Friday, November 17, 2023

Studio and Plein Air Paintings

 I've been spending a lot of time in the studio lately, working on very large still life paintings for commissions and gallery requests.  But every now and then, I just have to bust out of my work space and venture into new territory- either outside in nature, or throwing paint at the canvas just for fun. Here are a few pieces that I did just for the fun of it, and they're available through my studio, so they're discounted from my regular work!

"Cascade", 14" x 18", Oil on Canvas, $850

I thought I'd try my hand at a purely abstract painting, but couldn't resist adding some very realistically rendered roses on top of it.  I photographed these roses on a trellis in a monastery in Brittany, France when I was there in June.  

"Two Trees, The Sanctuary",  9" x 12", Oil On Panel, $550

Frame For "Two Trees", $100.  Please forgive my atrocious photography!

A couple of weeks ago, my friend and fellow painter Chula Beauregard and I took our gear out to paint on one of the last glorious fall days here in Steamboat Springs.  The Sanctuary was almost overwhelming to look at- the colors were everywhere.  This painting is available unframed, or framed for a bit more.

"Trail's Edge", 10" x 10", Oil On Panel, $550

When I'm out hiking in the mountains, it's easy to get swept away by the majestic views at every turn, but sometimes, I focus on what's just at my feet.  The trail's edge is often chock full of wild flowers and tangled grasses that are a joy to paint.  For this painting, I took a brush full of paint and swiped it across a textured panel, letting the drips become roots.  I picked out the leaf and flower shapes when the paint was still wet, and then added a few bits of color at the very end.  

Creating these paintings was like a breath of fresh air for my brain and for my spirit.  If you're interested in purchasing one, please email me at:

And thank you for your interest in my art!

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