Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Montana Plein Air Paint Trip

A beautiful spot in Glacier Park to set up and paint. 

It was unusually hot while my painting pal, Abigail Van Cannon, and I were up in Montana painting.  A cool breeze blowing off the Middle Fork of the Flathead River provided the perfect air conditioning for us. 

Lunch break and then we'll get another painting done before heading back to my dad's house.  He still lives in the same house where I grew up, which is  about 30 minutes from where we are here in Glacier Park.  


While we were painting here by these raging waters, a whole group of horses and riders walked by us and over the bridge. 
I know for certain that growing up in this breath taking beautiful scenery has influenced my art and my passion for plein air landscape painting.  Another magnificent scene to behold.

Back at my dad's house.  I grew up on these 20 acres of of gorgeous landscape under the big sky. No doubt that my art today is influenced by the beauty that surrounded me as a young person.
It's haying season now and lots of work to get it cut, raked, baled, and hauled into the barn.  I remember having to help get the haying all done.  Hard work for sure.  


Montana, Montana, glory of the west
Of all the states from coast to coast,
You're easily the best! 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

New Series: Rainy Night Broadway

Studio painting.  It's the first piece created  in this series I'm doing from the rain we've had this spring.  These images will be developed from several photographs I took as I walked around my studio a couple of times during the rain and they will depict the "Triangle District" outside my studio door.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Rose Garden, McKinley Park

A plein air painting from this spring at McKinley Park.  I think I may try to make a bigger painting from this study and my photo reference.  Maybe. Maybe not.  It's hard to reinvent the inspiration felt while painting on location and the excitement of being in the moment during a plein air outing. 
8 x 10
oil on panel

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Alley behind Guild Theater

I saw this scene while on my morning walk one spring day and knew I had to try and capture the textures and colors in this alley scene
18x24
oil on stretched canvas

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Spring Tree

A plein air painting from this spring at McKinley Park.  Pink is my color!
9 x 12
oil

McKinley Park, Spring

A plein air painting I created from a scene in McKinley Park.  This piece I had to come back to the studio and finesse it somewhat as it was a particularly cloudy and sunny combination of an afternoon and the color and shadows were shifting every few minutes.  
12 x 12
oil on panel

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Table Top #2

One of the 4 paintings I've created for the "Table Top" Collection.  This painting I did from a still life set up in the studio, using my mother's china.  I generally prefer to paint in warm tones, so I was experimenting with the blue hues. 
Table Top #2
original oil on canvas