February 27, 2013 - Wildlife Discovery Show
I am honored to be participating in Trailside Gallery's upcoming wildlife show. I will have three pieces in the show. This one is titled "Cirque Meadows Summer" and is a 32 x 42 oil on linen. The show opens March 4th in Jackson, WY. For more info go to www.trailsidegalleries.com
January 23, 2013 - Summer's Lullaby
This is an 18 x 24 painted from my Richard Schmid Auction painting.
December 15, 2012 - Over Cameron Pass
Cameron Pass sits at the top of Poudre Canyon, and is frequented by a resident herd of Bighorn Sheep. This painting was inspired by a trip over the pass last year when I was stopped by road construction at the top. I was the ONLY car. I sat for 45 minutes...as the sun was going down and the clouds were breaking over the high peaks,freshly blanketed in snow. No complaints from me about that stop! This is a 14 x 18 oil on linen.
November 15, 2012 - In A Secret Garden
An intimate composition of a mule deer fawn in an aspen grove. This is a 16 x 20 oil on linen.
October 18, 2012 - Winter's Breath
Just had out first little snowfall, put me in a winter's mood....this is a beautiful old buck I've seen several times in RMNP. 18 x 24 oil on linen
October 3, 2012 - Splash
I painted this playful elk calf from a series of photos I took in Evergreen, Co this summer. One of those lucky moments when "everything" is right - light, movement, setting, focus. This is a 12 x 16 oil on linen
September 22, 2012 - Dream Lake Plein Air
I headed up to RMNP for a day to paint. Did this 9 x 12 up at Dream Lake.
September 15, 2012 - Plein Air Painting
Headed outside for a lovely morning painting in the foothills.
September 10, 2012 - Trailside Gallery Fall Gold Show
I am honored to have three paintings included in Trailside Gallery's Fall Gold Show during the Jackson, Wy Fall Art Festival. "The Midas Touch" will be one of my pieces in the show. The show runs from Sept 10 - 23. This is 18 x 14 oil on linen
September 2, 2012 - Richard Schmid Art Auction
My painting "Summer's Lullaby" sold well at the art auction. I did a 100% donation to the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Crew and Victims of the High Park Fire. This little 9 x 12 raised $2500 for the auction!
August 13, 2012 - No Turning Back
On June 10 I was evacuated from my home as the High Park Fire burned at the north end of our canyon and many miles beyond. For 16 days we faced the uncertainty of whether we would have a home to return to or not. This is what I saw as I took a last look back from the road as we evacuated. In the end the fire burned 87,000 acres and over 150 square miles. Before it was over, all the land beyond the foreground ridgeline burned. My home survived. This painting is a 30 x 52 oil on linen.
July 29, 2012 - A Small Start
Just completed a 16 x 20 painting. I have always enjoyed painting the big bull elk, but believe a more amazing aspect of nature is the ability of prey animals, especially deer and elk to raise their babies under such adversity. I have actually watched a mule deer doe chase off a bobcat that was after her fawn... This piece is available through Trailside Gallery in Jackson, Wy please contact them for more information at 307-733-3186
July 28, 2012 - Preview - Richard Schmid Art Auction
My painting Summer's Lullaby has been chosen for the 17th annual art auction. This event raises money for the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Crew and High Park Fire Victims. The fire this year absolutely devastated this community. Firefighters lost their own homes while saving a historic school. Over 100 people in the area lost their homes. The auction will be open for preview through August at the Ft. Collins Colorado Museum of Art. there has never been a more critical time to support this wonderful event!
July 16, 2012 - Masters in Miniatures Invitational Show - Trailside Gallery
I am honored to have two paintings selected for Trailside Gallery's Miniature Show. The show runs through July 31 at their Jackson, Wy location. For more information please call the gallery at 307-733-3186
July 12, 2012 - Teton Trip
A quick trip to Jackson to deliver paintings and had a few moments in Grand Teton National Park to squeeze in a plein air painting....
June 29, 2012 - Colorado Wildfire Donations
I am doing a print offering to raise money for the victims of the Colorado Wildfires. The High Park Fire alone, destroyed 257 homes and almost 90,000 acres of some of Colorados most wild and beautiful wilderness. 100% of the profits from the sale of these prints will be donated to the Red Cross Fire Fund, The Rist Canyon Fire Station, and Redstone Canyon's station 11. The link to purchase is www.ArtForConservation.org/artists/Forest_Images
June 21, 2012 - Opening Night Stampede Western Art Show
A beautiful show and a great group of talented western artists! The show runs through the 4th of July.
