Sunday, December 25, 2011

Lisa & Shaun Christmas Eve

My housemates were so kind to indulge me by posing yesterday. They have been so kind to me and I wanted to give them this special gift. Fortunately they like the impressionistic style in which I paint.
14" x18"       oil painting        NFS

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Winter Solstice, Colorado

Denver Colorado Plein Air group met at Englewood, Colorado this week. The fields and trees were somewhat bleak & muted, but the mountains glowed vibrant in purples beneath the cobalt sky.
14" x 18"         Oil Painting         $375

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Grand Scale Of Things

While driving over to paint with the PAAC painters this vista caught my eye. I had to return to try to capture it. Again I used a birchwood panel coated with clear varnish.
11" x 14"     Oil on Wood Panel        $550

Winter Canal

This canal is part of the Cherry Creek spillway that runs behind the house where I live. I walked a half mile or so to this spot that seemed to glow in the winter sunlight. The square birchwood panel is nicely finished. I coated it with a clear varnish leaving the natual wood color to come through in some areas.

18" x 18"       Oil on board       $850

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Elk Meadow

Evergreen, Co had a cold wind blowing and the artists didn't stick around very long. I painted on a Museum profile linen canvas. I used the natural color of the canvas, first coating the canvas with Damar varnish.

8" x 10"    Oil on Linen    Sold

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Bluff Lake

Denver Plein Air Painters met at Bluff Lake this week. You look around at the drab winter colors and think, how can I get a good painting out of this? Then you look closer and begin to see one or two outstanding spots of color. And as you settle in color begins to explode. It did for me in this painting. I can also say that the photo of the same spot doesn't begin to compare

9" x 12"          Oil on Canvas           $450

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Late Afternoon

My artist friend Laura gave us a tour of the Rocky Mountain National Park via Estes Park last Thursday. Cold as it was, with the wind whipping down through the mountain pass, we stood out & painted for a couple of hours.

9"x12"       Oil Painting       $450

Jeannes's View

The artist Jean Widman invited us to paint in her studio on Lookout Mountain this past week. My sister was visiting from Ohio  and we thoroughly enjoyed the view and atmosphere. This is a view from the studio window.
12"x9"   Oil Painting     $350

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Gateway Mesa

Jon was the only other painter to venture out this Thursday. It was a struggle to paint under the glaring sun and then the wind picked up.
12" x 16"     Oil Painting         $550

First Seasonal Snowfall

The past two weeks we have had major snow storms on Wednesday. The Castle Rock Plein Air Artists meet on Thursdays, perfect timing to paint snow scenes with mountains
10" x 10"         Oil Painting            $250

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Audobon Center, Littleton

Plein Air Artists Colorado met yesterday at the Audobon Center near Littleton. The day was overcast and the clouds swirled over the mountain tops. A chill wind blew. Still, the gold & oranges of the rabbit bush and foliage against the cool blues of the mountains was inspiring.
9" x 12"     oil on canvas        $450

Monday, October 31, 2011

View from the Balcony

Yesterday PAAC was invited to demonstrate at the Mt. Vernon Country Club, Golden, Colorado. The Clear Creek Conservancy planned the event in to raise funds for land conservation. Artist  Debby McAllister made a wonderful model to set off the purple mountain shadows & sun warmed highlights.
9" x 12"       Oil Painting     $450 

Friday, October 28, 2011

South Platte River

I met PAAC this Tuesday at the South Platte Reservoir. A friend suggested I walk a little distance to find a good view of the river (very shallow that day) & the mountains. There was so much information I could not begin to capture the day. Early afternoon the clouds rolled in and the cool front finally sent me home. Now, the more I look at the painting the more I am pleased with how it came together.
20" x 16"      Oil Painting          $850

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Plein Air Denver Show

The two paintings below were accepted into the Denver Plein Air show that will hang in the Denver Library from the 15th of November to the end of December.
"Doors Into The Past"

"Course Of Life"

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Yale Open Space.

Today I tried to find the Castle Rock PAAC group, then drove hours until I gave up and headed home, only to find this ideal Open Space at Wadsworth & Yale. Wish the rest of you had been there.
12" x 16"     Oil           $660

Afternoon near Lone Tree

This week's first PAAC paint-out was in a lovely garden park SW of Denver. The artists were doing great paintings of the pumpkin patch and the distant mountains and little curved bridges. I walked the park over, but could not feel drawn to any view. Jon planned to paint near Lone Tree later, so I asked if I could trail along. Finally, I could settle. An artist can do a fabulous painting of anything, but, this place somehow felt more real.
12" x 16"     Oil        $550

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Foxton Road along Platte River

The next day Jerusha & I drove west from Denver to Foxton then along the SW Platte River Road. They were doing a controled burn while we were there, which hazed up the mountains in the valley. We saw bear scat around where we painted, but were releived no bear appeared. When we left I realized I had left my sunglasses on, so not sure how true the color/values are. But, the sun shown bright on the red rock hillside and as the afternoon waned the purple shadows on the left crept in.

