I just finished this commissioned piece. At first I really struggled. But, then I sat back regrouped and pressed on. My wife hates it when I run into road blocks. I really learned a lot during this painting and in the end I think it turned out well. I played around with a split complimentary color scheme and worked on just the "feeling" of the paint as I applied it. That might sound strange, but the consistency of the paint and how much medium to use makes a big difference.
I finished this over the weekend and sadly I had to put down our 16 year old lab, Twix. So, I think this is a fitting salute to her.
I was planning on painting a series of old Chevy trucks in a much larger size. I thought I would paint this first to see if I liked it and it was going to be a good idea. Well, I decided I think I will, I really enjoyed painting this.
Ahhhh, Door County, I love it up there! Yes, Last week I went up to Door County, Wisconsin to the annual Plein Air Festival. I rubbed shoulders with a lot of wonderful artists from around the country (well, at least met some). Such as, Gay Faulkenberry, Stacey Peterson, Brad Teare, and of course, my good friend Doug Braithwaite. I also, got totally inspired by watching many others paint. They make it look so easy. Doug and I hung out, cooked steaks at his trailer, laughed, got serious talking about "religion", lightened up, talked about art. It was a great time!
The first day I went over to Cana Island Lighthouse. When I got there, no one was around. I had the whole place to myself. I set up and started painting.
After awhile people started showing up and a nice couple, Jon and Patti Anderson. They both came over and watched me paint and we chatted. They said the guy in the lighthouse mentioned I was over painting "where all the snakes are, ...fox and garter snacks ...big ones"! Well, to say the least, it was a little hard to concentrate after hearing that. I hate snakes! But, I managed to paint this!
The great part is, later that day I received an email from Jon and Patti saying they wanted to purchase the painting. I love it when that happens. Thanks Jon and Patti!!
I had a great few days!! Here are a few more pics.
I wasn't sure if I wanted to post this painting. I'm just not sure what I think about it. I have been playing around with different surfaces to paint on and broader brush strokes. I landed on gessoed canvas mounted on MDF board. I like surface as it doesn't take the other paint strokes off when painting wet on wet. I'm so fickle about my paintings.
This is a scene from Huntsville, Utah. I'm standing on the beach at Pineview reservour. It was a beautiful sunny spring day. There was a little snow lingering in the mountains. This grouping of poplar trees caught my eye.
While I was in Utah I got up early one morning and caught the sun coming over the mountains and shining on this great house. As I was packing up to go a really nice lady stopped me and asked if she could buy my painting. I hadn't finished it, at the time. We exchanged information, and I told her I'd contact her. I hope she likes it!
Last Sunday I received a text message from Jeanette Braithwaite and this picture of her holding the painting her and her husband acquired from me last December. Looks great all framed up, huh? Jeanette is married to Doug Braithwaite, a well known Utah artist. Notice his wonderful work in the background. Doug paints and Jeannette runs their custom framing business. It looks like Doug is getting ready for his show at the Terzain Gallery in Park City, Utah this weekend. :)
It was a real honor for me that they liked one of my paintings enough to buy it. They both are great people and good friends. Glad my painting ended up in such a good home!
Finally a finished painting! I have been experimenting a lot lately. Really paying attention on my paint strokes. I have been vacillating between painting realistic controlled strokes or looser, painterly strokes. That seems to be my challenge lately. So, when I started this subject my thought was I would be more controlled (similar to my earlier fan and peppermint still life paintings). That was not to be, I just started painting and let the "back road" take me where ever it wanted and I had a blast.