Sunday, November 20, 2016

Elizabeth and Jeff



Elizabeth and Jeff

18" x 24"
Oil on Wood Panel


Lori, who is in charge of my activities, decreed that I was to make another painting attempt with Elizabeth and Jeff.

This is also our favorite daughter-in-law.

We took some photographs while we were there this summer for reference. However I wanted a painting without the teeth showing

Well forget that, Elizabeth is always smiling, so anything else did not look correct

I took a lot of liberty with the clothes- making more of a Christmas holiday attire in this painting

Lori is happy so things are good

The blue is French Ultramarine



Mesas Autumn Sunset



Mesas

24" x 36"
Oil on wood Panel

I have not posted any paintings for a season. I have been too busy to want to take the time,

I like the cool sky and the foreground plants contrasted to the warm land

This is a larger oil painting

The southwest is an area with lovely landscapes and a timeless quality

It could probably use some more cool accents in the shadows, but they look pretty close to what I desired in the actual painting.
below another view with different camera settings - looks too washed out to me though


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Spencer



Spencer

24" x 18"
Oil on hardwood Panel

Rebecca kindly shared several photographs for this painting.

I wanted an executive type look

Spencer is thoughtful and engaging. I tried to create a more reserved look while still being friendly and approachable

The scriptures were not in the original however they seem to fit Spencer very well



This is the same painting with indoor lighting, therefore it appears much warmer.

Outside the sky color and the camera pull the blue tones forward.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Young Woman




Young Woman

20" x 16"
Oil on hardwood Panel
[click on the image to enlarge]



I'm so proud of this budding young woman

She has strong values and a living testimony.

Rebecca took a photograph and it lead me to create this reflection of her cheerful countenance and enthusiasm

She is inspiring


Bruges



Bruges

18" x 24"
Oil on hardwood Panel


Bruges in Belgium was one of our favorite cities.

It is an historical area while still having a wonderful, warm feeling about it. It was formerly a major port city although well inland. The controlled waterways typical of all the area allowed ocean shipping to reach them.

As in Amsterdam the people make extensive use of bicycles - and they firmly believe that the bicycle has the right-of-way rather than the pedestrian.

The whole area has wonderful clouds which are constantly on the move

The people like red roofs and build with stone

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Grandmother from the Past


Grandmother as a Young Woman

16" x 20"
Oil on hardwood Panel

This lady fascinates me.

She is a maternal ancestor on Lori's side.

We know very little about her. She may have been partially or entirely native American.

This portrait is taken from the single photograph that is available. [and I have further altered that, however she is not around to object to my interpretation...]

Some painters will not do portraits if they cannot see the living, walking, and talking person and get a feel for their manner.

Some day I hope to meet her and be able to learn about her background and family

Her eyes suggest that she has many experiences to share

Watchtower


Watchtower
Zions National Park

24" x 36"
Oil on hardwood Panel

I found a reference photo that lead to this painting while doing some research about watchtowers.

I was drawn to the sunset contrasts and the more vivid saturated colors.

This painting is larger than most of my landscapes and it was enjoyable to work in the larger space

After several trials I was finally satisfied that the emphasis was were I wanted it to be