Welcome to my art site! This is the place where I display some of my paintings and give some thoughts as to the process invloved in creating a painting. All paintings are for sale unless stated otherwise. If your interested in purchasing a painting, please contact via email for pricing and any other information you would be interested in. Thanks for stopping by.

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Cowboy Portrait- charcoal- sold

8x 10 inches, willow vine charcoal on paper.   I dont consider this a  quick sketch, or an elaborate finished piece.  Just practicing, if you will.  I am pretty happy how this turned out for a couple hours work and a single stick of willow charcoal and a bit of white charcoal pencil.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Let 'er Buck!

I thought I would try another abstract, surrealist, type pastel painting.  Not everyone likes this style, but a surprising number of people do.  I think this makes for an interesting change from the oh so common, more realistic style that is so prevelant in western art.

Let me know if you like this stlye or not, I am curious.

16 x 20, pastel on primed masonite.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Going crazy with color

I started to paint the abstract snow patches on the distant mountains and next thing I knew I ended up with this crazy painting!  It was fun to do.  And I may actually do some more along this style.  Im interested if people like this kind of style or not.

Note:  no mind altering stimulants were used in the making of this painting.

16 x 20, pastel on primed masonite

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Cold Shadows

5 x 7, pastel on masonite.

I feel a litte bad about bringing up winter again. However, in order to get back into the flow of painting again, these small 5 x 7 work great to revive the creative juices. I just happened to have this already rough sketched from last winter. So it was easy to just grap it and start slapping on some pigment.

Summer activities are in full swing, so the only painting time is at night (as usual). However, all this summer fun, leads to hundreds of photos and potential paintings ideas. My mind is just overflowing with ideas. Lots of fun, and presents so many fun challenges to keep the ole brain a workin.

Catch yaall latter....

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Evening Bluff

Finally got some time to do some painting. I hate it when the day job takes over and I'm too wiped out to paint at night after work.

This one is 9 x 12, pastel, on colorfix pastel paper. I also used an alcohol wash underpainting.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sunset Reflections

A quick pastel piece. 5 x 7 inches.

Life has gotten busy. Work has gotten more busy. Add to that, a new computer. Result.... not much painting time as of late. Just too tired at night.

I am dedicated, so I will not be detered for much longer!

Monday, April 4, 2011

House and Barn- oil

8 x 10 inches, oil. I'm still plugging along, working on my oil painting skills. This was from a photo posted in the Johannes class in Wet Canvas.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Golden Trees- oil study

I've been neglecting my blog duties lately! Continuing with my landscape painting in oil series, this is a study painting focusing on using all mid values. I wanted to see if I could produce a painting that is colorful without using any extreme lights or darks.

You can see in the black and white version how the yellow trees are almost exactly the same value as the background blue mountain. In the color version, you would never discern that the yellow and blue would be same value.

Im happy with how this turned out, even though it was never intended as a "finished" painting. Because all the colors are mid value, this painting glows with light, even in the corner of a dim lit room. I will definetly incorporate this mid value technique in my future "finished" paintings.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Spring is Near- oil

My latest oil landscape. 12 x 16 inches. Yes, more snow in the painting. LOL. This was a tough one as far as getting the light right. The foregound and midground were under cloud shadow. And the far mountains and hill had direct sunlight.
This is based on a photo I took last May, when there were still some remaining snow banks left here and there.
I wasnt concerned that much with an actual focal area. In these expansive scenes, I like the idea of taking the viewer on a trip through the painting. Starting in the forground, moving into the distance, while enjoying a few treats along the way.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Prairie Drifts- oil

My crusade to learn landscape painting using oils has somehow turned into a series on snowdrifts!
This one is 9 x 12 inches. Fun little painting to do. Snowdrifts are fun to paint, by the way, with no two alike and lots of different angels and shadow areas.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Willow Island- oil - sold

My latest oil landscape. 12 x 16 inches. I still cant seem to get a totally accurate photo when it comes to colors. Blues are slightly greyer in real life (in the sky for example).
Slowly, but surely, my color mixing is getting better. One of those things that comes with experience.
Well, off to find something to paint....

Friday, January 21, 2011

Drifts Above the Laramie Valley- oil

I'm continuing along with my oil landscape paintings. This scene is looking west across the Laramie valley to the Snowy Range mountains in the far distance.
Depicting distance when the air is crisp and clear is difficult. No heat waves, no humidity, no dust or pollution to cause objests in the distance to blurr or fade out. But, Im determined to figure out how to paint distance on those crisp, clear Wyoming days where mountains 60 miles away are as clear as if you were standing at the base of them.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Looking South

I've started a crusade to learn to paint landscapes using oil paints. This painting is 9 x 12 inches. Location is on the Wyoming/ Colorado border in northwest Colorado.
I've been staying up late painting, losing much sleep. I have produced several "failed" paintings, but have learned a lot in the process.
I'm fairly happy with how this turned out. The colors here in this photo are not totally accurate. There is not so much strong blues in the original.
'till next time.....

Monday, January 3, 2011

Meeting of the Mouths

9 x 12 inches, pastel. I did this focusing on abstract shapes. I also, payed extra attention to connecting the darks and anchoring them to an edge of the frame. I like how this turned out and will definetly pursue this line of painting more in the future. I hope you like it and find it interesting.