Friday, January 30, 2015

"Wooded Stream" #279

Here is a little painting I did earlier this week.  I love painting backlit trees with dappling light.  The stream has some nice reflections.  I don't know what type of trees these are but I love the way this painting turned out.  This painting will be up for auction at my online gallery,

Monday, January 26, 2015

"California Coastline" #278

I love the coastal cliffs of California.  They are so dramatic and colorful.  Unfortunately the photo I took of this painting looks weird.  I haven't found a good way to copy my paintings and sometimes the uploading changes the character of the image.  So keep in mind the original will always look better than the copy.
Back to the subject of the painting, these cliffs are from the Santa Barbara area.  This summer we are planning a epic RV trip of the western US.  I think one of the highlights will be driving and painting the coast.  I think painting in Oregon will be the best, we'll see.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

"Fall Mountain Stream" #277

I painted this fun piece over the weekend.  I love the fall colors and the approaching storm clouds. I think this one is a success.  The stream adds a nice element as well.
This painting will be up for auction at my online gallery,

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

"Long Valley View" #276

Here is a mountain & valley scene I did last week.  I like the way it came together.  It shows nice depth and a real sense of being.  Painting farms and ranches brings me back to my childhood, growing up on one.  So many people leave these beautiful place and move to the city, just as I did, but I am always trying to get back.  Painting kind of does that for me.
This painting will be up for auction at my online gallery,

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

"Delgado Lane" #275

When I think of Santa Fe in the summer, hollyhocks always come to mind.  I lived on Delgado Lane, a half block off  Canyon Rd, the world famous art gallery street, in the late nineties.  What a wonderful place to live.  There was always something going on just around the corner.  I had these hollyhocks in my garden.  I wasn't an artist then but I had a dream of one being one day.  Five years later, I found the Scottsdale Artist School.  This painting will be up for auction on my online gallery,, later today.  

Saturday, January 10, 2015

'Cool Winter Day" #274

I love painting all types of water.  We all know water is clear in it's natural state, but it reflects what is around it and we can see though it.  In this piece there are three elements of water, clouds, snow and the the river.  I am attracted to the river the most because it's changing colors are quite beautiful.  The river has the reflected blues from the sky and the greenish river bottom.  Painting snow is fun too, it can be whiter than my canvas and dark blue in the shadows.  But clouds are by far my favorite to paint.  Clouds give me the best opportunity to be creative.  I rarely paint what I see, I always change the color, size and shape.  This painting will be up for auction at my online gallery, later today.

Friday, January 9, 2015

"Rio Arriba" #273

Here is a little painting of a sandstone rock formations from northern New Mexico.  I love the rocks, cliffs and mesas in this part of the state.  I have an old friend that commissioned a sculptor to carve large caves into the sandstone on his property.   They are truly a work of art and a labor of love.  I think there is a documentary film an the project and the man.
This painting will be up for auction at my online gallery,

Thursday, January 8, 2015

"Those Rolling Hills", #272

This is a beautiful 12 x 12 I recently did. I love the depth, texture and the purple flowers.  I used a photo reference from our Thanksgiving trip to California.  One might say California doesn't look like this in the fall, but I have a full pallet of colors to work with, so I did.  The clouds broke right after the morning showers to reveal those rolling hills.  This painting will be up for auction on my online gallery,