Sunday, March 10, 2019

"Direct observation of the luminous essence of nature
  is for me indispensable." – – Robert Deluanay

Spring Forward

(12x12  –  Acrylic on canvas sheet)

I started out wanting to observe the change to Daylight Savings Time. Actually I prefer Mountain Standard when the sun is at its zenith at noon. I wish they would just pick one and leave it. Originally I was going to lay down coil spring shapes as only part of the underpainting, but then paintings have a mind of their own. I kept seeing spirals instead, so rather that fight it I went with the flow. And I like the result. 

In Colorado March and April are our snowiest months, but coming home Friday night it actually rained! I love it. The smell is intoxicating. The 'circles' in the painting remind me of raindrops hitting puddles of snow melt. 

Upon completion I flashed on the work of Robert and Sonia Delaunay and their wonderfully circular faceted compositions of vibrant color. They founded the movement Orphism which was moving beyond concrete reality into the non-objective. Sadly it came to an end with the advent of WWI.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019


March Snow

( 9x12 – Acrylic on canvas textured paper – CLICK HERE TO BID – Starting at $185 )

Happy Fat Tuesday! 
The average high for this time of year in Denver is a balmy 51 degrees. BUT, a storm rolled across the nation, and well... you probably experienced the result. Here, over the weekend, we had a record coldest high temperature of 6 degrees. (With a wind chill of minus -9). We spent the better part of Sunday enveloped in a proverbial snowglobe. I love the big flakes and atmosphere that steals the color from our sight. Usually its so dry and clear here you can see detail miles away. Atmosphere and light are a landscape painters best friends! I love color field painting, so this was an opportunity to get all gauzy, mesmerized by the view out my window...

Friday, March 1, 2019

Rainbow Trees at River's Edge

( 6x9  –  Acrylic on canvas board  –  CLICK HERE TO BID  –  Starting at $150 )

This composition was inspired by my previous post, Winter Stand. The light on the edge of the hill was morphed into a river in the distance. Then I saturated the color and upped the contrast. I also emphasized stronger diagonals to create depth and make a composition with more movement. 

Monday, February 25, 2019

Winter Stand

( 9x12 – Acrylic on Canvas textured paper – CLICK HERE TO BID – Starting at $185 )

This is a stand of trees just about a 100 yards from my home. I love the subtle rhythm and the muted tones of wintertime. This day was grey and just starting to lightly snow. All bundled in layers with my hood up, my walk is a meditation, punctuated by the occasional scurrying bunny or hungry squirrel. The landscape is still very alive with the rustle of the branches, bird song and the meter of my gate in tune with my breath.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day!

"Every picture shows a spot with which
  the artist has fallen in love."  -- Alfred Sisley

The Valley of the Seine at Saint Cloud by Alfred Sisley, 1875. Musee des Beaux-Arts Rennes, France

Alfred Sisley, was a British citizen born in Paris in 1839. He is one of my favorite Impressionist painters. Look at that light! Although his career was overshadowed by his friends, Monet and Renoir who he met while studying at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, they often painted together outdoors. Sisley remained committed to landscape painting en plein air throughout his career, and created over 900 paintings, 100 pastels and many drawings.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Website redesign...

I just reformatted my website. It has a much cleaner look and I hope is easier to navigate. Check it out: