Saturday, May 17, 2014

SALT RIVER

Salt River 8x20
     Some painting friends, past students and I met out where thousands of sun-worshipers from Phoenix float down this river every summer in their inner tubes. Some will tie some tubes together with a plywood platform on top with a car battery and some huge stereo speakers, add a cooler full of soft drinks and beer and you have quite a party.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

PLEIN AIR TO STUDIO DEMO

Studio Painting 12x16


Field Study 8x10

Studio: Sketch, Field Study, Studio Panel Drawing.

1st step: Block or Key In done rapidly, emotionally, with large brush.

Large studio glass palette with large brush.

2nd step: Further relationship adjustments. Slowing down, working dark to light, thin to thick, more thinking, medium size brushes.

Studio photographic reference: BIG screen TV.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

ART CONTESTS

I recently won "FINALIST" in the RayMar Fine Art Contest 2 months in a row.
click to see NOVEMBER 24X36
OCTOBER 9X12
      Starting in August I also placed as a "FINALIST" 4 months in a row in the DAILY PAINTWORKS CONTEST and I am the judge this month, December. 

click AUGUST  6X6
SEPTEMBER 48X60
OCTOBER  (same painting that won above)
NOVEMBER 60X48

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

TAMARISK BUSH

8x10
     
What is tamarisk?
Tamarisk (also known as salt cedar) is a deciduous shrub or small tree from Eurasia. Tamarisk can grow as high as 25 feet tall. The bark on saplings and young branches is purplish or reddish-brown. Leaves are scale-like, alternate, with salt-secreting glands. Flowers are small and the petals are reddish, pinkish, or white. Each plant can produce as many as 500,000 seeds annually. The seeds are dispersed by wind, water, and animals. Seeds are small with a tuft of hair attached to one end enabling them to float long distances by wind and water. Seeds are short-lived and can germinate within 24 hours after dispersal, sometimes while still floating on the water.

How did it get here?
Eight species of Tamarisk were first brought to North America in the 1800s from Southern Europe or the eastern Mediterranean region (DiTomaso 1998). The species were first planted as ornamentals and later as windbreaks, and to stabilize river banks. Tamarix species escaped cultivation and are now widespread throughout the United States, with heavier concentrations in the Southwest.


Monday, November 18, 2013

SAGUARO BLUFF

Click Here to Bid
     This spot is about a half mile down the river bed where the coyote stand and lookout over the valley.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

DESERT RIVER BED

8X10
     This  is a view of the river bed where I hit my golf balls. After the spring floods there is a small creek like flow in the lower part of the painting where the  water runs for weeks afterwards.