Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Evening Shadows, 8x10, oil on canvas

This is another painting done from a smaller study. I am looking forward to practicing some more with the paint textures.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Autumn in Wyoming, 9x12, oil on canvas

This is a painting I did recently from a smaller thumbnail painting of the scene. At first it was challenging to paint so small (2x3 or thereabouts), and then it was beginning to be challenging to go back to something a little bigger. So, I'll just have to do a variety of sizes.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Cheyenne Botanical Garden, 9x12, pastel on sanded paper

This is the first painting I did in Cheyenne. I had no idea where to go to paint and so I just drove around until I saw something that looked inviting. I found my way into the place and chose this spot to paint. After I set up my equipment and had been painting for about 15 minutes I heard an increasingly loud roar approaching. It was so loud I was more than startled, and a little uneasy. Then a huge armed forces plane flew right over my head close enough for me to read the letters on the bottom! I was right next to the airport and there were planes taking off on this route about every 20 minutes for the rest of my time there! Needless to say I found a different place to paint the following day.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Kilty's Barn, 6x9, pastel on sanded paper

This is another from the plein air event in Cheyenne this summer. I have been working on some small oil studies, trying to understand how color works a bit better, but don't want to post any of them yet - just a bit more study. I find pastels very easy and I'd like to get as comfortable with oils. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Rocks and River, 11x14, oil on board, SOLD

This painting was done mainly with palette knife. I have found that I like using a palette knife on this type of rock painting. The knife lends itself to the sharp edges of rock very nicely.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Lily Pads and Gazeebo, 9x12, pastel on sanded paper, SOLD

This is one of the first pastels I did this summer at the inaugural Wyoming plein air event. I was at the Botanical Gardens in Cheyenne. There were artists and scenes all over the place. 

Monday, November 10, 2008

Yellow Rocks and Sagebrush, 16x20, pastel on board

I have looked at these rocks in all seasons and always wanted to paint them. I was happy with the colors I got when I layered the pastel on the sunny side of this ridge. Next time I paint them I will use oil and hopefully it will be after a dusting of snow. Those colors are amazing!

Friday, November 7, 2008

White Rocks 2, 9x12, pastel on sanded paper

Yes, another pastel. I really like these rocks. Wyoming is full of interesting rock formations. This was another day and later in the day than White Rocks 1.It was also later in the summer. We painted for about two hours and packed up when it got too hot. Hope you enjoy this one.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Evening at Pathfinder, 8x10, pastel on sanded paper

Another pastel. I really had a pastel binge this summer. This painting was done on our overnight camping trip to Pathfinder Reservoir - a much needed break. I am very fond of this painting for the soft color of the evening light.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

White Rocks 1, 9x12, pastel on sanded paper

This is a rock outcropping near the town of Glenrock. I had driven by the spot many times and never noticed because its tucked away behind some hills. It was one of the first pastel paintings I did this year after a 5 year time of painting only in oils. It was good to use pastels again - I like the immediacy of the medium, but I'm still hooked on oils.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Home Turf, 8x10 pastel on sanded paper, SOLD

This pastel painting was done on location about 7 miles from my home.  I did it after a weekend in Cheyenne at my first plein air painting competition.  The following weekend this painting received an honorable mention at the opening of the show. I was very pleased!

Cottonwoods, 11x14, oil on board

This is a scene not too far from my house. It was a perfect autumn day with no wind to contend with - it was great!

I painted this using a palette knife, so it has lots of texture. I like using a palette knife at times because the color is rich.   
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