Friday, February 15, 2019

Winter View

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We've been having lots of snow here in the west.  It has been interesting living in an area of the country where they know how to deal with snow. It's been a beautiful season as well. This is the view I get to see in the winter when I look outside our home. The snow glistens against the red rocks and makes the bluebird sky look even brighter. Painting this was so much fun,  I may have to paint it again in a larger size.


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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Winter Evening


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I haven't painted a nocturne in awhile.  I've had this photo for a couple of years now and it spoke to me as a painting.  It's from our old neighborhood in Ohio.  I walked by this house frequently on winter evening walks with our dog.  The people living here must have had a dog because it was always a favorite stop for our dog to stop and check his pee-email.  I loved how the light illuminated the icy driveway and lit up the windows, creating a cozy feeling. Click the link above to bid in my Daily Paintworks auctions at an incredible starting bid!!

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Looking Towards Winter





This painting is from a photo I took this fall looking towards the ski slopes in Park City UT.  It's a far cry from what I see out my window today.  We have had the most snow I have ever seen and it keeps snowing.  So much so that the area where I live has had to contract dump trucks to come in and haul away the snow.  But the area is beautiful and I am enjoying winter and all it has to offer.

The farm is near our home and viewable from the bike trail.  I loved the various shades of gold from the late summer, early autumn grasses. The work is painted on stretched canvas, a surface I haven't used in awhile. In some ways I like it because of the blending that can be achieved. 

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Just a Hunch

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This cute cat is all hunched over looking like it is ready to pounce.  This is another photo from The Morgue File and I selected the photo for a reference because I loved the eyes.  It's amazing how getting a good likeness seems to always depend on getting the sparkle in the eyes just right.  I hope I have achieved the sparkle in this one.

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Friday, January 25, 2019

"M" Cat #1

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Have you noticed that many cats have the letter M on their foreheads? This one's is very noticable. He looks like he is considering how nicely his name matches the sound he makes. MEOW!!
This piece is painted on gessobord that has a red underpainting.
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Thursday, January 24, 2019

McBully Mugface



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This great Bull dog looks to me like he is posing for a mugshot.  He isn't happy about it but is doing his best to look innocent.  I painted this doggie portrait on gesso board with a blue underpainting shown in the photo above.  I used a Tombow marker to do the drawing.  The advantage of using these markers is that they are water soluable allowing you to make changes in the drawing, but then the mark isn't affected by oil paint or mineral spirits so your drawing is saved.  Pretty neat .

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Winter Aspens

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This is another winter landscape inspired by a hike in the snow in our neighborhood. I love Aspen trees, even in winter. I love the texture and colors in their bark and the gnarly shapes of their branches. This is painted on a board with a black underpainting, giving the piece a more graphic look.
Once again I found that I had to lighten some of the colors.  This is becoming a grand experiment, one that I am enjoying.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Old Friend

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In this painting, I am fondly depicting and old friend of mine. When I lived in Ohio, I frequently took a trail that passed under this tree while walking my dog. It was one of our favorite spots to walk and I loved seeing this tree. It's horizontal branch hung low and I always thought I would hit my head on it, but of course, being short myself, never did. It was especially nice walking here after a snow. It was always quiet and beautiful.  The path followed the river and afforded views of other wildlife as well.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Winter Hike at Silver Lake


The inspiration for this painting is from a photo I took while enjoying a winter hike in Big Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City, UT.  It was a beautiful clear day among the pine forest surrounding Silver Lake.  I loved the sharp shadows cast on the snow and the texture of the trunks of the trees.  This piece is painted on a board that has been under painted in black.  One of the most difficult challenges in painting on black is remembering that colors appear darker because none of the color is reflected back from a light surface.  So many times I have had to lighten my colors to make them read the correct value.  It is a welcome challenge though because I love the graphic look of the completed painting.
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Monday, January 14, 2019

Scrub Oak #1

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This small painting is a Daily Paintworks Challenge for the month of January.  The oak trees in Utah's higher elevations are small scrub oaks.  In contrast to midwestern oak trees where I was raised, they don't get very tall and they have tiny acorns.  But the leaves are just as beautiful and remain on the trees well into winter.  I collected this tiny branch on a recent winter walk into the hills surrounding our house. This piece is painted on a board with a black underpainting.
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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

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The inspiration for this painting is from a photo I found on the Morgue File.   I don't know about you, but I find sleeping dogs irresistible.  This bull dog looked like he was deep in sleep and I can just imagine he is having some good doggie dreams.
The piece is painted on gesso board with a black under painting.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Winter Glow


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This painting was inspired by a hike up into the Cottonwood Canyons near Salt Lake City, UT.
It was one of those bluebird days when the sky sparkled as much as the snow.  Walking through the forest was a spectacle in itself and we were treated to gorgeous views everywhere we turned.  I especially loved the quiet of the show covered terrain.  This painting is painted on a board with a black underpainting.
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Friday, January 4, 2019

Distinguished

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This little Boston Terrier is ready to party, and he looks so distinguished in his red bow-tie.
I found his inspiring photo on the Morgue File and decided it was a good subject.  I liked his determined expression and wanted to take a stab at capturing it in a painting.  Many of my paintings start from photos,  and they are subjects that catch my eye in some way.  Most of the time, I change several things to make them a better compostition, and many times the color is adjusted. I have been experimenting with brightly colored underpaintings and find that I like the contrast, especially with simple subjects like this pup.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Curious Jack

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I found the photo reference for this painting on the Morgue File. I am a dog lover and though I am partial to larger breeds, I loved the expression on this little pups face. This painting is painted on a black toned board.

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