I love visiting new places, taking photos to help me remember what I find unusual, to capture a composition or the light; gentle reminders on which to build a painting and convey my ideas.
The ride from Park City through Parley’s Pass is a beauty! The road snakes its way between the mountain walls on either side of the pass. I received such a positive reaction to the bright colors in my “Sunset” series last summer, I decided to parlay that into my Journeys Series.
I really like layering complimentary color glazes over each other. In the painting above, I initially had hatch marks in the sky, similar to “Sidewinder” but wasn’t happy with it. I took a big squeegee and pulled the color out of the sky and let it overlap the surrounding areas. You can see the hatch-mark remnants at the top of the sky. I really like having some type of threshold to create space. The overpass in this panting is a bit less traditional as it is above rather than below the main focus of the piece.
I love the movement of a landscape in abstract form.
I was cleaning out, (procrastinating), my art supplies and found my fat stick, oil crayons! It is always fun to experiment and I loved the acid green color. I wanted to use that hot acid as the sky and highlights on the hot spots on the mountains. Since that color is so bright, I pumped up all the colors! Imagine this piece in a modern, white walled home!
In Big Sky Country is typically Montana but out here in Utah, we also have an amazing view of the sky which is particularly beautiful at night. Our county has a dark sky ordinance which only enhances the beauty of the stars, planets and milky way. I really tilted the road in this one to create more energy and dynamic; the silver comet is pulled from under the paint with great care using steel wool to keep the edges soft, contrasting the hard hash marks in the road.
Early morning sun bathes Parley’s Pass in a moving symphony of warmth.
Words and phrases of positivity subliminally form clouds in the sky. Let them enfold you on your journey.
Aramis, Porthos & Athos, oil paint on a brushed aluminum panel, 15″ x 15″, $800
California has its own kind of light: reflections and halos at dawn.