Monday, May 23, 2016

Plein Air in Door County, Wisconsin

I just returned from visiting family in Door County, Wisconsin, and I brought my paints along. Here are a few from my trip:

Looking southwest from an overlook at Potawatome state park, Door County, WI. 6x8 inches, 5-16-2016

Looking across the bay, from Potawatome state park, Door County, WI. 8x10 inches, 5-16-2016

Farmland near Larson's Creek, Door County, WI. 8x8 inches, 5-17-2016


Looking across the Bay towards Potawatome state park, Door County, WI. 9x12 inches, 5-18-2016

Sturgeon Bay shipyard, Door County, WI. 6x8 inches, 5-19-2016

Along the shore of Lake Michigan, Whitefish Dunes state park, Door County, WI. 6x8 inches, 5-20-2016

Along the shore of Lake Michigan, Whitefish Dunes state park, Door County, WI. 6x8 inches, 5-20-2016

Shaded forest path in Potawatome state park, Door County, WI. 6x8 inches, 5-21-2016

Looking south from the Potawatome state park overlook, Door County, WI. 6x8 inches, 5-21-2016


I stuck with the same palette I use here in the desert: Titanium white, cadmium yellow light, cadmium orange, cadmium red light, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, cerulean blue hue, viridian hue, and yellow-green (Utrecht brand)

Monday, March 14, 2016

Plein Air in Oak Creek Canyon


Here is an 8x10 from Oak Creek Canyon. I painted this in January on the drive back from the Grand Canyon. The southern sides of all the mountains had snow still on them. It made for a great opportunity to add a greater variety of cools in the shadows, and the little flecks of white highlights add a shimmering effect. 

On this trip I re-introduced Cerulean Blue Hue to my palette (Utrecht brand). It's a mixture of phthalo blue and white. It can be a very potent color, but because it's cut with white it's not quite as strong as regular phthalo. Cerulean Blue Hue is really useful for the sky right near the horizon, and for the cool reflected skylight on upward-facing shadowed planes. I also found myself grabbing a little bit when mixing greens. 

My palette: Cadmium yellow medium, cadmium orange, cadmium red light, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, cerulean blue hue

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Grand Canyon Painting Trip (Part 2)

A little belated, but here are the other pieces from my trip up to the Canyon last month.

First up is a little snow scene from the north rim. The sun was nearly down at this point, and a snow storm was moving in. The north rim was starting to disappear in the haze.

"More Snow?" Oil on linen, 6x8 inches

Next up is an 8x10 I painted in Oak Creek Canyon. I love driving the 89 down from Flagstaff to Sedona. It winds and loops around, and you are surrounded by tall cliff walls and red rocks. There was still a little bit of snow on the south sides of the mountains, but just about everything else had melted already. The air was crisp, and there was a cold blue haze in the atmosphere. Just about all of my mixtures had a little Cerulean blue mixed in. 

"Cool Blue Haze in Oak Creek Canyon" Oil on canvas, 8x10 inches

Monday, January 25, 2016

Grand Canyon Plein Air Trip (Part 1)

Here's an 8x10 piece I painted on the south rim of the Grand Canyon a couple days ago. This is the first time I've been up there while there was snow. It proved to be a great challenge!

My palette:
Titanium white, cadmium yellow medium, burnt sienna, cadmium red light, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, cerulean blue hue. 




Thursday, January 14, 2016

2015 in Review: 100 paintings

Hello Everyone!

It's been a little over a month of no blog activity. I've still been painting, but Christmas travels and a family emergency have kept my attention away from my computer. I'm going to try to go back to my daily blog posts, now that things have quieted down a bit.

Anyway, I like to use the end of the year as a way of reflecting back on my progress. In 2015, I painted over 100 paintings. Good, I think, but it could be better. I'd like to get that up to one painting every day. Maybe in 2016 I can make that happen.

Here are nearly all of my paintings from 2015, in no particular order:

