Archive | February 2013

Horses Below Devil’s Grave Mesa

My lastest painting originated from a photo I took outside of the bunkhouse on the Rossi Ranch where I occasionally stay during elk hunting trips. It was about -10 degrees on a bitterly cold December morning. I just had gotten my elk and was about to head inside to cook some breakfast, but I couldn’t move. I just stood there and stared at these beautiful horses and the dramatic scenery in the background.

horses-000Horses Below Devil’s Grave Mesa, 2013, 18″ x 24″ acrylic on canvas panel

As usual, I like to post a few photos of the process, and I usually start out with a sketch. This time was no different.

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Next, I set the tone by adding some dark colors on first. It’s nothing but a heavy glaze, but gets me going in the right direction.

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Next, I work on the mesa in the distance. I get all the shape how I like them.

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Then I wash the whole background with a little white to get the feeling there is a snow storm brewing in the near distance. I also take the time to block in the horses with something close to their final color.

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Then I paint the bushes and fence in the foreground, and I add finishing touches to the horses.

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Finally, well almost, I add some detail in the foreground. It’s here where I realized I didn’t know when to stop. I should have stopped a long time ago leaving the foreground partially barren to draw the eye down the fence and not add so much busy up-front.

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However, that’s easy enough to fix. Paint over some grass and preserving the snow. Now I’m calling it quits.

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Grace

“My father was very sure about certain matters pertaining to the universe. To him all good things-trout as well as eternal salvation-come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy.”

― Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

Valentines

2013 Father Daughter Valentine's Dance

2013 Father Daughter Valentine’s Dance

Who Needs 50 Shades of Grey? I Have 100 Shades of Gray.

While working on a new painting that has a lot of grays, I thought it would be a good idea to see how many grays I could create with just a few colors. Turns out, more than enough. Heck, it’s twice the number Christian Grey has.

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Afternoon Light on County Road M

Afternoon Light Off County Road M

 

Afternoon Light on County Road M, 2013, acrylic on 18″ x 24″ canvas

Some paintings have multiple lives. I started this one back in 2010. It was going to be a foggy woodland meadow landscape. I got bored with it, and I almost threw it out.

Fast forward to 2011. I was out on the eastern plains of Colorado pheasant hunting with a good friend when I saw this massive field of freshly bailed hay. I jumped out of the truck and took a few photos of the setting sun. It inspired me to go back and give new life to the neglected work in progress. Alas, I again lost interest in finishing it.

So, it’s now 2013, and I’m tired of looking at this unfinished painting. Pop the top on a few beers. A few dabs of paint, and, ummm, I think it’s done.

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