Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Campers

Oil on linen panel, 9"x12"

This scene is early morning in Lost Maples State Park near Vanderpool, Texas

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Peonies Study 2

Oil on panel, 8"x10"
This is the second of my studies for a larger commission painting of Peonies.

Wash and Tumble Dry

Oil on Gessobord panel, 8"x8"

This scene is from a dry wash in Big Bend National Park. The pile of rocks interested me in their abstract form, and I love painting reflected light.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Golden Sycamores

Oil on panel, 8"x10"

I painted these Sycamore trees en plein air in Old Town Spring. I am sure I will paint more of them. They are quite beautiful in their fall foliage.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Peonies Study_1

Oil on panel, 6"x8"

I have a commission piece of Peonies to paint for a collector so I thought I would do a few studies before I paint a larger piece. This being the first, will be the smallest and I will work larger each time. I have painted them before but it has been a while and I need to familiarize myself with them again. I think it would be cost prohibitive to attempt to locate real Peonies if it is even possible at this time of year but I found some silk ones at a nearby craft store and set them near my easel to paint directly from "fake" life.


Oil on panel, 6"x8"

Another made up scene, I fought this piece for a while, painting, then scraping then repainting until finally it was at least temporarily in my good graces. So here it is before I scrape it again. Going out to paint outside, that will alleviate the made up torture for a while and replace that with sun, mosquitos and gawkers.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

North of San Antonio

Oil on panel, 9"x12"

I used the previously done smaller version of the same titled painting as a study for this piece. It originated as a thumbnail, then a finished 6"x8" early this year and now this 9"x12" version.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Morning Shadows

Oil on museum panel, 6"x6"

Another scene from between Cata Valley and Rock Springs, Texas.

Oak on a Hill

Oil on museum panel, 6"x6"

This scene was created from photos taken near Carta Valley and Rock Springs, Texas.

Monday, October 17, 2011


Oil on panel, 11"x14"

I sometimes enjoy using only my imagination to create a painting. This is one of those scenes, it is entirely made up.

Mt. Sopris

Oil on panel, 6"x8"

This view of Mt. Sopris is from the Skyline Ranch in Carbondale, Colorado. I painted plein air there in June during a workshop with George Strickland.


Oil on panel, 8"x10"

This scene is from the Badlands of Big Bend National Park. The Badlands are on the Western side of the park toward Study Butte.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Valley of Blue

The Background Hill was bothering me, it just called for to much attention, so I pushed it back and removed some of the detail. This is the revised painting.

Oil on panel, 11"x14"
I used a photo from around Bandera for this piece but I altered it quite a bit.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Under a Mesquite

Oil on museum panel, 8"x8"
I found this cow seeking relief from 100ยบ plus heat under a mesquite tree off the Post Road south of Marathon, Texas.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Peaceful Morning

Oil on panel, 16"x20"

I did this painting in January of this year but nearly ruined it in a rush to finish it. It has been sitting in the bad corner for a while and I finally decided to fix it or trash it. It still has some issues but is far better than it was. I am still having problems photographing anything this large. I just cant keep glare off my canvases.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Chisos from a Dry Wash

Oil on panel, 6"x8"
This is a view from a dry wash in the western side of Big Bend National Park.
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Springs Arrival

Oil on panel, 8"x10"
This is another scene from north of Fredericksburg near Enchanted Rock State Park. My intent was to keep this piece pretty impressionistic. I wanted no trivial details.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Desert Rain

Oil on panel, 8"x6"
Another scene from Big Bend National Park. Painted from a photo print I took over 20 years ago.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

North of Fredericksburg

Oil on linen panel, 9"x12"

I found this scene in early spring between Fredericksburg and Enchanted Rock State Park. The creek was no longer flowing and had a few isolated pools scattered along it's path.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Last Light

Oil on panel, 6"x6"

This piece is similar to "Afternoon Light". Almost a mirror image but I placed this tree on a hillside and Hit the top of the tree with direct light. I witnessed lighting like this the other day in the neighborhood. The tree tops were glowing while very cool greens were in the shadows below the sunlight. It only lasted for a few brief minutes then it was gone. I made mental notes of the colors and how I would mix them. Not quite plein air painting but this is the kind of mental work John Carlson was famous for.

Foot of the Hills

Oil on panel, 11"x14"
Another scene from near Bandera, Texas. I almost divided this canvas in half with the bottom of the tree line. I think I kept it just off center enough to work but it is dangerously close.