Friday, July 3, 2009

La Senita


This 30" x 40" oil is done on 2" deep Ampersand cradle board. It gives the painting a more contemporary look and does not require framing. The subject is senita cactus, common in the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona. It's also known as 'old man cactus' for the whiskers that grow at the top of mature branches. This painting will be shown at the group show "Legacy of the Southwest" at Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale. The opening is Thursday, July 9th, 7 - 9 pm. I'll see you there!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

"Summer Aspen"

I just returned from a two week painting trip in Colorado...and also exhibited my work at 'Meet the Artist' in Breckenridge.

The weather cooperated with cool days, spectacular clouds and enough rain showers to rehydrate this parched Arizonan.

I painted this little piece plein air in front of my sister's house in Silverthorne. Unfortunately, the bark beetle has killed the majority of the lodge pole pines in the area - but the aspen are growing quickly to fill in the gaps. I love painting aspen - and could have spent the two weeks painting nothing but.

This painting is a 6" x 6" oil on Ampersand board.