A Personal Journal of Art
This WebLog or "Blog" is a journal of my personal
experience with creating, observing, research, musing and other information
about art. Note that dates are in reverse order.
Tuesday, March 25, 2003
Unfinished Phelps Lake on the easel.
Unfinished Crater Lake on the easel.
FINISHING THE PAINTINGS
I am coming down the home stretch on both the Crater Lake and Phelps
Lake paintings. Both have developed rather quickly. I find most
times the quicker the painting is done, the better it is.
Probably the hardest part of Phelps Lake was getting the correct
atmosphere between the foreground and background. Many glazes of
blue/pink haze have gone in to get it right. The blues of the lake
contrasted with the oranges and reds of the marshland really makes
this painting. However, I also included an Osprey in the foreground,
which is the real center of interest.
My son walked in, saw the painting and said "Dad, your paintings
are getting better". Some time ago, he kept telling me to put
some wildlife in my paintings. Since I have followed that suggestion,
maybe he is getting more biased.
Unfinished Crater Lakeon the easel.
Friday, March 21, 2003
Last night I attended a reception in downtown San Jose for Phantom
Galleries is sponsored by the City of San Jose and
are temporary art exhibits occupying vacant storefronts in downtown San
Jose. The project aims to provide opportunity for local artists to exhibit
their work while fostering economic development by focusing attention
on available retail space.
is produced by Two
Fish Design Group, part of POPULUS Presents, a public space activation
collective coordinated by the San Jose Downtown Association in partnership
with the San Jose Redevelopment Agency.
I will be showing at Phantom Galleries during the months of April and
May. Details will be forthcoming on my Events
Wednesday, March 19, 2003
Larry and Mary Hayworth
IN THE STUDIO
Today I was pleasantly surprised that my solo show in Mountain
View was listed in the local paper's (San Jose Mercury News)
Things To Do Today section...not just the run of the mill
weekly arts calendar.
The Crater Lake painting, now named "Soaring Between Two Blues"
is developing faster than expected. I had this painting in the back
of my mind for over half a year. Frequently the best work is what
happens quickest. Time to set it aside for awhile and digest what
I need to do to finish it off.
Last fall, during my visit to the "Arts
for the Parks" show in Jackson, Wyoming, I spent some time
with old childhood friends, Larry and Mary Hayworth. Larry used
to be a coach at the college I attended in East Texas. He is now
a businessman in Jackson and his wife works for the Chamber of Commerce.
During my stay, Larry and I hiked up to Phelps Lake which is in
Teton National Park. Along the way, we ran into one of Larry's friends,
Steve Iopst, the assistant superintendent of Teton National Park.
The view at the Phelps Lake overlook is breathtaking. I decided
at that time to do a painting of the area, so it goes on the easel
Larry and Steve Iopst, the asst.
superintendent of Teton Natl Park.
Phelps Lake overlook.
Sunday, March 16, 2003
Paint-out in Jackson Square.
Around this time of year I start thinking about doing several paintings
for the annual "Arts
for the Parks" show in Jackson, Wyoming. This is one of
the richest and most prestigious juried shows for realist art in
the U.S. I have been a finalist in past years.
I was a finalist in the new "Mini-50" show last year,
so decided to attend the opening reception. They always have the
reception at the beautiful Jackson
Lake Lodge in Teton
National Park. During this same time they hold the Jackson Art
Festival, including a quick draw paint-out in Jackson Square.
I have always wanted to do a painting of Crater Lake in Southern
Oregon. My family for the most part is from the Medford and Southern
Oregon area, so I have visited Crater Lake a number of times, including
flying over it in a small airplane. Soon after the Arts for the
Parks show, I ran across a picture I had taken of the lake in 1972.
Suddenly realized how I wanted to paint Crater Lake but put off
doing it until today.
Saturday, March 8, 2003
I received an email today from an 11 year old fellow in England who wanted
to do a report about my art for a school project. He had to write about
an artist who had to have a main theme of water. Since virtually every
painting I do is either centered around water, or at least contains water,
I guess he came to the right place! He sent me a load of questions, which
I answered. I also sent him some photos of my work. Let's hope he gets
a good grade on the report!
Friday, March 7, 2003
Miniature "untitled" 5x5
Miniature "untitled" 5x5
inches in a frame.
