Thursday, June 30, 2011

"Rocks and Cactus"

Oil on linen panel, 9"x12"

Another hill country scene typical of the area near Enchanted Rock state park. I will most likely re-shoot this image because of the glare on the top of the photo.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

"Enchanted Rock Evening"

Oil on panel, 8"x8"
This is a view of Enchanted Rock from within the state park. I changed the lighting from mid day in the photo reference to late in the afternoon.

Monday, June 27, 2011

"Rocky Creek"

Oil on panel, 9"x12"
I found this rocky creek along the side of the road between Boerne and Fredericksburg, Texas.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

"Hills of Blue"

Oil on panel, 9"x12"
Another scene from the Hill Country.

"Evening Blues"

Oil on panel, 8"x8"
Another scene of the Texas Hill Country. This one is a field of blue bonnets near days end.

"Aspens and Split Rail"

Oil on panel, 8"x10"
This ranch is near Aspen on the way to the Maroon Bells.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

"In the Hills"

Oil on panel, 8"x8"

Another small square panel, this is a made up hill country scene.

"Grazing Horse"

Oil on panel, 8"x8"

I have not done any of these small 8"x8" paintings lately so I thought I would change things up and do a couple. This horse was grazing on the Skyline Ranch in Carbondale, Colorado. I took considerable liberty with the background.

Friday, June 17, 2011


Oil on panel, 12"x16"

Redstone is a small town near Carbondale, Colorado. The scene is from a park that sits right on the river.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

"Mountain Pond"

Oil on panel, 8"x10"

This pond near Aspen was catching nice light and reflections on the surface.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

"Cactus" Revised

Oil on panel, 11"x14"

I knew I was going to revise this painting, I wasn't happy with the color in it so I decided to paint right on top of what I had.

And now I have repainted it again. Newest version is on top.

"Skyline Ranch Horses" en plein air

OIl on panel, 11"x14"
From my workshop in Carbondale, Colorado I did the plein air work on this piece in just over an hour. We had little time left to paint when I started this piece but I really wanted to get this one going. I painted very fast and blocked the entire painting in but my horses looked a bit like stick figures. I toned down the background and increased the foreground shadow per the suggestion of our instructor George Strickland. I think the painting came off pretty good considering how fast it was painted.

"Redstone" en plein air

oil on panel, 12"x9"
This painting was started en plein air and completed in the studio. I got the entire painting blocked in and almost completed on location. I did adjust a few things after bringing it home.

"Trees and Mt. Sopris" 20 minute plein air

oil on panel, 6"x8"

This is another of those 20 minute plein air paintings from the George Strickland workshop in Carbondale, Colorado. It is very difficult to paint anything remotely recognizable in 2o minutes. These exercises force you to see the big picture very quickly and to lay color down and leave it alone.

Monday, June 13, 2011

"Maroon Bells - Plein Air"

Oil on Panel, 11"x14"
Friday 6/10 was my last day in Colorado. I painted this scene of the Maroon Bells outside of Aspen en Plein Air. The photos show the painting in progress and my view of one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.

"Mt. Sopris - Plein Air"

Oil on panel, 11"x14"
I think we took a couple hours when I painted this scene en plein air of Mt. Sopris from the Skyline Ranch in Carbondale, Colorado.

"Carbondale Horse - Plein Air"

Oil on panel, 6"x8"
Just back from a plein air workshop with George Strickland in Carbondale, Colorado. We did several 20 minute paintings and some 1 hour paintings. This was a 20 minute sketch of a horse on the Skyline Ranch. I will share a few more of the small ones in the next few days.

Friday, June 3, 2011

"Grapevine Sentinels"

Oil on panel, 8"x10"
Another scene from Grapevine Hills in Big Bend National Park.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

"Rough and Tumble"

Oil on panel, 8"x8"
This scene is in Big Bend National Park on the Lost Mine Trail.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Another painting done with the same no. 8 flat which is now starting to resemble a filbert. Not sure about this piece. The reference photo was taken under an overcast sky which made the scene rather gray. I'm already certain I will re-paint this right on top of the existing painting real soon.