Say goodbye to "Meadow at Dusk," a 16"x20" original oil depicting a spring evening in Johnson Siding (Rapid City). This piece is ...Read More
A month or so ago, Jack and I took an unscheduled, spontaneous trip over the border into Wyoming. It was a beautiful Saturday, and we just didn't feel like doing boring weekend chores. We're lucky to ...Read More
20 x 30 acrylic on 1.5" cradled gessbord, "DC Booth Trout"
Finally finished up this very detailed painting. This type of painting style, particularly this piece, took me much longer than my more traditional style of ...Read More
Because it's the 75th Sturgis Rally and my place of employment is smack in the middle of it...it closes for the week. Paid. Yup. Thank you Matthews!
My week off gives me a great stay-cation and the opportunity to start new paintings. I have several new pieces in the sketch stage. The sketch below is a scene from my flower garden in Spearfish, SD...Read More
For the last two studio sessions, I've gone to a more illustrative form of painting. This particular painting is of a path leading up to the top of Crow Peak ...Read More
I finally got to do some painting today. We moved to Spearfish, SD last Labor Day and with work being so hectic and the world's longest winter -- ever, painting tookRead More
We had a foot (or more) of SPRING snow yesterday & all last night in the hills of Lead, SD. That means spending a day in my studio. Woot. (Update...Read More
Just getting in the groove. A cold, rainy day makes it easier to buckle down and paint. This is from a photo taken last weekend when my daughters visited from Chicago. We were driving through Custer State Park and my oldest bolted from the car to climb the hill that had only one tree.
Still deciding whether to finish in oils or acrylics.
More to come.
I finally took the time to charge up the drill and got the new paintings all wired up for the First Fridays Artist reception at the Spearfish Arts Center in Spearfish.
Jack loaded them up in the car for me tonight. I have a 6 a.m. shift at work tomorrow and didn't need to be doing that in the dark!
If any of you are in the Black Hills area of Spearfish, Deadwood, Lead, etc., stop by Friday night, October 7, 5pm to 7pm. I am one of 3 artists featured.
Beautiful day in Lead today (pronounced "lEEd.")
Sketched out 3 different size canvases. One large landscape and 2 florals. Once they were all blocked in, I started laying in the color of the large landscape...a sunset scene taken from a photo I took from our back yard.
Also, Frank, our black pug, decided to keep me company the whole time. He's a bit of a snorer, but good company.
This painting painted itself. The hardest part about the piece was getting my butt to the easel and DOING IT.
I woke up Easter morning with no plans on my plate and the sun shining. Since I don't live near my family, there were no Easter obligations and the day lay before me unencumbered with social appointments. On this past Friday, our lovely town of Lead, SD got a good 8" of snow. Yes, snow. But, the last 2 days have been back in the 50s with the snow melting quickly.
So...here is my newest painting. It's the final in the series of the 3 spring lilac pictures I took when I first moved to South Dakota. This is a small gravel backroad in the Johnson Siding neighborhood of western Rapid City.
I LOVE lilacs. The smell brings me back to my childhood and last year the lilac season was a full month behind northern IL...so I got TWO lilac seasons.
Here is "Lilac Road" in its progressive stages. Enjoy.
Here is another in a short series of images I'm doing during late Spring in the Black Hills. This meadow is in the Johnson Siding neighborhood of Rapid City.
This painting was done a bit looser than the last. Probably because when I finally got the time to paint, my light was starting to fade. Had to move fast! Actually, I prefer the more subtle, loose brushstrokes, with an occasional finger smear here and there. Finger painting is a good thing.
The weather in Lead and Deadwood continues to be real snowy. It will get to 40-50 degrees and some of the snow will melt, but then a dumping of snow comes around the corner and we're right back where we started! So.... I have one more in this series. Hopefully, I'll get a start on it this week.
Finished with the final touch ups on the painting I started last week. When it's dry, I'll paint the cradled sides and wire her up.
Once finished, I got cracking on the next oil on the next late spring landscape I captured last year. It's almost dusk with the sun setting over a meadow. I got a good start, but then needed to finish the laundry and start supper. Oscars on tonight and they start at 6:30 p.m. here in the mountains! See the progress of the meadow painting below...