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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Clouds Over Rattlesnake

Clouds Over Rattlesnake - Oil on Carton Paper - 6x8

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This plein air sketch was done while I spent the afternoon watching clouds tumble past Rattlesnake Mountain, blown hard by the wind! I experimented with Guerrilla Painter's Carton paper, which turned out to be a really great surface! Very lightweight, and I like the even matte finish the paint takes on it.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Move Along

Move Along - Oil on Panel - 6x6
Click Here to BidThe name of this cloud painting comes from the fact that I couldn't keep up painting these clouds! I would get a sketch down and BAM! The clouds were long gone. I think that challenge is one of the alluring things about plein air painting, nature never makes it easy!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Spring Moves in - Daily Painting

Spring Moves In - Oil on Linen Panel - 5x7

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I've been working a lot lately on back lit clouds. It's such a challenge to capture them, but it really captures the late afternoon skies we've been having!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Rain Passes By

Rain Passes By - Oil on Canvas Panel- 5x5

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This was an exercise in capturing some of the tumultuous weather we've been experiencing recently! This little burst of rain was so interesting as it passed by the Rattlesnake Hills north of Richland! I've been so used to working on smooth gessoed panels and linen boards recently that it was a bit of a surprise just how much the texture of the canvas shows through!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Wallowa Side Road

Wallowa Side Road - Oil on Canvas Panel - 4"x5"
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A quiet scene from the Wallowa Valley found on Google Maps. I only wish the street view extended to this little side road, it looked like it could be quite an adventure!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Clouds on the Move

Clouds on the Move - 5x7 - Oil on Gessobord

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This scene is NOT from my home, the Columbia Basin of eastern Washington. Really, it's from central Oregon in the Prineville area. But the scene in my photo caught my eye because the clouds imply a blustery weather system like the one my allergies and I have been dealing with lately!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Southwest Spotlight

Southwest Spotlight - Oil on Gessobord - 5x7

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The most wonderful part about cloudy days is when you get those amazing cloud breaks that shine a spotlight on the landscape, making anything they touch look magical! This painting was inspired by one of those moments.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Manastash Winter - Kittitas Valley Landscape Painting, Ellensburg, Washington

Manastash Winter - Oil on Linen Board - 5x7

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This view is looking toward the formidable Manastash Ridge, part of the Yakima Fold Belt of eastern Washington for all you geology nerds. What spoke to me in this scene was the peaceful farmlands, which in a few short weeks will be bursting with tiny sprouts, as the last few breathes of winter held on to the Kittitas Valley. The ridgeline seemed to be guarding the quiet acres outside of Ellensburg.