This was an interesting experiment for me. I wanted to try using a Japanese composition technique called Notan. This is where the painting is devided into shadow shapes and light shapes, both need to be interesting compositionally. Then I built up the shadow and the light while being conscious of retaining their opposing identities.
The stream had looked overwhelmingly complex, but this device helped me to break it down and maintain some drama.
12 x 9 oil on linen panel. These two goats were right next to my motel in Shelter Cove. I loved their classy little goat house and how friendly they were. Both stayed put almost the whole painting session.
Oil on 7x9 panel
Painted quick as I could...Pressed for time because we had an appointment to tour the great Georgia O'Keeffe's home a bit later. This is my excuse for unintentionally leaving out a most important element in the composition, the three huge crosses that stand to the right of the holy place. I dove into the painting without sketching for size and see what happens? I was so dang excited about being this close to Georgia O'Keeffe! I'm going back to paint it again and as a thank you donate it to the local library if it's good enough.
Oil on 6x9" panel
The bluffs outside Creede CO are quite beautiful. This subject fascinates me more than anything. It's a lot like portraiture, for me. Focusing in, and leaving the sky out just popped into my head and I went with it. Painting en plain air is always a thrill.
Painted on location during a recent visit to South Eastern Oregon near Steens Mountain. Beautiful high desert country, lots of wildlife, including wild mustang horses. Most ranches in this region have been in the same family for generations. I loved this simple scene soaked by the late afternoon sun. This piece is 9 x 12, oil on panel.
9x12" oil on panel
Not typical of what I would normally choose to paint. It was Stock's idea to paint this crazy place. I went along to see what the challenge might yield. After all this whole year is about stepping outside the norm. I've observed a pattern of mine which is throw myself into chaos and see what happens.
Anyway, I like the paining. And I think it was just a good day painting. I could be standing in front of my dream landscape and fail miserably. This is what makes painting a great adventure. It's all or nothing and sometimes it's nothing at all.
Working on a commission on the Lanphere property. Such a rarely seen, quiet and beautiful spot on our North Coast. So happy that I get to visit it to paint. This is a plein air piece done a couple of weeks ago. Oil on linen panel, 9 x 12.