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.