Monday, July 10, 2017

Pretty Cactus Study

These young cactus plants were growing and beginning to blossom in my brother's back yard south-east of Tucson AZ, when I visited there in late winter this year. I have fallen in love with the scenery of this area of Arizona!!

"Young Cactus Study"
8" x 10" oil 



Tuesday, July 4, 2017

San Xaviar Mission

I met up with my cousin and began a pleinair painting of this mission south of tucson AZ late this winter. It got too hot too soon, and we weren't able to accomplish enough to call it plein air. I finally finished it back at my home in PA today. I loved the white crispness of the building, especially the left side, which has been undergoing the enormous task of a facelift. 
"San Xaviar Mission"
9" x 12" oil on panel

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Back Roads of Ajo, Arizona

I visited these roads while staying in Ajo last winter. Such fun was had in my little 4wd Rav4! Traveled many roads and washes and used-to-be-roads.  I loved fining the birds sitting atop the saguaro, hoping to catch some scurrying creature for his last meal of the day.

"Desert Sentinel"
14" x 7" 
Oil on stretched canvas
(private collection)

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Sun Going Down in Zion



"Sun Going Down in Zion"
A 10" by 14" section of a 10" x 20" painting
Oil on stretched linen

As my time comes to a close here in Arizona, I needed to put this up unfinished until I travel back to my home state of Pennsylvania. I will post the completed painting when done. 
(wishing all my time could be used in painting :-/ )
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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Lemons 'n Blueberries, an Original Oil Painting

Spring has been in the air lately and I decided that for a moment at least, I would deter from the dead trees of Winter. Lemons always summon thoughts of freshness, and what more appropriate time than Spring! Add a few blueberries as a reminder that on the heels of Spring comes Summer and its bounty!
"Lemons 'n Blueberries"
5" x 7"
Oil on Canvas panel

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Studies in Shapes and Shadows -Tree #2

Another interesting (to me) tree shape. I could not pass this very unique tree shape that I spotted from about 50 yards away as I was driving through BLM land in Quartzsite, AZ. The dead trunk, bleached by the sun's hot rays, and the many diverse knot holes piqued my interest. I liked one friend's interpretation of it, "almost see a woman with long hair, dancing... and throwing her arms around."
"Tree Skeleton - #2
5" x 7" 
Oil on canvas panel

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Studies in Shapes and Shadows-Tree #1

I am intrigued by the "tree skeletons" here as I travel the southern portion of Arizona this winter.I decided that doing paint studies of them would give me good practice on rendering shapes and shadows. I love how they twist and turn!
"Tree Skeleton #1"
8" x 10" 
Oil on canvas panel

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