Wednesday, August 3, 2011

"Hard Times For Traveling"

Latest painting. Available at Trailside Galleries in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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Painting is  30" x 48"

Monday, July 25, 2011

A few more from Jackson Hole!

A few pics from my quick trip to Jackson Hole!

This beautiful mother grizzly is known as No. 399. She is known for raising her cubs near the Jackson Lake area in Jackson Hole. Some think she raises them there because she knows it is more populated and thus less likely to have male grizzlies frequenting the area. The males are dangerous to cubs. I had a great evening and then the following morning of watching and photographing this awesome family of bears.

A few new paintings!

" The Wanderers Come Home "

" Looking For Spring "

" A Passing Visit "

Hi again, oh so neglected blog. Here are a few new paintings, two of which were inspired by our trip to Devon and Cornwall last summer. The sheep in the doorway belong to our neighbor down the road. We pass them often, and they like to stand in the doorway of the barn watching the passersby. But I think that about February, they are just looking out wondering when this darn cold weather is going to be done.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Our painting trip to Southwest England!

With spring showing intermittent signs of actually coming here in Midway, I keep thinking about our trip to Devon and Cornwall in England last year in late May/June. I thought I'd share a few of the studies I did on the trip. We found very reasonable cottages on farms and in villages where we stayed for a week at a time. It turned out to be our favorite trip ever, I think. It is so nice to take enough time in one place to get to know people and get a feel for the life there. The area called Dartmoor is a national park in Devon. It is covered with high wild moors and beautifully preserved villages tucked in the valleys. Nearly all the roads are single lane lined by rock walls and hedges. The farms are beautifully kept and the villages are ancient rock with many thatched roofs. Wild ponies and cows and sheep wander not only the moors but also the roads and village squares. We met many wonderful local people who took us in and showed us their farms and let me paint and photograph as I pleased. We spent one of the weeks on a farm on the Cornwall coast and attended the huge Royal Cornwall Agricultural Show for two or three days. All the horses and farm animals I could ever want to see. It was a dream for an artist that loves rural life. There is really something very special about the way the English love their history and their countryside and it's way of life. As I've always tried to convey in my art, just having the chance to be around farms and the rural lifestyle has a wonderful way of bringing peace and helping us appreciate our natural connection to nature and the earth. These places help us remember that our lives depend on what we grow in the fields and how we need a healthy vibrant countryside to have a healthy vibrant country. I hope to go back to Devon and Cornwall someday soon. There will definitely be more paintings coming of the people and countryside there.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Some recent paintings!

Finally I get back to the blog! Sorry for the delay. I am going to try harder to get to this more often. I'm working hard so I will have more paintings to show in the near future. Hope you are having a nice March. Spring is definitely showing signs of arriving here in Midway. It's almost shirtsleeve weather today. I don't even have titles figured out yet for all these paintings.
Here's my little quote for the day. I just forget to listen sometimes.

“I learned that inspiration does not always come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic, striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time. ”
Brenda Ueland (1891-1985);
Journalist, editor, teacher