Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Santa Fe Spring

Painted this for Bill Guffey's Virtual Paint Out Santa Fe challenge.
 Spring in New Mexico, with the white blossoms, and bare tree yet to green out.
 I particularly liked the peachy adobe house
 with the bright gorgeous shade of turquoise trim.
5" x 7" oil on canvas panel
available on DPW auction
starting bid $25.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015


​The deck in the side garden
 is enveloped with a profusion of colorful flowers.
 As I approached it one day,
 it made me think of so many impressionist paintings,
where the colors are scattered in bits of bright hues of paint
across the canvas like garden confetti.
 I knew I wanted to paint it
and the name would be
5" x 7" oil on canvas

Friday, July 24, 2015

Cle Elum River

While on my road trip,
I camped in the Red Mountain Campground on the Cle Elum River,
 in the Wanatche Nat. Forest in WA.
This was the actual scene from my campsite.
 This painting was done early one morning while the sun was just coming up.
The clouds moved in and filtered the light, so it was mostly flat.
I had to paint the light and dark values quickly, when I could.
 But the weather had been so hot, that no one was complaining
 - except maybe the resident artist.
6" x 8" oil on canvas panel
available on my DPW Gallery
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Lavender Farm

Another painting from my summer road trip.
I saw several beautiful and well groomed lavender fields,
but this one was the one I loved,
for it's wild and free ambience.
6" x 8" oil on canvas panel
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Spring Thaw

As I mentioned before,
I take along some books by artists I admire
while traveling.
This painting is after Johannes Vloothius
6" x 8" oil on canvas panel
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starting bid $30.
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Monday, July 20, 2015

High Desert Canyon

Painted for this week's DPW "Summer" challenge.
For me, summer means a road trip where I paint and take photos.
This year's trip included the high desert of SE Oregon.
I take along a couple books to study, by artists I wish to learn from.
 I painted this beautiful scene from the influence of Johannes Vloothius.
This amazing high desert landscape of soft colors
reflecting the canyon's stark beauty,
 beginning with the pale grays of the overcast skies,
to the muted purples of the distant hills,
 the sandstone canyon walls,
 to the vegetation growing along the seasonal creek.
6" x 8" oil on canvas panel
Available on DPW auction
beginning bid $30.
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Sunday, July 19, 2015

High Desert Symphony

​Painted this en plein air
 while traveling through Oregon's SE high desert.
The colors and atmosphere of this region are stunning.
6" x 8" oil on canvas panel
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Saturday, July 18, 2015


​A few more of the many seabirds
 that find sanctuary along the Olympic NP coastline in WA.
 They nest and feed here in spring and summer
 which is a great time for viewing.
6" x 8" oil on canvas panel
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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Pelagic Cormorants

​The Olympic NP in WA is a sanctuary
for many varieties of seabirds along the NW coast of the peninsula,
where I traveled as part of my summer roadtrip.
This rugged and wild shoreline
is a protected area that is beautiful and the birds are amazing.
8" x 6" oil on canvas
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Summer Pasture

​A plein air painting
of a pasture with rolled bales of hay
 with wildflowers growing up around them.
 I painted this while on a summer roadtrip.
Some scenes are too lovely to pass up.
 I had to stop and paint this one.
6" x 8" oil on canvas panel
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