Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Back to Coors

The Skeptic (10x8) oil on linen

I am honored and excited to be invited back to the Coors Western Art Exhibition & Sale, opening in Denver in January 2017... I did well there last time, selling 4 of my 5 paintings on opening night -- I may try to be there for the opener as well. This piece will be one of the small works I will show along with a couple of more, plus some larger pieces for the main show.








Monday, June 27, 2016



 Mt Carmel Moonrise (9x12) SOLD

Had a wonderful time at the Maynard Dixon Country Camp Out in southern Utah!  The weather was near 100 degrees every day, but the scenery was spectacular and the camaraderie with the other painters was great fun -- thank you Paul & Susan Bingham!

Butter Knife Bluffs (9x12) oil on linen

The organizers (Paul & Susan) treated us very well, and everyone produced fantastic works. I had been to Zion National Park years ago, but the rest of the area was completely new to me -- beautiful potential painting spots everywhere...


 Barracks Wash (12x16) SOLD

The Dixon grounds, including his homestead and studio were very inspiring, and was the location for several dinners and workshops... 


Bunking with Dixon (8x10) SOLD

I did this little "mockturn" (a nocturn scene painted during daylight) of the bunkhouse on the last day when we were to hand in the weeks paintings for the Wet Paint Sale; I left it on the car seat until someone suggested I put it in the show, and Susan had to have it! All in all, it was a great pleasure to be there for the week, and I hope to go back next year...










Maynard Dixon Country Camp Out 2016

Friday, May 20, 2016

Wrong Answer!

"Wrong Answer" (10x8) o/p SOLD!

 This piece, Wrong Answer will be in the Small Works show at the Maxwell Alexander Gallery in Culver City, CA next month. I took a poll on Facebook asking which of the two titles I had narrowed it down to (Wrong Answer, or Bad Company) fit best, and Wrong Answer won by a landslide. 

Although a few comments accused me of stereo-typing this decidedly fictitious painting, I must point out that there were indeed Mexican bandoleros and revolutionaries roaming the southwest who looked just like this back in the day... 

From about 1910 to 1920 revolts and raids were common throughout Mexico, incited by growing distrust and dissatisfaction with then president, Porfirio Diaz.  It eventually ended with the ousting of Diaz, and deaths of some of the key members of the revolution, including Pascual Orozco, Emiliano Zapata & Pancho Villa who looked much like the character in my painting.   

Even women fighters were not uncommon, like Margarita Neri who brandishing a machete, led a force of over 1,000 vowing to decapitate Diaz who eventually fled to France and died there in exile one hundred years ago.










Monday, May 9, 2016

Eugene, OR workshop


A couple of spots left for my 2-day Figure Workshop next weekend in Eugene, May 14 & 15, 2016 at Aragon Alpacas... 

$200 + $12 model fee. 

Please contact Victoria for details and registration: awake.art11@gmail.com







Friday, April 29, 2016

Unassuming.

Unassuming (30x24) oil on linen

Had the pleasure of working with this lovely model last week; a friend donated the kimono to my studio's costume wardrobe a while back, and it complimented this redhead quite nicely... 

(Initial lay-in session)

About 2 hours was enough to establish the drawing,  colour notes and block-in all the major shapes. From there, I could stay on track with the colour key and retain the broken patterns of brush strokes, keeping the overall spontaneity and freshness of the initial session. No need to fill in every square inch -- in fact that would have killed the energy I was after in what could have been a rather static pose.

Could have left it even more "undone", but I still get carried away...





Monday, April 4, 2016

Feature article in Plein Air magazine!

Plein Air magazine, May 2016

Thanks to Steve Doherty and Plein Air magazine for featuring me in the new May 2016 issue!









 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Smokin' Cowboy

(15x15) oil pastel on Canson paper


Enjoyed my time with fellow artist (and sometime art model) Timothy Young the other day... I had noticed him at a local weekly art gathering and made a mental note to someday approach him to see if he would model for me. Not knowing his name, I secretly referred to him as "Epic Bead Guy" until I got up the nerve to introduce myself -- what a genuine and pleasant guy he turned out to be; and not that I expected the contrary, but sometimes you never know with people who have a unique style and individuality.

He was very humble and accommodating in sitting for this portrait sketch...he even went as far as fashioning a dummy pipe to smoke as he is not a smoker in real life (and I didn't have a pipe on hand myself). After the session, we went out for some Chinese food and great conversation...

Thank you again, Tim for your time and graciousness to pose for me; hope to work with you again!