Friday, July 31, 2009

Back from NM

I spent a great 3 weeks in Taos NM in June and July. Chado Cullen and I began work on our project to photograph many of the Buddhist stupas now located in North America. We were able to shoot 13 sites in NM and Colorado this visit.

The photo shoots involved a lot of research to locate the sites and get permission to make the images. getting to some of the sites required a lot of driving and some luck!

The book project continues later this summer and fall with trips to stupas in Maryland and New York State.

New work for Vancouver

The paintings below are on their way the Bau-Xi Gallery Vancouver for my exhibition there that begins on October 3, 2009. These will accompany another group of works currently underway in the studio. Hopefully the show will have about 20 new paintings for collectors to consider.

These four paintings are inspired by my recent stay in New Mexico (Taos) and visits to Colorado.

South Platte, 2009, oil/panel, 24" x 40"

Pagossa, 2009, oil/panel, 36" x 36"

Kalkassa, 2009, oil/panel, 36" x 36"

Jacarilla, 2009, oil/panel, 40" x 48"

Friday, July 17, 2009

Near Epping

Near Epping, 2009, 11" x 14", oil/panel.

You would think that small paintings are easier to do than larger ones. Wrong. Every time I start a small panel thinking, "this won't take too long to finish", it ends up that many weeks pass before the piece is done. I'm not sure why this is.

In the case of "Near Epping", I think I painted 10 layers (variations) before I got the painting to present what I had in mind. I am now content with the work. The hardest part was getting the contrast right. The dark of the shadows against the lighted foliage is the trick to making this little painting sing.