Saturday, November 20, 2010


Left side
Right side

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12" x 24" x 1.5"
acrylic on canvas
Available for purchase directly through the artist (contact Kristin)

I was inspired by Colorado artist Kate Dardine's recent quest to revive half-finished, forgotten paintings that have been sitting around the studio.  This buffalo painting was, for the most part, finished - but I wasn't happy with the final result, and it has since been collecting dust.  I decided to use some leftover paint from recent pieces and try to work as loosely as possible (I save all of my extra mixed paint in tupperware containers...once I spray them with some water and close the lid, they can last for weeks).

I've also been reading an anthology of literature by the American Transcendentalists.  It has a lot of classic pieces that I could re-read time and time again, as well as some really fascinating journal entries, etc. that I've never read before.  The Transcendentalists' writings have been a foundation in my life since I first delved into them...Ralph Waldo Emerson, in particular, really speaks to my soul. 

I decided to choose a quote by Emerson (his work is in the public domain) to write on the sides of the canvas...the image of the lone bison really seemed to call out for something from "Self-Reliance".  The left side of the canvas features the following text, handwritten in a Sharpie pen (which was surprisingly difficult):
"Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world." 
...and the right side features this text:

"Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind." - Self-Reliance

 When I feel like I need to loosen up between other paintings, I might continue this trend and try my hand at creating some similar Transcendentalist-themed paintings.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Moment's Rest

A Moment's Rest
acrylic on canvas
24" x 36" x 1.5"
Available for purchase at Revolution Gallery, Issaquah, WA

I've been using a different method lately when I paint.  To build up the impasto layers, I would normally mix pigments into an acrylic matte gel.  I would then apply that wonderfully frosting-like paint to the canvas with palette knives, and, after letting the impasto layer of paint dry, I would add a bit of brushwork with thin glazes.  I've been using more and more brushwork on top of the impasto layers over the past several months, so I've been accordingly changing the process a bit.

For this painting, and for most of my other recent work, I've been starting off each piece by applying a thin layer of pigment to the canvas with a brush.  I then apply acrylic matte gel only (no pigment added); I move it around on the canvas with palette knives, and my intent in doing so has been to create more motion in the image.  Once the thick gel layer has dried, I apply thin washes of pigment.  These washes interact with the original background color, which has been softened and muted by the semi-transparent matte gel.  I don't go through pigment nearly as quickly as I used to, and playing with the matte gel in its non-colored state allows for a lot of creativity.

Joni Mitchell's "Night Ride Home" album has been my painting music of choice, lately.  I've been listening to it nonstop.

Nature, I would be thy child,
Sit and worship at thy feet;
Read the truth upon thy face,
Wait upon thine accent sweet:
I would put my hand in thine,
Bow my head upon thy knee,
Live upon thy love alone,
Fearless, trusting all to thee.
-Mary Morgan, "To Nature"

Monday, November 8, 2010

Seattle show

I'm excited to be starting my month-long show at the Burk Gallery in Seattle, WA.  We helped to hang the paintings last night, and the arrangement looks great.  It's a mix of older and newer work, and the pieces flow really well together. 

The official opening reception is on Thursday, November 11, and there will be an additional closing reception on Saturday, December 4.  If you're in the area, I hope you can stop in & say hello and enjoy some art and refreshments! 

Burk Gallery
340 15th Avenue East, Suite #350
Seattle, WA 98112

Opening Reception:
Thursday, November 11, 5 - 8 PM
(part of Capitol Hill's Second Thursday Blitz Art Walk)

Closing Reception:
Saturday, December 4, noon - 6 PM
(Holiday Show)


In other news, I will hopefully be posting a photo later today of a new painting, so stay tuned.

My portfolio encountered an unfortunate loss recently: Crossing the Yellowstone is no more.  It was damaged by the shipping company while it was en route to Freshwater Studio & Gallery.  Apparently, the poor painting was impaled by something while in transit. :(

Rest In Peace, my dear buffalo!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Falling Snow

Falling Snow
acrylic on canvas
24" x 24" x 1.5"
Available for purchase from Freshwater Studio & Gallery, Dillon, MT

I've been in a wintry mood lately - that is to say, I've been aching for peaceful, snowy days that make the world a lot quieter and hot chocolate all the more delicious.

