Saturday, August 25, 2007

William Sitting Bull

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This is my quickdraw portrait of William Sitting Bull, the Great, Great Grandson of Sitting Bull. I was really happy with the way it was going. I had 90 minutes to finish it and I could have used a little more time. William is an excellent artist himself and we are at the same gallery, The Link Gallery. Check the link in My Links to the right to visit the gallery's site. Most of my Estes Park paintings are at the Link Gallery.

Note:
William past away earlier this year and the world is a sadder place for it. He was a unique soul and a talented painter. We had a combined opening and a fund raising auction for him in Cheyenne last October in an effort to raise money for a kidney transplant. You can see some of his work at: http://www.linkgalleryonline.com/williamSittingBull.php I apologize that the site hasn't yet been updated to reflect his passing. Keep William and his wife Bonnie in your thoughts.


Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Saint Vrain, Lyons

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The red bluffs in this painting are the same bluffs as the day before in Last Light. My painting location from the day before is to the left of the red bluffs a few hundred yards. I am now across the road and and the Saint Vrain River looking back at the bluffs.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Last Light at Hall Ranch

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After I finished up the Hall Ranch 9x12 I saw the last bit of light on these right bluffs and decided to go for it. I spun my easel around and scrambled to get a 6" x 8" on my easel. I quickly sketched the composition with the light in this position. I put some broad strokes of color down because I knew the light wouldn't last. Within 5 minutes the light was gone from the red bluffs and I had to finish that part from memory. I finished the mid ground and added the blue sage to the forground.


Hall Ranch, Lyons - Sold

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We went out toward Lyons, Colorado and found several scenes we wanted to paint. This is at Hall Ranch looking back toward the road we just came in on. Something about the fields of yellow grass with the red rock and distant mountains made me want to paint it.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Just Around the Bend

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On the second day of the Estes Park Plein Air(PA) we went to one of the parks and I started wondering around. I didn't find anything that really got me going so I turned around to head back and saw this scene. I decided to try to capture the light falling throw the trees even though it wasn't a signature Estes Park scene.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Guardians of Lumpy

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This was the first day of painting for me at the Estes Park Plein Air event. I had started another sunny painting looking to the right of this one but the sun kept going in and out. I'd switch back and forth for a while but the coluds finally won out. I liked how these rocks stood out against the ominous sky.