Monday, August 29, 2016

Plein Air at the end of August....

Plein air location shots.....
The sky changed every 15 minutes, but that seemed ok. Being in the shade is helpful. Do you see that pail that I would normally be sitting on? I picked that off the shoulder of a road today when I was on the garage sale trail. It was just the right height to serve as a chair....

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

West Sky at Dusk

West Sky at Dusk (Sold)
Acrylic on unprimed Arches paper 8.5 x 12 inches. It's always interesting to see which images end up being more popular than others. This one sold quickly and received many responses. I tend to like them all, as I make them, so can't really tell which ones will receive strong response.   

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

August Haze

Every time I change the paper I use, the work changes slightly as well. I'm enjoying this Arches paper. Many of my paintings start with an undercoat wash, usually a light red. The image is then drawn and painted over that. This paper buckled a fair bit initially, sometimes making it distracting to produce the painting, and some of the buckle remained afterward. There is a simple and very effective fix for this, at least for work of this small scale. I let the work fully dry, place it upside down on a clean, flat surface, and spray the back gently with water and let the paper fully saturate. I brush the excess water with a larger house painting brush so that all parts of the paper have equal access to the water. I place this wet sheet in between sheets of Masonite, and many sheets of blotting paper. This is then all placed under a very tall stack of heavy art books. I remove the painting after a day or more, and the piece is perfectly flat. Sometimes a bit of buckle in the work is fine, and even preferable.   

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Drought Relief!!!!!

We waited so long for rain, which finally came, although not really in the abundance needed. It's too late for many of the crops, but the trees, bushes, perennials, and wells will be happy! These paintings are all on unprimed Arches paper 7.5 x 12 inches.    

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


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Sling (Sold)
....calm, beautiful evenings.....big sky over harvested wheat. Acrylic collage painting on heavy archival paper 9.5 x 13 inches, image size 8.75 x 11 inches.

The method here is bit different from some of my others. I stand in front of the scene with full intention of making a picture of this specific view, and I commit a few things to memory....the few important things that I feel create the impact in the first place. further reference is used to make the picture. The REASON for doing it this way is so that, in the process of painting, ONLY the paint, shape, colour, line, etc...are considered. The reference is internal, so the making of the painting is a bit more seamless. When I employ these different methods, the paintings work out somewhat differently in each case....

Monday, August 8, 2016


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....afternoon, at Rice Lake. Acrylic collage painting on heavy archival paper 11 x 15 inches, image size 9.5 x 12 inches.

...the process here was inversed a bit. Usually, when I use collage, I begin with collage, and then paint on top of the piece. Here, the piece was meant to be a pure painting, but I felt I needed more surprise in the sky, and I needed to do something else to get the character of the sky, so I decided to use collage half way through the painting, even while the sky was partially wet. I like it very much when a real element of surprise enters into the work process, and that happened here.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

August 1, Sky Over Lost Dog Hill

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August 1, Sky Over Lost Dog Hill (Sold) ....despite beautiful evening skies, the extreme heat and drought continue. Acrylic on heavy, umprimed Somerset paper 11 x 15 inches, image size 9 x 13 inches.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Evening Front

Evening Front (Sold)
...I purposely search out locations that offer big skies. Acrylic collage painting on heavy, unprimed Somerset paper 11 x 15 inches, image size 10 x 10.25 inches. The drawing used as reference is included here. I make quite a few of these....only some of them get used for paintings.

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