Since it's mostly just a rainy mess out here, I found a lot of my atmospheric inspiration from reading a poem by Joanna Klink called "Porch In Snow." It helped to put me in the right mindset for this painting. Originally featured in Klink's amazing book of poetry called Circadian, I first came upon "Porch In Snow" in an absolutely outstanding anthology called Montana Women Writers: A Geography of the Heart (seriously...this is an amazing book. I highly recommend it). Klink is a professor of graduate creative writing at the University of Montana-Missoula.

I just want to share a few lines here to give you an idea of how lovely it is...but you should read the full version via Google Books' preview of Montana Women Writers here. I hate to excerpt from poetry, since the poetry gets so mangled as a's especially hard to share a brief excerpt of Klink's poetry, since every line is so darn good.

"There you are, snow filling the air,
in the midst of silence [...]
Winter, there is no prayer but this,
to hold fast in the time of few choices.
An animal moves through the backyards, its eyes
precise and lit, the premise of everything I believe"
-Joanna Klink, excerpted from "Porch In Snow", from Circadian (Penguin: 2007)

Isn't that just stunning? I hope you'll check out Klink's work and find as much inspiration in her poetry as I have.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Crossing the Yellowstone - RIP

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Crossing the Yellowstone
acrylic on canvas
24" x 36" x 1.5"
RIP - This painting was destroyed by its shipping carrier, UPS, en route to a gallery.

I tried loosening up a bit more for this painting...I wanted to focus on the colors and give a more surreal impression to the landscape.

FYI, Proctor Art Gallery (Tacoma, WA) will be having a lot of events throughout the month of's "Arts Crush" month in Tacoma.

Fair river! in thy bright, clear flow
Of crystal, wandering water,
Thou art an emblem of the glow
Of beauty—the unhidden heart—
The playful maziness of art
In old Alberto's daughter
-Edgar Allen Poe, from "To the River"

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Morning Stroll - SOLD

Morning Stroll
acrylic on canvas
12" x 12" x 1.5"

In preparation for an upcoming show at Jubilee Biodynamic Farm in Carnation, WA, I've been trying my hand at painting farm animals. I thought I'd start with this little family of chickens.

I have a soft spot in my heart for chickens. We keep 4 hens in our backyard, and besides the delicious fresh eggs they provide, they also make surprisingly great pets. We've handled them since they were chicks, so they're incredibly tame and like to follow us around the yard when we let them out of their enclosure. David & I have even recently started a blog about our chickens, since we've been getting a surprising number of emails with questions about raising an urban flock.

Anyway, more farm animals - as well as a lot of new bison paintings - will be up shortly.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Yellow-Headed Blackbird - SOLD

Yellow-Headed Blackbird
acrylic on canvas
12" x 6" x 1.5"

I decided to try something different and paint a small bird rather than the usual four-legged creatures that I focus on.

The beautiful yellow-headed blackbird makes a surprisingly piercing squawk.

Silent Witness

Silent Witness
acrylic on canvas
24" x 12"
Available for purchase at Carnation Corners, Carnation, WA

I'm steadily catching up on my painting after a crazy couple of weeks. I'm working on a series of farm animals for an upcoming show at Jubilee Biodynamic Farm.

I'm still painting lots of wild fauna, of course. I just finished this particular painting, which was my first attempt at painting a cougar. It's amazing how much my own housecats resemble this impressive animal. Cougars are the largest cats that can purr (to the best of my knowledge...scientists are still debating, apparently).

He crouched low and long on the road,
Low and long and golden against
The leaves, watching pensively,
A damp sphinx of the woods.
-Keith Holyoak, from "The Cougar"

Monday, September 20, 2010

Where the Tall Grass Bends

Where the Tall Grass Bends
acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
16" x 40" x 1.5"
Available for purchase from Freshwater Studio & Gallery, Dillon, MT

I decided to try my hand at a small herd of bison - you can click on the thumbnails to see the detail better. Iridescent gold paint is mixed in with the pigments.

Autumn leaves are fallingAbout her new-made graveWhere the tall grass bends to listenTo the murmur of the wave.Laden autumn, here I standWith my sheaves in either hand;Speak the word that sets me free,Naught but rest seems good to me.
-Elizabeth Siddal, Untitled Fragments

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Little Bighorns

Little Bighorns
acrylic on canvas
18" x 14"
Available for purchase at Carnation Corners, Carnation, WA

I decided to experiment a bit with this one. I used isopropyl alcohol to dissolve droplets of paint on the canvas; I started by using the alcohol drops just on the rocks, then expanded them to the rest of the canvas.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Allies for a Season

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Allies for a Season
acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
24" x 36" x 1.5"
Available for purchase at Carnation Corners, Carnation, WA

I came down with a head cold this week and fell behind on my painting. Nonetheless, I managed to produce this wintry painting, which definitely fit my under-the-weather mood. :)

The pigments have been mixed with incandescent pearl paint, and I laid the colors on layer by layer. A soft purple/magenta shows through the blue layers, but this unfortunately doesn't show up so well in the photographs.

