this is a site to share new works as I finish them including paintings, illustrations, hand formed and shaped necklaces. ...and maybe I'll share a story or two about how they came about.
|Gait is a 24" x 30" acrylic painting on stretched canvas. The painting was inspired by a branding day in 2009 out in Cardwell, Montana. This cowboy was walking his horses to their trailers after a long afternoon branding cattle. He was on his way to the next ranch and more branding. It is impressive to see neighbors pitching in and all helping each other out. There is a particular look to a true cowboy gait - long, confident and fast but not hurried.|
|A few people have asked me about my process in starting a figurative painting. This photo is an example of step #2 in my painting process. Step #1 is to prepare the canvas with a thick coat of gesso mixed with the highlight and shadow tones that will appear in the painting. Next I sketch the figures using one color. I usually do this with either a dark blue or burnt sienna, as shown here. I rough in the background and then the really fun part begins.....COLOR.|
|The Firefly Tree is a small 5" x 5" acrylic painting on stretched canvas with thick 1.5" gallery style stretcher bars. A tiny little painting requires a lot of care and attention...and little brushes. Sometimes I feel like painting large scale with sweeping motion but recently small delicate pieces appeal to me. This little piece has many layers of colors which come out with the right light.|
|Spring Suspense is a 16" x 20" acrylic painting on stretched canvas with 3/4" stretcher bars. This painting was inspired by a trip to the Gallatin River in the Spring of 2010. The snow was just starting to melt and an eager fishermen was wading out into the sunshine to catch some fish.|
|Rising with the Sun is a graphite sketch on watercolor paper 24" x 30". This sketch was inspired by a Spring trip to Moab, Utah last year. My friend Kristine and I were walking in a beautiful canyon surrounded by warm tones, light rain and peaceful air. Kristine tried out a few yoga poses overlooking the canyon - this is one of those poses. Imagine a canyon behind her....I might have to sketch that too.|