Saturday, January 20, 2007

Stylized Sage


I did this 22x28" pastel from a photograph taken on a dreary day in Wyoming. Because everything was grey & dimly lit, I let my imagination run wild. The cottonwood in the upper left is the average Joe's entry into the picture. The further forward, the more stylized the imagery & the colors become.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Primary Colors

SOLD to a collector in Laramie, Wyoming
This image is half of the building which housed the Franklin dealership & garage in Laramie. At the time I drew this pastel a large billboard had been removed revealing the words GARAGE & STORAGE. The first floor was temporarily being used as the local children's museum, and had been painted with bright primary colors. I took this opportunity to draw quite an unusual piece, which on one hand referred back to the past and at the same time was ultra-contemporary...all from direct observation.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Schlumpf Barber Shop

SOLD to a collector from Laramie Wyoming
This building had an unusual history. Although this is now the rear of the building facing the alley, it was probably the only business in Laramie whose BACK door was actually the FRONT of the business. The Union Pacific Railroad is 1/2 block to the west of this structure and also the railway station. Schlumpf decided that passengers who wanted a quick shave or freshening up could easily walk right over to his shop. In this pastel the entanceway has been widened & warehouse doors added so that it became the REAR of the building for subsequent owners. Now the building has recently sold & the old windows have been replace, the warehouse doors updated, and historical traceries have disappeared.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

The First Step's A Doozy

SOLD to a collector from Laramie, Wyoming
While walking downtown I often cut through the alleys and find that the rear of most buildings go unremodeled and take on a certain crude charm. I like the fact that these 2 buildings each had second floor doorways with NO landings or stairs. Try getting that passed with today's building codes! Pastel, 12x19"

Monday, January 08, 2007

Junkyard Queen

NFS Collection of the artist.
This actually started out as a study in black...

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Beware the Green Eyed Monsters

NFS Collection of the Artist
This 3x4 foot oil painting is one that I did for my own personal enjoyment with no commission, no gallery, just for ME! You start by looking at the heraldic lion, but as each figure "morphs" into another, you find that the subject itself changes as does your focus throughout the painting.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

North of the Old Laramie River Bridge

SOLD to a collector from Laramie, WY
I had gone to an art guild meeting one night & heard artists complaining that they had to travel so FAR to find esthetic sites to paint. The following weekend I plunked myself down on a spot which would probably be considered as undesirable. The thin cream line close to the horizon is actually I-80. And I used a bit of artistic license to remove some unwanted rubble. But here it is...a great landscape in an otherwise depressed part of town. Pastel 22x28".

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

The Sky's the Limit

SOLD to a collector from Cheyenne, Wyoming
I am still an advocate that there should be a "skyscape" category when listing artwork. This 22x28" pastel was done in my studio after I had snapped a few photos of this wonderful sky. As usual, I had to reinterpret the colors on the ground.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Green Derby

SOLD to a collector in Laramie, WY
This 20x21" pastel was a commission I drew from a tiny and very yellowed photograph. The building suggests the 50's, most of the cars are from the 70's except the car reflected in the window. I only agreed to accept this challenge if I could put in colors as I chose fit and delete items on the sidewalk which I felt were distracting. I always paint & draw vertically on my wall. To ease the linear perspective challenges, I nailed two 6-foot straight edges to the wall & pivoted them to get the angles correct.