Just sent this off "Standstill" to Vickers Collection in Aspen, CO. Loved how the sky turned out and it gave me some good ideas for future skies that I can't wait to try out. Happy trails little painting!
I am excited to be part of a new public art project in Park City - Dark Storefronts Inside Out. The project was originally created by Ted-prize winning French artist JR, and now makes its way to Park City as a way to celebrate local entrepreneurs as well as revitalize a part of town that needs some energy. I was one of over 100 locals who participated by getting our picture taken Bekah Stevens, an amazing photographer. The black and white images were printed and hung up in empty storefront windows out at Kimball Junction at Newpark. The exhibit opened this week and will be open until September 1st. Go check out the exhibit and maybe even see some friendly faces you know.
These are my kind of fireworks. Skyrockets are in bloom!
Opening July 15th at the Encaustic Art Institute in Santa Fe, a new show featuring 46 artists from the Encaustic Art in the 21st Century book will showcase the medium of encaustic art. I am pleased to not only be included in the book, but also included in the show. The encaustic only show will run from July 15th to August 7th and all the artwork is available for sale. An opening reception will take place on July 15th from 2-5 pm and some of the artists will be on hand to discuss their work. Sadly, I will not be making the trip, but wish for a beautiful show opening and a great attendance.
If you're interested, I am showing a piece called "High Time". It's a 30x17 inch painting with a reclaimed wood frame. I have been exploring higher contrast and saturation levels in my work this year and this is one of my most colorful paintings to date. The name, which could be construed for a trippy, pot-induced state, is more a reflection of the high saturation levels and the euphoria of being outdoors. For more information about the show or this piece, please contact the Encaustic Art Institute.
When it's foggy out, I go for hikes or drives. The fog doesn't always last very long, but I try and capture some images - mostly for future paintings, but also just to be out in the elements. Fog over aspens really reduces them to their basic shapes and elements. It takes them from 3D complicated elements to simple 2D patterns. Basically fog makes things easier.
While in Spain in May and June we took a few day break after our Camino to rest at Razo Beach in Northwestern Spain. It meant I finally had time to paint in my sketchbook. It was fast and quick - paint dries so fast outside. But was nice to spend a few moments in my own head while enjoying this beautiful beach.
Man, bushes and grass are hard in watercolor. This desert scene is based on our recent camping trip from Durango to Moab. We were camping in Castle Valley when the rains came upon us. It was pretty beautiful - now if only I can make the watercolors come close. I'm getting better though, right?
Another year, another amazing time in Durango for their May Gallery Walk. I am always impressed by this town's turnout and their support of the arts. Diane West's new gallery space is fantastic - bigger, better, and brighter and at the heart of town on Main Street. Thanks to all who came out in support of Durango artists!
As with every year for my show at Diane West Art, we take this time to go camping and biking. Durango melts out a little quicker than Park City and is usually a little bit warmer. With Moab right in between, we also like to take advantage of all that amazing outdoor goodness - like this bike ride here at the Bar M trails after it rained.
Or this fantastic hike at Fisher Towers in Castle Valley outside of Moab. Highly recommended.
Then there was camping in the rain in Castle Valley - a beautiful place.
Beautiful scenes driving through rainy SW Colorado, complete with bison.
Then there was this hike up Goulding Trail up the Animas Valley. It was steep up, but with a rewarding little valley and log cabin at the top. Plus we saw bear prints and missed seeing the bear by 2 min - or so we were told by other hikers.
This here is Hermosa Creek. We seem to end up here every time we go - whether for hiking, biking or camping.
And more of Hermosa creek looking down into the Animas River Valley. Thanks Durango for a great excuse to go camping!
A couple weeks ago it snowed, about a foot, and I took a lovely picture of our outhouse. I thought, oh that would be nice to paint, and then I put it off for while because there were a lot trees and it was going to be hard. But I finally got to it and I like the result. What I'm finding with difficult subject matter is to take it step by step. First, do an outline drawing. Then a few trees, add some detail, add some more detail and eventually you'll get there. Glad that I finally got around to painting it.