Saturday, April 28, 2018

Storybook Cowboy


Above is the print ad for my upcoming show, 
"STORYBOOK COWBOY" 
 at Maxwell Alexander Gallery in Los Angeles.  Show preview articles will appear in the June issues of Southwest Art, Western Art Collector and Western Art & Architecture magazines. 

This show will consist of 12 new paintings of heroic and iconic cowboys in the American West opening Saturday, June 2nd









Friday, April 13, 2018

New 30x30 for June Solo Show...

"Green Mountain" (30x30) o/c

My new solo show, "STORYBOOK COWBOY" opens this June at Maxwell Alexander Gallery in Los Angeles.  A dozen new works of heroic and iconic cowboys (including the one above) will be available for purchase thru the gallery's web site in late May with reception at the gallery on Saturday, June 2nd~

Maxwell Alexander Gallery
406 W Pico
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 275-1060










Friday, February 23, 2018

"Ghost Moon" (16x20) o/p SOLD

I have 3 paintings (including the one above which just SOLD over the reserve price) for sale at the Briscoe Museum's "Night of Artists" opening March 23rd in San Antonio, Texas. This is my first time being invited to take part in the event which showcases many of the top western artists in the country -- the exhibition runs thru May 6th, 2018. See link for details~

Saturday, February 17, 2018

 Levels and Degrees (24x24) SOLD

This painting just sold at Maxwell Alexander Gallery... It is based on several sketches made last year in Southern Utah, and designed for the upcoming "Cumulus" group show at the gallery in Los Angeles~
(Frame by Mayen Olson)
















Thursday, January 4, 2018

LA ART SHOW

 "Available Space" (16x20) oil on linen SOLD

I am excited to be starting off the new year with the LA Art Show opening at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Wednesday, January 10th running thru Sunday the 14th. This painting, "Available Space" (16x20) and another, "Autumnwood" (30x40) will be featured at the Maxwell Alexander Gallery booth # 824.


(pencil sketch)

If you are unable to make it to this venue, I will also be having a solo show at the Maxwell Alexander Gallery this spring; details to come...











Thursday, December 21, 2017

Night of Artists at the Briscoe Museum

"Whitewall Canyon" (12x12) o/p

This painting will be one of three to show at the 2018 Night of Artists at the Briscoe Museum in San Antonio, TX in March. It will have a nice, hand-carved 22k gold frame by Mayen Olson Framers, and I am thrilled to be invited to show with so many great western artists! 





 




Friday, December 15, 2017

"Autumnwood"

"Autumnwood" (30x40) o/c

This painting will be exhibited (along with another, smaller piece) in the Maxwell Alexander Gallery booth at the 2018 LA Art Show, Los Angeles Convention Center, January 10-14.

This piece was a composite of references from field paintings, plein air sketchbook drawings and photos. I wanted a subtle "period" feel with the girls dress and hat, but for that to play second fiddle to the surrounding landscape. I spent some time this fall in Northern California (before the fires started) and did quite a few studies of dying trees, dead leaves and grass, combined with the late-day sunset where everything is in much more harmony palette-wise than any other time or season. 

The light source is weaker then, so I was mindful to keep the value range between light and shadow much narrower. I also chose the direction of light so that the ground shadows would direct the eye to the horse and rider yet without any direct sunlight on her face. This helps keep the composition working as a whole, integrating the landscape without over-emphasizing an obvious focal point...

The feeling I wanted was a 'contemplative pause'...the falling leaves and overall palette suggest not only a change in season, but perhaps a pivotal time in the young woman's life; a last ride on a favorite horse, or a farewell to a familiar place...whatever the situation, she has paused to consider it. 

Being in my fifties, I pause a lot more than I used to, season-to-season appreciating the beauty around me while contemplating the best use of whatever time I may have left...hopefully many more seasons and thoughtful autumns to come!























Thursday, November 30, 2017

Commission:

 (Untitled) Final Drawing 6x8"

I was recently commissioned to do a 36x48" southwest desert scene painting for a public space in Oklahoma city... Not exactly mid-western fare landscape-wise, but the client's vision for the space required some "western" atmosphere, and of course this is a subject I can really get into~


I first did about 10 thumbnail sketches based on my plein air paintings and sketchbook doodles from a trip to southern Utah and Maynard Dixon's homestead/studio last year...




  
After reviewing the pencils and using examples from previous paintings on my website and social media, we agreed upon an amalgamation of several of my thumbnail roughs into the final design (at the top of the page)...

 

Here are the final canvas stained and ready to paint (background) and a 16x20 "test" painting (with altered composition) under way to make sure I've got my colour palette working...
 

So far I've done about a dozen drawings and 4 colour studies in various sizes...you never can do too much homework before undertaking an important commission!