March 25, 2015

Meadow Light

I just completed this piece.  I'll set it aside and study it a couple of days to see if I need to make any changes.  

I'm working on a series of paintings influenced by a visit several years ago to Yosemite National Park.  I was very taken by the monumental feel of the place and hope I can convey some of that feeling.  Other works in this series will follow over the next few weeks.

Meadow Light, oil, 20 x 24 inches

March 2, 2015

Mr. Mature -- Phase 5

The is the completed work of the artichoke that I've been working on.  It was accepted into the Gilbert Visual Art League Juried Fine Art Show. The show is up through March 28 in the Gallery at the Gilbert Historical Museum, 10 S. Gilbert Rd, Gilbert, AZ.

February 11, 2015

Artichoke Painting -- Update

I wanted to update you on the progress of my painting of the artichoke.  These images are the several phases of the work in progress.  The piece is nearly completed.  I've set it aside to look at it a few days before giving it some final touches.  I'll post the completed work very soon.  Hope you enjoy the process.

 This is phase 2.

Phase 3

Phase 4

January 17, 2015

New Work -- Artichoke

I started a new painting today.  This is the sketch-in based on a photograph I took at the Desert Botanical Gardens.  With the basic value structure established, I can begin laying in some color.

20 x 16 inches

January 10, 2015

The Best & the Brightest
Opening Reception

What a delight!  I attended the Opening Reception for the new juried show The Best & the Brightest at Scottsdale Artist School.  It is a very strong show.  If you haven't seen it yet, plan to stop by. It doesn't close until February 27. 

Upon arrival I saw that my entry "Cactus Flowers" was sold.  I'm grateful to the art patron who found a place in her/his home for my painting.  You can view more of my work at my website, .

Cactus Flowers
Oil, 20" x 16"

January 7, 2015

The Best & the Brightest
I am pleased to share that my painting, Cactus Flowers, is accepted into the Scottsdale Artists' School The Best and Brightest juried fine art show.  The opening reception is Friday, January 9, 5 to 7 PM at the Scottsdale Artists' School, 3720 N. Marshall Way in Old Town Scottsdale, AZ.  The show and sale closes February 27.  Stop by if you are in the area.

Cactus Flowers
Oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches
Work in Progress
Well, after being sidetracked by the holidays, I'm back in the studio and finishing up this painting.  With a few tweaks, it may be completed.  I'm going to study the balance of values and color and make some final adjustments.

December 9, 2014

Work In Progress
I worked a little more today on my current painting inspired by a visit to Yosemite.  I've adjusted some color intensity in the sky, defined the background and foreground trees more with paint and color temperature, added more paint and colors to the river and defined the rocks on the river bank with shadows. 

December 8, 2014

Work In Progress
I've begun working on a new painting.  This piece is inspired by a visit I made to Yosemite in autumn.  Starting a new piece is always a bit of excitement for me.  I try to stay sensitive to the gestures, rhythms and movement I observe of the subject matter.  As I work on the piece I'm always reliving the experience I had at that time or place.

This first image is the initial block in, in which I sketch in the composition and suggest areas of value and perhaps lay in a little color.  The second image shows a little bit more of work that I've done on the painting.  I've made some minor adjustments in the composition and have started to apply paint.

I'll post a few more images later so you can see my progress.  Hope you enjoy.

Composition blocked in

Starting to paint

December 6, 2014

Donated Paintings Sold
I learned this week these five little 5x7s, which I donated to the Gilbert Visual Art League (GVAL) for its fundraiser, have sold.  Thank you to the purchasers who have helped GVAL in its future activities to promote and support the visual arts in the Gilbert area.