Sunday, June 14, 2009

"Light Through Trees"

For the past several years, I've been hung up on painting light through trees. I think this might be #7. They're all small and all a little different. This piece is 7" x 4".

"The Road Less Travelled"

I'm having a one-person landscape show at The Santa Ysabel Gallery in California - opening September 5th. The title of the show is Places I Remember so I wanted the piece that would be used to promote the show to reflect the theme.

This 10" x 8" oil, The Road Less Travelled, really is a place I remember as it is done from memory. I used some photographs to remind me of color and mood - but there is no photograph of this particular place. Does it even exist? Yes, somewhere in north San Diego County - but I don't think I could find the spot again.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Chow Down

This 6" x 8" oil only took a few hours. It's hard to paint a cute subject without ending up with a cute painting so I concentrated on my warm & cool colors - and used the long shadows to make a strong composition.

I've done this little oil for an upcoming show in Breckenridge, Colorado. My sister and I will be showing our work together at Meet the Artist, June 27 & 28th at the Riverwalk Plaza in downtown Breckenridge.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

"Blue River Valley"

I'm happy with this little oil. It's an 8 x 10 painted on a gessoed board. The pre-gessoed board was a little too slick so I gave it a rough coat of gesso and let it dry for 24 hours. It's not easy to paint detail on a rough surface - so it forces me to paint loosely. I like the piece as it has a 'sense of place' - something I am always striving for.

I'm painting for a show in Breckenridge, Colorado at the end of June. "Meet the Artist" is an outdoor show that I did for the first time last year with my sister, Joanne Hanson. Several years ago she finally listened to me and gave painting a try. She has yet to put the brush down and her work is already selling well.

MEET THE ARTIST is June 27, 28, 2009 on the lawn at Riverwalk Plaza in Breckenridge. If you have trouble finding me, call me on my cellphone at 928 300-9118. I will be showing Colorado landscapes (including this piece) and my wildlife paintings.