Because of my travels, paintings on this site will not be available again until November 1, 2013. Until then, please check out my Downeast Maine and Canadian Maritime paintings at http://friarsbaygallery.blogspot.com/
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Monday, April 8, 2013
Because of my travels, the paintings featured in the Pumphouse Studio Gallery blog will not be available again until November 1, 2013. But, starting June 1, paintings of Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes will be available in the Friar's Bay Studio Gallery blog. I'll also be offering a selection of sketches and demonstration paintings in my Daily Paintworks site at that time. So, please check these out starting June 1!
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Tuesday, March 5, 2013
|"October, Monjeau Peak" 12x16, pastel #947|
Shipped Framed (although unframed is an option!)
$1000 + shipping
(For the full story and more pictures, visit my blog post on this, "Monjeau Peak, Revisted.")
One of my favorite spots in all of southern New Mexico is Monjeau Peak, high in the White Mountain Wilderness near Ruidoso. Access is by a twisty, windy dirt road that goes uphill steeply to a stone lookout tower built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The lookout is at 9500 feet, and from here you have sweeping views of aspen-dotted alpine meadows and 12,000-foot Sierra Blanca. Many beautiful trails wander over the meadows and beyond.
I should perhaps use past tense in the above paragraph. In July 2012, the lightning-sparked Little Bear Fire burned over 44,000 acres and 254 buildings. The lookout tower was burned, but the structure remains and will be rebuilt; I believe Monjeau Peak is still closed at this time.
We camped there one fall ten years ago, in a little aspen grove. While hiking, I became enamoured of the rock boulders that were scattered around. They made fascinating, beautiful compositions with the fall colors. I felt compelled to paint them.
I did a studio piece in pastel, which at the time I was very proud of. I had it framed - quite expensively. Not long after that, in a workshop with Albert Handell, I had an opportunity to share a slide of the piece with Albert and the group at our critique night. When the slide flashed up on the wall, Albert exclaimed, "Oy, those rocks!' and suggested that I spend a year painting rocks. (Which I did.)
As I got better at the craft of painting, I became increasingly dissatisfied with this piece. Even so, I've dragged the painting around from home to home over the years, and I've kept it hanging on the wall for students and visitors to see. Why? For the silly reason that it cost so much to frame. I suppose I could have replaced the pastel with a newer one, but I had it in my mind that there was something fundamentally good about the piece, and that someday I would "fix it."
There were a number of problems with it. For one, the mountain in the distance seemed to end abruptly behind a big fir tree; it should have continued on. For another, the rocks were all evenly-lit, and there was no real focal point among them. And of course, the rocks themselves, in all their pink-and-purple glory, needed to be pulled back from Cartoonland to reality.
This week, ten years later, I decided to deal with it. I love pastel because the surface is always "open." That is, you can go back to work on it at any time without having to treat it in any way. (With oil, the surface becomes "closed" after a few days, and either have to "oil out" or use retouch varnish, neither of which is really very satisfactory.) I unframed it, taped it to a board, found the very same photo I had used originally, and went to work.
I'm much happier with the piece now, and it will go back into its frame later today.
Here are some detail shots and the painting in its frame:
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
|Dry Creek Snag, 30x24 oil/canvas|
$2500 unframed, shipping extra
About This Painting
I made a trip down to normally-dry Dry Creek after a big snowmelt to paint trees. It's always a delight when water is running through Dry Creek, and with these beautiful junipers on the banks, I just couldn't resist setting up to paint. I wrote a lengthy blog post on this painting as I worked in the field and then later in the studio. Here are some detail shots:
Sunday, February 3, 2013
"Desert's Winter Splendor" 16x20, oil/panel, #932
$1500 - unframed, shipping not included
About This Painting
This painting is based on a plein air sketch I did one January morning. I wanted to paint the view from the east of Courthouse Butte in Sedona. There is a popular trail that goes past it, but I hiked about a mile in and then stepped off the trail. Not many people saw me, painting in the brush. When I got back to the studio, I decided the scene was exciting enough - beautiful color and interesting shadows - that I decided to make this larger version of it.
Monday, January 28, 2013
|Red Monuments #906|
9x12, oil/panel, unframed
$500 , shipping not included
One of the things I enjoy about painting Sedona's beautiful red rocks is the potential for close-ups. You can zoom in visually onto a feature and make a nice composition out of it, as I did for this. The painting seems to offer the opportunity for exploration. Can you imagine yourself hiking up into the blue shadows?
Thursday, January 17, 2013
"Glorious Evening" #818
Featured at Grand Canyon Celebration of the Arts Invitational Exhibit September 2012
Each year at the Grand Canyon Celebration of Arts, in conjunction with the "Plein Air on the Rim" event, invited artists are asked to provide a studio painting of the Grand Canyon. This was mine for the 2012 event. Using reference material like plein air sketches and photographs, I created a scene designed to convey the majestic breadth of the Canyon. This painting was done entirely with a small painting knife, which takes much more time than painting with a brush, but it was a labor of love!
Below are some detail shots of the painting as well as the painting in its frame. (Click to enlarge!)
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
|December Morning in the Desert #708|
$2500 - unframed, shipping not included
About This Painting
I've always been attracted to this scene at Schnebly Hill in Sedona, Arizona. Besides the dramatic cliffs and spires in the distance, it has an awesome chasm. I stood on the lip of that chasm for three days, painting this piece on-location. I needed to paint a big painting of this scene - it is 24x30 - because I wanted to bring to the piece the vast sense of the place.
Below are some detail shots of the painting plus a shot of the painting in a frame as a suggestion as to how it might be framed. (I could also ship it framed, but that will be an additional fee.)