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Old 07-09-2015, 11:51 AM
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Weekly Paintings - past - present & future

This post is intended to be a conglomeration of paintings that I have done and will do over time.

A park near our home when living in Santa Fe NM had 6 trees - I painted those 4 times, once for each season. I kept the winter one as the winter colors along with the starkness intrigued me for some reason.

Six Winter Trees
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I had a P/T Cruiser when living in NM - the back seats could be completely removed so I would use that back section as a "sit down" studio in the colder months. I would drive up into the Sangre Mountains which were visible from our home and I would put the heater on, open the hatch back and have a nice little sitting area where I could paint plein air - this painting was done in this manner.

Silent Winter
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There is a section of Utah which is know as "The Utah Outback" rugged country side much like the Australian Outback. It is also a wonderful place for "boondocking" RV-ing.

Book Cliffs - Utah Outback
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Re: Weekly Paintings - past - present & future

You are very prolific painter Richard.

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Thanks much Doug - appreciated
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Re: Weekly Paintings - past - present & future

The following photo falls into the future category. I'm not much of a drawer - more of a sketcher - just putting the general idea down onto the paper and then sketching over that with my brush - I don't believe "staying inside the lines" is a good thing. I taught my kids to color outside the lines :>)

History tells us about the Native Americans having to travel to winter and summer camps. They would journey up into the mountains during the hot summers in order to get coolness and just the opposite in the winter - they would travel down to canyon floors to try and get some warmth. The journey would be long and difficult - up mountains - down mountains and each journey brought about the loss of some elders and even children for not all would make it to the end of the journey.

This is a rough sketch of such a journey which I may turn into a painting - of course many more people will be added to the group making this journey - it's just an idea which I may or may not expand on.

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This is going to be a great thread to follow, Richard! I look forward to watching it. I really like "Silent Winter"...so many colors for a snowscape! Excellent! I love the sketch of your newest WIP. It will be very poignant. Also, your PT Cruiser studio sounds like such great fun!
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Thanks Jenna - I loved my PT Cruiser (Paint-mobile) - did a lot of plein air from inside of it
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After moving to NM and visiting some of the Pueblos and learning more about the Native Americans I did a series, about 12, of mini paintings which depicted the harsh and cruel treatment which was bestowed upon the Native Americans as fully documented in the history books of our country. These paintings were for the most part 3 x 3 done in a painterly style with facial expressions representing many of the horror felt by our Native Americans.

This one is called "Sorrow" and depicts the look of sorrow that mankind can be so cruel and abusive to the people of the Native American Nation.

They all sold except this one - "Sorrow" which I wanted to keep for my collection.

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A very haunting image Jon.

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That sounds like such a powerful series, Richard. I would have liked to see the whole series all together. This one you've kept is, indeed, very moving. Beautifully done and very poignant.
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Thank you Doug & Jenna - I was fortunate to have the other 11 sell - I kept "Sorrow" for my collection before I sold the others.
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Cochiti Lake is in the Pena Blanco area of New Mexico - the lake itself is within the boundaries of the Pueblo de Cochiti Indian reservation. This area is half-way between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Rugged land but beautiful!!

COCHITI PUEBLO LAND

18 x 24 - heavy linen paper - Chroma Interactive acrylics - alla prima - palette knife & brush with gusto and spontaneity in a painterly style




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I like this last painting.. it has depth! J
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Rugged and beautiful describes your painting as well as the land you mentioned. This has a nice, untamed quality about it. The dark colors and the brushstrokes are really nice!
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What a fascinating look on your work!! All these paintings are beautiful, and show such a great sense of color.
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Thanks jvmismyidol
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