Friday, September 25, 2009

Foothills Evening — SOLD

At sunset, color and value contrasts are strong. What attracted me to this scene was the strong blue light from the sky reflected in the shadows of the rocks and ground.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Prickly Pear — SOLD

Boulders, cacti and grasses occupy the foothills of the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque. The grasses accentuate the spines of the prickly pear and create an interesting textural effect in this painting.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mesa Shadow

This painting is of another view along Route 6, southwest of Albuquerque. The dramatic play of light and shadow on the landscape and the variety of geologic features are what caught my eye. It's really a matter of timing to find these ideal conditions. Wait a few minutes and the lighting effect is totally different.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Field In Late Summer — SOLD

Open Space: A View with Room Art Exhibition had its opening today in Albuquerque and I attended with my easel and paints. I set up outside the building and painted the field of grass and sunflowers and a cottonwood tree. Lots of friendly people and other artists attended and stopped to chat while I painted.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Along 6 — SOLD

On Wednesday, I took a drive on Highway 6, southwest of Albuquerque. The highway is a remnant of old Route 66 and offers views of open, grassy, high desert, punctuated with the occasional land feature. Lighting is what makes this land interesting. Add clouds, sunlight and shadow to what might otherwise be the same as what was seen five miles back and you have a spectacular subject. The clouds and light take the main stage in this painting, with juniper trees and the mountain playing a supportive role.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Day Luminary — SOLD

Here is another attempt at depicting brilliant sunlight on clouds and sky. The sun was partially obscured by the cloud, which caused a refraction of its rays.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

King For A Day — SOLD

A thunderhead forms during the middle of the day on this early September day in New Mexico. Its enormous presence is manifest in the vast unobstructed landscape. By evening its magnificence has waned and it disappears under cover of darkness.