When life gives you lemons, draw them, 11 x 14 inches dry pastels, graphite on paper

"When life gives you lemons, draw them". (Nikki)

"...the painting has a life of its own. My mission is to bring forth this life". (Jackson Pollock)

"Trust your intuition, it's just like goin' fishin'; you cast your line 'til you get a bite." (Paul Simon)

Alberta

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Fields of Flax – Rowley, Alberta Canada

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Fields of Flax, 12 x 16 inches watercolors on paper and digital painting

Fields of Flax

Rowley, Alberta Canada, 12 x 16 inches watercolors on paper and digital painting, preliminary study for larger acrylics painting

Little pen sketches

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

 Marie Lake campsite, Alberta, pen on paper

Marie Lake campsite, Alberta, 8 x 10 inches pen on paper

I’m trying to get a painting started that’s all planned in my mind’s eye, but have been finishing written articles and upgrading/updating the websites, so these little pen sketches are all I can manage lately; maybe a series is borne?

Alberta Spruce

Friday, February 5th, 2010

 Alberta Spruce, pen and ink, digital pen

…there are too many other things to do, but I wandered off anyway, missing the Alberta Spruce, so brought some back to Texas with a few ink-pen and digital pen scribbles.

Most websites require that you register before leaving comments, but I was hoping not to have to resort to those kind of restrictions. Are the days of trust completely gone? I sure hope not in our daily life, but on the internet it’s only wise to be careful. I deleted 348 spam comments the other day, so if you wish to leave comments you must now fill out your name and email.  Thanks!

Happy Holidays

Friday, December 25th, 2009

Snow on French Lilac

Merry Christmas from Airdrie, Alberta

столове~ Snow on French Lilac ~

Check out the Alberta/Texas phone interview for a pull-out feature in today’s Denton Record Chronicle.

Bird’s Eye

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Bird's Eye, 12 x 12 x 3 inches acrylics on canvas, gallery wrapped sides painted, finished Oct.13th, 2009

Above: Bird’s Eye, 12 x 12 x 3 inches acrylics on canvas, gallery wrapped sides painted, finished Oct.13th, 2009

 Bird's Eye, 11 x 11 x 3 inches acrylics on canvas, gallery wrapped sides painted

Bird’s Eye, 11 x 11 x 3 inches acrylics on canvas. Signed on the side, so a signature iss superimposed on the front. March 3rd: above,  February 28:  thumbnails below

 Bird's Eye, Phase 1 work in progressBird's Eye, Phase 2 work in progress

Jack Pine

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Jackpine, 11 x 11 x 3 inches acrylics on canvas, gallery wrapped sides painted

Jackpine, 11 x 11 x 3 inches acrylics on canvas, sides paintedJackpine, 11 x 11 x 3 inches acrylics on canvas, detail of sides

Jack Pine, 11 x 11 x 3 inches acrylics on canvas and detail of right side; all sides painted. Signature is on the side, so one is superimposed on the front.

Approaching Winter

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

Approaching Winter, top half detail, 60 x 40 x 3 inches Acrylics on wrapped canvas $1,100

Approaching Winter, bottom half detail, 60 x 40 x 3 inches Acrylics on wrapped canvas $1,100

Dec. 13th note: On exhibit at Oxide Gallery in Denton TX until February 28th, 2009.

Dec. 7th: Approaching Winter,  60 x 40 x 3 inches Acrylics, wrapped canvas. More contemporary than my usual work, thought I’d try a new approach to painting…with more attention to editing rather than overworking. Shown in two detail images above, full view: right thumbnail. Large paintings don’t show as well on computer screen, so there are two detail images that were sharpened 2X to reveal the actual texture as it is close up.Approaching Winter, 60 x 40 x 3 inches Acrylics on wrapped canvas $1,100Cold Lake, Alberta. Canada - photo courtesy of Ray Muskego

Dec. 6th: Colors mixed with matte medium: Ultramarine, Pthalos Blue, Prussian Blue, Cobalt Blue, Pthalos Green, Sap Green, Unbleached Titatium, Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Red Deep, Mars Black (rarely use black). This morning I scrubbed and washed away a lot of paint in areas then reapplied more. Trying to stay with the less is more principle. Hope to wrap this one up by the end of the weekend if not before.

Dec. 5th: Stage 1, first coat of Ultramarine Blue and matte medium, very watered down, then applied thick in places. Inspired by photos taken by my good friend Ray Muskego in my home town, Cold Lake, Alberta during sunrise December 4th as misty fog drifted off the lake.

Painting facelift

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Rocky Mountain Vista, top detail, 48 x 24 x 2 inches, Acrylics on canvas

Rocky Mountain Vista, central detail, 48 x 24 x 2 inches, Acrylics on canvas

Rocky Mountain Vista, bottom detail, 48 x 24 x 2 inches, Acrylics on canvas

Started April 7th this year, Rocky Mountain Vista recieved a facelift this week before I brought it in to be judged for a local exhibition. There are subtle but positive improvements compared to when I posted it as finished on April 13th. Progress can be reviewed on the April 9th blog post. It is now truly finished!

Takkakaw Falls

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

                                Takkakaw Falls, Yoho Valley, B.C. - 12 x 9 inches pencil, watercolors 

Takkakaw Falls, Yoho Valley, B.C.  830 feet high, said to be the most impressive waterfalls in North America.

12 x 9 inches pencil, watercolors, based on antique Vandyck photos of the Canadian Rockies.

New series of watercolor studies

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Mt. Assiniboine, about forty miles southwest of Banff, Alberta. 12 x 9 inches Mt. Assiniboine, about forty miles southwest of Banff, Alberta. 12 x 9 inch watercolor/pencil study.

I inherited some charming antique books of hand-colored Vandyck Photogravures of Canadian Rocky Mountains scenery as it was at the turn of the twentieth century.

The montone sepia and few other pale colors add such a warmth to the already beautiful scenery in the 1910 photographs, and since I haven’t tried watercolors for years I thought they would make perfect studies.

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