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Bison Form number 1

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

bison form number 1Here is the completed painting

Buf #2

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Underpainting being developed. I want bold background and grass texture, with the body of the Bison to be almost like a window or hole in the surface of te canvas that drops into a depth of unkown dimension. I’m going for a limited palette of earth tones.

Buf #1

Monday, January 5th, 2009

(Click on image to enlarge) Nate and I hiked through the Wichita Mountains in November and I photographed some awesome Bison. What an animal! I’ve long held a fascination for this wonderful creature and it as entered my art frequently. Well it’s time for them to enter once again! I have a couple of paintings in mind, that for me highlight it’s iconic shape and form. For me the Bison holds my imagination to the ancient legacy of the North American continent and the extent to which humankind can inflict damage not only on one another, but on the inocent of God’s creations. We almost lost em all, but thanks to a few souls over the last century who protected and bred them, the Bison are on the come back trail; and it is so exciting to be able to see them in the wild once again

Finished at last!

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Wichita Cedar and GraniteHere is the “final” version. May still get some touch-ups.

Cedar and Granite

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

The latest. I’ve worked more detail on the stone and the lichen. Also, as you can see I’ve begun the background. This now allows me to work more on the sunlight as it strikes the the image from the far right(setting in the west, late afternoon in November. The sun light has full impact on some surfaces and plays and dances across other surfaces. It’s taking shape and I’m pleased so far. (Click on the image to enlarge)

Granite and Cedar #4

Monday, July 14th, 2008

In this entry I’m working further definition, texture, highlights, and developing sunlit areas, it’s beginning to pop a bit. A little hard to tell in the photo but there is a nice backlit luminosity of the underpainting coming through, giving the granite a glow. I’m happy with it so for. Usually at some point I start disliking it. But so far so good! 

Granite and Cedar

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

In This entry I am beginning to apply impasto layers in building the blueish lichen over the red granite. Also developing some deeper shadows and deliniation of the rock, cracks, etc. Also layering in additional layers of red.   

Granite and Cedar Underpainting

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Granite and CedarHere is the under-painting. There is a bit more to do on it, but it is pretty much done. The under-painting for this painting lays the base color, the hidden color I see on closer inspection of this very ancient granite. From a distance the red granite looks grey because it is cover with many layers and varieties of lichen, giving the stone a muted grey hue. So the under-painting in effect creates what is in fact the red granite under layer, below the lichen. Interestingly the grey hue, upon loser inspection is made of several pastel colors ranging from orange and red to a lime green, blue, white, and many in between tones, combined from a distance looks grey(ish) to the eye. (Click on image for larger view)

Next I will begin to work in a heavier impasto, layers of a heavy, opaque paint. Check back soon.

Witchita Ganite and Cedar

Monday, May 26th, 2008

I’ve begun work on another image from the Witchita mountains. I’m fascinated by the deep red granite, that from a distance looks grey/green/blue(ish)…but has this hue due to the lichen that covers the stone. Layers of time and wear.

The image is my under lying sketch. I’ll post my underpainting in about a week.


Witchita Longhorn 2

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Witchita LonghornHere is the painting I’ve been working on. Almost done