June 9, 2012 - Plein Air Workshop
I participated in a three day workshop through Evergreen Fine Art with landscape artist Dave Santillanes. It was a super, educational three days of plein air painting in gorgeous country.
May 16, 2012 - A Whisper of Eternity
This little painting is from one of the most amazing sunsets I have ever seen. We were camping on the shores of Lake Owen in Wyoming. One by one, everyone in the campground came to the lakeshore to watch the wonder of it. It was as if God was whispering to us all across the water. This is a 16 x 20 oil on linen
May 15, 2012 - Poudre River Pastures
Painting some more studies in preparation for a few larger paintings. This is a 12 x 16 oil on linen.
May 4, 2012 - Canyon Spring
Plein Air painting this morning....
April 29, 2012 - Sedona Sonnet
This is a 12 x 16 painting from my recent trip to Sedona. It is a view of Bell Rock at sunset.
April 25, 2012 - HONORABLE MENTION
My painting, Winter's Eloquence" won an Honorable Mention Award in the AANC National Show. I'm honored for the recognition!
April 23, 2012 - Sedona Arizona Painting Trip
I attended the reception for the Scottsdale Salon, then headed to Sedona to plein air paint for a few days.
April 20, 2012 - HONORABLE MENTION
My painting, "Fire and Water" has won an "Honorable Mention" in the Salon International 2012 Show! I am so honored for the recognition in this wonderful event!
April 15, 2012 - Summer Satin
This is a little 11 x 14 study I did of this lovely mare that lives up the road from me. Her summer coat is so beautiful, it is amazing when the sunlight reflcts off it.
March 28, 2012 - Storm's Passing
This painting is of a summer thunderstorm as it rolls through the canyon country in the foothills west of Ft. Collins, CO. As with the storms within our own lives, there is a passing, and a promise in the aftermath...
March 20, 2012 - Sweetwaters
My painting "Sweetwater" sold last month and Elkhorn Gallery asked if I could do another, similar one, since it was such a popular piece. This is my result. I have shifted the river and background mountains. The focal elk are a little different, and I've added additional elk in the back ground. This is also a 16 x 20.
March 15, 2012 - ARTIST'S ASSOCIATION OF NORTHERN COLORADO NATIONAL SHOW
I just received notice, my painting "Winter's Eloquence" has been selected for the AANC 21st National Show. The reception will be held in Ft. Collins, CO at the AANC Gallery in Old Town at 148 W Oak St. on April 21st and will be on exhibit through May 25. I'm excited to be a part of this wonderful event!
March 7, 2012 - The Land of Milk and Honey
This is a little bison study, that I will be painting larger. This is from my trip to the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone this past summer. Buffalo and wildflowers everywhere you looked. 8" x 10", oil on linen
February 27, 2012 - Silent as the Snow
I just completed another small study, 11 x 14. I am currently combining this study and "The Eagles View" (slightly modified) into a 24 x 36 final studio painting.
February 22, 2012 - SCOTTSDALE SALON OF FINE ART
My painting "Free for All" has been selected to be included in the Scottsdale Salon 2012. This premier exhibit is hosted by the Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ April 20 - May 20, 2012.
February 20, 2012 - The Eagles View
I've finished a study for a larger,
24 x 36. This is a view across Aztec Canyon, near my home. The golden eagles often roost here, thus the title.
February 5, 2012 - SALON INTERNATIONAL 2012
My painting "Fire and Water" has been selected for the Salon International Art Show. This prestigious exhibition is hosted by Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art in San Antonio, TX April 14 - May 4, 2012.
January 25, 2012 - Softly Fallen
I'm not sure if there is anything I love more than freshly fallen snow. I have always wanted to paint the way snow falls upon rocks in the river. Finally had the opportunity to race down to the Big Thompson River after a big, soft snow right after New Years. It was about 10 below and not only was I rewarded by the river rocks, but the fog in the night had frosted all the trees and bushes. This painting is an 18 x 24 oil on linen.
January 17, 2012 - STAMPEDE WESTERN INVITATIONAL
I have been selected to participate in the Stampede Western Invitational Show for 2012. This premiere event runs in conjunction with the Greeley Stampede. The opening gala is June 21st and is on display through the 4th of July. I am excited to be a part of this wonderful event!
