A bit of January’s mood on canvas panel. Each day we gain about a minute of added daylight. I am slowing the passing of time by monitoring this glacial change.
We have been buried in snow for months with months to go. I enjoy the scenery but it can also be difficult… paying my respects to the winter.
Scenes from just outside my studio (eagles filmed through my studio window). This is where I draw my inspiration, the endless well. North Idaho is snow country which can be tough but it is also incredibly gorgeous.
I had a friend in college named Andrew Hofmeister. He was a retired art professor at Washington State University. He was a huge artistic influence on me, I wish I would have told him that. At the time he owned a family vacation home on Flathead Lake in Montana. He let me stay up there periodically, in the basement of his cabin. Mr Hofmeister told me “be inspired but don’t let the view dictate your painting”. I think about that a lot, I hope he would appreciate my work now. I am pretty directly influenced by nature but it is the mood and movement of paint that are my key subjects. Now I have a studio and live roughly half way between WSU and his former cabin in Montana.
Today I will be varnishing and photographing much of my work. As eager as I am to paint I have a looming deadline for my show solo show at Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento, California. The show is the month of February so I need to get my work photographed, varnished, framed, packaged and shipped very soon! Deadlines keep me running!
This 16″x16″ acrylic painting is fresh from yesterdays easel. I took a break from the work required for the two upcoming solo shows and just enjoyed the process of creating… it is after all everything.
The dark mysterious gloom of the Pacific Northwest can at times be mood altering. It is also very beautiful and inspirational!
This is a 24″x24″ acrylic & open acrylic painting on plexiglass panel.
Well it is winter, this painting was inspired by the snowy country in which I live. The painting is a 24″x24″ acrylic painting on plexiglass panel.
This was a small painting I did after doing a lot of large expressive paintings with similar color and value. This was much more realistic. It’s a recent relic, the subject over shadowed the paint. Still it has it’s charms!
I started this painting January 1st. It is going to be a busy year, best get started!