I have been juried into several international "miniature"
shows the last year. I hadn't done many miniatures before, and they
were all lot of fun to paint.
There are different views on what a miniature painting is. The
shows I was in limited the size to about an 11x14 or smaller. Others,
such as the Hilliard Society states that, generally, paintings should
not be larger than 5 x 7 inches [or 35 square inches, or 24 inches
when dimensions are added together], inclusive of framing. A good
miniature web site is the World
Federation of Miniaturists. Also check out Art
Well, I decided to do some 'real' miniatures and am having a blast!
Two are complete, and I plan to do at least a half dozen more over
the next few weeks. They are all 5x5 inches, and I have found some
beautiful frames for them.
Saturday, March 1, 2003
Almost finished "Bridalveil
Falls" on the easel.
YOSEMITE DAY 3
On the way home, stopped to do a painting of Bridalveil Falls.
This falls runs year round as it drains a large area of the Sierra
high country. It drops 650 feet from a "hanging valley"
carved by glaciers during the last ice age.
I stopped further along the Merced River and did a quick study
of the river as it begins to tumble out of the valley. It was raining
off and on, but mainly on, so I huddled under the back hatch of
my car to finish the paintings. Since acrylics are water soluble,
you have to be careful the rain doesn't streak the painting.
Friday, February 28, 2003
Almost finished "Sentinel
Me at the Yosemite Renaissance show.
YOSEMITE DAY 2
It was a nice partly cloudy day here in Yosemite. In the morning
I headed back towards the west end. Found a nice spot along the
Merced River with Sentinel Rock in the background. Sentinel Rock
rises about 3,000 feet above the valley floor, most of it straight
up! It was a "big" scene and not conducive to plein air,
but went for it anyway.
The Yosemite Renaissance
Reception was this evening. The Yosemite Renaissance juried show
runs the gamut of art. There is everything from abstract to realistic
paintings, photographs, silk screens, and fabric. It was a good
show and the place was packed wall to wall, including the superintendent
of Yosemite Park. The show will be in the park until May 4, then
travels to various venues in the San Joaquin Valley and San Francisco
Along the Merced with Sentinel Rock
in the background.
Thursday, February 27, 2003
It was sleeting and snowing on my easel.
Almost finished "Merced
Pool " on the easel.
Almost finished "El
Capitan " on the easel.
YOSEMITE DAY 1
On the way to Yosemite this
morning to attend the Yosemite
Renaissance Reception on Friday and do some painting. I usually
take the motor home but decided at the last minute to stay at Yosemite
Lodge instead. Arrived around noon and decided to do a painting
of the Merced River at the west end of the valley. I have always
loved the deep greens, yellows, and sienna's of some of the deep
pools as the Merced flows through Yosemite Valley. The colors stand
in sharp contrast to the grayish walls of Yosemite Valley. So it
was about time I did a plein air of it!
A front had come through the night before and it was partly cloudy.
About half an hour into the painting, the clouds moved in and it
began to sprinkle. As I was painting with water soluble acrylic
paints, I was worried it might ruin the painting. I stuck it out
and then it began to sleet and snow! It wasn't too heavy and passed
fairly quickly, so the painting was finished. I wanted to put a
demo on the web site, so for the first time, took photos of each
step of the painting.
After checking into Yosemite
Lodge, I was off to do another painting before the sun got too
low. I headed back towards the west end of the valley, because that
was where the sun was.
I ended up in a meadow below El Capitan. El Capitan is one of the
largest exposed pieces of granite in the world. It attracts rock
climbers from all over and is considered one of the best rock climbs
in the world.
There were good scenes to paint in every direction, I ended up
painting the top of El Capitan as the storm clouds swirled and the
sun hit the edge. The clouds started moving in again, I lost much
of the light, started raining, and getting colder. So, I finished
the painting and headed for the Lodge.
Wednesday, February 26, 2003
Unfinished "Morning Drink" on the easel.
|I am off to Yosemite tomorrow and finishing up the painting I started
on the 13th. It won't get quite done, so will put the finishing touches
on it with a fresh view next week. I decided to add some wildlife
in the form of a deer. Even though this development took place later
in the painting, I did not want the deer to necessarily be the immediate
center of interest. If you have ever hiked in the backwoods, glimpses
of wild deer are fleeting and usually from afar. I followed this rational
in the painting.
