Thursday, April 30, 2009

Boxelder Creek, 6x8, oil on canvas panel

Another early spring painting. I'm very glad we've moved on to green grass and a few leaves here and there. I like the rushing water and solemn colors of this painting, though. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Summer Sage, 6x8, oil on canvas panel

Still painting from photos. This is one of my favorites and seems to me like a great representative of Wyoming in the summer. I love the soft colors in this. How about you?

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Chickens and Coop, 6x8, oil on canvas panel

This is our chicken coop out back. The view is from our deck. The grass is green now, although I did add some green to the bush by the coop. Chickens are added also.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Sunset at Boysen, 6x8, oil on canvas panel

Well, its been another soggy week outside with more snow and rain, so much painting inside. This was painted from a photo taken on yet another camping trip. I love the skies out here. They are always big and always interesting. I like the dark of the ground against the light of the sky in this little painting.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Dusty Road, 6x8, oil on canvas panel

This painting is of a place we went camping a few years ago, in Medicine Bow National Forest. One of the best things about living in Wyoming is the outdoor life. This little road wandered for miles through the forest and mountains. 

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Russian Olive, 6x8, oil on panel

This was done on a masonite panel which makes a smoother finish. I prefer canvas most of the time. This Russian Olive tree is out back by the irrigation ditch in our back yard. I did this a couple of weeks ago on one of the nice days we had between snow storms. Riley (our dog, not in the painting) and I spent about an hour out there, until I remembered we had seen a skunk lurking around there a few days before. That was when I decided it was time to pack it up. I finished the painting in the house.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Longhorn Steer, 6x8, oil on canvas panel

Here is the study of the steer for the larger painting that I will be doing. I am working out the design of the painting and have begun the abstract pattern block in.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Dry Wash, 6x8, oil on canvas panel

This scene is typical of Wyoming in the summer. Lots of sun and dry ground. The color of the greenery changes subtly as the summer wears on, becoming less intense, moving from bright green to a grayer, yellower green. Not nearly as lush as the springtime!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Longhorn Calf, 6x8, oil on canvas panel

This is my favorite for this week. It's one of the study pieces for a larger painting which will be 24x36. I like everything about this. The darkness of the shadow, the red showing through the green of the grass, the light on the calf . . . all of it. How about you?

Friday, April 17, 2009

Family Portrait, 6x8, oil on canvas panel

Here's my favorite painting of cows so far. I love the Longhorns. They're so angular and have such friendly faces. More next week.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

This Old House, 6x8, oil on canvas panel

I like the perspective in this little painting. Its a bit of an upward look. The scene seems so typical of rural homes in Wyoming - a little maintained yard surrounded by lots of wild things like sagebrush and rabbit brush and tumbleweeds and fences, which of course aren't wild at all.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Old Kimball Place 1, 6x8, oil on canvas panel

I painted this sitting in my car in a spot across the road from this house. It used to be a ranch owned by the Kimball family. Its on the way to town from my house and I pass it almost daily. I am going to see if I can get permission to go in and paint closer to all the buildings and house. No one lives there anymore, but different people lease it for pasturing their animals.  Hopefully there will be more paintings from this place.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Hangin' Out, 6x8, oil on canvas panel

This is the first of a number of cow and calf paintings I am doing. I have wanted to work on this for quite some time and now I'm ready. I really like the angles presented by cattle - the way the sun casts shadows across them. I am going to use these 6x8's to do studies of each animal before I make the larger paintings. Hope you like them!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Green Pastures, 9x12, oil on canvas panel

This is one of my favorites. It's from the same general area near my home, where we (me and some women artist friends) go paint often in the summer. It will be awhile before we get up there this year, I think. I heard last week they had gotten a total snowfall of somewhere around 50 feet! Did I hear that right? But for now, the meadowlarks are singing down here and the grass is looking a bit greener. I even saw some dandelions the other day.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Missouri Morning, 12x16, oil on canvas

This is from a photo taken by a friend as she was traveling through Missouri. It has a great misty feeling to it. I added some sunny-ness to it with warm yellows and the clouds. The original photo is pretty cloudy and gray.

Monday, April 6, 2009

March Cottonwood, 8x6, oil

This is a little study I did recently sitting in my car. It was before the barrage of snowstorms we've gotten lately and the wind was blowing very hard, hence sitting in my car. It's good to get out and paint from life. It makes paintings in the studio take on qualities of observation derived from the life studies. Thanks for taking a look - I hope you are enjoying these.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Eagle Rock, Almost Sunset, 6x8, oil

This is a place we call Eagle Rock. It's just a couple of miles from our house. It changes dramatically according to the light. I have painted this a few times and am sure I'll do it again. I like the warm glow of the late afternoon sun.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Muddy Creek, 9x12, oil

This is the creek that runs through our backyard. This time of year its getting full and the water is quite muddy, hence its name. I painted outside for this one, Meadowlarks and Redwing Blackbirds singing all around. Its wonderful to hear them!
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