Monday, December 10, 2012

Chico Basin Cloudscape

We have amazing clouds over the Front Range and I'm working on a series of large format landscapes that are really cloud-scapes. The land is there to ground the sky, but I have traveled so much across the valleys between mountain ranges where you get such a feeling of open space, this is my attempt to share that feeling of expansive freedom.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sunflowers With Barn

"Sunflowers with Barn" is a 14 x 18 oil I painted the last day of August at RockLedge Ranch in Colorado Springs.

Pond in Fall

"Pond in Fall" was really this bright. It was a sunny Sunday and the light was just catching the willows
and a few cat tail leaves as well as the fallen leaves on the pond. Rock Ledge Ranch, again.

Evening Light

"Evening Light" is an 8 x 10 oil completed on location while standing by the Rock Ledge Ranch Mother's Chapel. The light was changing fast as the sun was going down, so while I finished the scene, I had to hold in memory the bright colors of the aspen in the background being lit by the diagonal rays of setting sun.

Friday, October 19, 2012

"Turning on the Pass"
 is a 9 x 12 on location at Independence Pass the last week of September.
Beautiful drive, sun was in and out of the clouds, the contrast between back lit aspen and the rest of the surrounding landscape is too much range for a camera to capture well. These were in the shade of a large cloud when I painted them and allowed for more subtle variation in color. Painting on location with all the sensations of sounds of birds, passing cars, breeze, changing light, hikers with dogs and kids passing by, even bugs and curious wildlife, adds another dimension of life to my work. Same old saw, the more you look, the more you see. The more there is to see on location!

Monday, October 15, 2012


Finally, able to post another blog note, after a long frustrating time of computer confusion. 

This is "Snowy Bells" of a trip to Maroon Bells 6 x 8 oil painting done on location the last weekend of September.

 Yes, I'm still painting! Still traveling whenever I can and painting the beauty of nature!