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Shattered Landscapes Series

Shattered Landscapes Series

 

I began this shattered landscape series in August 2014. It’s comprised of 12 large landscapes that were blocked in and begun before breaking them into their constituent pieces. After laying out the shattered painting, special angle cradles were made to create a sense of motion in the finished piece. At this stage of the process the painting was reassembled and then finished using multiple layers and glazes.I’ve found this new approach to my work both exciting and challenging and I’m looking forward to another year in this direction.

I’ve found this new approach to my work both exciting and challenging and I’m looking forward to another year in this direction.

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Deloss Webber

Deloss Webber

 

Another artist I met last weekend was Deloss Webber.  His work combined sculpture and weaving of mixed materials.  I enjoyed the tactile quality of his work while very utilitarian in appearance it became whimsical in it’s actual function.  It was art for art sake, refreshing to be found in this medium.

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Joyce Gehl

Joyce Gehl

 

I spent this week in Seattle with Patricia at her wonderful gallery!  It’s an excellent location, downtown about two blocks from the fish market and right across the street from the Seattle Art Museum.  It was nice to meet many of her clients along with some great artists she represents.  I enjoyed the opportunity of spending a few minutes Joyce Gehl and looking over her beautiful encaustic works.  Joyce was infectiously happy about the gallery, Seattle, and the artists she knew.  I’m intrigued with Joyce’s work and the dreamy quality the pieces possess, well worth the time to stop in and spend some time studying them.

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Colorado Snow

Colorado Snow

This week we had our first snow storm since Christmas.  Even for Northern Colorado the snow fall has been dismal.  I miss the calm quiet days where the snow is falling softly outside and blanketing everything around.

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The Seven Days

The Seven Days

 

I love the figure in this wood frame.  It was made using an old discarded antique organ and piano.  I used a piano string across the bottom to give it an unusual appeal.  You can pluck the string, like on a harp and it will resonate the note it’s tuned to.

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Fire Study IV

Fire Study IV

I did a series of paintings early summer 2012 of the Hyde Park Fire.  We sorrowed and stressed for those who suffered loss.  We spent weeks cleaning ash off windows, porches, and cars.  Then when the first rain came everything smelled like a wet fire.  We have friends that are rebuilding their homes and lives.  These challenging times presented a unique opportunity to photograph and paint the mountains and sky in a way not normally seen.  This series of study’s presented new challenges that were exciting to overcome.  I’m hoping this winter to do a larger fire sunset piece.

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Golden Hughes

Golden Hughes

This is a larger oil painting with gold leaf in the foreground.  It’s typical of the parks and meadows we find here in Northern Colorado.  We find a mix of indigenous aspen, pine, scrub oak, and typically willows along the waters edge.  The finished piece was just over 40″ x 84″

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Moon Rise II

Moon Rise II

This 11×11 study was done in the evening showing timberline near Rocky Mountain National Park.  I love the fact that sunrises and sunsets in Colorado bring new variety almost every day.  I find myself waiting in anticipation for the unique colors and the momentary glimpses of these daily events.

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Listening to the Music of Nature While Watching Angels Landing

Listening to the Music of Nature While Watching Angels Landing

Angels Landing was a study I did for a 5’x12′ commission.  This was a fun piece to work on.  Since it was a study I experimented on new glazing techniques and a new process for a Japanese lacquer clear coat.  The frame was a little more whimsical than normal, I recycled the materials from an old organ to create a unique piece, adding to the title (Listening to the Music of Nature While Watching Angels Landing).  The finished commission was massive, the largest painting on board work I’ve ever done.  It required special mounting brackets with lag bolts to be sunk in the studs of the wall in older to hold it’s weight.

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