Friday, May 31, 2013

Afternoon Clouds in the Bend

Oil on linen panel, 11"x14"

This is a view of the Chisos Mountains and summer afternoon cloud buildup, looking east in Big Bend National Park.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Arroyo Vista

Oil on panel, 6"x8"

I have painted this scene before but never with so much thought before laying paint down. I modified the scene just a little for the sake of the design and used fewer values to tie elements together. I carefully manipulated edges to lead the eye throughout the scene. This painting was done at the request of a friend and collector. Painted from photos taken in Big Bend National Park.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Valley Girls (Fer Sure, Fer Sure)

Oil on canvas, 24"x30"
No doubt I will attempt to take a better photo of this piece and possible do more work on it if I feel it necessary. With the cattle grazing in the valley I just couldn't resist the title, no disrespect to Frank or Moon Zappa.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Desert Plateau - redo

Oil on panel, 11"x14"

I have repainted the mountains and a few foreground areas of this painting that was originally posted on January 1st of this year. The changes are significant enough to warrant reposting it today. I felt the mountains were overbearing in color and broken in form. I have also posted the new version along with the old version on the January 1st post here on my blog if you would like to compare the two.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


A revised version of this painting is posted above.
Oil on panel, 8"x6"

Southwest of the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park is Chilicotal Mountain. I have painted this by simplifying the scene to basic elements and placing a foreground cactus at the bottom of the painting.

Little Creek

Oil on panel, 8"x10"

This scene is painted from an old slide reference I shot years ago. I'm not sure where the actual creek is. The slide had very little detail, the trees were almost a silhouette against a deep blue sky so I fudged the color and modified the composition a little too.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Frio at Concan

Oil on linen panel, 11"x14"

This is the Frio river just below Garner State Park. The water here is very shallow, cool, and clear. A favorite spot for tourists and locals alike during the hot summer months.