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Old 08-09-2007, 01:05 AM
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the Southwest!!.. my fav..here are a few oils:

Lived in the Southwest most of my life..mostly in the National Parks...
here are a few oils of this Great region...a color lover's paradise. Plenty more on my website for lovers of the West!
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Old 08-09-2007, 09:48 AM
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Re: the Southwest!!.. my fav..here are a few oils:

Wow! Wonderful work! I think I like the first and second ones best. I aspire to the work that you do. Great work on your website, too. I also try to work about 5 to 6 hours a day when I don't work at my regular job. On those days, I work whatever amount takes me to an 8 hour day.

Do you work for the park system? If not, then how did you get to live in the Grand Canyon?
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Re: the Southwest!!.. my fav..here are a few oils:

What beautiful work! I love the serene graphic nature of it! Very calming!

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Old 08-09-2007, 11:30 AM
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Re: the Southwest!!.. my fav..here are a few oils:

Thanks everyone for the kind words...the Southwest is my favorite place in the U.S. And for landscape artists...a great opportunity to use strong warm colors...which of course provides max contrast with the cool shadows and sky.
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Re: the Southwest!!.. my fav..here are a few oils:

Beautiful! I LOVE the second one. Lots of great stuff on your website as well! And I truly envy your background and current lifestyle.
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Wow, love those paintings!

Yup, Arizona is a great place for color!

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I love your work. The atmosphere is terrific, great sense of space. You have nailed the essence in your own particular way.

Thanks for sharing these!!!! I want to see more!

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Edited because I went over to your website...I still want to see more. Gosh knock my socks off
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Re: the Southwest!!.. my fav..here are a few oils:

I can't pick a favorite. They all have a serene quality to them that is very appealing. You certainly have mastered your medium.
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Oh these are really beautiful, your colors and light are amazing..well done. Oh and I also like the depth that you created in all of them.
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I agree with everyone else, these are excellent!

Tell us, are these plein air or done from photographs that you've taken on your travels into the canyon?
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Sorry to take so long getting back...but I am not used to checking the forums often...and I have been finishing a couple tricky pieces...which I will post soon.

As for answering the questions:

I have worked seasonally in the western National Parks for most of my life...but the last 8 years have been devoted to painting , teaching , and travelling. I used to work seasonally [6-7 months a year] in the western National Parks...my SO is a seasonal ranger...so we get to live inside the Park's boundaries and really get to see the landscape in all weathers and seasons...not to mention a great place to live [we have an RV]. This winter I will be setting up the large canvas tent studio near Quartzsite, Arizona....a vast saguaro studded desert...and will be teaching two workshops this winter...one in Yuma and the other in Wickenburg...focus: Color!

And as for the image reference for these paintings....the second piece is loosely based on a photo Dave brought back from a NPS raft trip through the inner Canyon. And the first piece is completely imaginary..no photo. The third piece is very loosely based on a frame from a video film...just an impression really. And the last piece is based on a photo I took while on one of my sunset strolls along the rim when we lived in the Grand Canyon Village..about a 20 minute hike to the Rim Trail..which I used frequently.
We lived there 3 years, winters too since it is a year round busy park.

Right now as I type this..we are camped next to a string of creeks flowing fast [glacier is melting away]...up at 7600' in Great Basin NP among huge ponderosas and aspens...wild turkeys, deer, and few tourists. Nice.

Anyway...hope this answers a few questions ..and keep painting..it is really true what 'they' say...you will see improvements as you paint more and most importantly...challenge yourself often to learn something difficult..you can do it!

And super thanks to all for the kind words...no one knows the effort like another artist.
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