Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Red Trumpet Flowers

Red Trumpets
8 x 8 Oil on Canvas  2017
Although I had planted the native red trumpet vine to feed the hummingbirds, this year it is playing host to a wide variety of bees.  You don't see them when you go to the plant until they buzz out of the trumpet and move on to another.  The flowers are full of nectar.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Parrot Tulip

The parrot tulips change in color as they open fully and get to the end of their days in the bouquet.  This tulip is almost ready to start dropping its petals but still has great color and shape.   

Parrot Tulip #2 (untitled)
8 x 8 Oil on canvas 2017 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

For the love of Tulips

I am very fond of parrot tulips with their fringe and colorful combination petals but they are hard to come by here in NE Florida.  When I got a bunch recently I just had to paint them.  They have so much character as they move from tightly closed to completely open and ready to drop petals.  The colors change during this cycle as well as the petal shape.  Here are the first two paintings of the group, and there are two more in process at the studio.

Untitled - Parrot Tulips
8 x 8 Oil on Canvas 2017

Parrot in the Shadows
15 x 20 Oil on Canvas on Birch Panel  2017

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Bridge in Transition

The bridge over the Rio Grande river gorge just outside of Taos is an amazing feat of engineering.  The bridge spans the gorge 565 feet above the river and offers breathtaking views of the gorge walls with the river snaking below.  I have painted the river from its banks where it flows along beside the road from Taos to Espanola, but have never found a way to convey the feeling at the deep gorge section near the bridge.  I started the Gorge Bridge in a more traditional representation:

which I quickly came to dislike..... In painting over that scene, the next view of the piece is moving more toward a compression of the shapes and colors:

and finally, in the finished painting, the colors and shapes that convey for me the structural yet ethereal presence of this bridge over the deep gorge are distilled to only those bits I find essential:

Gorge Bridge
25 x 32 Oil on Canvas on Birch Panel  2017

I took the photos used for reference in this piece last December while visiting on a sunny early afternoon.  The bridge cast a shadow on the walls of the gorge and the snow and clouds reflected and concealed parts of the Taos mountain ski area in the background.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Study for Bridge and Mill

After working on the Newfoundland "postcard" series for the past month I felt a need to loosen up and return to our local landscape.  This painting is a memory of the way our mills and bridges look to me at night as you return to the island by boat on the river.

Night Mill
14.5 x 24 Mixed Media on Canvas Panel  2016

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Rock Fingers at Sibley's Cove

This is from a very sunny day of hiking around Sibley's Cove Newfoundland.

Rock Fingers at Sibley's Cove
14 x 22 Oil on Canvas Panel  2016

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Keels Newfoundland

Keels Newfoundland is a very small outport village on the Bonavista peninsula in Newfoundland.   We have visited friends there for an afternoon the past two years in our annual visit to the province but have yet to catch Keels on a sunny day.  This is from the past year looking out from the "patio" of our friends house.

Red Shutter in Keels
14 x 22 Oil on Canvas Panel

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Hiking around Cape Bonavista

One more in the Newfoundland "postcard" series.  This one is from Cape Bonavista near the lighthouse during a stormy afternoon last year.

Storm Swirl at Cape Bonavista
11 x 14 Oil on Canvas Panel

Sunday, October 2, 2016