Sunday, October 26, 2014

Aspens- Me and My Friends

Aspens- Me and My Friends
22 x 7, oil

Aspens like to have lots of friends. After all they are connected by one root system, and often grow in groups as well as separately.  More of these aspen paintings are posted on my website:

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Aspens--Dance With Me

Aspens- Dance With Me
22 x 7, Oil

Aspens are magical. They can be straight and tall rising to the sky with shaking leaves; or they can have twists and turns in their trunks like they were frozen while dancing in the night. This painting depicts two of those dancers.  I wonder which song they danced with so rhythmically.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Aspens Poncha Pass 2

Aspens- Poncha Pass 2
7 x 22, oil

This is the second painting in this series. I kept the grasses a bit lighter than my photo reference. I like the brightness and feeling of the sunny day.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Treasure Chest found. Ysengrin, the Wolf and Butterflies has a new home!

Thank you Philippe Boutry for creating the riddles for this treasure hunt. The riddles from France were first published in July. Then the remaining riddles were published in August. Many tried to solve those riddles and were stumped. Personally, I found them a bit puzzling myself. But then there are those who excel at puzzle solving. Just like there are others who excel at art or writing.... When we all use our talents, the world is a better place.

The treasure chest has been found by Jason and Sarah Winder. Congratulations! The prize is an original oil painting, 12 x 12 inches, titled, ‘Ysengrin, the Wolf and Butterflies’. They had a partner in France named Eric. Eric will receive a print of the painting.

You should click HERE to view the actual digging of the treasure when they found the treasure chest! It is a great little video.  Jason reports that he is a Geocacher, so finding hidden things was one of his specialties. He said, "scavenger hunts and puzzles are things I love! I usually do all my hunting with GPS coords but really enjoy the hunts with less accuracy for more of a challenge". He reports that once he got to the area he found the treasure within 20 minutes. Several other treasure hunters were looking for the buried treasure chest before Jason but were unable to locate the exact position of the treasure chest.

Congratulations Jason and Sarah!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Aspens on Poncha Pass 1

 Almost finished above....
Value study below...
Aspens on Poncha Pass 1
7x22, oil

This is the first painting in a series of four aspen paintings all painted on the same size wood panel. I tried to look for more unusual aspens,with twisted trunks or a curve in their trunks and focus on using those images for this painting.