The snow whispers about me,And my wooden clogsLeave holes behind me in the snow.But no one will pass this waySeeking my footsteps,And when the temple bell rings againThey will be covered and gone. -Amy Lowell, "Falling Snow"

Monday, August 23, 2010

Grazing - SOLD

Grazing I & Grazing II
acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
8" x 8" x 1.5"

I bought some crackle paste awhile ago and finally decided to try it out. I combined it with a light molding paste so that the centers of the canvases wouldn't be as crackly.
These two can be hung individually or as a pair. Grazing I has more of a reddish tint to it, and Grazing II has a lighter tan tint.

I will leave in the hills a bit of myself--
The heat of my eyes which saw them bloom;
And cicadas, nesting on thorny branches,
Will sing out the shrill cry of my desire.

-Anna de Noailles, from "The Imprint"

The Great Gray Ghost

The Great Gray Ghost
acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
14" x 11" x 1.5"
Available for purchase at Carnation Corners, Carnation, WA

The weather has thankfully returned to normal after being above 90 for far too it's finally a tolerable temperature in my studio again, and I'm getting caught up on painting. This particular piece is a departure from my usual four-legged subjects...I just had to paint that beautiful eye! That striking yellow-orange color is the actual hue of the owl's eye - I based the whole color scheme of the painting around it, accordingly. Iridescent gold paint is mixed in with the pigments.

The sea, the stars, the winds, the trees,
The stream, the waterfall, the dell,
The bird, the flowers, the meadow-bell--
I felt that all of these

Were but the symbols of a soul
Alive with hope or memory;
The mind's immortal harmony
That through its chambers stole.

And to the spirit's listening ear,
Whilst slept the limbs and senses all,
Made every thing seem musical;
How could I cease to hear?

-Christopher Pearch Cranch, from "The Music of Nature"

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Shy Elk Calf

Shy Elk Calf
acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
11" x 14"
$365 framed
Available for purchase from Freshwater Studio & Gallery, Dillon, MT

I still had wet paint leftover from some recent paintings, so I decided to keep rolling with the elk theme and produced this little guy. I never realized how knobby an elk calf's knees were until I painted them...

I'm also prepping several larger canvases and waiting for paint to dry, so stay tuned!

April had covered the hills
With flickering yellows and reds,
The sparkle and coolness of snow
Was blown from the mountain beds.

-Amy Lowell, "Azure and Gold"

Friday, August 13, 2010


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acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
18" x 24" x 1.5"
$775 unframed
Available for purchase from Freshwater Studio & Gallery, Dillon, MT

Here's another elk in dawn light with an entirely different color scheme & mood (as compared to Morning's Call). Iridescent copper paint is mixed in with the pigments to give the piece a more subdued glow.

I've been having a lot of fun trying new directions lately - it's far too easy to box oneself in, so I'm working on experimenting more and forcing myself to let go of the attention to composition in my reference photos. Over the past few months, I've been focusing more on the portraying the form of a subject (I waxed philosophical on that in July) - I'm trying to convey the "elk-iness" of an elk, the "morning-ness" of morning, etc. I have a lot of work to do, but it's an exciting journey:)

How fair it comes, the wonderful hour
When nature from sleep awakes,
And over the face of the earth at last
A newborn gladness breaks!
The stars grow pale in the shadowy sky,
And over the mountains creep
The mists that are part of the waking world,
And part of the earth's sweet sleep.
The restless birds in the tree-tops high
Are shaking their wings at last,
And chirp, and twitter their songs of praise,
As the dawn comes on so fast.
But who can tell of the wondrous charm,
When over the distant hills
The day's bright king in his glory comes
And the earth with radiance fills?
Now scatter, ye mists, from the mountain-side,
And die in the sky's soft blue;
For the dawn has passed, and the day is here,
With its light and joy so true.

-Mary Dowe Brine, "The Awakening"

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Freshwater Studio & Gallery

I was able to make a quick trip to Dillon, MT to visit Freshwater Studio & Gallery and deliver these four paintings. It's a beautiful space that's full of eclectic artwork by some of the most talented artists I've ever seen (LeAnn Boyd's frescoes and AM Stockhill's paintings blew me away). I'm thrilled to have my work hanging there! The owners were kind enough to email me a photo of the temporary hanging arrangement - frames will be arriving for these pieces shortly.

