Tuesday, November 27, 2007

November Twilight

November Twilight Oil 5.75 x 6
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The rain finally stopped. By last evening the sky was full of color and the air was crisp and cool.

Monday, November 26, 2007

The Day After Thanksgiving

The Day After Thanksgiving Oil 6 x 8
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Late on Thanksgiving weather blew in- by Friday morning the sky was heavy and violet grey. Noises- even the rainfall-seemed muffled in the thick damp atmosphere. I've always loved the woodcuts of the landscape in rain and snow by Japanese masters, so I decided to try to capture that effect in this little piece. Can you see the rain falling?

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Morning Haze

Morning Haze Oil 6 x 8
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. So many blessings here in our great land.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Backyard Magic #4

Backyard Magic #4 Oil 4 x 8
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This is how the sunset looked one day in late August. Really- I'm not kidding. It looked like there had been a fiery volcanic eruption over the hill on our neighbor's ranch and the sky was bathed in hot lava. Of course, nothing like that happened. It was just a sunset. In a few minutes, it was over and everything went back to normal. More or less.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Heading South

Heading South oil 6 x 6
I think autumn is one of the most evocative times of the year. Unlike spring, which is all about rebirth and looking forward, fall is a reflective time - more about looking back than forward. It can have an almost sensual feel, made even more poignant by the passing days. The word "autumn" itself is a metaphor for loss and the passage of time. I don't know that I got all of that in this little painting, but I sure did try.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Afternoon Clouds

Afternoon Clouds Oil 24 x 36

This is a piece I just completed for M Gallery of Fine Art in Sarasota. I posted the study for this piece a while back (ok, it took me too long to get this finished!) I am generally pleased with it. There is a quality of light I was after - its partly the feeling of glare you get on bright days in Florida but also that sense of distance and atmosphere created by layers of moist air - I wanted the viewer to have an experience of that- like you could walk in and put your sun glasses on! I don't know if you can feel that in this image but I think it does come through in the painting.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Rhythm & Blues

Rhythm & Blues Oil 6 x 6
This is painted from memory. One of my favorite stretches of road is 287 between Amarillo and Wichita Falls. Now, even Texans think I am crazy to say that, but this is where the Plains meet the West - an area also known as "the Breaks". Agriculture and ranching, nourished by the Red River, clings to a narrow swath surrounded by big open country.