Completed! Before Falling

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Whew!! By far my largest painting to date. I actually had to figure out a way to support it in the studio with a few sawhorses, etc. It dawned on me after finishing it that it very well could have been painted from the perspective of one of the fields in my previous painting “Falling” before the roads were paved, etc. Hence, the title.

Before Falling
72″ x 48″
oil on canvas

On the Easel: Winter Field

Here’s a new one that’s nearing completion. Still keeping with they “altered landscape” theme… It’s got a really nice quiet, peaceful feel to it when viewed in person. Hope you can come check it out soon!

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Winter Field (working title)
Total dimension: 48″ x 38″
(2 canvases each 24″ x 38″)
oil on canvas

On the Easel: Contract of Land

Further exploring this notion of landscapes altered by human hands… I’m finally getting a little more “grounded” in my vantage point. There’s something extremely appealing about this sort of thing to me, and I can see myself taking this exact direction to a much larger scale. Hope to have it finished in the next few days…

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Contract of Land
Oil on canvas
30″ x 30″

On the Easel: That is What We Are

These unplanned, compose-it-as-you-go things come together so incredibly fast compared to some of the others I’ve been working on… So far I’ve put about 5 hours into this and I’m already considering calling it complete. Need to mull it over a little…

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That is What We Are
Oil on Canvas
40″ x 24″

On the Easel – Pivots

Another in this loose “altered landscapes” series. So far, this one’s been lots of fun, and it’s proposed a few challenges in execution. I’ve been cutting wood down to exact sizes to layer on a lot of the circular marks, etc. Stay tuned, feels like it’s getting close.

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Working title: Pivots
28″x24″
oil on canvas

Self Portrait, Profile

This was a fun little experiment. My first attempt at a portrait in… 20+ years? My conclusion? Portraits are hard. Not sure what this might lead to yet. I think I’m going to table it for awhile and ruminate over it.

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Rocks – Progress

This one’s nearing completion. I think. Some fairly major alterations since the last post. Really starting to be interesting from a distance and especially point blank.

I keep finding myself entranced by the effect of layering dark on top of light on top of dark, and how all the texture forces the brain to generate it’s own features in the landscape. I’m also quite happy with the choice to bring the sienna from the toned ground back into the foreground… Should be dried nicely in a week or so, at which time I’ll revisit whether I want to call it complete or not. Stay tuned!

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The Rocks Slowed Our Descent
10″ x 24″
Oil on canvas

Altered Landscape – Complete!

I think I started this around Thanksgiving… as I mentioned before, it’s been a journey. In a previous post I mentioned it was 28″ x 14″, which is quite untrue. I have to measure it again, but it’s closer to 42″ x 20″… I may have been really drunk when I wrote that.

It will be some time before I attempt something along these lines (no pun intended) again. I’d say this was about 95% done with a knife… row by row, then row by row again… and then again. In person it’s got a lot of lovely texture going on. Hope you can come visit it soon!

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Altered Landscape
Bigger than previously reported
Oil on canvas

Altered Landscape – Sneak Peak

Just a teaser. On the easel right now, “Altered Landscape”. What a huge undertaking. Need to finish up my “tree layer” and then set it aside to dry before final color corrections, etc.

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Detail: Altered Landscape
Full size: 28×14
Oil On Canvas