Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Rabbit Ears & Zinnias

24 X 18 
Oil on Stretch Linen
Reference Photo by Ilene Taylor

I also took a few photos of the mountains and the garden, and yes, that is rain. We don't see much of that in these parts. This painting has been designed and redesigned over and over. Should the flowers be larger or smaller? Should I cover up the yard and just show flowers and mountains? What's the focus? Etc. I finally decided I like the space, or isolation the prairie portrays with the flowers only on the edge. Maybe sometime I'll just paint the flowers. Getting them to look real and not cartoonish was an issue as well.


16 X 12 
Oil on Linen Panel

The painting with the tiny cows is from just out of Ruidoso Downs toward Roswell. It's a beautiful, serene place that we notice every time we go that way. 

The Wet Bear

16 X 12 
Oil on Linen Panel 
Reference Photo by Joan McDaniel

The Wet Bear made me laugh. The photograph made me think of the cartoon character (Ballou). In the photo the bear had already eaten the fish's head, but I couldn't make myself paint it that way and I like the way they are eyeing each other. The fish could still get away (maybe) as we have seen on some other experiences and photographs. The way he is hanging onto his feet was hard to paint because I had difficulty deciding what went where.

Small Red Barn

16 X 12 
Oil on Linen Panel 

The Small Red Barn is in someone's backyard in Capitan, NM. I drove around the block from the library and there it was. I added chickens and repaired the barn door somewhat and added a different kind of fence to protect the chickens.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Malpais & Cactus

16 X 12 
Oil on Linen Panel
Malpais is the rough and barren landscape that consists of ancient and largely uneroded lava fields exhibiting recognizable lava flows, and other volcanic landforms. The lava that makes up the malpais near Carrizozo, NM, is black. Dirt has blown in on top of it and plants grow around it. When we had a 150 gallon fish tank we boiled some of the lava rock to get rid of any potential impurities and put it in the tank. The fish didn't mind and it was beautiful.

Red fruit on a prickly pear cactus is called a tuna. The tall cactus is a cholla and blooms hot pink, yellow, or white in June.

Butterfly on Dahlias

12 X 12 
Oil on Linen Panel 
Reference Photo by Krystyna OrzeĊ‚-Jows

I've tried to paint dahlias before, but their many petals wear me out. The butterfly just made it lots easier.

Rainbow & Round Mountain

16 X 12 
Oil on Stretched Linen

Round Mountain is a landmark for anyone who lives in Mescalero, NM, and for those who live nearby because they are almost home. It is climbed over and over by many people every year. It isn't so tall, but it has much meaning to all who have been there.

To paint the rainbow I watched a video by Jerry Yarnell on YouTube. He talked about the hand motion to get the curve of the rainbow, scumbled the white behind the rainbow and painted the red line and the video stopped unexpectedly. I watched another guy who was painting a full rainbow and his video stopped after he painted the red line. When it came back on the rainbow was completed. So... I just aimed at it. The colors are all there, but they're mushed together.