Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Sunset Reflections II - o/c 25" x 29"


The second in the series titled "Sunset Reflections" was inspired from the nature trails along the "Stage Coach Trail" in northwestern Illinois near Galena.

Beautifully serene autumn colors are depicted throughout the oil painting and the bright reflection of the setting sun highlights some trees and foliage not yet shadowed or hidden behind the hill or dense foliage.

While some leaves have already dropped from the trees to lay at the base of their trunks, one can almost imagine the crinkling sound under one's feet before jumping across the narrowest part of the stream to walk upward to view the setting sun at the horizon.

The painting is in the beginning of the drying phase and near the holidays, will be available for viewing.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sunrise Reflections - o/c 25" x 29"


Another of my original oil landscapes recently complete that depicts the beauty of nature in late September just seconds before the sun rises above the horizon.

The composition is also the beginning in this titled series body of work.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

A Day in Provence - o/c 21" x 25"


For over 24 years, I've created paintings depicting the various seasons. Sometimes, during the actual season, but more often not. When not, I need a combination of recall/memories, sketches, photographs or imagination to design and apply the oils in various phases. I do prefer timing a composition in exact relation to the titled season in my studio, but rarely that happens. The one above, I easily could.

"A Day in Provence" was recently created when the red delicious apples are ready to harvest. Some too large or pushed off their branches by others to remain on, have fallen to the ground. That also brings "life" to the 50 year old apple trees as if one could reach in and enjoy a bite. 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Blossoms in Provence - o/c 21" x 25"

I've always been partial to the works of the French Impressionist Pissarro, and have been compared to his structured style and technique by collectors over the years. With that said, when these young apple trees in an orchard in Provence began flowering in spring, their scent permeated the air as well. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Red Poppies in Provence XI - o/c 20.5" x 25"


Completed yesterday, "Red Poppies in Provence" is the latest in my series. How beautiful is a cluster of vivid reds amidst the various shades of greens in the grass and trees? Windsor reds and shades of orange accent the deep purple center within their delicate pedals that top the narrow stems. One doesn't need to walk within a field of flowers to savor nature. Often gazing upon them depicted in an original oil painting such as this, may provide the serenity we seek.

The texture of oil in the various layers of paint applied is dense. While texture provides additional interest to the work, it also brings forth a desire to reach out and touch the flowers and blades of grass. A couple more weeks, you may as the oils will be totally dry by then. Framed at that time, in one matching "Field of Daffodils" also complete this month. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

New Series titled "Field of Daffodils" - o/c 21" x 25"

Field of Daffodils I
21" x 25"

Last month, I began a new series of work titled "Field of Daffodils." These cheerful yellow flowers are  synonymous with spring. And, walking through an entire field of them, how could one not smile? Daffodils are a sign that winter has ended and rebirth/new beginnings are arriving when they begin poking their stems up through the soil. 

Understand, they are a lucky emblem of future prosperity too. Given as a gift to another in a bunch, ensures the person's happiness. With that said, a beautiful oil painting of a "Field of Daffodils" would qualify as more than a bunch. Elation perhaps?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Early Morning XXIV - o/c 19 3/4" x 22 3/4"

The original oil on canvas titled "Early Morning XXIV" is another in my series of work reflecting the morning sun before it appears above the horizon. There is tranquility that time of day, and the painting conveys that feeling through the golden hued tonal colors, and subtle, yet vivid light that glows throughout the composition.  

As the painting appears to take on a "breath" within herself, she welcomes one to gaze upon her beauty in silence for a few precious moments and mirror the tranquility within oneself.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Early Morning XXVII - o/c 16 1/2" x 18 1/2"

Early Morning XXVII
16.5" x 18.5"

I've been savoring early mornings more than usual this year. While the ground is cool and still, nature seems to wait ever so patiently for the sun to appear over the horizon for a new day to begin. It is how I feel when the mornings are crisp, and I watch with anticipation the various colors that change while the minutes tick on. The colors are exquisite! And every morning there is something new and exciting to observe. 

These are the reasons why I've been creating more atmospheric early morning landscapes the first quarter of the year.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Setting Sun LIII - o/c 16" x 19"


This painting has been added onto my "Setting Sun" series. The only one available at this time as all others have been acquired throughout the years by collectors.  Also, it's one of my classical tonal landscapes which reflects a particular time of day and season depicted by trees barren of leaves.

In autumn, I seem to personally favor this time of day. The time when I begin to relax when work nears completion.  A time for contemplation that composes thoughts of what I accomplished today, and for what I will accomplish tomorrow. 

Perhaps I feel it's why all have been acquired and it's LIII in the "Setting Sun" series.  Besides viewing a beautiful landscape, perhaps we all feel the same within.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Early Morning XXV - o/c 16" x 19"


"Early Morning XXV" is the first original created in the new year. And, continues the series on my classical styled time-of-day themes. 

The oil will be dry and ready to frame the end of this month. Viewings begin in my studio February.