Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Golden                                    oil on linen                             8" x 10"

A change of pace today with more subtle color and a late day landscape.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Pink Show- Hollyhocks

Pink Show              oil                    24" x 12"

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I had more fun with Hollyhocks today and decided to draw attention to their wonderful tall color spikes with this tall canvas. 

Sometimes when using color that is this bold, I check my values by taking a look at a black and white version which you can see below. While there is a lot going on, I still felt my value structure held it all together. It's a good test you may want to play with sometimes to keep things on track.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Trio                          9" x 12"                  oil 

Once again a painting from the Big Horn River in Montana. I used color that was more from my imagination than either the photo source or reality. What I tried for was the sparkle of the water, which required some high contrast, but I thought some color intensity would help out as well.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Ruby Springs Montana, Plein Air Paintings

Ruby Spring Greens     11" x 14"     oil on linen

Montana Plein Air     8" x 10"       oil on linen

Today I am posting 2 paintings from a couple weeks ago. Painting was on the back burner last week,  but I realized I hadn't shown these two plein air works that I'd done when we were in Montana.

view on my website - Montana Plein Air

view on my website - Ruby Spring Greens

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Slideshow Demo- Cottage Hollyhocks

This is a slideshow of the basic steps for Cottage Hollyhocks (yesterday's post)

1. Thin wash of cad red in the background with a brush drawing of basic shapes
2. Block in of value shapes in cad. red 
3. Darks blocked in for each color area.
.4. Middle values blocked in for each color area.
5. Lights blocked in last
6. Lastly, I softened edges, and adjusted color relationships to reflect the correct warm/cool tones in the lights and shadows.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Cottage Hollyhocks

Cottage Hollyhocks    14" x 11"      oil on linen panel

No time to post  much today. But, I did take several photos of the progress on this painting and will post a slideshow demo in the next day or so. 'Til then....

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Twin Bloom Hollyhocks

Twin Bloom Hollyhocks   oil on linen panel    10" x 8"

I took a look at some some of my Hollyhock photos from Montana today and worked with warm and cool reds throughout this painting. Because they have so many blooms, it's easy to get confused in tall the color 'noise' of the scene. Here I grayed down some of the pinks and greens to carry the idea of many flowers but not let them compete too much with the double blooms in the upper left.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Twin Bridges Hollyhocks- plein aire in Montana

Twin Bridges Hollyhocks         12" x 9"       oil on panel

My posts have been erratic lately due to summer travels and projects. Today is another switch-up with a painting I did on our recent trip to Montana. We stayed near the town of Twin Bridges and it has some fun old buildings. But, the main thing I saw in passing through were the Hollyhocks. They are everywhere! The store fronts, parking lots and alleys have great groups of colorful blossoms all over town. 
I loved them and went back to take reference photos and to paint plein aire. This one was painted from the parking lot behind the post office. I'm looking forward to developing more work from the trip.

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