Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Up Coming Solo Show

Colorado Impressions: Landscapes, People, and Still Lifes


At the Tointon Gallery in Greeley, Colorado

Show Dates: January 6 - February 4

Gallery Reception: January 27 from 5-7pm

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Recent Floral Still Life Work

Red And Pink
12" x 9"

Red And Pink Carnations
12" x 9"

Carnation Still Life
24" x 30"

Back Light Still Life
24" x 30"

Carnation Colors
12" x 9"

Floral Arrangement
24" x 18"

9" x 12"

Friday, October 21, 2011

Saturday the 22nd painting Demo

This Satuday I'll be working with the Articipate fund raiser by doing a painting demonstration on stage in the Steamplant Theater. I'll have a mic and a video projection of the painting behind me.

The Demo is open to anyone (students, collectors, artfans)

Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children under 16 available at the Steamplant box office you can also register in advance online HERE.

Demo time is from Noon-1:30pm

Hope to see you there!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Plein Air Moab

The first painting me and Karen did along the Colorado River.

Below is a shot of the painting in the show (18" x 24"):

Painted the above arch last year and wanted to do a larger painting at this spot (16 x 20)
(I apologize for the blurry photos. I didn't have a tripod handy when I took them)

Karen took a photo of me painting at Canyonlands Park. This place was like being at the Grand Canyon.

The above is the painting I did for the first Quick Paint. This painting sold that night. Painted it in less than 2 hours. "Last Light on the Colorado" Oil 18" x 24"

Painted on the river again before we had to turn in our paintings. The river canyon was one of my favorite things to paint there. This piece sold in the show!

My sunset painting I had in the show. Tackled painting the fleeting light on the red rocks on an 18 x 24 canvas in about a half hour. The light was completely gone when I was finishing it. I really had a blast painting this! This one also sold.

On our last day me and Karen went on a hike up to Double O arch. We really enjoyed ourselves and are looking forward to next year!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

San Luis Valley Colors (study)

San Luis Valley Colors
Oil 8x10

This is a study I did for a 30 x 40 painting I recently finished. Will post a photo of the larger painting soon.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Summer Aspen

Summer Aspen
Oil / Canvas
40" x 30"

A recent painting of an aspen tree I've always liked. My goal for this was to have thin paint in the background and really thick and dense impasto paint on the tree and foreground in order to create depth.

Detail pics below to see paint thickness and texture:

It's fun to find little abstract designs when you take detail pics.

Here's a side view to see the paint dimension

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Big Sky Colorado Sunset

Big Sky Colorado Sunset
Oil 16" x 20"

I've been chasing the sunset a lot here in the valley. This is from a night of painting from the view at S Mountain. Some nights I luck out with a spectacular sunset and sometimes not so much. This was one of the better nights I think.

Friday, August 12, 2011

"Jess" Portrait Painting

Oil 24" x 18"

Me and several other artist in town have been getting together to paint the figure / portrait from life every Tuesday night. This is a recent portrait I did. Jess did a great job modeling for us!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Paradise Lake

Paradise Lake
Oil / Canvas
24" x 36"

My studio painting from my plein air hikes up to Ptarmigan Lake. This is the lake on the way to the top lake. It apparently has no name so I'm calling it Paradise Lake.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

High Altitude Splendor

High Altitude Splendor
8 x 10 Oil

Went back up the Ptarmigan lake trail again. Here's the one from the hike.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Ptarmigan Lake Hike

Made my first hike up the Ptarmigan Lake Trail by Cottonwood Pass, outside the town of Buena Vista. The trail was about 3.5 miles if I remember right. Took about an hour to get there. I was thrilled when I arrived at the the first lake on the trail. I took almost 200 photos!

I had trouble deciding what I wanted to paint because there was so many great options. I decided on doing a simple composition shown in the photo below.

One of the great views above the lake.

Here's me trying to cram all that scenery into a small 8x10

...and here's the painting. I'll be returning to this spot soon to paint some more views of this spot

Alpine Patterns
Oil 8x10

Monday, July 4, 2011

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Mountain Valley Patterns

Mountain Valley Patterns
Oil 8 x 10

I really enjoy painting the San Luis Valley. I have some plans in the works for future paintings from the area.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Last Light On Challenger Point - Plein Air

Last Light On Challenger Point
Oil 8"x10"

Plein Air painting from yesterdays Sundown.

What I like about where I live is that I've got the Collegiate Peaks facing east for sunrise painting and the Sangre De Cristo range facing west to paint at sundown.

The light changes really rapidly at sundown. I think sunset painting is tougher because everything gets darker. You usually have to be prepared to continue to paint even when the light is gone and rely on what you remember seeing.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Twisting Aspen

Twisting Aspen
Oil / Canvas
8 x 6

A recent plein air painting from one of my favorite aspen painting spots up at the Shavano Mountain trail head. You can easily paint at this spot all day

June Newsletter - Salida Artwalk


Friday, June 10, 2011

Majestic Alpine Glow

The paintings below are of a view of Mt Princeton early in the morning above the valley I live in. The smaller one is the one I did outdoors on location. I camped out at this spot in order to get up at 5am to capture this light on the mountains. It doesn't last for long, the plein air painting took about 20-25 min to complete.

I then used a combination of photos and the plein air piece to complete the larger painting. I decided to paint it when the light is just beginning to hit the top of the mountain when the colors are the most saturated.

Oil - 18x24

Oil 6x8

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Intensity Of Fall

The Intensity of Fall
24" x 18"
Oil / Canvas

The Fall colors here in Colorado are so intense. It can be hard to believe how bright the colors really are, but they really are this way.

Lately, my interest in painting has been in color. I'm interested in how the impressionists used color to represent light. I've been enjoying studying the California Impressionists work. Particularly, I've been focusing on William Wendt's work. I've also been finding inspiration in Russian painters such as Sergei Bongart. I'm finding how it's so important to build a visual memory from outdoor field studies when you do work in studio such as I did for this piece. I had a photograph handy, but I relied heavily on my memory and imagination for it. You can't get much color from a photo. Photographs can control you, but when you use your memory you'll be free to push the limits.

Saturday, May 21, 2011


12" x 20"

Took an impressionistic approach on this one. Played with thick paint - building thick paint on top of thick paint in order to make a more tactile look and get more variety in color. Detail picks are below:

Friday, May 20, 2011

Alpine Sundown

Alpine Sundown
Oil 8x10

Mt. Princeton Vista

Mt. Princeton Vista
Oil 8" x 10"

Plein Air from today. This is a view of Mt. Princeton above the valley I live in. It's challenging to drop in shadows from clouds while painting outdoors. They are always moving so it can be tricky to make observations of how they work. I had to conserve my white paint because I forgot to bring it, luckily I made it without using it all. The wind got really chilly towards the end of the painting, started to have shivering hands while painting (maybe the shakiness can be seen in the brushstrokes)

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Autumn Brook

Autumn Brook
Oil / Canvas
16" x 20"

I've painted a couple Plein Air studies of this spot before and have always wanted to do a little larger studio painting of it. Plein Air is fun but I also really enjoy being able to layer paint in the studio and build up some texture and color.