I've also managed to re-design and update my web site (finally!), and my web-editing software fought me every step of the way....but at least it's done.

Morning's Call

Morning's Call
acrylic on canvas
24" x 12"
$625 framed
Available for purchase from Freshwater Studio & Gallery, Dillon, MT

This was my first attempt at painting an elk, and surprisingly enough, I found that the antlers were my favorite part of the process...I had assumed that they'd drive me batty. I mixed more of that lovely iridescent gold paint in with my pigments. I dripped paint from the bottom of the canvas toward the top to vaguely suggest the appearance of a field.

Have you ever heard an elk's bugle, by the way? It's a really surprising sound for such a massive creature to make:

Saturday, August 7, 2010

into the world of elk...

I just finished this one and snapped a quick photo of it drying on the easel. Freshwater would like some elk paintings, so I thought I'd try my hand at painting an elk giving its famous bugle. I'll have more information on this piece soon - it'll be on its way to the gallery in Dillon shortly.

I'm also revamping my web site, which should be updated sometime next week.

Friday, August 6, 2010

More to come...

I have several paintings in progress that should be posted soon, so keep an eye out for those. I also finally have my web-editing software back on track, which means I can update my neglected web site again.

I'm thrilled to now be featured at the Freshwater Studio & Gallery in Dillon, MT. It's truly an honor - Freshwater has an impressive collection of artists, including one of my favorite contemporary painters: A M Stockhill. I'm so excited to be a part of this amazing group of artists! It will be an inspiring experience.

Freshwater will soon be featuring three of my paintings: Uphill, Summer Relief, and Running Before Time Took Our Dreams Away. Please contact Freshwater if you're interested in purchasing any of these pieces.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Morning Mist

Morning Mist
acrylic on canvas
16" x 20"
$575 unframed
Available for purchase from Freshwater Studio & Gallery, Dillon, MT

I finished this painting up at an Art-a-Thon at the Proctor Farmers Market in Tacoma, WA. We were painting all day at the market to raise money for the food bank. It was a great experience, but the weather was so cold, windy, and drizzly - strange weather for July! Alexis St. John, another artist painting at the market that day, said the buffalo had a very meditative look to him, so I decided to keep going in that direction with the painting.

In other news, I'm temporarily unable to update my web site...I'm having some technical difficulties with my web editing software, but hopefully things will be fixed soon. In the meantime, new work will continue to be posted here.

Harmonious Thoughts

Harmonious Thoughts
acrylic on canvas
20" x 24"
Available for purchase at Revolution Gallery, Issaquah, WA

This is actually a departure from my Montana paintings, although it doesn't look like it. We came upon this sunset in southeastern Washington.

The texture is more subtle in this piece than in my other landscapes, and I used some pearl paint to give it a glow.

"Harmonious thoughts, a soul by truth refined,
Entire affection for all human kind.
How pleasant, as the sun declines, to view
The spacious landscape change in form and hue!
Here, vanish, as in mist, before a flood
Of bright obscurity, hill, lawn, and wood;
There, objects, by the searching beams betrayed,
Come forth, and here retire in purple shade..."
-William Wordsworth, "An Evening Walk"

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Running Before Time Took Our Dreams Away

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(detail - click to enlarge)

Running Before Time Took Our Dreams Away
acrylic on canvas
24" x 36"
$1175 framed
Available for purchase through Freshwater Studio & Gallery, Dillon, MT (contact)
I was listening to Pink Floyd's album "The Division Bell" while painting this one. The painting's title comes from a line in that album's last track, "High Hopes" - it really stuck out to me as I was working on the buffalo.

The photo has some light reflection on the left side, which helps to reveal the texture a bit in the photo. I've been working on practicing patience lately with my art, and I feel like that's permitting me to produce richer colors on the canvas (that effect isn't translated as well when photographed). The immediate gratification of using palette knives to mix colors on the canvas is wonderful, but I wanted to achieve more depth without using more texture. Texture is still an integral part of a painting like this, but I've been layering textured paint with light color washes to make the effect more subtle. I've also been scraping with the knives more; once several layers of texture and color have dried, I literally scrape more color onto the canvas to achieve softer highlights and to make the paint break in a natural-looking way. The layers of colors interact with each other to produce a bit of a glow.

