I want to welcome you to my blog. I will share my art, creative process and a little of myself with you. My life as a Artist has been interesting and full of adventures. Come along with me as we explore the world and how the artist sees it.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Flat Top Mountain painting progression

Chugach Park Flat Top Mountaing 20x30 Oil on Canvas - Well finally got back to working on this painting.  As you can see from the last post 2 weeks ago, I first blocked in the base colors, they worked up the mountain and its detail, then added the blocked in trees in the midground and foreground.  Went back and finished off the trees in the midground.  Then the trees in the foreground and added brush and shadows.   Finally went back to the midground area and added a lighter highlight to the snow.  Will let this sit for 2 weeks before I decide if I am done or not.  All comments are appreciated.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009



I have built a Facebook page for the Alaska Artists Guild. Just go to your Facebook page and search for Alaska Artists Guild and join up and become a fan. Also you can learn about the Art For Alaska Parks competition for this year. More information is available on the website: http://www.artforalaskaparks.com you can also download a entry form and see some of the past contests winners.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Flat Top Mountain Progress - These are actually in reverse order, the one on the bottom is the first one. As you can see from the last post I blocked in the base colors of blue and yellow. On the image on the top I have started to add the detail. I work top to bottom. The trees and snow work will be coming next after I finish the mountains. Taking a 6 x 9 and blowing it up to a 20 x 30 has presented some challanges. ie: the center of interest will need to be more apparent. In the smaller painting it was not as necessary to have a focal point. This painting will demand a focal point and I am processing that in my mind right now.
The other consideration I am pondering is whether to add people out enjoying a sunny winter day in Chugach State Park. I could put x-country skiers out, or maybe some wildlife. Any ideas you may have feel free to suggest. This is the early stages of the painting, so I can play and make changes freely still.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Flat Top Mountain - Expanded

Flat Top Mountain - Chugach State Park - 20x30 oil on canvas - I got such a strong response to a little 6 x9 painting I did last fall of Flat Top Mountain, that I thought I would make a major painting of it, with some slight changes. So I have decided to take it to a 20 x 30 inch canvas. Sketched out the design, and will begin work on the painting. I will post the progress as it happens. Should be fun to watch it develop.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Emerald Princess

Emerald Princess 14 x 18 Oil on RayMar Panel - I think this one is finished, not positive yet, so will let it sit for a few days and then decide if I need to redo anything.  The actual painting is not quite as yellow as the digital image, I couldn't find my digital camera this morning so borrowed my wife's and I am not very familiar with it.  Decided to do this fantasy portrait, I have not done any fantasy work in a while so was fun to let the imagination have free reign  again.