Monday, January 23, 2017

New Work: Celebration, Greens Returning, oil on canvas 48 x 36 inches

Celebration, Greens Returning, oil on canvas 48 x 36 inches  $6750 framed
It is a long way from Spring here in Colorado, but a phone call got me to thinking about it. A Boston art consultant group had a client interested in Spring images, so after checking the oils I had on hand, the idea of new, green works sounded interesting.

While continuing to work on an oil already in progress, a concept of greens returning in the forest scene allowed me use a wide variety of colors in the foreground and background. During the process the  colors changed a number of times. Once the blues in the upper right began to gain prominence, all the colors shifted one more time to compensate.

Simultaneously, I started a late dusk version with a similar composition, narrowing the colors down and the dusk version influenced the blues in the upper right of 'Celebration."

When working on these paintings, I never know what will happened next because I leave myself open to different possibilities - whatever it takes to create a more compelling image.

After working on "Celebration," I miss the process already but there are many other canvases in the studio calling for attention.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Grateful Notices: View through the Orange and Red Woods, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 inches

View through the Orange and Red Woods, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 inches
Private collection
This is a simple concept really, bands of trees with a small foreground and glowing background. At least that is what I thought when I began this work. The foreground was kept simple but a number of decisions had to be made as the painting progressed. The tree trunks are not smooth but the ones in the background are. The foreground and background glow but the middle trees do not.

A number of color combinations were tried. I was insisting on the orange / reds, but I couldn't get the primary trees to work to that idea. After many sessions in the studio, I allowed the greens and suddenly, it all began to come together. The dark blues went in, giving interest to the dark areas. That being done, I could finally tune up the yellows and add the rose reds for additional interest.

Finally, I was back working with the original idea of the light coming in behind the trees, adjusting the color and brightness until everything came together as one complex, appealing chord.

My many thanks to the couple that purchased the painting and to Mirada Gallery, CO for your kind help.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

New Work: Winters Morning II, oil on canvas 60 x 60 inches

Winters Morning II, oil on canvas 60 x 60 inches
Saks Galleries, Denver  $13500 framed

This was a very enjoyable endeavor. This oil is very freshly done, starting with two sessions of turped-thinnned paint. 5 feet square is a lot of area to cover, so using the thinned oils in the first two painting sessions allowed me to completely fill in the canvas and put the composition in a good place for a finish. 

In this version I've added more light, greener foliage and detail.

This canvas is extrapolated from a previous one, Winters Morning 36 x 48, that just sold last week. As it turns out, the 3 x 4 foot canvas was something of a sketch for this larger one.

I did a video of that oil explaining how I painted over an older canvas with a newer idea. You can view the earlier blog about the oil and video here.

Being an artist is a real privilege and the joy flowed into these works.

Winters Morning I, oil on canvas 36 x 48 inches
sold, private collection

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Grateful Notices: Haze in the Distance, oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches

Haze in the Distance, oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches

My sincerest thanks to the collector that took this home.

This is the first of a series of paintings using this scene.
In this painting the sun is apparent but it is not having a big effect on the light and color in the scene.

All of the colors are in a natural palette with the exception of the purple foothills and some of the low foliage in the background. I set out to do something peaceful, with a limited amount of color and each color in it's own distinct place. 

It was a purposeful exercise, much like keeping your peas and carrots from touching on the dinner plate.  In the end, each separate element is comfortable in the scene with the others. Interesting how the greens made it all come together... those were the last colors applied.

You can view more versions of this oil and all of my works on my website.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Grateful Notices: Lake Palette, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

Lake Palette, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

A special thanks to the Dallas collector that had this delivered in time for Christmas!
Exhibited at the Arden's Gallery, Houston

Here's a bit about the painting from my earlier blog post:

I am always drawn to the calming interaction of land and water at the lake. This oil was made from a photo and it contained considerably more detail - nice to have it, but the point of the oil is simplicity.

Rather than use the colors of the photo, I opted for a tranquil, blue effect. There are a lot of blues here and they are limited to certain parts of the painting in order to preserve their power and unique effect.

It took a lot of tweaking to bring it all together. The pinks at the foreground went in first, an off-balance move to set things in motion, a small risk.

Once the oil began to take shape, lights and darks were increased for depth and interest. Just a touch of green and the red/darks provided a sense of realism to the right land form, setting it apart from the etheric left side. From there it was a matter of setting up the various blues, some receding, others glowing to bring the oil to life.

In the end, the aquas slightly glimmering in the water and the yellow / purple sky in the far distance lift the somber blue mood and allow the eye to move through the scene.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Exhibition: Saks Galleries December 18, 2016

Opening Night Exhibit at the Saks Galleries, Denver
Friday, December 18, 2017
Opening night exhibits are always a lot of fun! Here are some photos from the opening night. It was a great success with my largest oil, Forest with Yellows and Reds, sold days in advance. It's not on the wall for the opening but hanging in the home of the new owners (thank you VERY much!) 

You can view Forest with Yellows and Reds, 48 x 60 inches from this earlier blog post
Although it was a cold night, a big crowd arrived and they were welcomed by the gracious owners Mikkel and Catherine Saks with Becka and Leanna... a great evening!
After the exhibit it was a thrill to walk out into the falling snow with the Christmas lights everywhere.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Grateful Notices: Forest with Yellows and Reds, oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches

Forest with Yellows and Reds    Oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches    Private collection

Thanks to everyone at Saks Galleries for placing this painting.

You are invited to my upcoming group show, The Greatest Gift A Celebration of the Holiday Season.

Friday, December 16
Opening reception, 5-8pm
Through December 31

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