Friday, January 15, 2010


"Reflected Light" 12" x 16" oil/linen

I can't get enough of Canyon De Chelly.
going to have to force myself to paint
something else for a while. I don't
know what's more compelling...the
immediate depth of field you get
because of the overlapping canyons,
the terrific range of color and values or
how much light gets bounced back up into
a canyon wall. Its plain to see what
caught my eye on this one.

This is a larger version of the plein air
piece I did on location. Gotta say I am
pretty pleased with myself.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


"In and Out of Shadows" 24" x 30" oil/canvas

I have dedicated myself to producing
more large paintings in 2010 and posting
more often. Of course that depends
on how many dog days I have in the
studio. I'm hoping to hit a stride and
crank out the best work so far.
We'll see...its still early.

This scene is from my trip to Arizona.
These bluffs stretch for about twenty
miles along the highway. You could
stop just about anywhere along this
stretch and find something to paint.

I've described before how the light
is constantly changing and you have to
pick your to speak. Well
its worse when you do a scene like this
one where there is one set of rumbling
clouds after another lighting and
darkening segments of the scene at
different times. Ah...the digital camera. What
a good friend it has become with its
large view finder on the back.