Where vast and far the rustling grass burns with its russet stain,
O'er prairies lone, beyond the throne, of Rocky Mountain chain,
The lowing herds, the league-long herds, of bisons roam the wild,
By streams serene, by meadows green, and where great cliffs are pil'd
-Isaac McLellan, from "The Flight of the Buffalo"

Monday, July 19, 2010

Summer Relief

Summer Relief
acrylic on canvas
24" x 12"
$625 framed
Available for purchase through Freshwater Studio & Gallery, Dillon, MT (contact)

Sketching this moose prior to painting him was my first foray into the world of moose-drawing. They're beautiful creatures - I love those big goofy grins and huge noses. I remember being in the Grand Tetons once with my parents when I was young...we were hiking and spotted a moose calf no more than 20 feet away from us, just off the trail. Its mother was close by, eyeing us suspiciously and ready to trample us if need be. It was really quite an impressive encounter, and I gained a lot of healthy respect for those big animals. And here's my little nod to them: a bull moose getting some relief from the summer heat.

I used my new iridescent pearl paint for this one. It's particularly noticeable when the light hits it from different angles.

"Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it alright will rather preserve its life than destroy it."
-Henry David Thoreau

Friday, July 16, 2010

Still Standing

Still Standing

acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
18" x 24"
$530 + $28 shipping (contact)

I'm trying out some different things with texture in an effort to loosen up a bit. For some reason, it's easier for me to be more abstract when I'm painting animals...I find it harder to apply that ability to landscapes. I still have a lot of experimenting and learning to do, and it's way too much fun. :)

I bought some Golden iridescent pearl paint yesterday and am going to start experimenting with that, as well as Golden's crackle paste, which I'm very excited to try out.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


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acrylic on canvas
24" x 12"
$625 framed
Available for purchase through Freshwater Studio & Gallery, Dillon, MT (contact)

The mighty American bison is truly a remarkable creature - it's so solid and powerful. What I love in particular about them, though, is how they're both majestic and goofy - they always have that ridiculous patchy fur in warm weather and they like to roll around in the mud as much as a dog does.
The background for this painting consists of several layers with both palette knife and brush work. I wanted it to have a sort of cave-ish appearance, and the acrylic gels work really well when trying to achieve a rocky, organic look. The buffalo himself is painted in shades of red and yellow, and his horns & hooves have a blue-ish tint to them.

"The road uphill and the road downhill are one and the same."
-Heraclitus of Ephesus

Saturday, July 10, 2010

In the Dandelion Field

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In the Dandelion Field 
acrylic on canvas 12" x 24" 
Available for purchase at Carnation Corners, Carnation, WA

We saw this beautiful white horse outside of Wisdom, Montana. I was nervous about painting her, since I didn't want her painting to end up looking like 1980s-era white unicorn poster...but she was too pretty not to put on canvas! The yellow accents have some iridescent gold paint mixed in to give them a subtle shimmer (yep, still using that gold paint...I love the color tint it produces even more than the shimmery effect).

As I mentioned earlier, I'm trying to take more liberties with my painting. Although I used a lot of texture on the first main background layer for this piece, I didn't use nearly as much paint as I usually do for the remaining layers. The rest of the background was created by literally scraping paint onto the surface with palette knives. I rotated this knife method with doing color washes with a brush, and I think this created a lot more depth to the color than otherwise. The horse itself is a bit translucent in places - I wanted her to blend in a bit with the background. To give her a similar depth, I painted her using multiple layers of thin washes in varying shades of blue, yellow, green, and white (some palette knife scraping was involved as well).

Now my brothers call from the bay, 
Now the great winds shoreword blow, 
Now the salt tides seaward flow; 
Now the wild white horses play, 
Champ and chafe and toss in the spray. 
-Matthew Arnold, The Foresaken Merman

Thursday, July 8, 2010


My computer is in the repair shop right now, so I'm reduced to David's laptop and am feeling rather lost without all my files and photos at my fingertips. I have new paintings to share and will hopefully be able to post them soon, should my computer survive its ordeal (it's almost a decade old, which is pretty ancient in technological years). Devoid of any photos of my new paintings, I'm offering up one of our wedding photos - it's the quintessential Montana landscape, and we all know how I just can't get that landscape out of my head.

