Sunday, September 28, 2014

"BASICS TO PLEIN AIR" class

12x16 Field Study to Studio
My "Basics to Plein Air" class begins Sat. Oct 18 at the Scottsdale Art School.


EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
Arizona State University, Tempe Arizona: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Oil Painting. Graduated May 1981
Two years in a Teacher Certification Program at University of Phoenix 1998.
Continuing Education, Studied with some of the finest painters in America.:
KEN AUSTER                         KEVIN MacPHERSON                RALPH OBERG
KEN BACKHAUS                   RAY ROBERTS                              JILL CARVER
JOHN BUDICIN                    RICHARD SCHMID                     CAROL MARINE
SCOTT CHRISTENSEN        MATT SMITH                        JENNIFER McCHRISTIAN
LEN CHMIEL                         GEORGE STRICKLAND               ROBERT LEMLER
MARK DAILY                        CURT WALTERS                            PHIL BECK
T. ALEN LAWSON                SKIP WHICOMB                      JOESEPH PAQUET
DAN ROBINSON                  GREG KREUTZ                         DONALD DEMERS
JOHN POON                         R.S. RIDDICK                     MICHAEL ALBRECHTSON
AWARDS:
Southwest Art Magazine Award: Emerging Artist Sonoran Arts Festival 2004
1st place award in Oil Painting: Evergreen Arts Festival Colorado 2002
Phippen Museum Foundation Award for Museum Quality Work. 2000
PUBLICATIONS:
SOUTHWEST ART MAGAZINE Oct 2000 and 2004
EXIBITIONS:
Estes Park Plein Air Invitational - Colorado         2004
Norby Art Gallery - Cave Creek, AZ   One Man Show  2004
Denton Art Center - Kansas  One Man Show 2002
Laguna Plein Air Invitational - California 2001, 2003, 2004
CM Russell Show - Montana  2001
Gilcrease Museum Miniature Show - Tulsa, OK.  2001
Plein Air Invitational Tucson AZ 2000
TEACHING:    SCOTTSDALE ART SCHOOL since 2001

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

DESERT CREEK

6X8
     Well it's starting to cool off a little in Arizona finally and we had a little rain to create some water down in the river bed. The  dogs and I snuck down there one morning and I did a little study.

Jack is looking at us and Katy is messing around in the creek.

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.