Tuesday, February 25, 2003
MOUNTAIN VIEW SHOWING
We hung a small show of my works at the Mountain
View City Hall today. Mountain View, California, has a nice arts program
where they select a small number of artists to exhibit in their City
Hall and Performing Arts Center each year. The show runs through April
14. If you are in the area, be sure to stop by and see the paintings.
500 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA. (650) 903-6300.
Saturday, February 25, 2003
I recently swapped web links with an artist named Robert
Genn. He is a well known Canadian artist. Besides being an excellent
artist, he is an excellent writer. He publishes a twice weekly email to
all who subscribe called "The
Painter's Keys". I highly recommend it. To subscribe just go
to "The Painter's Keys"
website and follow the instructions.
Saturday, February 15, 2003
From Kingsbury Grade
LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA
It's off to Lake Tahoe, California, with the family for Presidents
Day weekend. I managed to find a little quiet spot close to our
rental cabin for a quick plein air. There was lots of snow around,
and the view from up Kingsbury Grade was spectacular. The sun was
getting low and to the southwest. It cast a slight pink color on
the lake which was quite different than the deep blues you normally
see in Lake Tahoe.
Well, it had to be quicker that I hoped as I started losing my
light about 15 minutes into the painting. A snow storm was starting
to blow in. So, I had to make it a fairly rough color study and
leave it at that.
Thursday, February 13, 2003
Much of late January and early February was spent out of the studio catching
up on other things such as office work, filing photos, editing videos,
cleaning up, etc.
During my cleaning, I ran across an old Polaroid picture I took probably
20 years ago. I don't remember exactly where it was, but knew it was from
the high Sierra country around Yosemite. The photo was faded and barely
recognizable. However, it suddenly struck a chord with me. It was a simple
stream scene, but the way the water flowed over the rocks, with an early
morning sunlit background grabbed me. I instantly visualized what the
final painting would look like.
Immediately a fresh canvas was on the easel.
Friday, January 17, 2003
At the Ice Park
COLORADO DAY 4
Set up my easel close to the annual Ouray
Ice Festival. I
figured a little plein air painting at the festival might draw a
few to the solo show and reception that evening. (It worked a little.)
I painted the part of the ice canyon where sheets of ice hung over
the edge like curtains on a stage. Ice climbers were all around
trying to scale the 50 foot walls of ice.
The reception for the show was this evening. Probably 30-40 came
to the show.
Thursday, January 16, 2003
Along the Uncompahgre
Portrait of Sneffells.
COLORADO DAY 3
I had scouted places to paint the previous day, so knew exactly
where I wanted to go to start the day.
Early morning found me painting on a bridge over the Uncompahgre
River. Although it was already 9 o'clock, it was cold...at least
freezing or below! I brought my acrylics for this trip as they are
easier to travel with. My water spray bottle started freezing up
so I couldn't keep the paint wet enough. I had to work fast before
everything, including me froze! I think I captured the moment, though.
Drove to Telluride and took some photos along the way. On the way,
I decided to come back to do a painting along Dallas Divide which
has a spectacular view of the San Juan Mountain Range.
After lunch in Telluride, as earlier planned, I stopped and did
a plein air of Mount Sneffells as seen from Dallas Divide.
Well, since it is so cold, I don't have to get up too early next
morning to paint!
Wednesday, January 15, 2003
Well, we hung the Ago Gallery show today. Late in the day, I drove over
the Million Dollar Highway, Red Mountain Pass and around Ouray to scout
out places to paint during my four day stay.
The portion of Highway 550 between Ouray and Silverton, 24 miles to the
south, has been named The Million Dollar Highway and is part of the San
Juan Skyway, one of the most scenic and spectacular mountain drives in
North America. I had done paintings of this area previously and wanted
to visit it again.
It was cold and snowy!
Tuesday, January 14, 2003
COLORADO DAY 1
Flew into Montrose and arrived late in Ouray,
Colorado to kick off my solo show at the Ago Gallery. I also
wanted to spend some time doing some plein air and gather studies
for future paintings of the beautiful San Juan Mountains of southwest