Saturday, December 25, 2010

Fresh Snow In Bear Canyon

This is a view of the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque. The clouds that enshrouded the cliff faces were breaking up, allowing brilliant sunlight to reflect off the snow. The foreground was still in shadow of clouds, which enhanced the drama. Someone had made a snowman alongside the trail. I would've included him in the painting, but he probably would have blended in too much with the background ... The painting was done in the studio, using photo references and my memory and required only a limited palette. I employed the use of a palette knife to create textural effect in the snow.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Eagle Nest — SOLD

This oil painting was created during a demonstration for the Art In The Parks Show on Dec. 8. The demonstration featured pastel painter Lee McVey and me, as we painted the same subject from a photo simultaneously. It made for an interesting presentation and showed our different approaches to painting. The painting, as it appears here, is at a more advanced stage of completeness than it was at the end of the demonstration. My painting, "Along The Pecos," shown below, was awarded Best of Show in the exhibition, which was the first of what is to be an annual event, sponsored by Plein Air Painters of New Mexico and New Mexico State Parks. Proceeds from sales are donated to Friends of the Parks.