I do a show every year in Westcliffe, Colorado, called Art for the Sangres. It's a small show with fewer than 30 artists and only runs for two evenings but it's well attended, sales are good and it's a delightful place to visit. This painting was inspired by a scene in the Westcliffe area. Maybe I fibbed a bit about the monsoon clouds as I'm only there in the fall, well past the summer monsoon season, but having lived in Sedona, Arizona for 35 years, I know the monsoon clouds well. Now living back in New Zealand, I don't think I will ever tire of the sound of rain on the roof.
This is a 14" x 18" oil on gessoed panel. The sail is from a tall ship in Opua, where I live. Opua is the most northern east coast port on New Zealand's North Island, where trans-Pacific yachties go through biosecurity and customs. It's a beautiful place to live and I have my choice of boats to paint.
I really haven't made a dramatic change from what I used to paint. If you know my work, you'll remember the quilts, sheets, clotheslines and birds that I painted some years ago. I'm still painting sheets, lines and birds but a different configuration.
Since my move back to New Zealand, the summers are so gorgeous and the beach is just a few minute's drive away, so I've not been in the studio much these past few months. Winter is around the corner - which is when I spend long hours working in the studio. These are some of my warm up pieces.
These are a couple of new oils heading for The Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Maryland, November 11-13, 2016. You can find me and my twenty-five original oils in the Pavilion, right across the street from the Armory at 40 S. Harrison, Easton Maryland. I hope to see you there!!
I posted this piece without birds a few weeks ago. It leaned against the wall for a while until I figured out what it needed. Stilts seem to be the answer when I need a bird to add a bit of drama. These are North American black-necked stilts. This will be one of twenty-five original oils that I'll be exhibiting at The Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Maryland - November 11, 12 and 13th. You can find me in the Pavilion across the street from the Armory.
The second piece is the final piece I'm painting for the Waterfowl Festival. It's just a little guy - 11" x 11" but it gives me some ideas for a larger painting - eventually.
This is still not quite finished - it may (or may not) have birds in it. I'm wanting to do large paintings of the sea - because of the abstract quality and colors. This is my main goal for the next year or two.
A drive over Wolf Creek Pass in Colorado a few weeks ago, inspired this little oil. It will be one of twenty or more originals that I'll be showing at The Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Maryland, November 11-13, 2016.