This Painting I call "Juniper on a Slope." I am running out of ideas for titles. Any way the painting below was an experiment. I blocked in all the main masses and softened all the edges. Then I changed the edges with carefully placed brushstrokes, leaving some edges soft and sharpening others.
I was asked by the Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust to make a painting of a certain area they were working to put into a conservation easement. It was a lot of fun to explore this part of the Portneuf River. The grasses along that part of the river are so high, much is over your head. The river is slow going and visited by many ducks. I saw a kestrel, heard the voices of coyotes and watched a small sharp shinned hawk try to snatch a small bird from a willow. The owner of the land took me up the slope of the mountains with his old pickup truck. He dropped me off to paint the higher portion of his land. It was covered in tall sagebrush, douglas' fir and brightly colored aspen. A small contingency of mountain maple had changed dark red as they were losing their leaves.
I did this painting of Mohammad Ali's eyes. Another American Icon. I Painted his eyes from a period of his life when he was still young and vibrant. I am in awe of his principles and activism. He risked all he had to protest the Veitnam War as a
This is a painting done on a two sided canvas that sits on a horizontal surface. I call it "60 Minutes." The other side is a scene of what I imagined it would look like 60 minutes later looking back in the other direction. It will be on exhibit at the Gallery 518. 518 S. Americana Blvd. Boise, Idaho.
Showing in Boise at Gallery 518, 518 S. Americana blvd. July 5th thru the 29th. Opening reception 5-9pm.
I will be posting several paintings that will be included in the show. This painting called "GBH" (Great Blue Heron) was an older painting from 1987 that I painted over and revitalized. I look at a lot of Dan McCaws work and love his different color palettes. This one I chose to use a muted pallette for the overall picture and punctuate different areas with bright colors.
I will be showing in Boise this Thursday. I am a member of Gallery Five18 this year and I am included in the opening group show. Gallery Five18 is located at 518 S. Americana Blvd.
Boise, Idaho. The opening night is this Thursday from 5 to 9pm. The show will be up for one month. I have three pieces in it. Stop by this Thursday if you can and say hello. If you can't make it that night the Galleries hours are Tuesday - Friday 11-6, Saturday 10-3. There are about 23 Artist affiliated with the gallery and I am really impressed by every one of them. I consider myself fortunate to show with them.
This is one of my latest paintings. It was inspired by a buck that was out side in our back yard. I took a picture of it through the glass doors of our bedroom. I wanted to paint it immersed in a snow flurry. I tried to get the image as light as I could. I had to scumble a couple of white layers on it. While it was wet with stand oil I managed to add the different colors to the darks and increase the playful brush strokes. Having fun one brushstroke at a time.
Repainting older images has been a way for me to create some of my best pieces. When I started painting in a looser and thicker style many of my older pieces seemed bare. I thought why not paint over them. I would save canvas and stretcher and have the opportunity to review the image and make changes. Some times I would decide on a color scheme borrowed from another artist or set up a different mood for the image. On "Yellowstone River" I made the colors more subdued and the paint way thicker. I had fun dragging wet over wet, mmm delicious!
I attended the Idaho Conservation League's "Wild Idaho" this year it is always held at the Redfish Lake Lodge. Each year they host panels that talk about environmental issues and speakers that give presentations on different species or landscapes. I tend to skip the field trips to go out and paint. If the weather is good, and this past weekend it was, I go out to paint. I chose this time to drive out to the Salmon River along the road to Alturas Lake, I spent an afternoon painting a view of the river. Below is a picture of my painting easel that I built after several incarnations with my painting mounted on it. I have included several views of it so you can see how it works.
My studio is a former two car garage that has been walled in. I have installed a small gas heater in the ceiling that blows warmed air into the studio. I do many things here and have plans to do even more. Currently I paint in oils and make my own stretchers and panels. I also make my own frames. I do some woodworking, mostly things I make for myself. For instance I have made myself several outdoor easels. The last one I made works very well and I will share that with you on a future blog post. I have been learning to play the guitar and recently the desire to build one has been creeping into my idea box. I have an old abused learners guitar that I plan to rebuild using only the bent side panels. I will show you that in future post also.