Thursday, July 18, 2013

Painting in Wyoming

"Haze at String Lake"   oil   13"x12"

Legacy Gallery,  Jackson Hole

Nothing compares to painting up in the mountains
on location.  I have ventured all over the states,  but
my favorite by far is Wyoming,  specifically the
Jackson, Wyoming area,  home of the Grand Teton 

This was painted at mid day on String Lake,
probably my favorite of the group of lakes at 
the base  of the mountains.  I can get up early 
from camp and paint all day without hiking 
too far.

Fall is my favorite time because of the mild
temperature and beautiful color.  Most people have
ventured back home as well,  so no crowds,
except maybe artists since it's usually the fall arts
time in Jackson Hole!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Painting the movement of water

"Winter Surf"   oil   6"x10"


Friday, July 5, 2013

Eastern Sierra Painting

"On the way to Pine Creek"   oil   10"x12" 


One of my favorite places to paint the mountains
is the Eastern Sierra Mountains about 4 hours north 
of my home. This range runs some 400 miles north
to south and 70 west to east.  To the south is  Kings 
Canyon and the Giant Sequoia groves and further 
north you will find Big Pine Canyon with some of
the prettiest glacial lakes anywhere.  

Painting is abundant here and no matter what 
time of year it is pretty easy to get around to 
some of the great spots,  although winter
may be a bit of a challenge since some higher
elevation roads are closed. 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Field Studies

"Reflections of Fall"   oil   8"x10"  NFS

Field studies are an important part of the painting
process.  Like a portrait painter paints from a model,
the landscape painter needs his.  Yes,  you can paint
from a photograph,  but the real life experience of
being on location infuses the work with much more
than just an image.  Only after being on location with
easel can you honestly portray to the viewer exactly
what you felt and saw with much more sensitivity.