating to their winter grounds and have stopped at an inviting wheat field for rest and nourishment. The sound of a flock overhead is truly a gift to enjoy for the moment or two that it lasts.
It would be possible to see a scene such as this one, if a person had the good fortune to be there at the perfect moment. I am lucky enough to be able to paint my own day dreams. This painting takes you in and makes you dream. By the way, if anyone thinks that painting looks easy, I repainted the sky four times to get it right.
I have developed a real love for lavender fields. One of the largest and most beautiful fields in the Northwest is owned by a friend and collector of my paintings. It is only 25 minutes from my house and he has been kind enough to grant me full access to the farm. This painting was created mostly on location during their annual 'lavender festival'. The title comes from the amazing sound that a half million honey bees make!
I have been painting Tuscan scenes for almost seven years now and I sure do enjoy it. The wonderful, warm colors of the Tuscan region are great to work with. My favorite, though is the old architecture. This is a four hundred year old villa and it is so fun to do the crumbling stucco and ancient stone.
I have painted tipis for three decades and this is the first time that I have painted one that is glowing from the fire. I don't know why I waited so long because this was fun. The challenge was to give an inviting warmth in a cold landscape.
This is a revised image of a favorite painting of mine. I really liked the way the original version turned out, but I decided that the moccasin design needed to have more impact. So, I changed the beaded section completely. Now it is as good as I can get it.
In the 33 years of doing research on Native American cultures I have come to believe that the Northwest coast tribes are the most artistic and superstitious. I wanted to paint one of their carved and painted paddles which for an everyday object I consider it to be a work of art. In reading about the underwater world that they created, I envision these masks coming out of the depths of the dark ocean waters.
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As summer view from the south side of the studio.
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