Chickadee

IMG_3043.JPG5×5″ oil on deep edge canvas  $75

For my Christmas sale.

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Show on the Road!

It’s time to get this show (back) on the road!

I’ve been busy.  But we are all still here and running every which way.  I just have to laugh at how often I need to be in 2 or 3 places at the same time these days.  Mostly it’s chauffeur work.

But I always find a few hours a day to paint, and I’m learning to play the piano.  Which I love.

Here are some things I’ve painted recently.  I’ve been asked to paint quite a few dog portraits.  People love their doggies.  I’m currently working on 3 more of them.

These 3 are finished.

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Tablerock

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I’ve been working away at this piece whenever I get a chance this busy summer.  This is a view of Tablerock looking over the greenbelt, trees, and golf course.  I haven’t yet  really defined the greenbelt that runs through the dry grass. I’ll get to that tomorrow.  I’m thinking of putting in some little walkers or bikers.  And I’ll try to give the trees in the middle distance a little more character.  I started this one Plein Air and was standing under a big pine tree, so I put a few of those branches poking in.  The air quality has been bad here because of wildfires around the state, so I’ve worked on this in the studio quite a bit.  I’d like to get back outside with it to paint some more on it on location.

Was it better before?

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Today this painting went in yet another direction.  I decided to change the landscape to an actual place way up in the foothills that I ran to with some friends a while back.  Now it is looking down into the valley below.

It’s still a work in progress.  The paint on this one is really thick so it takes a long time to dry.  The question I’ve been asking now is, “was it better before?”  I have said that so many times in the past, but in general now I just keep moving forward from wherever I’m at.

Here are a bunch of before pictures of this one.  I like it better now.

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I just found this little YouTube video of one of the foothill trails I run on.  I didn’t take the video.  But you can see how peaceful it is up there.