12" x 16"    Oil Painting      $850

Hallett Peak

8" x 10"        Oil Painting          $350

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Guenella Pass

This past week another artist ( drove up the Guenella Pass to paint. We drove to the very top, where Jon told me that on a clear day one could see the peaks of four 1400 foot mountains, Gray's Peak, Mount Evans, & two others. The weather that day was a mix of snow, sleet, wind and rain, oh and at times the sun shown. We drove back down a few 100 feet to get a little protection from the wind. A study light rain continued mixed with sleet at times, only stopping and clearing in the mid afternoon when we were chilled through.  For some reason passers by told us we were dedicated artists. What a great day!
12" x 16"       Oil          $550

Turkey Creek Road

Another artist invited us to paint on his mountain property along Turkey Creek Road. The sun's glow on the golden  aspen trees in this ravine drew me to this scene.
16" x 12"      Oil       $450

Monday, October 3, 2011

Blue River

This week, midweek, I drove west into the mountains to paint this scene of the Blue River.
12" x 16"    Oil Painting       $450

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Artist's Retreat

The artist Noel Custer invited us to paint on their land today. The day was perfect for this paint-out on this lovely hillside property
12" x 16"      Oil on Canvas Board        $650

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Clear Creek Canyon

Denver Plein Air painters met at Clear Creek Canyon State Park today. As usual I didn't find the group, but found a great place to paint. Turns out they were about 10 miles on up the canyon road. Jon & Leslie stopped by on their way back. Thanks for your encouragement guys.
I will have to dig out all my winter layers. It was cold up there.

18" x 14"    Oil on canvas      $750

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Grant Humphrey's

Yesterday was the last day to paint in the Golden Triangle. The Grant-Humphrey's Mansion opened their doors to us and served lunch inside their beautiful dinning room. Twenty or so artists painted on the grounds, even though the day was overcast with an occasional sprinkle.
9" x 12"   Oil Painting     Sold

Castlewood Canyon

I joined the Denver Plein Aire group this week at Castlewood Canyon State Park. The view is breathtaking, even in the rain. If they didn't charge for every entry, I would paint there often.
12" x 16"   Oil painting      $450

Monday, September 12, 2011

16th Street Mall, Denver

This is the final week of the Plein Aire Denver Festival. Painting on the 16th Street Mall was an interesting experience. Met some nice people. One woman asked why I was painting in this "old world" fashion.
9" x 12"     Oil painting         Sold

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Washington Park, Denver CO

Today was a lovely sunny  day so I continued with  the  Plein Air Denver paintings. The park was listed for 7th Day, but who knows what will come up on that day. I went to Confluence Park a few days ago. I did not like the final result of that painting. Maybe I will try again.
9" x 12"   Oil Painting   $450

Photo taken in Washington Park, Denver..

Monday, September 5, 2011

Broadway & Speer

This is my third painting during the Plein Air Denver Festival. I am looking north on Broadway. After I had been painting an hour or so one of the many beggars in the city stood at this corner with his sign, "God Bless You". He seemed to spread the blessing indiscriminately with genuine sincerity. I wondered if he was my guardian angel in disguise.
9"x12"    Oil on Canvas      $450

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Denver Zoo

Last week I painted in two places on the Plein Air Denver Festival list. City Park was the first. This is the entry on the north side of the park.
9" x 12"  Oil Painting    $550

13th Street, Denver

The Plein Air Denver Festival is this month and next. We are to paint any scene we like within the "Golden Triangle" area downtown. This is a view looking north on 13th St., from behind the Denver Art Museum. The block where I sat to paint was fenced off because the other half was being graded and resurfaced. It was a hot day and a noisy street, but the view inspiring.
9" x 12"    Oil Painting     $490

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Valmont Road

A few days ago I drove to Boulder to paint with the plein air group at the Teller Farm open space. It was an extremely hot day and one other painter was there. I found a new way to secure my sun umbrella, in spite of stony ground! This week I plan to join the artists painting in Denver Plein Air Festival at the downtown "Golden Triangle"

12"x 16"          oil on canvas covered birch board    SOLD   

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Hollyhocks Against the Garden Wall

