Thursday, February 19, 2009

This is another Arizona Oil Painting I have just finished. I had started this several years ago, drug it out of its hiding place and reworked it. Looks a lot better than it did. EVENING COMING is 8"x10". If you are interested in this or any other piece please e-mail me at
As I have been working on my Aspen painting I have also been painting a number of smaller paintings and continuing with my Arizona Desert pieces. I have just finished this 9"x12" Oil Painting I call Palo Verde Sunset

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I did decide to change the deer. I enlarged and moved the Buck forward and added another to the left back in the Aspens. I think I am liking it now. Worked on the Aspens behind the deer a little but it is really too wet to do much so I will put it aside for a few days.

Monday, February 16, 2009

I have continued working this painting from left to right and have added three Mule Deer does and a Buck. Not quite that sure of my placement and next posting don't be surprised to see that I have changed them.

Friday, February 13, 2009

I have been working on this painting off and on for the past 10 days and I think I am going to call it finished. WINTER FOG is a 12"x24" Oil Painting. Some folks out there who are receiving my Outdoor adventures may recognize the location from one of my entries. A collector of mine who receives my photography and writings commissioned it from seeing the photo. I have done a few changes to it but the integrity of the photo is preserved. I will deliver it this weekend and see how he likes it

Thursday, February 12, 2009

I spent about 1/2 day today on this painting and have begun to detail it out beginning on the left side and working left to right and up to down. I will work up the detail as I go along but will continuously go back for refinement and to make sure it all flows together as I go. About the time I get to those most forward Aspen trunks I will put the deer in which I want moving into the Aspen grove from right side moving from right to left.

Friday, February 6, 2009

After a day of drying [just using odorless turpentine as a medium]Iput in the trunks of the aspens. I'm not worried about any detail or shading at this point. It is really abstract looking but the placemant of the trees is fairly important. The next few steps are going to look really discouraging and look as if I am lost and never going to find my way through this. At times I feel the same way but after years of doing this I know I just have to stick with it and my idea although that will even evolve and change somewhat. Will probably be awhile befor I get back to this as I am off to Denver and be out of circulation for a few days.
stay tuned.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

I haven't done this in a while so I thought I would post a painting from start to finish.
This is an oil painting, 24"x30" It is a commission piece and will be looking through an Aspen grove. I plan to include some deer also moving through the grove. I have merely blocked color into it at this point to establish an idea of what I want along with getting rid of the white of the canvass.
Stay tuned.
This is a recently completed oil painting, 11"x14" WHITEBARK PINES. So typical in the subalpine areas of our part of the country. These pine trees-so important to the ecosystem they are found in are a favorite and important food source for grizzlies who devour their pine cones in very late summer to early fall. The trees are now being decimated by Pine beetles and disease. It is hard to find a living tree in the Union Pass area SW of Dubois that is producing cones. There are younger trees coming along but there will be a long period of time befor they will produce the essential ingredients for many species survival. Clark Nutcrackers, a Jay like bird is another species important for survival of both species.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

At last I have finished this oil painting of INDIAN PAINTBRUSH AND BLUEBELLS 30"x36".
I have spent a great deal of time on it and is the second painting I did [see Indian Paintbrush posted previously]and now must decide which of the two Paintbrush paintings to enter in the upcoming Casper Petroleum Purchase award show. I have come close to winning that show over the years and missed it by 1 vote with a Paintbrush painting some years ago. So. Will try that subject again.

Monday, February 2, 2009

You may notice I have added a new blog to my site I simply call, Wyoming.
In order to free up this blog to my art and the events that feature the Silver Sage Gallery I am moving my photos to this site and upon the urging of several friends-that will consist mostly of a 'Photo of the Week". I hope all will enjoy it and please comment often.
I had to leave the show on saturday afternoon to run down to Riverton, 75 miles downcountry to participate in an art quick-draw at the Winter Carnival being held there. About 25 artists from around the region were participating with 1 hour time limit to produce a piece of art which was then auctioned off. Here is my finished piece depicting the Grand Tetons in winter dress. It is a watercolor. Were a lot of people in attendance and I got a great price for this piece.

Chris Phelps is another pardner in the Silver Sage Gallery and specializes in fine silver Jewelry using a lot of turquois with her own designs. She is a true artist and does great work. She also is a great sculptor and comes up with the greatest little pieces. A turtle is a collectors favorite and her Beaver candlesticks are a real jewel.
Our fourth pardner, Tom Lucas is in Arizona doing a 10 week show. He is a great painter using oil and particularly in doing his still life paintings. Tom is also a master at doing museum quality indian artifact work. Check out his blog accessed from this site.

My pardner Chris Phelps got a picture of me at my booth.

Dan Miller, is one of our artists in the gallery and specializes in leatherwork which includes a beautiful touch to western mirrors, picture frames, and various other items.
In the other photo are two other artists represented by Silver Sage Gallery. John Finley on the left is explaining the finer points of scrimshaw which he is a master at along with his watercolors displayed on the panel they are standing in front of depicting wildlife and western life. Les Lefevre is a fantastic western oil painter. His wife, Kathy listens in on the conversation
This past weekend was a busy one for myself and the artists at Silver Sage Gallery. It all began with the annual GIFT TO THE COMMUNITY art show which is held in conjunction with a big Sled Dog race and a Soup cook off held at the Headwaters Art and Convention Center in Dubois, Wyoming. The art show was established several years ago to hilight art being produced for shows and outside galleries by the amazing western and wildlife artists that call Dubois home. Our town public were complaining that they never got to see what we were doing befor it was sent out. So. The art show. Bud Boller is an amazing western sculptor and one of the Silver Sage Gallery pardners. Here he is sharing one of his stories with a Dubois citizen. Bud has many. From his grandfather who rode with Butch Cassidy on to what he did this morning.