Monday, August 31, 2009

My good friend, Les Llefevre, arrived last night and so I had him on the trail today for Jade Lake. It was a good vigorous hike and a beautiful area to hike in.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

I have gotten back to work on this painting I started several weeks ago and had put aside to get some commission work done. 18"x24" Oil.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

I have begun this 8"x10" Oil of an Aspen. Interested in the light on the tree trunk and leaves. We'll see how it progresses.

I have been working on some photo-realist type of paintings and have just finished this of a Copper Butterfly[there are many varieties of Coppers]sitting on a rock along the backwaters of a little stream. It is an 8"x10" Oil Painting.

I continue to spend quite a bit of time in the mountains[research?]and for the second time in the last two weeks I hiked into Lake Louise, about a 6-7 mile[round trip]pretty physical hike so I am getting my exercise too. Will post this hiking adventure probably in the next week as I find time to do so. It is a pretty fantastic hike with waterfalls galore and this as the end of trail reward.

Monday, August 24, 2009

This is the second rendition of Sleeping Indian Pk. 18"x24" Oil Painting. Viewed from just a little further south of the first view.
I worked pretty hard all weekend to finish the two Sleeping Indian paintings that I have been posting. Here is one of my renditions of this beautiful peak over in Jackson Hole. 18"x24" Oil Painting

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Also worked today on my other rendition of Sleeping Indian. I am still not that happy with the way some things are going and late this evening I began completely changing the trees in the mid forground.

I have begun painting in Oil using liquin as a medium
I was a little concerned about just what my client wants in the painting I am working on of the Sleeping Indian from over in Jackson Hole that I decided to do 2 of them with the same cloud theme. This view will be from a little further away than the other painting I am working on. In other words I have droped the skyline. I have finished the underpainting with acrylic so it is pretty rough looking at this point.

Friday, August 21, 2009

I had this little fellow and his mom come by for a visit last night. They were very cooperative in letting me get some good pictures. He should end up in a painting in the not too distant future.

I have gotten back to work on this 18"x24" Oil on canvas. I have a lot of folks asking about it in the gallery as I have it setting against the wall near where I am set up to paint. With that much interest in it I guess I had better get it finished.

I have begun working on my commission work that is piling up during the summer. This is a piece that I am doing in Oils of the Sleeping Indian from the area of the Gros Ventre[pronounced grow vont]River in Jacson Hole. I have used Acrylic on Ray Mar canvas and am just beginning to work Oils into the sky. I am still a little unsure how I want to treat the foreground so that may cahnge as I get into it. This painting is 18"x24"

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Another view from the airport of Lava Mountain and the continental divide.

Yesterday it turned cold and was rainey during the NODS Show with reports of snow in the mountains. Sure enough this morning our growing season is now over as it was in low 30's in town with scattered frost and snow in the mountains. I shot this pix from the airport above town of the Pinnacles west of town sporting a coat of white. Togwotee Pass had several inches of the white stuff. Our growing season this year was 5 weeks. Not too conducive for growing tomatoes.
Yesterday was the annual Dubois Nods Show which is a fundraiser event for people who need help in our small community. NODS is Needs of Dubois. Silversage Gallery takes part in it every year with a booth display and Tom Lucas and I do a quick-draw painting which is then auctioned off at intermission time during the main show which is a singing artist brought in just for this event. A Chuckwagon Dinner is part of the event that folks pay to attend. It is held in the Headwaters Arts and Conference Center here in town. Performing rtists in the past have included Ian Tyson [of Ian and Sylvia fame during the Folk era][and one of my all time favorites]], Don Edwards[western Cowboy singer[a great one]] This year it was Gary McMahan, a Cowboy singer and poet who is famous for his song, The Old Double Diamond , performed and made famous by Ian Tyson and Chris LaDoux. Pictured here is my quick-draw painted from a photograph I took the other morning at Brooks Lake[see my Outdoor Adventures blog]It auctioned for $350.00 which I gave all proceeds to NODS. It is image size, 12"x20" and is a gouache watercolor painting.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The morning light show included some fantastic rainbows at sunrise. This one against the Sawtooth Range of LaBonte Creek.
While in Douglas this past weekend for my show I did a little early morning trip towards Laramie Peak where I worked for the Forest Service summers during college and used to fish as a teenager. It was an incredible morning with spectacular storms, clouds and Light effects on the mountains. Here I caught the sun in all its glory catching the hills in light with Laramie Peak in the background.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

My finished Quick-Draw painting.
I have spent the better part of last week in Douglas, Wyoming at the Pioneer Museum Western Invitational Art Show that kicks off the Wyoming State Fair. It is a great little show put on by the Museum that I have been involved with since it first began about 30 years ago. They are a marvelous group of people that really know how to do an art show. Here I am doing the saturday afternoon Quick-draw which I took top money in. It was purchased by the Andersons. Mr Anderson is the speaker of the House in the Wyoming Legislature. I think my Laramie Peak Painting has found a good home.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Just had to post this phenomenal rainbow from behind our gallery this evening. About as spectacular as they come. My camera lens on wide angle was still unable to capture the enormous bow that stretched completely from ground to ground in a beautiful arc. A second rainbow just above was nearly as well defined but had disapated by the time I got my camera and got out the back door.

I have been spending quite a bit of time in the mountains the past week with a little bit of guiding thrown in along with a very busy gallery I have not had a lot of time at the easle but I have begun several oil paintings including this 18"x24" Oil on Canvas. I began with an acrylic underpainting as I have been doing recently and now am using oil and beginning my detasil work. It is from several photographs of Bear Creek NE of Dubois that I took last fall. Such a beautiful ara in the fall with cottonwoods, Spruce and Pine.