Monday, October 29, 2012

River Of Light

River Of Light      oil            10" x 8"
While in Mt. Ranier Nat. Park this fall, we crossed a bridge on the drive up toward the mountain. At this time of the morning, much of the river below was in shadow. But, there was that light struck portion, along with the edge of one mountain, that had great light. I probably should not have divided it all up quite so evenly, but felt it successful for it's color, value and other interest in shapes. 

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Fall Path

Fall Path                            8" x 8"                                 oil
Hope you had a nice weekend and time to enjoy a pretty fall day like  this one. This was a path we took while on a walking tour of Gettysburg. We had cool overcast light and it was misty, but the humidity did surprise me, I have to admit! When we get days that look like this, I expect to feel a distinct chill in the air!
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hollyhock Stem

Hollyhock Stem       oil on linen panel     14" x 11"
I am taking a different turn with today's post. Here is a painting of Hollyhocks that I have not posted before. So, I thought today I'd  give you a new view, rather than all the golds and reds of fall. 

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Monday, October 22, 2012

More Fall Fishing -fly fishing painting & fall color

More Fall Fishing                        oil                         8" x 10"   
In working the layers of the background here, it was a challenge to create the great fall color of the landscape,without having it be too bold for the background. I subdued the chroma and tried not to get too dark, though it never shows quite the way I'd like it to on the web (so what else is new for artists :)   On a bit different topic, I recently had two collectors who made purchases and didn't realize that my past collectors always get 10% of their next purchase... just email for details...always good to know when you have a deal out there waiting for you!

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Fall Fishing II - more flyfishing and color on the Grand Ronde river

Fall Fishing II        oil on linen panel        8" x 10"
More fishing on the Grand Ronde for today with a bright and crisp fall day. I enjoyed the light in the canyon again on this one as with the last. I thought about adding a bit stronger color, but decided it would take away from the the main idea here and 'story' so to speak.
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Friday, October 19, 2012

Grand Ronde River & An Interview with Carrie Waller

Grande Ronde River   8" x 6"     oil
Yesterday was a three painting drag, where I just kept wiping off one panel after another and felt as though my hands, eyes and mind were all working at odds with one another! Oh, that was so discouraging...but, just in the nick of time Carrie Waller posted my interview with her on her blog's Friday Feature  today! It reminded me that I'd probably paint again some day- ha! Thanks Carrie! And today I did paint this canyon from the Grande Ronde river in Washington 

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Cataldo Landscape - fall color and a flyfisher


Cataldo Landscape                           oil-stretched canvas                                  20" x 24"
I'm posting the finish to yesterday's landscape painting and I have to say, it's been fun to work larger for a change. A larger painting is difficult to see in a smaller format, but Blogger didn't get along with my trying a large format, so check out the link to view below. I am also posting a detail of the fisherman that you see in the distance below.
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Monday, October 15, 2012

Cataldo Landscape - unfinished

Cataldo Landscape - unfinished oil on stretched canvas
I have been working larger lately and thought I would post the block-in for this work which is
 20"x24" based , in part, on an earlier smaller painting. Now, I will work with adjustments on edges and values as well as definition in the foreground shapes and detail. Hope to post the finish soon.


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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Orchard Pears - more Leister Farm & a coming demo

Orchard Pears                               oil                     7" x 9"
These pears are from a tree on Lydia Leister's farm, as with my last post. The leaves were starting to turn and they added to the color harmony of the pears that were still hanging on. I took pictures as I painted today, so I'll be posting a demo of it when I have time to put it all together. 

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Lydia Leister's Orchard - A Gettysburg Farm

Lydia Leister's Orchard                     8"x 8"           oil
During a tour at Gettysburg, we stopped awhile at Lydia Leister's farm. Lydia was a widow raising six kids on her own, and one of them gone to the war. Her 9 acre farm was everything they had. General Meade commandeered the property to further battle plans and the Leister's had to vacate the property. On her return, every bit of her garden and orchard had been stripped of all food along with much of the portable property in the house which made for the beginnings of a very difficult fall and winter. This is one of the trees in her Orchard.
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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Studying Canaletto - The National Gallery of Art

Studying Canaletto                      oil                           8" x 9"
We've been vacationing to DC and also Gettysburg and it makes me thankful for those people and entities with the vision to put together so many of the countries wonderful treasures. I am at a loss for words when it comes to the visual feast at the National Gallery. Even though I hesitated to try this painting with Canaletto's "Piazza San Marco" on the wall, I also couldn't let myself back away from it. It is a loose rendition, unlike the refined and beautiful surroundings of the great galleries, but my version for today.
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