Wednesday, March 21, 2018



This painting is inspired by a snowy walk in winter in the midwest.  I love walking after a snowfall because all sound is muffled and the landscape is quiet and soulful.  These hay bales were resting in the field and had snow covered hats.  They reminded me of Frosted Mini Wheats cereal.   

The blues of the shadows were tough.  Getting the value right was the most challenging.  Because it was early evening, the sky still had a fair amount of light in it,  but the field was darkening.   I lightened the sky and background trees twice before I felt like it read right.

This is not one of those paintings that catches your eye because of contrast in light and shadow, but a subtle painting that depends on finessing the values to make it feel moody. I think I got it right.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018



This is my newest attempt at getting a snowy painting to feel like snow.  This painting is inspired by a hike up behind our neighborhood in Park City, UT.  A bright shiny bluebird day gave me bright lights and purple/blue shadows. I did an underpainting in acrylic in warmer tones and these colors are peaking out in between the color tones, which I like very much.  I feel it gives the painting more interest and life.  

Sunlit Willow

Click to Bid The willow tree is one of my favorites. I love the shape of the tree, it's tiny leaves that glimmer in the sunlight and ...