Friday, December 30, 2011

Crystal Path

Crystal Path
5x7 inches oil on board
There are paths all through the land around Vanessa's house created by havalina and other wild critters roaming through. My dog Zig is my painting buddy and loves all the wonderful sights and smells. She's a great dog pal. I think she liked this particular spot a lot.

Bolder Balance - SOLD

Bolder Balance
7x5 inches oil on board
I'm enjoying translating what I see into dabs and swipes of gooey paint onto a little board painted orange - fun!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Granite and Cactus II - SOLD

Granite and Cactus II
5x7 inches oil on board - painted Dec. 28, 2011
This was painted in the afternoon sun. The moving shadows dramatically change the whole composition as I'm painting. I'm hoping there is something I figure out about how to approach plein air painting besides, "hurry!"

Granite and Cactus

Granite and Cactus
5x7 oil on board - painted Dec. 27, 2011
Thank you Jack, for cutting a bunch of 5x7 panels for me to paint on! I hope to get better at covering this small space before the sun changes too much. A friend commented on the colors in my paintings. Yes, I see these colors, don't you??? :)

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


10x8 oil on panel - painted Dec. 26, 2011
This is my second Yarnell painting in Vanessa's backyard. I did not succeed in capturing the landscape I saw with my eyes. The shadows moved too fast for me to keep up while I was figuring out how to paint the prevalent dried dead limbs. But, I love that I played with my pallet knife and persevered. I'm accumulating experience/knowledge - I can feel it.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Vanessa's Backyard - Afternoon Sun - SOLD

Vanessa's Backyard - Afternoon Sun
10x8 oil on panel - painted Dec. 25, 2011
I'm on a new artistic adventure. I've come to Yarnell, Arizona to deepen my relationship to my creative self - create art and music, love my family and friends and discover more about how this strange landscape of granite bolders and scrubby trees and bushes open my creative heart.
This is my first painting here (painted Christmas afternoon.) My friend Vanessa's home and studio are surrounded by views that thrill me. This is one of my favorites that I'm sure I will paint many times as the shadows and light change all day long with the sun rising and setting.