Tuesday, July 21, 2009



(detail of large barn)

(detail of small barn)

(detail of farmhouses)

(close-up of texture - grass/weeds in foreground, road in background)

(close-up of texture - road in foreground, weeds & farmhouses in background)

acrylic on canvas
Available for purchase at Revolution Gallery, Issaquah, WA

Sorry for the barrage of photos - I wanted to make the details and the texture of this painting more apparent (you can click on each picture to view a much larger version of each photo). The paint is really thick in some areas, and even the close-up photos don't quite capture that texture. As you can see, the image wraps around the sides of the canvas.

The large barn featured in this piece is the same barn that I used as a reference for After the Rain (also, Fresh Rain was a quick pastel study in preparation for this painting). These buildings are on the outskirts of Billings, MT and are steadily being approached by shopping centers and apartments as the city continues to expand into neighboring farmland. I really love the half-dead tree in front of the main barn - the farm's buildings, like the tree, are falling apart day by day but are still standing.

I guess I have a penchant for abandoned barns and old rural buildings. They're like time capsules.

On another note, I've been developing a web site for my artwork and will be posting a link to it shortly.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Poppies & Lupine - SOLD

Poppies & Lupine
acrylic on canvas

I decided to do a small painting as a break from a larger painting that I've been working on. I'd like to get in the habit of partaking in the "daily painting" movement, so hopefully I'll be producing more of these little pieces.

I provided a photo of the side of the canvas to show the yellow base coat that shows through (as well as how thick the paint is). I liked the rough edges on the side & decided to keep them as is.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

One Giant Leap - SOLD

One Giant Leap
acrylic on canvas

This painting was a bit of a departure from my normal subject matter. It was a commission that was intended to commemorate the upcoming 40th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11 (July 16, 1969).

I used an acrylic sand-textured gel for the flame plume.