Saturday, February 10, 2018

Pink Rose Bower

Pink Rose Bower

Had to paint some sweet pink roses today. These are from a photo I took of red roses, but I brought all the values up and decided on a much more spring like feel for it. It must be the influence of Valentine's Day.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Birch Trees

Birch Trees     12" x 9"    oil on panel

I painted this with the intention of using a different color palette. This uses the triad of violet, green and orange. It was a good experiment for me. I tried to keep the path through the trees in a high key to provide contrast and a window into the depth of the landscape.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Using A Transparent Value Plan, International Artist Magazine

I am happy to share exciting news this month about my article in the current edition of  International Artist magazine  "Using a Transparent Value Plan" includes a step-by-step painting demonstration and thoughts on some of my other paintings that are featured. You can see a brief preview online,  page 64.
My next five painting purchasers will receive a copy.

In addition, my newsletter posted today, and you can view it HERE

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Blue Day

Blue View       oil on linen panel     8" x 10"

My last post 'Red Cliffs' was painted on a black surface which I hadn't used for quite awhile. I enjoyed it but for this one went back to using a Cad Red underpainting. I like the changes in thinking and approach brought about by different processes.  Keeps me on my toes!

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Red Cliffs

Red Cliffs       8" x 10"     oil on linen panel

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

A Day Out

A Day Out

Here's one that has a bit looser treatment. I was after the light striking the edge of the hillside and trying to carry that pattern down into the water.

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Avalanche Lilies

Avalanche Lilies  9" x 12" oil

Here is one from Rainier National Park. This was in July and the beginning show of wildflowers was on display. These tiny Avalanche Lilies really provided contrast against all the deep greens and umber tones in leaves and underbrush. 

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Fisher with a Wooden Boat

Fisher with a Wooden Boat
8" x 14"   oil

To start the year.... a bit of red in the form of a wooden boat and fisher on the Big Horn river. The water is dark but, I thought harmonised well with the ochre and crimson tones in the rest of the painting.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!... Here are a few from 2017.
Thank you for being a part of it.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

River Walk

River Walk      9" x 12"       oil on panel

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

First Crop - A Lost and Found Painting

First Crop by Mary Maxam Oil ~ 8" x 8"
First Crop          8" x 8"         oil on linen panel
Sometime around our move, 4 years ago, I sold this painting. Or at least I thought I had. When I went to pack and ship, it was no where to be found! I searched everywhere in my studio and just finally gave up. I had no good explanation and had finally decided that it had sold previously but that I had no good record for it. Lo and behold, it has been recovered! These Pink Lady apples have been quietly resting between the covers of a painting book. How it got there I will never know..... I should be re-reading all my painting books....who knows what I'd find!

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Golden Days

Golden Days       11" x 14"      oil
A sunny fall day and time on the water for this guy in Yellowstone Park. I replaced my Viridian for Prussian Blue on this one. It's great for mixing interesting greens and works as an alternative to the Ultramarine that's alway on my palette.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Turning Fall

Turning Fall                                 oil                           11" x 14"

This is a painting that started as I usually do, with a red wash of the major value areas. I liked the lead-in and had planned it as a landscape only. But, I saw the perfect space for a fly fisher and a long space to use a fishing line creating motion in the foreground. Once I saw it in my mind's eye, I knew it would be a solid way to finish and am happy with the results.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Beach Run

Beach Run     oil on panel    8" x 10"

This is not typically the time of year I think about the ocean considering it's a week before Thanksgiving. But, this is a memory from a couple years ago, in Oceanside, CA. It was a late afternoon and people were still enjoying a few last hours of the warm day before the sun went down. A pink underpainting using a thin Cad. Red wash  helped bring a nice warmth to the blues.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Silver Teapot

Silver Teapot by Mary Maxam Oil ~ 10" x 8"

Silver Teapot    oil    10" x 8"

Here is one that is all about a limited palette, which was fun and different for me. Even small bits of blue and orange in the reflections carried the idea of it being colorful against a variety of grays.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake          oil       11" x 14"

This is from a photo I have had many years. Just wanted to paint something lively and festive today so how could I go wrong with roses and birthday cake!

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Six Chicks

Six Chicks          oil          8" x 10"

I needed to get my chicken painting fix as it had been too long! As with other recent paintings, I loosely sketched this in Cad. Red and blocked in large passages of darks in that as well. It helps to remind me of the values as I proceed to color. The red doesn't seem to affect the top color other than to warm it a bit. 

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

New Painting and Newsletter

River's Edge               oil             11" x 14"

Here is a new painting from the Big Horn River, last spring. And, this is the link to my October newsletter where you can sign up for a Painting Give Away

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Cast Away

Cast Away     9" x 12"   oil on panel

This is a fisher from the Lochsa River. It has a bit of an old fashioned or maybe timeless feel to it which I liked. I think it is the slouchy hat and vest which made him look a very comfortable part of his surroundings.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017


"Double!"      oil      12" x 24"

detail - "Double!"   

Here's another long format painting which I enjoy for variety and a different kind of compositional challenge.  It is on a deep edge canvas which is painted on the edges to allow for framing 'as is' or framing. This is from the Big Horn river in Montana.

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