Monday, December 31, 2012

New Dawn - Happy New Year!

New Dawn              oil             10" x 8"
Happy New Year!

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Shadow Pool - more of the St. Joe river

Shadow Pool     oil         10" x 8"
Not much time to post now, but wanted to show today's painting of the St. Joe river....I just seem to have these visuals in mind right now and have to put them down. So, why fight it, no matter what  the calendar says.... !
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Friday, December 14, 2012

A Great White Shape ( Billy Goat)

A Great White Shape (Billy Goat)            oil            8" x 10"
I don't paint animals very often. But, yesterday's post on the St. Joe river, reminded me of this sighting on that day trip.   I saw this very white shape against the green, right down on the river's edge. It turned out to be a Mountain Goat just walking casually along and in no hurry. We took several photos and speculated about why he wasn't high up onto rocky cliffs somewhere. Loved seeing him, and it was a great cap on the day.
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Thursday, December 13, 2012

St. Joe River Bend

St. Joe River Bend      9" x 7"       oil on linen panel
Here is another post from late summer on the St. Joe River. The blue shadows were fun against the warmth of reflected light. I thought about developing the back hillside more, but decided to let it fade into the background and distance.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Curves Ahead - northwest farmland landscape

Curves Ahead               7" x 10"            oil on linen
This is from the farm country of the northwest called the Palouse, once again. I always love the curves   of the furrowed fields that run up and down the hills They provide visual lead ins that I can't seem to resist. This is a warm summer day in uplifting scene right now and calming to me in the midst of busy-ness. 

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Winter Blue

Winter Blue                  oil                 8" x 10"
I've painted this area before, which is the Coeur d'Alene river out at Cataldo. Working with this soft cobalt blue gave me a perfect foil for the limited winter-y palette with ochre, terra rosa and white. I feel like I've broken through a dark color slump.....whew! Which reminds me of a little catchphrase I saw the other day..."Artwork is Work!"  

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Light Snow Path - first snow

A Snow Path                        oil                  9" x 9"
Sometimes the first snow falls so unevenly and melts, for the most part. But, as with this scene, it leaves just enough behind to remind you that that there will be more to come. This path of light is also a way to define the landscape and a way forward.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Emerald Waters

Emerald Waters              8" x 8"                oil
I think since the days here have been so dark, I have somehow gotten into using only the darks on the value scale! Hard to know exactly what's up with that, but maybe I'd better check the lights in my studio and see if there's a bulb out.... At any rate, this one has more of the middle values and I loved using the various greens of the water to be the real focus here. 
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

South Fork Fall

South Fork Fall             8"x 10"              oil           
This fisherman is kind of blending into the darks of the bank, but it might help to catch more fish! I wanted the cold water feel, but with some warmth in the dry grass and leafless branches on the bank  as contrast. I wouldn't be in that river myself, but the fly fishers I know are every bit as single minded and dedicated as the artists of my acquaintance.......ha!     

Just a note on Monday's post...
"Swept Away" is now off 'hold' and officially for 'sale' and I thank those who inquired and left such nice comments about it. I made color notes and will be painting from my digital image of it for the enlargement if it sells.
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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Swept Away

Swept Away                 oil                   9" x 15"
I have been mulling larger works and this painting is a small plan for what might turn out to be one of those. This longer format is different to work with, but I think could be fun in creating some big sweeping sky shapes. My intent was to create an uplifting view to the skies and the impression of movement, so that in a large piece you might always notice a bit of something new each day. It is inspired by a sky last summer over the Palouse farm country.
This one's on hold for now, but you can see a larger view, or 

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