Oh the water

I have visited Big Cottonwood Creek twice this past week.  I wanted to capture the sky reflecting in the stream. I found a little spot by the side of the road.  A few people with fishing poles in hand walked past me, but otherwise, I had this cool, mountain spot to myself.  This is a color study.  Color and shapes are what inspire me, so I am going to leave it at this. I think all of my paintings are color studies. 6"x8" oil on canvas panel.

I have visited Big Cottonwood Creek twice this past week.  I wanted to capture the sky reflecting in the stream. I found a little spot by the side of the road.  A few people with fishing poles in hand walked past me, but otherwise, I had this cool, mountain spot to myself.  This is a color study.  Color and shapes are what inspire me, so I am going to leave it at this. I think all of my paintings are color studies. 6"x8" oil on canvas panel.

Summer Painting

I have been spending the summer of 2017 painting outside.  I often find another artist and we go together, but today I will go with my son, who loves to fish, and I will paint while he waits for a bite.  Painting outside is not easy, but it is the best! Bugs, people, animals, heat, wind, rain, and equipment failures can be frustrating, but the experience is invaluable because it forces me to respond to the whole environment.  What I see, smell, feel, hear, etc. are all a part of it.  Conveying all of that with my painting is what I aim to do.  When Winter comes, I will head into the studio to paint, but my time outside will inform what I do. I will refer back to my summer work and to embark on a series of larger paintings that will echo my summer plain air series.