Thursday, December 10, 2015


I have started taking painting lessons to "brush up" on my skills, since I haven't painted in over a year.  These are some of my "practice" exercises. They were each completed in about three hours.

Self portrait done in a "wipe out" technique using greenish umber.
Still life of different metals.
Pumpkin still life
My first try at a horse portrait.  This one is done in the "loose" style of Carolyn Anderson.  It is a Mangalarga Marchador stallion. 

Friday, February 28, 2014

Johnston Canyon Waterfall

This one is now completed and framed.  24" x 36" at $3,800. Frame was purchased at Bev's in Ogden, Utah.  Giclees are not planned, but could be ordered.  The price would be around $250-$300

Johnston Canyon Waterfall....24" x 36" oil on board
February 22, 2014...about 90% completed.

Here are a few photos of the background of creating this piece.

Here is the original photograph taken at Johnston Canyon, Banff, Alberta, Canada

The photo was altered to remove the tree in the middle and touch up a few details.

First blocking...March 5, 2013....It was then set aside for about 8 months.

December 24, 2013, after a few more days of work.

December 27, 2013, a little more work

February 1, 2014

February 3, 2014...added some rocky features in the foreground water. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Raspberry Leaves

It is now completed and framed. 24" x 36".  Framed original for sale, $3,200.  No Giclees' are planned, but can be ordered.  If you would like one, it would be around $250-$300. This frame was purchased at Bev's. Remember to click on any photo for a view of enlarged images.

The original photo for inspiration
Just beginning, April, 2011
December, 2011
January, 2012

March, 2012

Still working on it...this one's coming very slowly. It sat around for almost a year until I got inspired again.  I added some mountains in the right background and started shaping the trees in that same area. Just to give you an idea of what goes into a painting... here is some of the creative process, assisted by Dreampacker at photo research and editing.

This is a photo taken in North Fork (near Ogden, Utah) that we used as a reference to add trees and a mountain view to the upper right corner of the painting.

This is the "overlay" of the North Fork photo onto the painting, which I used to paint the details.
I also used this "overlay" of  another photograph to create a reference for adding more trees.

99% Finished, February 14, 2013.  Notice the additional detail on the trees and  I touched up a few other places.  

Friday, February 11, 2011

Canadian Rockies Storm

The inspiration photo...taken in Banff N.P. through the car window at 50 MPH by Judy. (She doesn't like this photo and nearly deleted it.)

The result.. 12 x 16 oil on canvas..completed Feb. 9, 2011

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Deer Valley Path

This is one of my very first paintings done in early 2007...12 x 16.  Original For Sale: $600. High quality Giclees are available for $100 unframed. It is almost impossible to tell the prints from the original.  

Here is the photo that inspired it... taken by Teisha at Deer Valley near Park City, Utah.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Canadian Fuchsias

Here is one of the latest "quick" impressions. Canadian is 8 x 10 oil on canvas For Sale for $500 framed.

Here is the photo by Judy that inspired it. These fuchsias were in a hanging basket at a lodge at Emerald Lake in Yoho NP, British Columbia. Judy was intrigued by the intense colors and interesting shapes.

Won honorable mention at Palette Club show

Friday, July 30, 2010

Last Chance Desert

Here is the photo by Judy, taken on our Goblin Valley trip. The view is of the "Last Chance Desert" looking from the Castle Valley view area from I-70. Capitol Reef is in the far distance.Here is my interpretation of it. Oil on canvas. 16 x 20. Original for sale at $450, framed. No giclees are planned.

Lily & Petunias

this photo taken by Judy in our yard...inspired this quick study done in the technique I recently learned.

8 x 10 on canvas For Sale, framed $300.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Workshop Learning

In June, I had the opportunity to receive portraiture training from Carolyn Anderson at a workshop in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It was intense. I was very discouraged after the first day, and considered coming home. Of the 24 artists in attendance, I had the fewest skills, by far.
This first painting is done from a live model (as all were, except the one of the two cousins).
Here, she looks dead. She looks flat and colorless. Real faces are neither. The risk or difficulty of painting a portrait is, we all know what faces look like. We think. I found out I didn't. I had no idea a face had so much color in it, for example. This portrait was embarrassing to me.

So, on day two, I tried again. I failed, miserably. I scraped off the paint, set this one aside, and tried again.

And this portrait came of the second attempt. This is much better than the first portrait of the young lady, I think.

Day three. After another demo, I tried this young girl. She is twelve, but had the patience to sit for three hours for us (with breaks). There are things about this one that show additional progress on my part such as the absence of hard edges. Now I figured I didn't have to go home, but was learning.
Painting from a photo instead of a model. The temptation is to reproduce the photo. That will not be a portrait, but simply a reproduction. The two cousins here are two of my grandaughters. I focused on not trying to copy the photo, but on trying to get the feeling of love across these two girls have for each other, the warmth of the day, and the summer sunlight. I like this one.

Last day. The model is a young lady in her early twenties. Try as I could, I could not get the painting to look very feminine to me, though in real life she was beautifully feminine. The portrait, however, looks masculine to me. Interestingly, all the artists using this model had portraits looking more or less masculine, too. She did seem to be a strong young lady, neither slender or weak in appearance. I am not sure what happened in my mind with this one. Or rather what happened between my eyes, my brain, and my hands.

With this small taste of portraiture, I have to conclude I like it afterall. But I have much to learn. Much to learn. Anyone want to volunteer to model?

Monday, June 15, 2009

Valley Fog

The painting is 16" X 20" in oil on canvas. It is loosely based on an old Kodak advertising photo that appears to be of the Smoky Mountain country in the Appalachians. I changed the far horizon to give it more of a southwestern look. The photo above shows the first washes laid in.

Mid-ground details are added and forms for the foreground shapes are beginning.

Further mid-ground details were added and colors added to the fog in the valleys.

Foreground details added, trees, plants, and fog in front of the trees along the bottom of the painting. These details were not picked up in this photograph, but are visible to the natural eye. The sky was reworked to show more cloud detail.
For sale for $495, framed. (the framed print is pictured at the top of this post.) No prints will be made of this painting.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Flower Exercises

This won a prize in the Ogden Palette Club Show....
These four paintings were done as studies to learn some new techniques I wanted to try. Each was painted from a photograph taken by a family member.

Wild Rose, 6" x 8" on canvas board, available framed $350

Yellow Lily with Bachelor Buttons 6" x 8" on canvas board (SOLD)

Desert Primrose, 6" x 8" on canvas...available framed $350

Snapdragons Over Purple Petunias, 6" X 8" oil on canvas, available framed $350