Thursday, July 26, 2012

Dawson's Butte PAAC Castle Rock Paintout

Summertime Blues    8x10    oil on panel

Another beautiful summer day in Colorado! Thanks to Lee McVey for joining us. We had a great time chatting and I really enjoyed watching her paint. She got 3 paintings done in the time it took me to this one! Also thanks to Leslie for joining us this time. Hopefully she can join us again! Some of the other painters in this group are really growing fast. There has been a nice jump in skill and quality since the beginning of the year. It's great to see others painting well outside.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Eastern Wyoming

Stuck in a Rut    8x10    oil on panel

Souls Depart    8x10    oil on panel

Summer - July    8x10    oil on panel

These three paintings were done on a recent trip to eastern Wyoming. I have been to these places in years past and have wanted to paint there. The first painting was made at the Oregon Trail Ruts near Guernsey. The second at Register Cliff, also near Guernsey. Pioneers would pass by Register Cliff on their way west and engrave their names into the rock. There are many names from the 1800s in the rock. The third painting was painted at Ft. Laramie. Ft. Laramie would have been the last place pioneers would have stopped for provisions before going any further west. It was super hot at all these locations, over 100 degrees, and I have no idea how people would have handled it in 1880. By the time I painted the third painting, I just wanted to convey the heat and the sunshine and how there was no escaping it.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Meeker Plein Air 2012

Cool Mountain Breeze     8x10    oil on panel

Independence    9x12    oil on panel

Rio Blanco    8x10    oil on panel

These are from the Meeker Plein Air event I participated in last week in Meeker Colorado. In my haste to get them into frames for the auction, I forgot to take pictures of some of them without the frame. Had a good time in Meeker, everyone there was really nice. A lot of great landscapes there as well. Way more than I could paint in 2 days. Cliff and I painted together one day and that produced the first painting shown here. It looks real similar to Cliff's painting because we were standing about 25 yards apart, and both wanted to paint the same thing. It was pretty cool to see two of the same compositions by different people. This painting was the one that was sold in the auction. I didn't even get to paint west of town which has some really great desert scenery. Maybe next year! Thanks to everyone involved for the event and thanks to Patricia Sheeran-Daggett for judging!