Thursday, January 30, 2014

 "Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not"  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Top…further work on the painting shown below...almost finished and this is where I'm at.  The way I have it now appeals to me, so I think I'll just leave it alone and let it rest for awhile…. a slight variation from my usual stuff, but then again it's still another small painting at 11" x 14".  Of note:  My wife says the colors in this painting makes her nauseous and it's definitely not one of her favorites.

Bottom…started this acrylic landscape yesterday evening.  I think I'm wanting to do something with less detail…something a little different then my normal...

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Southern Idaho Watercolor

"Landscape by itself is meaningless, but it works on our feelings in profound ways, arousing in us a sense of ourselves in relation to the outside world"                                                                     (Christopher Neve,  Unquiet Landscape)

                            Up into Logan Canyon….off one of the trails …summer 2013

Thursday, January 23, 2014

"I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines."                                                         (Henry David Thoreau) 

Snow in the higher elevations of Utah.  This one was started yesterday and still has some work to do on it before calling it done….But, I think I actually could almost end this painting right here…..  I like the composition….the look of an approaching blizzard.   Acrylic with watercolor on gesso'd #400 Arches' rough paper.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

                      Similar to the earlier painting (20 Jan) posted here…acrylic on panel

I photographed these tree closeups and then exaggerated the texture…... I do these types of paintings on occasion to break me out of my norm a little bit.

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower"   (Albert Camus)

Monday, January 20, 2014

The small top acrylic painting was painted on stretched burlap that was primed with several coats of gesso….More of my experimenting to achieve a rough, coarse texture.  The other piece of work was painted on stretched canvas.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Quick flowing watercolor demos…Using blue Derivan liquid graphite, Walnut Ink, Oil Pastels, and Watercolor on gesso'd 300# paper.

Friday, January 17, 2014

"So will I build my alters in the fields, and the blue sky my fretted dome shall be; And the sweet fragrance that the wild flower yields shall be the incense I will yield to thee."
                                          (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
                                     Watercolor with some Oil Pastels in foreground

 2nd post…probably close to being a finished painting…haven't decided on how much more to do to the foreground because I'm not sure how detailed I want it…also the even split in the pines with 3 on each side is causing me some concerns, but at this point it's probably too late to make changes there and I certainly don't want a continuous row of pines across the horizon…wondering if I should maybe add a bit more of color on the left side of the painting to get rid of the too-evenly balanced appearance.  This is probably one of those paintings that will set around for a few months before looking at it with a whole new eye….might even start over with a new sheet of white paper….

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Almost finished with my next watercolor.  Up in Logan Canyon, Utah there are many opportunities to paint a mountain landscape with large boulders lying around.  In this painting I'm taking some artistic license and combining several photos that I took this past summer to create a scene.  As you can see, the foreground needs more work..  I'll leave it on my painting table and look at it tomorrow with fresh eyes...

Monday, January 13, 2014

                  Northern Utah……Acrylic …primarily accomplished with palette knife..

      This mornings sketches……graphite and pastel.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Bottom:  Small 6"x 6" painting is from a mountainous area east of Malad, Idaho, on Deep Creek Road (Rt 36) in October 2013.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

 This painting is a 7"x 12" 0n gesso'd 400# Arches paper using Derivan Liquid Pencil…..Derivan is a bottled liquid graphite that comes in a yellow, sepia, blue and 2 shades of gray…..I use it like I use watercolor…I prefer to paint with it straight out of the bottle so as not to mix it with the w/colors on my palette unless that's my intent.  It can be used/mixed with watercolors quite well..which also lends for some interesting results.  Together, they can be floated/blended right on the paper…..(developing your own technique I think).

These paintings were again accomplished using the Derivan Liquid Pencil on Gesso'd 400# paper…But here, I added watercolor and gouache into the mix…….another variation.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

    Large shrub and wild grasses

     Watercolor, Acrylic,  and Walnut Ink on gesso'd 400# Arches paper textured with fine sand.  I've used various papers but I prefer the #300 or #400 rough textured Arches paper… I prefer the heaviness and texture of it.                                                                     
                                                                 Trees in field

Saturday, January 4, 2014

  "There is stillness in this chilly night, how peaceful is a planet that glimmers white; Where frost and moonlight weave a silver glaze, and silhouetted trees are black as ink;  Where the only signs of life are whiffs of breath."   (Carrie Richards)
                                     Night snow storm…..Cache Valley, Utah

                                                                   Winter grasses

Friday, January 3, 2014

 3 Jan 2014…More of this week's sketches…..Also gesso'ing more paper for a watercolor workshop technique to demo in February… Then in March, I'll be teaching a 10 week watercolor workshop at the Logan Fine Art Gallery…  I suppose if anyone is interested in being there for that, they can contact the gallery...

Thursday, January 2, 2014


 January 2014……Some of this week's sketches….. graphite, ink, and watercolor

Watercolor and Derivan Liquid Graphite on gesso'd panel

A very simplified beginnings of a piece of work ...but I ended up liking it this way.  Decided to keep it and post it.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

"The sun that brief December day rose cheerless over hills of gray,  And, darkly circled, gave at noon a sadder light than waning moon.  Slow tracing down the thickening sky, It's mute and ominous prophecy, A portent seemingly less than threat, it sank from sight before it set."    (John Greenleaf Whittier)

    Finished painting from sketch shown below…..might need some additional white in the foreground…seems like I need some more contrast.