Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Zeus

Zeus
8X10, Oil on Panel

Back in the '80s, elk from the Rockies were introduced in the Buffalo National River park.  Before white settlers came and hunted them to extinction, the region was home to a smaller subspecies known as the eastern elk.  Today, the elk herds attract many visitors to the park mostly during the fall when the big bulls join the herds in the bottoms for rut.

I started and did most all of the work for this one last year but was never certain I was done with it until a few weeks ago so I'm taking credit for it in 2017.

#6 of 50.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Breaking Through

Breaking Through
6X8, Oil on Panel
Available

Texas Plein Air from New Years Eve complete with central Texas dirt!

#5 of 50

Monday, February 6, 2017

Gone Before the Dawn

Gone Before the Dawn
6X8, Oil on Panel
Available

My friend from Finland sent me some glorious sunrise pictures from the countryside north of Helsinki a month or so ago.  Her description of the experience of the moment was inspiring and I had to do a painting of it.

#4 of 50

Friday, February 3, 2017

Binary Opposition #1

Binary Opposition #1
30X30, Oil on Panel
Available

Let me just lead this post off by saying this is old work.  This is from 2009 and was my first in a short series of experimental pieces incorporating encoded messages.  I mentioned these in passing to a friend who expressed a desire to see them.  That prompted me to take a look here and make sure I had posted them.  I looks like I never actually did that.  For a while, I kept a separate blog for all of my work that was not directly related to Arkansas scenes but I found that was too much and I abandoned it and tried to upload everything that was on that blog to here but I guess I missed some things.

I have quite a lot of new works that will be uploaded soon.  These older coded pieces will get posted interspersed with new work.  I won't give away too many secrets as to how to figure out what this says but it really have a message in it.  If you want to figure it, by all means, please take a crack at it!


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Delta Autumn

Delta Autumn
8X10, Oil on Panel
Available

This past autumn continued a streak a less than optimal peak color in the state of Arkansas.  The weather was warmer than average and rains came too early.  This location is just east of Little Rock on an oxbow lake of the Arkansas River.  A local road bike runs past this so I knew from having sped by it in the past that is a nice peaceful and picturesque spot that might be worthy of painting.  I went by there one Saturday in November and snapped a photo for a photo exchange with a friend who also did a digital painting of this scene.

#3 of 50

Thursday, January 26, 2017

An Impression of the Grand Canyon

An Impression of the Grand Canyon
4X8, Oil on Panel
Available

I started this little plein air close to sunset over the summer vacation to the Grand Canyon after a couple of other failed attempts at larger sizes.  The Grand Canyon is an imposing, intimidating place to paint.  Not only is the vista unimaginably huge, the sky and colors so profound but there is also always the presence of humans and potential watchers making it even harder to work.

This one was completed in 2016 so it does not count towards my 50 in 2017.