Wednesday, February 22, 2017

During Wind and Rain - Study

During Wind and Rain - Study
6X8, Oil on Panel
SOLD

Last year, one of my biggest collectors, who also happens to write and direct musicals both off and sometimes on Broadway,  asked if I would paint something that could serve as a poster for an upcoming musical he was working on titled, "During Wind and Rain."  The musical is based upon real life events that occurred in one single family in Desha County, Arkansas around the turn of the century.  It is a tragic story of multiple deaths and the shadow they cast  upon a once prominent and wealthy cotton farming family.  I was intrigued and wanted to do it.  This is the study  upon which the final piece was based.  The musical opens in North Little Rock, Arkansas in April and I can't wait to see it.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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