Thursday, December 27, 2012

Painting wild horses, Plein air

On a overcast winter morning, I bundled up and got out and painted.  A group of 8 bachelors napping made for a beautiful setting.  Time lapse video posted below.

"Sleeping In"


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Wild Horses, Running Free

This painting was inspired by the wild horses that live along the Salt River in Arizona. I have spent many hours watching, sketching, photographing and painting them. Approaching with patience and respect I have been the recipient  of what can be learned through quiet observation.  I wish to share the beauty and grace they have shown me.

"Running Free"

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Painting the Grand Canyon

 It was windy, cold and beautiful!

This week I spent a couple of days painting at the Grand Canyon. A place of such vast beauty, where should I begin? I started with the first the first overlook I stopped at, Mather Point. During the two days that I was there, did 7 little paintings. Here is a link to the album:

The following are a some of paintings from the trip.

 "Grand Canyon Mule"

I painted this while waiting for my room to be ready.

"Sunrise Bright Angel"

This was painted along the Bright Angel trail as the sun first hit the canyon rocks. 

"Sunset at Hopi Point"

This is a painting I knew I wanted to do, so I got it in on the first evening there.

"Mather Point"

My first stop along the canyon rim.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sculpting the Dog from Life-with Rod Zullo

This past week I was honored to attend Rod Zullo's sculpting workshop at Scottsdale Artists' School. The week focused on Rod's  technique of quickly establishing the armature and accurate form of the subject. As a painter, this new way of looking at objects is very revealing to me. 

The bonus for me-is that I got to bring my two German Shepherds to model for the class. Striker and Jasmine were very tolerant of being handled and closely scrutinized as we looked for measurements and important parts of anatomy that help define a dog.

It was wonderful to be inspired, learn and talk with friends during this week. Rod is going to teach a workshop on sculpting the horse in a couple of months, please join us!