Saturday, January 5, 2013

Big Sky, New Mexico
I love the big skies of the West and this one is 30 x 40 on gallery wrap canvas.
I have more to complete, but I'm revisiting some themes that I had to put aside
for awhile due to other life concerns. This is one that is not going out of style.
It's a window on a big world with hopes and dreams for a New Year.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Chico Basin Cloudscape

We have amazing clouds over the Front Range and I'm working on a series of large format landscapes that are really cloud-scapes. The land is there to ground the sky, but I have traveled so much across the valleys between mountain ranges where you get such a feeling of open space, this is my attempt to share that feeling of expansive freedom.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sunflowers With Barn

"Sunflowers with Barn" is a 14 x 18 oil I painted the last day of August at RockLedge Ranch in Colorado Springs.

Pond in Fall

"Pond in Fall" was really this bright. It was a sunny Sunday and the light was just catching the willows
and a few cat tail leaves as well as the fallen leaves on the pond. Rock Ledge Ranch, again.

Evening Light

"Evening Light" is an 8 x 10 oil completed on location while standing by the Rock Ledge Ranch Mother's Chapel. The light was changing fast as the sun was going down, so while I finished the scene, I had to hold in memory the bright colors of the aspen in the background being lit by the diagonal rays of setting sun.

Friday, October 19, 2012

"Turning on the Pass"
 is a 9 x 12 on location at Independence Pass the last week of September.
Beautiful drive, sun was in and out of the clouds, the contrast between back lit aspen and the rest of the surrounding landscape is too much range for a camera to capture well. These were in the shade of a large cloud when I painted them and allowed for more subtle variation in color. Painting on location with all the sensations of sounds of birds, passing cars, breeze, changing light, hikers with dogs and kids passing by, even bugs and curious wildlife, adds another dimension of life to my work. Same old saw, the more you look, the more you see. The more there is to see on location!

Monday, October 15, 2012

success!

Finally, able to post another blog note, after a long frustrating time of computer confusion. 

This is "Snowy Bells" of a trip to Maroon Bells 6 x 8 oil painting done on location the last weekend of September.

 Yes, I'm still painting! Still traveling whenever I can and painting the beauty of nature!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Aspen Glow and Peak


Another 16 x 20 of aspen from Rampart Range with Pikes Peak in the distance. This was from the Lovell Gulch Trail. I hiked it in October and didn't bring my camera. This view was worth going back
to get a photo reference.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Aspen Energy


I've been waiting for months to paint this, from Rampart Range when the aspen were turning for the last time, what a beautiful drive. There is a series I want to do of this, really looking forward to painting more. The energy of the color was fabulous. I just read in Frank Waters book "Colorado" how settlers sometimes thought the bright sunlit aspen were a forest fire. The colors are the same, brilliant reds and yellows and oranges just glow with the afternoon backlighting.