Monday, September 29, 2014

Mountain View

Mountain View                   8" x 10"                     oil on panel
Sometimes when I haven't been able to get to my easel for a few days, it helps to start again in a new way. Today I did just that working on 300lb. watercolor paper that has a gesso coating on it. If you haven't ever worked this way, it tends to give your brushwork a soft edge and the blending is pretty easy and flat. In this one I referenced one of my older photos from Montana.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Artists Helping Artists - links and lists for "Filling Your Creative Well"

Here is your link for today's  AHA show....or just click the link in the right hand column.and for a link to today's show, just go to:
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Girl Talk

Girl Talk                      8" x 10"                  oil on linen

Girl Talk   - (detail)
Before every performance, there is likely some nervous chat and gossip and I think these three were having some fun comparing notes while getting ready to go out again.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Cottonwoods

Cottonwoods          gouache on archival board       9.5" x 15"

Cottonwoods (detail)
Today, I am posting another tree/gouache painting. This was one I discovered in my studio re-arranging, but it was just a sketch. So, I went back to painting and had fun completing it to a more finished work. I love Cottonwoods for their massive trunks and branches and they are common here in Boise and all along the river here in Eagle. 
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Leafy Green, a gouache landscape

Leafy Green        Gouache / archival illustration            9" x 14" 
I do enjoy both gouache and watercolor periodically and while I am still organizing my studio, it's a bit easier to have available. So, here is a gouache painting for you that is all about the overgrown leafy greens of late summer. Things will start turning soon and we'll all be staring at flaming orange and reds.
   

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Early Risers, Giclee Print

Early Risers                     Giclee Print                  14" x 18" image
I've been asked about prints on and off in the past and the answer has always been "no" I don't currently have prints available. But wait!.....all I had to do was get organised and move into a new studio space to find one last print that I had done when I was working in watercolor. The original sold long ago and so did the other seven prints I had made. Not exactly a big run I know. This is a Giclee print on archival, medium stock watercolor paper. The image size is 14" x 18. It is printed on 16" x 21" paper. This is the last of eight total that were printed. 
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

St. Ignacio Line Dance

St. Ignacio Line Dance       8" x 10"      oil on linen panel
This is another group of Oinkari dancers hand in hand while they do a kind of 'crack the whip' in dance form. I tried to catch the abstract shapes and color blur as they raced by. Fun to watch and paint and a real challenge as to how to approach it.


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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

50 Studio Tips & Tricks - listen on AHA radio!


In The Pink         14" x 11"       oil on linen
I am privileged to join Leslie Saeta Thursday morning on Artists Helping Artists Blogtalk  radio with ' 50 Studio Tips and Tricks'. You can listen HERE or download for  a later time. 
Below are a couple link we'll be referring to:












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Monday, September 1, 2014

Lifeguard- At The Office

Lifeguard- At The Office              oil on panel              8" x  8"
As offices go, this one is a beautiful place to spend one's day. surrounded by the palms, ocean and bougainvillea. Here's to everyone who is going back to an office tomorrow, of whatever kind......I hope there is something beautiful in it for you.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Josephine

Josephine              oil on panel                  10" x 8"
I've been wanting to paint my nephew's little girl for some time. But, I just didn't feel I had the right photo source to work from. However, a recent family gathering provided a good way for me to take some  casual snaps and I had fun with this one today. I am planning to adjust the background darks as they are looking too strong right now, but tomorrow will provide 'fresh eyes'.
This one's not for sale, but check out my Website for other available paintings.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Little Red Wagon

Little Red Wagon             oil on panel              6" x 6"
My sister's kids are way past the age of having a little red wagon, but she has been clever in keeping theirs. It has been a reliable workhorse for every conceivable home and garden project. So here it is, waiting once again in the background, for the next big idea to come along.......and I'm sure it will.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Finishing Touch

Finishing Touch      oil on linen panel      10" x 8
Here are two more Oinkari dancers getting ready for a performance at the St. Ignacio festival. I am repeatedly attracted to these scenes of color and careful preparation, usually in a group of the women. They have layered scarves, vests, aprons, overskirts and ribbons that always seem to need some bit of attention. It's all a good part of the show for me.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Preparing To Dance II - oil painting slideshow

     Preparing To Dance- slideshow    oil on linen     8"x10"
I finally got around to creating a little slideshow of "Preparing To Dance". I worked from dark to light in order not to be dazzled by the reds and create them in values that are too light. I think that helped me keep the balance of the composition together. Hope this is helpful, I welcome questions if you have them. This one's sold, but you can see more of my daily paintings and other works on
my website.
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son         8" x 10"           oil on linen
I found time to work with two more figures today and this from a friend's photo of he and his son fly fishing. A few more adjustments to make, but generally it is the overall statement I wanted from an excellent photo source
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Preparing To Dance II

Preparing To Dance II             oil on linen          8" x 10"
As we continue to put together our new house and my studio space, I seem to find more time to paint during weekends. So here is another "Saturday painting" as there were no appointments or workers or shopping for today. This is again a painting from the St. Ignacio Festival a couple of weeks ago in Boise. Sometimes you know a scene will work as a painting right away, and this was one of those. The light was strong and the whites reflected all the color around these two Oinkari dancers. I took photos of my progress, but can't say for sure whether they're decent. If so, I will create a slideshow of the process and post it in a few days. 'Til then, hope you are enjoying your weekend and thanks for continuing to visit my work.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Re-painting and Adjustments- Basque Colors

Basque Colors       oil on linen panel    10" x 8"
When I posted yesterday, I knew in the back of my mind that my painting wasn't really finished the way I wanted. The face had too much contrast in edges and values and the result was harsh. Today I worked on this improved version and am much happier with it. 

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Basque Color

Basque Color             10" x 8"       oil on linen
The Oinkari Basque Dancers performed this weekend as part of the annual St. Ignacio Festival here in Boise. I took a lot of photos and was able to grab some time today to paint this flag bearer after a performance. It was a colorful, fun festival weekend with friends and relatives and I really enjoyed painting this one.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Another Breezy Beach Day

Another Breezy Beach Day          oil on linen         7" x 10"
Today I hid my 'to do' list and did not allow anything to get in the way of breaking out the paints! Yay! I didn't allow unpacking, cleaning, shopping, home decor or any of the other myriad of 'necessities' to creep in. Ok, I did do a load of laundry and cleaned brushes, but a nice little chunk of time went to thinking about the many blue hues of the beaches of Hawaii. This is from a past trip and it was  lovely way to take an afternoon vacation.
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Imagination Land

Imagination Land                         oil                         6" x 6"
Who knows why a particular image comes to mind? I've been looking for the photo this is based on for awhile and just couldn't come up with it for love nor money. So, I resorted to working from my imagination on this one and enjoyed the change. The salmon pink sky and reflection in the water in from a late summer, memory here in Eagle.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Canyon Shapes

Canyon Shapes            11" x 14"           oil on linen panel
This is Box Canyon again from our trip to Fort Smith, Montana and the Big Hole River. The drama of the big shapes are always intriguing and they can change dramatically at every turn.
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