I'm really excited to be taking my art in new directions. I'm trying to push myself and focus more on the process of painting rather than the object - it's easy to lose track of the heart of a painting when you have your nose two inches from a photograph. I'm trying to use photos more as jumping-off points than anything else, and that's a struggle for someone as nit-picky as myself. I often think of Aristotle's Poetics in my attempts at creating art (sometimes I even think of Plato, despite how irritating I find him). A footnote explaining Aristotle's use of the Greek term "mimesis" in the Perseus Project's translation of the Poetics sums things up pretty darn well, I think: "Life 'presents' to the artist the phenomena of sense, which the artist 're-presents' in his own medium, giving coherence, designing a pattern."

Therein lies the challenge.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Vigilante - SOLD

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acrylic on canvas
12" x 24"

We came across this horse in the "living" ghost town of Virginia City, Montana, which is a beautifully restored Victorian gold mining town that had me absolutely captivated. This particular horse was providing stagecoach rides - I thought she'd look much prettier without the bridle for the painting.

"Virginia! How great was Virginia! She sat like a queen beside a golden stream... her gathered wealth built many a palace, and caused the lines of polished steel to wend their way across a continent."
-Noyes, A History of Southwest Montana

Sunday, June 20, 2010

an old-fashioned Montana wedding...and reference photos

It's been a crazy couple of months, but I'm back in action! Our wedding was beautiful and so much fun, and I also managed to get lots of great reference photos for more paintings as we drove through Montana (with a fancy new camera that I'm steadily learning how to use). The quality of the photos has been severely deteriorated by uploading them as compressed .jpgs to blogger...but you get the general idea. Big Skies.

The pronghorn painting at the Gallery sold today! The animal paintings seem to be pretty popular there, so I think I need to continue that series for sure.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Work in progress - barn

Work in progress

I tend to feel a bit awkward when posting pictures of a work-in-progress - it's like catching the painting without its bathrobe on. I'm trying to get over that, though, so that I can be more open with my paintings and share my process on this blog, as well as the finished pieces.

The barn's texture is there, although it's hard to see in this photo. If you enlarge it, you'll notice that I've scratched the palette knife across the semi-tacky paint of the barn to produce the effect of wood siding. It's now ready for me to go in with a brush and create the shadows and highlights - I'm mostly just accentuating the troughs and ridges of the impasto layer. Then color washes will be added to create a weathered appearance. The foreground needs lots of love, as do the trees, etc.

Golden Sunset - SOLD

Golden Sunset
acrylic on canvas
16" x 20"

I did a little touching-up on the painting that I did as a quick demo for the Mountain Valley Art Club. I decided to just keep it rough-looking. Since it was a fast demo painting, I'm offering it up for free...all I ask is that you pay for shipping.

And yes, that's more gold paint. I think I need to have someone hide it from me.


I don't diverge much from painting on this blog, but it's less than a month away from the I'm kicking my craftiness into full gear & sharing bits & pieces of it with you. All of the favors are virtually done, so I've just been working on miscellaneous decor, etc. And painting, of course.

The wedding is outside in a native-plant garden, so the decor is following that theme.

A washed-out photo of the flower girl basket...

Bunches of wheat will mark seat assignments...

...and jars with floating candles will be all over the place in the reception.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Work in progress and music

This painting is in its infancy and still needs a lot of work, but I thought I'd go ahead and post it in its awkward adolescent stage anyway.

I also want to share some music with you. I have a select assortment of albums that I listen to repeatedly while in the studio. For some reason, the prog-rock/new-agey stuff really seems to be conducive to painting for me. I'm a die-hard Beatles fan, but I've found that they don't really work as my painting soundtrack. So here's my top 5 list of albums that are on rotation in my studio:

1. Phil Collins - Hits
I've mentioned before that almost any creative block I have can be fixed by a little Phil Collins. I have no idea why. Maybe it's because of songs like this that fill my soul.

2. Genesis - Turn It On Again
This could really be lumped into the Phil Collins category, of course.

3. Pink Floyd - The Division Bell
Pink Floyd is my #2 band of all time. I know a lot of people aren't into the David Gilmour-period of the band, but I absolutely love it. His voice is amazing and his guitar playing still surpasses any other, in my mind.

4. Storyhill - Storyhill
This is the previously-mentioned acoustic folk-rock duo from Montana. I love them. Their music provides the perfect soundtrack to the Montana scenes I paint.

5. Joni Mitchell - Clouds
I love Joni. Love love love her. She's brilliant and resides in my all-time top 5 bands/musicians. She's also an accomplished painter - talk about being multi-talented.

And a bonus 6th... Brian Crain - A Simple Life
I came across Brian Crain at an arts fair in Coeur d'Alene, ID and fell in love with his music. He's a pianist and writes such sweet melodies.