January 12, 2012 - Stories in Stone
I've been working on a few landscapes lately. This piece is a scene near my home. I passed beneath this outcrop for 15 years before I ever saw the "animal" weathered into the stone... This is a 20 x 30 oil on linen.
January 1, 2012 - A Summertime Lullaby
Another study. This is a "9 x 12" oil on linen board. Definitely have big plans this little painting.
December 28, 2011 - Canyon Dusk
A small study for a larger piece I am currently working on. 6" x 8" oil on linen board.
December 25, 2011 - The Nativity
Merry Christmas! Just a fun little painting for the holidays. A 12" x 16" oil on linen.
November 26, 2011 - Winter's Eloquence
This painting is one of may favorite views near Ft. Collins, CO. The perfect snow, soft, no wind, just as the clouds are breaking up and the morning light hits the top of the cliffs..."Winter's Eloquence" 40 x 30 oil on linen
November 10, 2011 - Velvet Mini's
Here is the finished set of Mini's ready for the Christmas Auction at Black Hawk Gallery December 14. Call for more info at 307-326-5063.
October 15, 2011 - Moose Mini
Blackhawk Gallery is hosting a Christmas Show and Auction to raise money for the local school district's art program. I am donating a series of 3 paintings of bulls and bucks in "velvet" - a moose, an elk, and a mule deer. This is my first. All pieces will be 4 x 5's. The auction is December 20th. Contact Blackhawk Gallery at 307-326-5063 for more information.
October 11, 2011 - Fire and Water
I just completed an 18" x 24" studio painting from my plein air. The setting is the beaver ponds by Sprague Lake in RMNP
October 3, 2011 - Plein Air Painting
I have gotten away several times this month to paint on site in Rocky Mountain National Park. The colors have been breathtaking this autumn, one of the prettiest years I can remember.
September 21, 2011 - Autumn's Finale
I have just completed a 12 x 16 study, which I am planning to paint as a final, 30 x 40. A classic RMNP vista, from Endo Valley, this painting depicts the end of autumn, as a snowstorm moves down from the high peaks.
September 9, 2011 - Soft Summer Rain
A rain storm moves into Kawaneeche Valley on the west side of RMNP. This painting is a 24 x 30 from a painting trip I took into the area in early July.
August 26, 2011 - RICHARD SCHMID ART AUCTION
I am participating in the art auction for the Rist Canyon Fire Station this year with two pieces, The painting of the Crystal Fire I did in April has recieved special recognition to promote the auction on Sept 4. It has been used in t-shirts for the event. I will also be selling prints of the painting there and autographing both. Then it is going to be auctioned off in a special auction just before the live auction. Its a great cause, and I am happy that I can help this wonderful organization in some small way.
August 25, 2011 - RICHARD SCHMID ART AUCTION
This is the painting that is juried into the Live Auction. Its a 12 x 16 oil on linen titled "Winter's Reign"
August 23, 2011 - Sweetwater - JURIED INTO THE OPA WESTERN SHOW!
I just received notification that my painting has been accepted into the Oil Painters of America's Western Exhibition. I am honored to be included in this prestigious event. This painting is from a trip to Moraine Park in RMNP. My daughter and I were wading up the river and ended up surrounded by a herd of elk - they were in the water with us, on each side of us - it was an amazing experience.
August 11, 2011 - Day's End
Here is the finished painting 9 x 12 which I am planning to use for a reference for a big studio piece.
August 10, 2011 - Plein Air Painting
I'm working on another Plein Air in the canyon where I live.
August 2, 2011 - Free For All
In the mood for something cool, so I painted a familiar winter scene of my horses, racing in after a day turned out to play on the snow. This is a 20 x 16. I really love the light on this.
July 6, 2011 - Plein Air Painting
I did a 3 day Art Festival over the 4th of July Weekend with the Blackhawk Gallery who represents me in Saratoga, WY. Stopped on the way home, somewhere in the middle of nowhere, to paint
June 5, 2011 - Passing By
Just completed a new painting of a resident bobcat. The cat hunts pidgeons from the roof of my horse barn. The painting is a 20 x 16 oil on linen
May 20, 2011 - Moran Morning
This painting is of Mount Moran in the Teton Range in Wyoming. This is from a trip I took the spring of 2010. The view is from Oxbow Lake. This is a 16 x 20 oil on linen
May 15, 2011 - In the Dead of Night
We had a terrible wildfire on April 2 that almost destroyed our canyon. This is a painting I did of it from my view from the horse corrals, as I was trying to catch and evacuate my 6 horses. The painting is 24 x 12
April 15, 2011 - Wind River Spring - Diptych
This is a painting that is composed of two separate paintings. Each one can stand alone as an individual composition, yet is designed to really play together as one composition.
