Sunday, August 29, 2010

Being as I seem to be in my stream painting period I began this Oil painting of the Firehole River above the Keplar Cascades. I have it nearly blocked in and have begun some detail work in the back.

I have spent the past three days working on this 12"x16" Oil Painting depicting a Brown Trout. They are just now beginning to go into their spawning season and are a really popular fish in the Upper Wind River country.

Friday, August 27, 2010

BUFFALO VALLEY SUNSET is a 12"x20" Oil Painting of Mount Moran in the Grand Tetons of Wyoming
Two paintings I finished up including, MOUNT MORAN EVENING, 9"x12" Oil Painting

Monday, August 23, 2010

I have gotten way behind on my blogs so I have spent today trying to do a little catch up and have posted my August Outdoor Adventure from several weeks ago. I hope you will take the time to check it out and see what I have been doing in the back country. This time in the Wiggins Fork and Bear Creek area.

I just had to post this photo of Ian Tyson and the stage set up along the river in the town park. What great music he writes and sings. Some may remember him from the old Folk music days of Ian and Sylvia. Four Strong Winds? He does the most wonderful cowboy and western music with a sound that is only his own. And of course Dubois song., The Old Double Diamond

Saturday night the town festivities continued with the Ian Tyson concert. My favorite singer and performer. Moneys from this concert went to the Needs of Dubois which is moneys for special needs for folks with illness or down on their luck. I was a recipeint of this with my cnacer a few years back and sure do believe in the endeavor and contribute wholeheartedly. Here is some of my family, Son in law, Clay Ward, master bronze finisher, Vicki's sister, Jenny sitting on the ground, Vicki's folks, Vicki and in the front row, grand daughter, Calli and my daughter, Janet. Tom Lucas, my pardners wife-Tammy Lucas.
My finished Gouache Watercolor painting of Brooks Lake.
Other events taking place were Indian dancers performing right behind us as well as a Chainsaw carving contest by some of the top artisans in the country and later a Pig wrestling contest. A number of vendors were also set up and the Bacon brothers performed for over a thousand people which is a great event for a town of less than that population. Proceeds go towards establishi8ng a ranch retreat for surviving families of service people lost in the Iraq and Afghan war. This year a number of those folks stayed at the Absaroka Guest Ranch NW of town and it is a time of healing and sharing for those families who have contributed their best to America. A worthy cause that is all ready reaping huge rewards and times of healing. God bless them all.

This has been a big weekend for Dubois with a huge fund raising endeavor for two causes going on. The Bacon brothers were in town to put on a concert in the town park for raising money for the Chance Phelps foundation which goes to families of soldiers lost in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Named after Chance who was the featured soldier in the movie last year of Taking Chance starring Kevin Bacon. Kevin and his brother make up the band. Michael Bacon was in the gallery and we had a nice visit with he and his wife. Part of the days events featured my pardner, Tom Lucas and myself who donated a Quick-draw painting done in the town Park saturday morning. The weather was perfect.
I have begun this Gouache Watercolor painting on a full sheet of Arches 300# watercolor paper. Looks like a study in green and I guess it is. I pretty well know what I want to do with some manipulations as I go so am detailing it out as I go.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I had previously posted this painting on my blog but am doing so again to announce that I won the Peoples Choice Award at the Pioneer Museum's Western and Wildlife Invitational this past weekend. it turned out to be a great show as I sold it and another major painting as well as 4 smaller ones. Several good commissions and was tops in the Quick-draw auction. I have slacked off a bit spending some time in Jackson Hole area chasing critters and the light around. today it is back to work as I am a shop keeper in the gallery

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

This is a pretty energetic painting that I have been thinking about for a while and contains an awful lot of elements that I am now trying to tie together and make a painting of. I have underpainted it in Acrylic just to get a base on then detailing it out in Oil. it will be pretty flat looking when detailed out and I will then have to pick out lights and darks to make it a painting. If everything goes to plan. Right now it is a botanical nightmare of mostly blue Lupine and some wild Geraniums. It is 24"x30 " Oil Painting on gessoed masonite[untempered]

Monday, August 9, 2010

I worked on my Grizzly-Moose oil today. Detailing in the Sow Grizzly and touch up on the Moose as well as brush on the bank, the water and a zillion rocks on the gravel bar.

Friday, August 6, 2010

11"x14" Oil Painting

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

It was an interesting afternoon with a heavy Thunderstorm with a little hail mid afternoon and a 4.8 earthquake a little after 6:00 pm that I sure felt. A fantastic sunset in the evening topped it all off. From the hill above my house in Dubois, Wyoming

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

I worked pretty exclusively on my Columbines today and have pretty well finished them. I see a number of touchups but am really close to calling it finished.
COLUMBINES 14"x18" Oil Painting on Ray Mar canvas

Monday, August 2, 2010

I spent all day yesterday working out detail on my Colorado Columbines. Another day such as this and I should have it pretty well finished. 16"x20" Oil Painting