after blocking in most of the areas, I start trying to define elements.

 After defining elements, I star trying to put in shading to indicate a light source. In this case, it was early morning.

 After defining light and form, I decide that the image is too complicated, and I paint out the water gates.  I love that I can do that with anything that seems cluttered or unnecessary. If only life were like that.  I also start working on using value and color to make the lava look like lava, and make the far background more hazy.  Also, I worked on making the waterfall more vigorous.  

 Finally, I better define the waterfall.  I'm still not happy with the rocks to the right, in the midground, that the water is flowing over, but I'm not sure what to do about it.  

"Twin Falls"
20x24, acrylic on canvas

Snake River Blues

  My acrylic painting class instructor told me that "only amateurs" have a huge signature in a complementary color. So, even though I am inarguably still an amateur, my signature is quite an unobtrusive down there in the corner.

 In creating this painting, I learned a little bit more about how to make water looks like water. The sky was easier this time, too. Originally, there was a bush in the foreground, a big Chamisa bush.   I hated it. I painted it out.  If only life were that simple.

I  painted this using Liquitex basics acrylics on an 18x24 canvas board. I painted it from a photograph that I took on a trip I made to Twin Falls Idaho. I found this very nice little spot in the state park at Shoshone Falls at dawn, where it was quiet and lovely.  I think my next painting will be Shoshone Falls. 


San Pedro Parks Aspens.

This is my first "real" painting. And by real, I mean I chose the subject, from a photograph I took, and it wasn't a tutorial. I did get guidance from my art teacher.

I painted this using liquitex and Golden Acrylics on 18x24 canvas board.  It's from a photograph I took when I went trail running on the Bacas trail.   I'm always struck by the aspens when I'm running among them. They're extremely straight and tall. I wanted to capture that in this painting.