Part of a series trying to capture the changing light of a sunset. I was painting with some other artists, we were challenged to paint as many 1 to 5 minute paintings as we could before the sunset. We painted quickly and then scrambled to the next vantage point. Gouache on paper, 4 by 6 inches.
The modeling paste that I applied to the board before painting created an interesting exercise in using texture without allowing it to take over and loosening up the brushwork. It was a challenge that I enjoyed thoroughly. In private collection. Oil on textured board, 5.75 by 15 inches.
Lake Cleveland is a glacial lake tucked up against the mountain on three sides. A few raindrops had fallen and the colors in the vegetation and rocks bloomed. In private collection. Oil on board, 10 by 8 inches.
I did a small quick study for this painting on location but the view point was on top of a culvert that smelled of carrion and there are mountain lions known to be in the area. I completed this version in the comfort of the studio. Oil on board, 12 by 14 inches.
Various sketches are contained on this page. There is a small pencil sketch of the idea for Hillside Fire. Under the sketch it gives some directions to the location, “just past small waterfall on road by smelly carcass.” Mixed media on cardboard, 11 by 8.5 inches.
The pools of water above Shoshone Falls are interesting little worlds of their own. It was a hot day and it would have been nice to cool off in that shady pool, if it wasn’t for the chance of being swept over the falls. In private collection. Oil on board, 8 by 10 inches. (new photo coming soon)
It was a beautiful but hot day, I buried my legs in the sand to keep them from burning. In private collection. Gouache on paper, 4 by 6 inches.
While living in the Los Angeles area, I painted at many of the parks. When this piece was commissioned, I used a lot drawings and studies completed at parks to guide me as I painted it. In private collection. Oil on board, 30 by 40 inches.
One thing that I enjoy about doing limited color studies is that I can focus more on using more expressive loose brushwork. This study was completed in Almansor Park, a favorite place to sketch and walk a little. Gouache on paper, 4 by 6 inches.
This was a great day painting, it was hot out but I was focused and executed a few paintings in one of my favorite places to paint. This is my favorite from that day. In private collection. Oil on oak panel, 11 by 14 inches.