April 14, 2011 - Wind River Spring - Right
This painting is the right side of the diptych
April 13, 2011 - Wind River Spring - Left
This is the left painting for the diptych
March 27, 2011 - Kawaneeche Royalty
Here is a new painting of a big bull moose I saw in RMNP last fall. This is an 18 x 24, oil on linen
October 7, 2010 - Cool Waters
I painted this from a plein air I did in Moraine Park in RMNP two weeks ago. The elk are all over the valley at the peak of their rut season. The piece is a 24 x 30 oil on linen
August 17, 2010 - Along the Yellowstone
This is a small 12 x 16 study for a larger piece I am planning. I wanted to get a good look at the composition before I committed to the larger size. I was worried the foreground would look contrived and "stuck on". But I think it works well and ties together nicely.
August 15, 2010 - In the Days of Thunder
I painted this piece for the Buffalo Trail Gallery in Jackson, Wy. Bison are a common sight in that area, especially in Yellowstone. We saw hundreds of them on our trip there in June.
August 10, 2010 - Spoils of War
This is my autumn painting for the Four Seasons Show. The scene is in Moraine Park in Rocky Mountain National Park. A 30 x 40 oil on linen.
August 1, 2010 - A Tentative Start
This is my spring piece. It is also set in RMNP - Horseshoe Park. This is a 24 x 30 oil on linen.
April 26, 2010 - Against a Bitter Wind
This is my winter scene for the Elk Horn Gallery Show. It is a 16 x 20 oil on linen.
April 26, 2010 - The Eternal Dance
This painting is the first in a series of four that will be part of the ELk Horn Gallery in Winter Park "Four Seasons" show. I will be painting the seasons of the elk for this show. It opens on August 14th. This is the summer piece. It is a 24 x 30 oil on linen.
April 26, 2010 - Still Waters - revised
I wasn't satisfied with the background on this piece. SO I've changed it and like this much better. This is a 30 x 40 oil on linen.
April 26, 2010 - The Guardian
I have several new paintings to add. This piece is "The Guardian" it is a 30 x 40 oil on linen. Don't miss the mountain lion hidden in it.
April 22, 2010 - Winter Range
This piece has been juried into the Richard Schmid Art Auction's live Auction on Labor Day weekend. The money raised by the Auction benefits the Rist Canyon's Volunteer Fire Station. The art for the auction is personally selected by Richard Schmid. This is an 18 x 24 oil on linen
February 10, 2010 - Sky
I've roughed in the composition and blocked in the majority of the sky. It will still need some refining. I have changed a few things from the study. Decided to bring the forground all the way across, I feel the composition is too weighted on the right side of the painting. I am putting a mountain lion in the brush, which I planned all along, the study was just too small to put it in.
February 9, 2010 - The Guardian
I'm starting a new painting. This is the 11 x 14 preliminary study of it. The final piece will be a 30 x 40.
January 25, 2010 - Still Waters
This is my most recent painting. A 30" x 40" oil on linen. The moose were a wonderful sighting I had this August. My husband and I had the lake to ourselves and photographed this bull and cow for over an hour. I think I got over 200 images of them. I'm sure you'll see them in more of my paintings...
January 12, 2010 - "Window To The West" Exhibition
"The Window To The West" An exhibition of the Don Huntley Western Art Collection is on display at the W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery at Cal Poly Pomona in Pomona, CA until February 20, 2010. "Rawah Majesty" is included in this beautiful exhibit of Western art.
July 28, 2009 - Finished!
Now its done. I like this better. The image is very peaceful. I added a few more barn swallows flying along the water hunting bugs. This gives it a little more energy, but not too much.
July 25, 2009 - Finished?
I've completed the painting as originally planned, but I think I'm going to change it. I liked the idea of the third buck, running off. I thought it would add a bit of energy to the composition. But I don't like the tension in an overall tranquil scene. So I'm going to remove him. I also need to change the light direction on the clouds its inconsistant with the rest of the painting's light.
July 20, 2009 - Foreground details
I've painted in the details in the grasses and rushes along the water's edge. I like the way the sunlit rushes along the water "pull" your eyes through the dark shadows and up to the deer. Its a nice bridge across a very powerful part of the painting. I have painted one of the bucks and really like the play of colors between his coat and the grasses. It also repeats the sienna and ochre in the bushes.
