On the last day of the Bingham Arts Plein Air Paint Out, Tim, Nasan and I wandered over to a spot on Wes’ ranch that had a beautiful view of the Snake River. Down below the fields next to the river are a picnic table and this old tree. I told Tim that I had to paint it because it was flirting with me. Oil on gessoed board, 10 x 8 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.
This little painting was completed using sketches and reference for my brother’s marriage. I wrote advice about starting small in the card that went with it. In private collection. Oil on board, 2.5 by 3.25 inches.
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.
An attempt to capture the energy and motion of the waves crashing on the beach. Oil on board, 8 by 10 inches.
I enjoyed exploring the night sky with something other than dark blue or black. I am most pleased with the movement in the sky from the brush work and yet it still feels like it is nighttime. In private collection. Gouache on paper, 4 by 6 inches.
I wandered in the falling snow and saw this wonderful contrast of cool white and warm, dark thistles and weeds. It reminded me of Frost’s poem — a line of which I use as a title. It is a calm quiet encounter with nature that tempts us to pause even on the darkest evenings or busiest days. As I stood taking in the scene, I knew I needed to share it. Oil on gessoed board, 28 x 22 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.
I really enjoyed creating this, mostly because it was a challenge. The look of the rock face eluded me. I had two sessions on location and did some work at the end in the studio. Oil on board, 11.75 by 17.5 inches.
A small studio piece created from sketches and notes done on location. Oil on board, 8 by 10 inches.