Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I named this Three Sisters " Again", because I painted at least three views of this structure by now. it's in Monument Valley in the northeast corner of Arizona. There were many westerns filmed here including, The Searchers, one of John Wayne's best to name just one. Another popular spot for westerns to be filmed is in Jackson, Wyoming which saw Shane filmed there years ago. Click on the image for a larger view.
Superbowl 34 Where did the Time Go?
An artist friend of mine,
Back in '99, I was ask by Brad Jansen, of the NFL to create the key art for the big game that year. It was being held at the Georgia Dome in Atanta, so the theme was going to be Georgia Peaches. It wasn't known at the time that I painted it, who the contestants were going to be, but lucky for me, it turned out t be the Rams from St. Louis, and the Tennessee Titans.The months before the game, while I was painting the piece, my favorite player at the time, Walter Payton had passed away. Without the Art Director knowing, I slipped in an homage to him, by painting his jersey number into the peach tree in the back left. #34 is visible on a larger print, in the negative light areas within the leaves.
The other interesting thing is that Kurt Warner, this weekends QB for Arizona, was the wining quarterback back then for the Rams. He was a local product for us Midwesterners, in that he graduated from Nortthern Iowa and before he got a shot at playing in the big leagues, he was tearing it up in Arena Football.
Superbowl 34 was played on January 30, 2000, and the Rams preserved a vistory with a stop on the 1 yard line with 6 seconds remaining. I just hope this weekend's game plays out as well for him and his Cardinals. He's a great role model that always gives credit to God, and his savior Jesus, before any interview. The world needs more players like him.
Thanks Frank, for reminding me of some good times.
Labels: Superbowl poster
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I've been really impressed with work that I have seen on the web, of artists who paint dramatically lit still lifes. I ran across this shot of lemons and an orange and thought that I wanted to join the party. As an illustrator, you're trained to push color for appetite appeal, but as a fine artist it's more about mood that carries a painting. Click on the image for a larger view.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I have only a few locations to choose from when it comes to Lake Tahoe. We arrived there by the 3rd of November in 2007, but they had already closed all the campgrounds on the lake's shore for the winter. Good thing to know unless you have a lot of time and don't mind hiking past the gates. Click on the image for a larger view.
Last May I took a third trip out to "The Lost Dutchman's Mine", state park on the east side of the Phoenix valley. I hiked a few miles closer to the face of these mountains but soon found out I should have stuck to the trails. The thorns and bugs rule the range in all these gullies that have been created around the slopes of this park. Click on the image for a larger view.
Monday, January 26, 2009
While driving down from Lake Tahoe in November of '06, we drove southward through the Owen's Valley on the western side of California. I've painted four more pieces from that drive and I can't wait for May, in just four months, when I get to drive through there again. Click on the image for a larger view.
It's back to landscapes and trying to paint water. It's always a challenge because you don't want to paint every ripple, but at the same time you need to catch the effect of that particular color and activity of the surface without it standing out as unfinished, or overworked. Keeping it somewhat lose and sketchy helps to get the impression. Click on the image for a larger view.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I've been having a lot of fun painting landscapes, but I thought it might be time to do a still life for a change. Knowing that I've overdone the orange theme lately, I dug into my files for some lemons that I shot a couple of years ago. Click on the image for a larger view.
This scene was painted from shots taken at Lake Tahoe in November of '08. The campsites were all closed for the winter so my access to the lake shore was limited. Click on the image for a larger view.
Labels: Lake Tahoe painting in oil
Monday, January 19, 2009
Last year when I hiked up to Hidden Falls in Jackson, I constantly looked for nice rocks to stop, sit, and take a look around and appreciate all the silence. Only in the middle of the night here in Phoenix does it ever get that quiet. Click on the image for a larger view.
Friday, January 16, 2009
I had one more image of northern Arizona to paint before I dig into my Grand Canyon reference. I'm not big on huge dramatic sunsets, but I do enjoy the "Golden Hour" when the sun is low and it drenches the landscape with yellows, reds, and crimsons. Click on the image for a larger view.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
I painted this butte once before but could help but want to try it again. I liked the atmospheric perspective of the distant mountains against the hazy foreground butte, which is really hard to try to make it look as large as it is without having something else in the scene as a point of reference. In this scene al I had were the small sagebrush to show a relationship. Click on the image for a larger view.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
What's great about painting these scenes is that I get to relive these trips that we took over the last 4 years. This scene was from one trip through southern Wyoming where we didn't have the best traveling weather but it turned out to be great for capturing the stormy side of the west. Click on the image for a larger view.
Sunday, January 04, 2009
I have painted this stream from a few different angles now. It was a great find for me as we were driving north from Rock Springs, Wyoming towards Jackson. By best guess is that it's about 50 miles south of Jackson in some wide open farm country. Click on the image for a larger view.