"Under the Big Sur Bridge" 6x6 inches

"Camelback Sunrise" Oil on linen, 16x20 inches

"Golden Crown" Oil on canvas, 12x16 inches

"Watching the Sunrise with Junipers" Oil on canvas, 16x26 inches

"Afternoon at Canyon Lake" Oil on canvas, 30x40 inches SOLD

"Afternoon at Canyon Lake 2" Oil on canvas, 12x16 inches

"Far Below" Oil on linen, 8x16 inches

"Canyon Sunset" Oil on canvas, 16x32 inches

"Whitefish Dunes, WI" Oil on linen, 16x20 inches, SOLD

"Central California Coast" Oil on linen, 16x20

"Hints of Fall Color in Door County" Oil on linen, 11x14 inches

"Door County Road" Oil on linen, 6x6 inches

"Lost Dutchman's Shadow" Oil on linen, 18x24 inches

"Study for Dutchman's Shadow" Oil on canvas, 8x10 inches

"Glowing Depths" Oil on canvas, 36x36 inches SOLD

"Harper's Nursery" gouache on paper, 4x5 inches

"Tlaquepacque Fountain" gouache on paper, 5x8 inches

"Tree Arch at Desert Breeze Park" gouache on paper, 5x8 inches

"Papago Study" gouache on paper, 5x8 inches

"Untitled" 30x40 inches

"Kingman, AZ" oil on paper mounted to board, 9x12 inches

"Big Sur Lighthouse" 11x14 inches

"Monsoon in the Superstitions" oil on linen, 11x14

"Approaching Monsoon" oil on linen, 6x6 inches

"Dutchman's Moonrise" oil on linen, 6x6 inches

"Looking South, Highway 1" oil on linen, 18x24 inches

"Last Light on Camelback Mountain" oil on linen, 6x8 inches

"Orange Horizon" oil on linen, 6x8 inches SOLD

"Bright Blue Canyon Lake" oil on canvas, 8x8 inches

"Piestewa Peak in the Distance" oil on linen, 9x12 inches

"Gnarled Saguaro" oil on linen, 9x12 inches

"Spring Greens on Casa Grande Mountain" oil on linen, 11x14 inches

"Papago Sunset" oil on linen, 8x16 inches

"Monterey Study" oil on linen, 6x8 inches

"China Cove" oil on linen, 8x10 inches

"Looking Back, Point Lobos" oil on linen, 9x12 inches

"Monterey Wave Study 1" oil on linen, 6x8 inches

"Monterey Wave Study 2" oil on linen, 6x8 inches

"Orange on Green" oil on linen, 8x10 inches

"Waves Approaching Carmel" oil on linen, 6x8 inches SOLD

"Walking Along the Carmel Beach" oil on linen, 8x10 inches

"Morning in Big Sur" oil on linen, 9x12 SOLD

"Big Sur Tidepool" oil on linen, 6x8 inches SOLD

"Last Light in Asilomar" oil on linen, 8x16 inches

"Phoenix Skyline" oil on linen, 9x12 inches

"Papago Rock Study" oil on canvas, 9x12 inches

"Approaching Monsoon, Sedona" oil on linen, 9x12 inches SOLD

"Papago Sunrise Study" Oil on linen, 5x9 inches

"Creosote Study" oil on linen, 6x9 inches

"Papago Sunrise Study 2" Oil on paper mounted to board, 4x5 inches

"Papago Sunrise Study 3" Oil on paper mounted to board, 4x5 inches

"Saguaro Study" oil on paper mounted to board, 3x8 inches

"Castle View" oil on paper mounted to board, 9x12 inches

"Papago Sunrise Study 4" oil on linen, 4x9 inches

"Papago Sunrise Study 5" oil on linen, 5x9 inches

"Clear Morning in the Shadow of Hole-In-The-Rock" oil on linen, 9x12 inches

"Phantom Ranch" oil on canvas, 8x10 inches

"Golden Crown" oil on canvas, 8x10 inches

"Morning Light on the South Rim" oil on linen, 9x12 inches

"Shadow Patterns" oil on linen, 6x8 inches 

"Roommates" oil on linen, 8x10 inches

"Governor Hunt's Tomb" oil on linen, 9x12 inches

"Among the Cluster" oil on linen, 8x10 inches

"Portrait of a Boulder" oil on canvas, 6x8 inches

"Phoenix Cloud Study" oil on linen 3x9 inches

"Phoenix Cloud Study 2" oil on linen, 3x9 inches

"Phoenix Cloud Study 3" oil on linen, 4x9 inches

"Big Ears" oil on linen, 9x12 inches

"Graveyard Study" gouache on paper, 5x8 inches

"Study for Dutchman's Moonrise" oil on canvas, 9x12 inches

"South Mountain in Morning Sun" oil on canvas, 9x12 inches

"Salt River Study" oil on canvas, 8x10 inches

"Bend in the River" oil on linen, 6x8 inches

"Buckeye Trainyard" gouache on paper, 5x8 inches

"Above the Reeds" oil on canvas, 8x10 inches

"Mountain Reflections" oil on canvas, 8x10 inches

"Like Jagged Teeth" oil on canvas, 8x10 inches

"Dutchman's Palo Verde" oil on linen, 8x10 inches

"Among the Reeds" oil on canvas, 9x12 inches

"Salt River Canyon Structures" oil on linen, 8x10 inches

"Old Rexall Drugstore" gouache on paper, 5x8 inches

"First Light on the Trees" oil on canvas, 5x9 inches

"Summer Heat Above the Papago Lagoons" oil on canvas, 6x9 inches

"Humid Morning in Rural Alabama" oil on linen, 9x12 inches

"Grandpa Robbins' Shed" oil on linen, 9x12 inches

"Peavine Falls, Alabama" oil on canvas, 8x10 inches

"Golden Hour at Oak Mountain State Park, AL" oil on canvas, 8x10 inches

"Early Morning Showers" oil on canvas, 9x12 inches

"Watching the Sun Rise" oil on canvas, 8x10 inches

"Cholla Study" oil on linen, 8x10 inches

"Fall Harvest" oil on canvas, 11x11 inches

"Season's Bounty" oil on linen, 6x6 inches

"Harvest with Bottle" oil on canvas, 11x11 inches

"Among the Reeds 2" oil on canvas, 12x16 inches

"Papago Rocks and Pallet Wood" oil on wood panel, 7x12 inches

"Rocks and Saguaro" oil on canvas, 6x6 inches

"Morning Reflections" oil on linen, 18x24 inches

"Hints of Dawn" oil on linen, 11x14 inches

"Halo" oil on linen, 16x20 inches SOLD

"Monterey Wave Study" oil on canvas, 6x6 inches

"Door County Atmosphere" oil on linen, 16x20 inches