Sunday, December 19, 2010

Oil Patch #2


Do artists seek interest in the ordinary, or do they make ordinary things interesting? Acrylic latex on illustration board 22"x28"
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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Beaver Creek, Montana #5

When the Larch turn colour, it is a magical time of year,,,,,everything glows. Love working the low horizon, makes sky important (almost every artist who works illusionistic,forgets the SKY) Acrylic latex on illustration board 22"x28"
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Beaver Creek, Montana #6

Actually not Beaver Creek, but very close, a deep look at a coming storm. Acrylic latex on illustration board 22"x28".
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Beaver Creek, Montana #4

OK< here is the plan, try and create the illusion of sunlight on cured grasses, ferns, and fence posts. Make it rather intense and warm, late afternoonish...... Oh, and make the fence posts "heroic" worthy of our attention and study.,,, and do it with cheap house painting brush, school quality brushes, and house paint on illustration cardboard,,,,oh, and make it look like a million bucks! 22" x 28" acrylic latex on illustration board.
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Beaver Creek, Montana #3

An effort to capture atmosphere......did it work? I worry that I don't expect my art to solve social issues, or present as anti-beauty,,,,,, but for now am happy to develop skills and illusions. 22" x 28" acrylic latex on illustration board.
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Beaver Creek, Montana #2

A small series this month, working on issues of depth and atmospheric impression, things that make a painting an illusion. And a recreation of mood and feeling, an IMPRESSION if you will.... acrylic latex on illustration board 22" x 28"
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Saturday, November 20, 2010

CAr parts #34


As America's painter of headlights, I especially enjoy this t-bird. I had no problem compressing it to fit the format! Glow on 6 volt! acrylic latex on illustration board 22" x 28"
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Car Parts #28

Not really a car, but in the day they made trucks sooooo cool with lots of jet-age chrome! Remember those tiny chrome cake decoration balls? I always worried that they would chrome my insides when I ate them. Maybe that's where this facination for shinny stuff comes from. acrylic latex on illustration baord 22" x 28"
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Car Parts #29

The more I work in this series, the more I have to ask myself, "What was the idea behind those bumper cones?" Acrylic lates on illustration board 22" x 28"
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Friday, November 12, 2010

Car Parts #12

I have in the past few weeks painted 24 images in the series "Car Parts" to go with the remaining 4 or 5 paintings in this series from a year or so ago. I have destroyed 9 of the original paintings (by fire), having moved - on in style etc. Will in a few days paint more painting to be able to assemble a show ( of 24 ) from the remaining paintings to submit to galleries. You see, I have 24 frames, well, it is complicated. Those 24 frames are scheduled to hold shows at Museums in 2012, am trying to find venues untill then. In this series, I really take myself to a clinic on the reflective surfaces, and cropping images to the very minimum! Color is emotional, I play with perspective and proportion while concentrating on value and surface. At the end of the day, I still let the paint be PAINT! Run, drip, splat! Big brushes, bold marks! What great fun! So what a car should not look like........
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Car Parts #11

How can you not love this face, what a reflection on their time, the "space age" and jet powered future, in chrome! The challange here was to trancend the very "carness" of the old Stud. , and make it fly! 22" x 28" acrylic latex on illustration board.
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Car Parts #20

I am from now on, the self proclaimed "American Painter of Head Lights!" It is my pleasure to transport you back to the era of the amber glow of 6 volt lights, and the age of chrome! Let the LEGEND start here. I may end up with print shops in malls across the country! I so very enjoy the challange of reflective surfaces, and capturing the "whole" with the "least" 22" x 28" acrylic latex on illustration board.
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Car Parts #25

Unusual angle, tried hard to capture the organic feel of the chrome, love lipstick red, nice colour for a car. 22" x 28" acrylic latex on illustration board.
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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Windpower #2


I love the mountains as an artist, but this "tipped" flat land with nothing but sky has great appeal. Big country, the works of man seem small and frail. 18 x 24 latex acrylic on canvas.
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Windpower #1

Just returned from a trip across the southern States. Fell in love with the open pan-handle country of Texas. This is from a photo I made of a wind machine north of Amarillo. 18 x 24 latex acrylic on canvas. Storm, coming or going?
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canyon #3

A small series of paintings resulted from a a photo expedition into the canyon of Prospect Creek, just above the mouth where it meets the Clark's Fork of the Colombia. I find a challenge in trying to capture the Movement of the water, and the light and shadow play on the the rocks. While at the same time, allowing paint to be free to be paint. An illusion for sure, but at the end of the day, just paint on canvas, recording the movement of the painter. Please read on many levels.
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Canyon #2

Late spring in Prospect Creek, and I'm crawling around and over these wet rocks down in the canyon to take photos. Lived to paint again another day! 18 x 24 canvas with latex arcylic. A feeling of light and shadow? cool and warm?
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canyon #1

acrylic latex on canvas, 18 x 24. trying hard to capture "time and place" while still letting paint be paint. Do more with fewer strokes.
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Montana Elevator #56

Back to the Montana Elevator series, this one acrylic latex on 18" x 24" canvas, museum edge. Have plans to submit this painting for the Yellowstone Annual Art Auction.
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canvas tepee

I may be the last artist in Montana to paint a tepee, but I resisted for years untill they put some up in the park next door over the 4th of July. I don't pretend to live in one, be a native American, or wish to "rob" others of their culture. It's just a cool shape to work with, nice morning light. Acrylic latex on canvas 18" x 24"
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Happy Accident

After completing this small series of the backyard, I noticed that when you put the water horizon lines together, they make one BIG painting! Acrylic Latex on Canvas.
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Down River


Acrylic Latex on canvas 12 x 18 Looking from my studio down the Clark's Fork of the Columbia River. The morning presented a great cloud-scape and the water was so still.
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Up River


Acrylic on canvas 18 x 24 Looking up river from my studio here on the Clark's Fork of the Colombia River.
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Sunny has her likeness done

Our dog, Sunny, sat for a few photos, from which I made this portrate. It was practice for a series (I just bought 30 canvases) about the dogs and cats at the local shelter. Am excited to see how that goes! Acrylic latex on 18 x 24 museum edge canvas.
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Monday, July 26, 2010

Island Park # 25


Sometimes, you have to get close up to see all that your subject is about. Everything about the Island, is here in this intimate scene, rock, tree, sunshine, growth, and wind. Acrylic Latex on illustration board. 22 x 28"
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