Thursday, August 31, 2006
My last post of the Lake Powell painting reminded me of how much I enjoy fishing in Utah's lakes. My new favorite lake is Sand Hollow Reservoir near St. George, Utah where we go bass fishing. I am also a novice at Fly Fishing and had a chance to fly fish in New Zealand last summer. Here's a little fly fishing painting I did recently. It's only 5 inches x 6 inches.
A week on Lake Powell resulted in this watercolor painting of Moki Canyon near Bullfrog. The reflection of the Sandstone cliffs on the still water of the side canyons is incredible, especially during the quiet morning hours.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
I completed several on-location pencil drawings at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. I always carry a hardbound sketchbook when I travel and refer back to it later in the studio when working on larger studio watercolor paintings. I used this sketchbook drawing for the watercolor painting of Washingtons Headquarters shown in my last post.
Last summer we visited some of the historical sites which were significant in our country's birth. I was impressed when we visited Valley Forge Pennsylvania to learn that this house was donated by Isaac Potts for George Washington to use as his headquarters during the war. I envisioned it in the snow and painted it that way back in the studio. This painting was accepted into the Top 100 Mini Arts for the Parks competition this year and will be displayed in Jackson Wyoming from September 2006 through 2007.
TOP 200 ARTS FOR THE PARKS 2006
Painting of Kolob Canyons in Zion National Park
This painting (below) of the Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park was selected from over 2000 paintings for the 2006 National Arts for the Parks competition.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
This past week I dug into my sketchbooks and decided to do some paintings from our trip to Germany and Switzerland. Even though it's been a couple of years since we were there my memory is still vivid of all the places we visited.