The hollyhocks are at their peak this week. Washington Park in Denver keeps a flourishing flower garden with abundant varieties of flowering plants. Denver Plein Air painters met there this week.
9" x 12"  Oil on Birch Board    $550 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Platte River, Foxton

This is the Platte river valley at the south end of Kennedy Gulch Road, It is where the North and South Platte Rivers meet. I intend to return to drive north along the valley.
12" x 16"    Oil Painting     $750

Mountain Meadow

The wildflowers were lovely in this meadow at Newton Open Space where the Denver PA group met. If you look closely you will see Indian paint brush a little above the path on the left. Later I drove on down Kennedy Gulch Road to see the Platte  River valley.
12" x 16"   Oil Painting   $550

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Prickly Pear

Joined the Castle Rock Plein air painters a few weeks ago. There was one bright yellow bloom left that day. I had only been set up an hour or so before a thunder storm came over and I had to pack up.  I did return to work on it. Again a thunder storm chased me out.
9" x 12"     Oil Painting          $450

Dry Creek

This is an Open Space just west of Parker, Colorado.
Oil Painting   12 " x 16"   $550

Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Denver Plein Air group met this past week at Prospect Park in Wheat Ridge. The creek was full, the water rushing from the snow melt in the high mountain ridges. There were wild sweet peas and large white thistle poppies in bloom.
12" x 16"       Oil on Birch Board        $550

Echo Lake

Friends & acquaintances are always suggesting another lovely vista to paint. Jon suggested Mt Evans and Isabel suggested Echo Lake, which is on Mount Evans road, just before the park entrance. It was 20 degrees cooler than the Denver metropolitan area.
12" x16"      Oil on Birch board      $550

Friday, June 24, 2011

Hidden Mesa Farm House

We met at the Hidden Messa Open Space south of Parker this week. The house has been empty for years.
12"x16" canvas on birch board  SOLD

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Peonies Mid-Day

The Denver Plein Air painters met at Alamo Placita Park, which I read translates "little place of the cottonwoods". It is downtown and the section where we met was busy with gardeners. Peonies have always been one of my favorite flowers and the contrast of dark leaves and white flower drew me to them. The pink clump to the right had already been weighted to the ground.
8" x 10"     canvas on birch board    SOLD

Broomfield, Open Space

It was my intention last week to meet the two plein air groups at this particular open space. I had such trouble finding the lovely hilltop everyone had left by the time I arrived. But the breeze was cool and a small shelter made a perfect shaded studio space. I may crop to bottom of the painting.
12" x 16" canvas on birch panel  SOLD

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Empire Colorado

Today the Denver Plein Air painters met at Empire. It is quite a drive up into the mountains. It was cool and windy up there. I drove a little past the village and found this scene. It was a bit secluded and I wondered about wildcats and bears and snakes, but didn't see any.
11" x 14"   Oil Painting       $650

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Longs Iris Farm

The famous Iris farm is the place where the Boulder group met this past week. Yesterday was such a lovely day, so I looked it up. The people there were friendly and helpful. They have a wonderful catalog that is famous far and wide. It was thrilling to see the purple in the rows of iris blooms reflected in the mountain.
12" x 9"  Oil Painting    SOLD

Sawhill Ponds

Went to meet the Boulder Plein Air painters here this past week. But, whoops! This is where they had scheduled to meet last week. Oh well, it was a lovely day.
11"x14"     Oil Painting     

Monday, May 23, 2011

Red Rocks Park 2

This particular painting  was done a few weeks ago when the Denver group met. It turned out that I never did meet up with any of them. 

9"x12"    Oil on canvas      Private Collection

Eldorado Springs

On this day I drove toward Eldorado Springs and stopped at an "open space" trailhead to paint. A set of six year old twins were very interested in my painting. They even mentioned Van Gough.  They even brought out their own art work  and then sat down to paint alongside me.

11"x14"        Oil On Canvas              $450

Spring in the City

The Denver Plein Air Painters Met at Old South Gaylord Street last week. This area is the second oldest shopping district in Denver. It truly looked and felt like another place, far removed from this modern city.

9"x12"     Oil on Canvas   $450  

Saturday, May 21, 2011


This is a scene along a walking path near where I am living. The day was overcast so I decided not to go to the mountains. I walked about a mile to a little creek. This time I had a larger canvas and made a great start, but then a light rain began to fall. Not wanting to abandon the start and knowing it would all be different on a different day, I persevered. By the time I left I was shivering & stiff with cold. At least I don't think it is overworked.

16"x20"     oil on canvas       $750