July 12, 2009 - Foreground Underpainting
Next, I've established the layout and basic values of the foreground. I want to add a lot of texture and contrast here in the rushes and grasses. I really want to focus on the edge of the water to bring your eye into this area of the painting. To view the images bigger, just click on the thumbnail.
July 8, 2009 - Adding the Bushes
One of the elements I want to emphasize in this painting is the repeated pattern of deep shadows under the bushes and along the rushes at the front edge of the pond. They add a sense of depth and drama to an other- wise flat scene.
July 7, 2009 - Spring Bucks
I'm starting a new painting from a road trip over North Park this spring. A trio of bucks in velvet were standing at the edge of a pond. The long amber light of dusk made the whole scene glow. There was nowhere to pull off the road, so I ended up shooting this out of the sunroof of my truck. The bucks were wary and I only got the one frame before they bolted, but the shot was perfect.
July 6, 2009 - Jay Moore Mentorship Program
I have been accepted to study for six monthes with one of my favorite artists. I'm very excited about this opportunity!!
June 26, 2009 - OPA Western Exhibition
Wow! My painting, Return to the Rawah was accepted into the Oil Painters of America's Western Regional Exhibition. The show will be held in Kirkland, Wa on August 8th - August 30th at the Howard Mandville Gallery
12806 N. East 125th Way. Phone 425-825-1446.
May 23, 2009 - First Day at the Park
About two weeks ago on a trip to RMNP my husband and I were the lucky witnesses to a newborn elk calf's first moments of life. In the 30 years I have been frequenting Rocky Mountain National Park, I have never seen a newborn. This painting is of the moment the mother elk introduced the baby to her calf from last year.
April 2, 2009 - Cottonwood Cradle
Here is my painting of a family of Great Horned Owls that I was fortunate enough to observe and photograph over the course of several monthes. It was an amazing wildlife encounter to see firsthand how the parents raised up these two babies.
March 5, 2009 - Completed
I added the details to the midground trees. I think its done...
March 2, 2009
I'm almost finished. The grasses have come along nicely. There are subtle diagnol lines of the seeded grasses that direct your eye across to the bull. I like the simplicity of the foreground - a peaceful "resting place" for the eye to balance all the drama of the background. I just need to finish the big trees, then I think I'm done.
February 28, 2009
I've been working on the foreground grass underpainting-adding mid values of warmer greens and the golds in the elk. I like the way the elk form a chain that carries your eye across and over to the bull. As I add more golds to the grass and some detail the cow elk should blend in more and not appear as prominent.
February 20, 2009 - Stories on the Wind
I've been working on this big 40 x 60 for about six monthes. The mountains and middleground I completed quickly, but my originals plans for the foreground just didn't work, so I've wiped it out several times and set it aside to work itself out for a few monthes. I think I've figured it out, so when I painted the bull elk in, it sparked - the depth I wanted "Popped" and the repetition of color between the light sky above the mountains and the highlighs on the elk's back connected. I think this is going to work! If you look closely you can see where I've outlined other elk of the bull's harem.
February 2, 2009 - Summer's Solace
Finished. I have taken care of "the face" and really like the final image. I love the way the water goes from tranquil in the foreground to vivid and shimmering in the background - it really carries your eye into the painting.
January 15, 2009 - Wow!
I am so happy with the way this is coming together. The depth and play of colors is very tranquil. But I have discovered a blooper. When I brightened the snowfields below Halett, I created a face that looks remarkably like Jim Carey in "The Mask" complete with cigarette hanging out of his mouth! I'll have to change that.....
January 13, 2009
Next I've added the highlights on the distant forest and experimented with a few greens for the bushes. My original idea of a very golden green is just too much when I look at it, so I'm taking it down a notch and just going to add hints of it in the grass and bushes.
January 12, 2009 - Middleground Underpainting
I've painted in my deep undertones for the trees, grass and bushes. You can click on these thumbnails to get a window with bigger images.
January 11, 2009 - Halett Peak
I'm getting kind of tired of our dry, windy winter, so a painting of the high country in summer sounds nice. I did some plein air painting last summer at Sprague Lake and have some nice references of that area. Halett Peak will be the focal of the piece. The mountain definitely speaks for itself. No need to say more.
January 8, 2009 - Finished!
I've stared at this painting for two weeks and finally figured out what was off. The sunlit mountains were too "sawtooth" like. So I've softened them with some low clouds and like the affect much better.
