January 5, 2021

It feels good to be in 2021! I hope it’s a wonderful year for you.

Lately I’ve been enthralled with the combination of Cadmium Red Light adjacent to Quinacridone Magenta. Side by side, one over the other, no matter how you get those two close together, it’s a jangly pairing of colors that almost vibrates on the canvas. Talk about activating the painting’s surface!

In pursuit of giving credit where credit’s due, here’s the pastel sketch that got me moving my brush in that direction a few months back. The subject is a Norway Maple that grows on the west slope in front of our house. It's a bit of a scrubby specimen, but more than makes up for its lack of shapeliness with a spectacular display every fall. You already know what color it is!

“Got a feeling 21 is gonna be a good year”

~ Pete Townsend

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December 29, 2020

As predicted in my musings posted last week, time on the mountain HAS resulted in a couple paintings in soft Payne’s gray and Phthalo blues. Here’s one that I started on Christmas Day! Given the fact that I was free to do anything that struck my fancy on the big day, I chose to spend it engaged in what is perhaps my favorite activity, painting!

“Snow Along 160, Dove Creek” is a recollection from one of many trips across southern Colorado. I was certainly on my way from ‘Ol Montana to Santa Fe, most likely by way of Telluride. I can see hits of Cerulean Blue and Cadmium Green Light. Surprise, surprise!

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December 22, 2020

I’m a firm believer in taking inspiration wherever you find it. I think my morning on the mountain with son-in-law Austin will result in some wonderfully soft colored paintings! Stay tuned for shades of Payne’s Gray with just a hint of Cerulean Blue and Cadmium Green Light.

How'd I ever come up with that idea!

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