Friday, September 26, 2014

Columbia River

 
 
The clouds over the Columbia River Gorge
cause the river to reflect the silvery sheen of the sky,
and the low lying mist softens the distant bluffs.
 
8" x 10" oil on canvas
 
available on DPW aucton

Old Log Barn Near Mt. Moran

 
 
This century old log barn is a popular scenic spot
in the Teton NP near Mt. Moran.
The day I began painting it this summer en plein air,
the weather turned very stormy with rain, thunder and lightening.
 I grabbed a quick few pictures before the deluge,
 and finished it later in my studio.
 
8" x 10" oil on canvas panel
 
available on DPW auction

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Nevada

 
I painted this scene from a photo I took
along the "Longest Loneliest Road" (and it truly is)
that runs across Nevada.
 But the scenery is so spectacular
 that I felt it was well worth the long drive.
 
8" x 10" oil on canvas panel
 
available on DPW auction
 
 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Rocks in a Stream

 
 
Bright green mosses, golden dry leaves,
and emerald green water,
make for a fanciful landscape vignette.
 
6" x 8" oil on canvas panel
 
 
available on DPW auction

Monday, September 22, 2014

Ebony and Ivory

 
 
A sweet little ebony jar
keeps company with pretty ivory tea roses
in a clear glass vase.
(FYI, this photo doesn't reveal how lush the colors really are)
 
6" x 6" oil on canvas
 
available on DPW auction
 
 
 
 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Storm Moving In


 
 
Painted for DPW's Stormy" weather challenge.
I love painting dramatic skies.
This challenge photo has it all: rain, wind, blowing clouds,
 even a smattering of sunlight reflected in the water and on the clouds.
I later added the lighthouse because I felt the little island
was telling me it wanted one.
 
 
8" x 10" oil on canvas panel
 
available on DPW auction
 
 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Columbia River Gorge

 
 
The Columbia Gorge is a scenic corridor
 that goes from heavily forested to reddish sandstone bluffs
that follow the mighty Columbia river,
where the vegetation is shaped by the extreme windy conditions.
Another plein air painting from my summer roadtrips.
 
8" x 10" oil on canvas panel
 
available on DPW auction

Monday, September 8, 2014

Early Mountain Snowstorm

 
 
A late summer snowstorm in the rocky mountains,
leaves a layer of white on the purple peaks,
which overlook the changing color of the fall season
in the valley below.
 
This is a plein air painting done on my summer roadtrip.
 
8" x 10" oil on canvas panel
 
available on DPW auction
 
 
 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Pastel Sky

 
​When taking an evening walk, I crossed this river
and was stunned by the beautiful pastel colors in the sky
and reflected in the water. I stood there on the bridge
and absorbed the beauty committing to memory
every detail that I could.
I quickly painted in the basic colors and then spent
 the next few days with details.
I know this painting looks almost like a fantasy scene,
but it is very close to the reality.
 
8" x 10" oil on canvas panel
 
 
Available on DPW auction
 
 
 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tire Swing

 
 
Where I live there are very tall fir and pine trees,
 but scattered among them are giant old oaks and maples.
These old twin oaks have grown in a neighbors side yard
and been the playground for several generations of children,
who have climbed into their branches and swung from a tire swing.
I began this painting as a plein air because I love the ancient oak trees
and the lovely lights and shadows, 
but felt the tire swing needed a child so I added him in my studio.
 
6" x 8" oil on canvas panel
 
available on DPW auction

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Orchard Ladder

 
 
Grandpa's old wooden orchard ladder
comes in handy for harvesting the fruit higher up in the tree,  
that can't be picked easily from the ground.
​Another 'backyard' plein air painting.
 
8" x 6" oil on canvas panel
 
available on DPW auction 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wild Oregano

 
8" x 10" oil on canvas panel
 
 
In the south pasture behind the garden and fruit trees,
 is a riot of wild oregano and interlaced with small white field daisies.
 It is so pretty I couldn't resist painting it.
This is another of my 'backyard' plein air paintings.
 
available on DPW auction