December 23, 2008 - Finished?
I think I'm done. I've painted the blowing snow across the wolf and his tracks which has helped him blend with the painting better. I think I'll just look at it for a while before I officially announce it complete.
December 19, 2008 - Adding the Wolf
I have added in the wolf. I kinda like him, but I think I'm going to add some blowing snow to make him more a part of the landscape and indistinct. In the video the DOW took, the wind was howling across the area (as it usually does up there) and the ground blizzard kept obscuring the wolf. This is very fitting symbolically. No one is really sure he is still here. So I'm going to have the wind covering up his tracks. Almost like he's being swallowed by the wilderness he is about to enter.
December 18, 2008 - Foreground
I have added the foreground bushes. I want them to act as a "gateway" directing you back and across the vast snow fields. The bushes help establish your perspective, give you a reference point to gauge the depth by. They also add some nice warm colors to breakup the coolness of the piece.
December 17, 2008 - Middleground details
I've added the aspen groves and sagebrush on the slopes. I think I'm ready to move on to
December 15, 2008 - Middleground Trees
I have painted in the trees. Now all the canvas white is covered and I can get a better idea of my values. I think the peaks are powerful and accomplishing what I planned.
December 8, 2008 - Light on the peaks.
I want the peaks to be a big part of this painting so to draw your eye back into the painting, I've made the peaks sunlit as the storm breaks. The snow-covered valley bottom in the foreground will be in shadow and I'm debating about adding a pair of moose moving across, or possibly a wolf. The Division of Wildlife video taped a black wolf up here several years ago - it was the first official documentation that the wolves have returned to Colorado. Quite fitting for the title "Return to the Rawah". So I'm leaning towards that idea. I just have to see how it all looks when it gets closer to completion.
December 2, 2008 - Return to the Rawah
I've decided to do another painting of the Rawah wilderness, since I've sold my other piece and am in the mood for a winter scene of the high country. This particular view is of the Rawah from the North Park area of Colorado. I don't have a specific plan for this, I just want it to evolve as I go. I want it to take on its own life.
November 7, 2008 - Finished!
My final steps - paint the bull's antlers and finish the details in the foreground grass. I've added a few chewed up bushes for interest and eased the transition from the still water of the riverbend into the rapids. It was too sharp of a division before. I'm very satisfied with the finished painting - the bull has movement and personality. The painting carries your eye well throughout the composition. Personally I think its one of the best animals I've done.
November 6, 2008 - Painting the Bull Elk
The next step is bringing my bull to life. My favorite part of this subject is how the bull elk is so much like the grasses around him. The texture and colors in his windblown, ruffled coat are just like the windblown grasses surrounding him. I have really tried to make this my focus as I paint him.
November 5, 2008 - Background Details
Now the fun begins. I add some background cow elk (I've got to give this guy something to bugle about). I work on the grass highlights in the background. I add the vivid color in the grass along the river and also work on the water details.
November 4, 2008 - Shadows
Next I add the riverbank's shadows and the dark underpainting for the bull elk. In the background I paint in the line of brush along the edge of the trees. Their lavander hues I pull through the painting to liven up the play of color.
November 3, 2008 - Water Underpainting
Next I underpaint the water. I want to rough in my values and their inter-relationship to each other in order to get a better perspective of the entire painting.
November 1, 2008 - Basic Composition
I have laid out my composition for the painting and now am going in and begining my underpainting for the grasses.
October 17, 2008 - Battle Cry
Here's the setting, but I think I'll put the bull along the front of the river, set off by his contrast with the sunlit water behind him.
October 16, 2008 - Battle Cry
I was fortunate to take a number of trips up to Rocky Mountain National Park this Autumn to paint and watch the elk rut season. I've gotten some wonderful photos of several bulls and their harems. One bull in particular caught my eye two weeks ago. He wasn't the biggest or most magnificent, but what he lacked in bulk, he made up for in spirit. Most of the other photographers and tourists were up the road about a quarter mile with a massive 7 point bull and his band of at least 30 cows. But the tenacity and defiance of this guy made me stop and watch (I always root for the underdog anyway). The low afternoon light was great and the splash of colors along the river was perfect. So I can't resist painting this great moment
August 1, 2008 - Paint the Parks Top 100 Competition
Two of my painting were selected for the Paint the Parks Top 100 Competition, "White on White" and "Shades of Autumn". Please see the wildlife gallery for these images.
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