This blog contains a selection of small workshop demonstrations and field sketches.

If you'd like to see larger, more finished paintings, we invite you to visit Pumphouse Studio Gallery.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Three Pieces for the Sedona Area Guild of Artists Exhibition

I will have three pieces in the upcoming SAGA show (Sedona Area Guild of Artists.)  The show runs from November 15 to December 5, with an opening reception on Saturday, November 16, from 5-8 pm:

Show Dates: Friday, November 15 to Thursday, December 5, 2013
At the Old Marketplace: 1370 West SR 89A in Sedona, Arizona
Show will be open Tuesday-Thursday from 12-5 pm and on Friday and Saturday from 12-8 pm. (Closed on Mondays and Thanksgiving Day.)
For full details on the exhibition, please visit http://www.sedonaareaguildofartists.com/event/saga-opening-reception-visions-of-fine-art-show/

These can be purchased through SAGA at the show, or you can contact me.  Hope to see you at the opening reception!

Moran Point - 12x24, oil/panel - $1500

Out of the Chasm - 12x24, oil/panel - $1500
Precipice - 16x20, oil/panel - SOLD





Friday, August 23, 2013

Taking Reservations for Paint Sedona Workshops



The workshop schedule is available at:  http://paintsedona.com/sched.html  If you have a particular subject you want to study such as: large format plein air painting, composition, design, color, Verde Valley explorations, plein air to studio, or whatever tickles your fancy, and you are the first to sign up for a particular week, the subject you choose can be the focus of the 4 day workshop.  It is not too early to think about Fall or Winter workshops!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Pumphouse Studio Gallery Paintings on Hiatus

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.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

October, Monjeau Peak - 12x16, pastel

"October, Monjeau Peak" 12x16, pastel #947
Shipped Framed (although unframed is an option!)
$1000 + shipping

About This Painting

(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

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

"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 9x12 oil

Red Monuments #906
9x12, oil/panel, unframed
$500 , shipping not included

About This Painting

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, 12x24 oil - SOLD

"Glorious Evening"  #818
12x24, oil
SOLD
Featured at Grand Canyon Celebration of the Arts Invitational Exhibit September 2012
About This Painting

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, 24x30 oil/canvas

December Morning in the Desert #708
24x30, oil/canvas
$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.)







Sunday, January 13, 2013

Snow on Mitten Ridge, 12x16, oil

"Snow on Mitten Ridge"
#742
12x16 oil/panel
$1000 unframed, shipping not included


About This Painting

We don't get much snow in Sedona, so whenever a storm blows through, I try to get out to do a little painting.  Sedona's red rocks can be beautiful with a little coat of snow.  On this day, I went up Oak Creek Canyon to Midgely Bridge and hiked in a bit up this side canyon.  You can see the bridge in the lower right.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Kolob Canyon Snow, 12x24, oil/canvas

"Kolob Canyon Snow"
12x24, oil/canvas
$1500, unframed, shipping not included
Featured at Zion National Park "In the Footsteps of Thomas Moran"
2011 Plein Air  Invitational




About This Painting

Before participating in the 2011 Zion National Park "In the Footsteps of Thomas Moran" plein air event, I spent some time in the park exploring.  I came across the somewhat-less-known Kolob Canyons area, which is higher than the area around Virgin River.  In April, there were still some scraps of snow lingering in the shadows.  I just loved this view that took me right into the mountains..

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Yaki Point View, 12x16 oil

"Yaki Point View" 12x16, oil #883
$1000 - unframed, shipping not included



About This Painting

For the past two years, I've participated in the Grand Canyon Celebration of Arts "Plein Air on the Rim" event.  This is an invitational-only, and I've very proud to have been among the 30 artists invited from across the US and Canada each year.  For this piece, I returned to one of my favorite spots to paint, out on Yaki Point.  The light is always gorgeous on the little bit of tipped rock on the ledge.  I was particularly pleased with the sense of distance I was able to create in the painting.  It's hard to bring that sense to a small format version of the magnificent Grand Canyon!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Slide Rock Apple Barn, 12x16, oil

"Slide Rock Apple Barn" #576
12x16, oil/canvas
$1000 - unframed, shipping not included



About This Painting

This was painted on-location at Slide Rock State Park in Oak Creek Canyon, just up the creek from Sedona, Arizona.  It was early winter, and we'd had no snow yet.  The apple trees were bare, but there was still plenty of color with the winter grasses, the junipers and the rusty roof of the apple packing barn.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Runoff - 9x12, oil

"Runoff" #713
9x12, oil/panel, unframed
$500, shipping not included


About This Painting

"Runoff" was painted in the field near Sedona's Midgely Bridge.  We'd had a snowfall the day before, but it was melting fast.  What engaged me about the scene was the melting snow on the distant cliffs.  It made the rocks so shiny, and light was so incandescent it was blinding!