Friday, May 29, 2015

Sleeping Giant, Garden of the Gods

I'm just not sure if I like this one or not. Time and again I've completed a painting and not been happy with it much at all, but after it had been put away for a while it began to grow on me. Perhaps this will be that for me. Perhaps that's a common issue with a work that you've spent a great deal of time on. Perhaps I'll get better at recognizing when I've failed or when I've done well. Who knows?!

Oil on canvas, 20" x 16"

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Pikes Peak in Spring

I live near Compassion International, which has some of the best views of Pikes Peak in town and also allows visitors to hike its grounds. During this very wet May I hiked around their land seeing what I could find to paint. All that rain made the normally yellow grasses especially green (at least by Colorado standards), but up on the peak the moisture is still mostly snow.

I'm always amazed by the color out here. The colors really were this dramatic! The tree really is that bright green, the foothills really are that purple, the mountain just that blue, and of course the Colorado sky--I couldn't paint the sky out here without phthalo blue in my box!

Oil on canvas, 16" x 12"

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Reaching the Sun

This one took me three attempts to paint something I liked. I wish failure wasn't such a big part of the art experience, but it is!

This is another rock formation out at Eleven Mile State Park in Colorado. The actual scene was really quite sunny with few clouds, but I knew that this peak would be much more dramatic if the lower portion were in shade from cloud cover. So in Photoshop I pushed and pulled and masked and created this scene. I love how the color splash at the top really draws your attention.

Oil on canvas, 11" x 14"

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Footprints at Eleven Mile State Park

One of the most fascinating things to happen to me in transitioning to a fine art painter is that I am finding paintings yet to be created everywhere I turn, which is especially true living in Colorado. This place is beautiful and just begs to be painted, but I've been to Colorado before and yet I'm seeing some of the same terrain with different eyes it seems. That's the case with this particular scene, which I would have all but ignored previously.

My family had spent Christmas in the mountains and were returning home to Colorado Springs. On the way we stopped by Eleven Mile State Park near Lake George, CO to snap some photos of the large reservoir now covered in ice and snow and the beautiful trees and rocks which surround it. We snapped the photos we were after and turned to head back to the car. On the way I looked up and saw this little scene of a tree near some rocks with some low rolling mountains in the background. The atmosphere created just the right depth, the only thing it needed was some footprints to lead the viewer in and help tell a story, which I added while painting the scene. I was pretty pleased with this simple scene when I finished, something I've been struggling to feel for a while now.

Oil on canvas, mounted to board, 11" x 14"

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