Thursday, May 11, 2017

Still life composition and its sister. One done in 1982 and the other sometime in the 90s.

A still life composition I did in 1982.  I always enjoyed the composition and the surreal nature of the yellow shadow.  I had the thought I would do it again. 

I hadn't realized I had actually done it again until I visited my friend at his place in Texas recently, and he owned another version of the composition.  I had forgotten all about it.  Pleased with them both....maybe I'll do another!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

plein air at the Chiricahua National Monument

I recently spent 5 nights camping at the Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona.  It is a spectacular place I became acquainted with when l lived in Arizona 2007-2009.  In this particular instance I knew I was going to paint what is called the 'organ pipe monument'.  I was with my friend Tony Winton who I encouraged to take photographs of the hikes he took thru the Monument while I painted.  I managed to do 2 30"x36" canvases over the course of 3 sessions.  I am still considering some fine tuning possible but I don't really know if I will work on them any more.

2 different views of the organ pipe monument:

oil on canvas, 30"x36", $1500

oil on canvas, 30"x36", $1500

a couple photos by Tony of me painting

  and a few more of
Tony's photos of some of the Chiricahuas!

Definitely a place worth visiting and staying for a few days at least.  Lots of hiking trails and a strong peace and quiet pervades the place.