Sunday, March 23, 2014

      A quick watercolor sketch for color/composition.  I do a lot of these upright free-flowing paintings just to keep myself familiar with the medium.  This one however was accomplished on gesso'd 300# paper, using Derivan liquid pencil, Gouache, and some cobalt blue watercolor in the sky area.  I half-way finish them and then end up liking them in this loose unfinished look.

                                         This evening...a quick sketch from photo references
                                                         Oil and Oil Pastel on Canvas

"I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out until sundown;  For going out, I found, I was really going in".     John Muir; The unpublished Journals of John Muir, 1938

Saturday, March 22, 2014


                         Winter with new growth pines .....Watercolor and Acrylic   (11"x14")

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Working in the studio today from sketches and photographs.... This is another painting of the mountain rocks along Tony Grove Lake, Utah

"Ahead and to the west was our ranger station - and the mountains of Idaho, poems of geology stretching beyond any boundaries and seemingly even beyond the world."    Norman Maclean, A River Runs through it and other stories

Saturday, March 15, 2014

A sketch of a section of the rock cliffs along Tony Grove Lake, Utah

Finished painting...Watercolor 11" x 14"

"The mountains were his masters.  They rimmed in life.  They were the cup of reality, beyond growth, beyond struggle and death.  They were his absolute unity in the midst of eternal change."    Thomas Wolfe...Look Homeward, Angel

Friday, March 14, 2014

"He, the Mountain.....
A beauty he is with his sparkling grey face,  looking up at the sun, his arms embrace..."    
Dahlia Pimentel  

This is the completed painting that I had posted earlier as an unfinished piece.  Not a whole lot of changes.... just added some color to that rocky left side of the painting and reposted it as a finished painting.   At some time, I'll make another trip to this location to do some more painting....

                                   Yes....I'm waiting for summer in Northern Utah

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

                                                                   Acrylic 11"x14"
This is my 2nd acrylic of this scene.  I painted one very similar to this one and posted it on this blog on 30 January.  I enjoyed painting it and liked the composition, so I thought I'd try another with a slight variation from the first.  On this painting I put down a little more paint with a pallet knife.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

                                             Acrylic on 400# rough Arches' W/C paper

"Nature is man's teacher.  She unfolds her treasures to his search, unseals his eye, illumes his mind, and purifies his heart..."   Alfred Billings Street

Thursday, March 6, 2014

    "How strange that Nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude".    Emily Dickinson

A couple of watercolors from an area around Logan, Utah...Late February 2014