Secret Canyon

Today, my wife Denise and I went to Sedona to hunt down some fall colors.  What better place to find them than in Secret Canyon?  We were a little early for peak fall colors, but we were pleased with the color we found.  The secret about this place is that it is not crowded.  We only saw four other people …

Fossil Creek Day Hike

I took a break from schoolwork to be refreshed by the beauty of Fossil Springs.  I was last here about five years ago and since then, the dam has been demolished to the normal creek flow level.  This was part of an effort to make the creek wild again.  The tempature of the water was warm enough to swim in …

Surprise!! More Grand Canyon images.

I had a little spare time to go through some photos I took last May from Shoshone Point.  I am looking forward to doing this more often, looking through my photos, editing them and thinking about sketching them for possible oil paintings.  I have been very busy lately writing my thesis, and I have just sent in my first draft to a …

Sketches

Cedar Ridge From Hermit Trail From Hermit Trail II Kaibab Juniper from Kaibab Trail Here are the charcoal sketches I mentioned in my last post.  I worked from photographs, using about a one-inch piece of compressed charcoal.  Each drawing measures about 12×10 inches.  The idea behind doing this step is to extract the essence of the place from the photo.  …

Oil Studies

9×12, Hermit Trail Study 16×20, Kaibab Juniper Study 9×12, Kaibab Study 8×10 Cedar Ridge Study (Kaibab Trail) These are oil studies that became part of my big painting posted earlier on this blog.  They are done from charcoal sketches from photographs I took on two different hikes last winter and spring.  I hiked the Kaibab and Bright Angel Trail the …

Getting Ready

I am getting ready for my thesis art exhibit coming up in mid November at Prescott College.  Here is a finished framed painting for the show.  The frame is made from alder and milled by my father-in-law.   I stained and finished the frame in a walnut color.  I love the grain of this wood and the outdoors character in brings …

One more time!

Here is a slightly better photograph of my big painting.  It was dry enough to bring it outside to take a better picture of it.  I think the title will be “The Grand Canyon Sublime.” 

Big Painting!!

   Here it is at long last!  So many hours I put into getting to this big painting and actually painting it.  Don’t ask how many hours it took, because I seriously do not know.  I don’t think hours make a painting.  Sometimes, everything falls into place and it seems I spend little time on a painting, then I struggle …

Excited about my new Canon DSLR 50D

Here are a few fun photographs I took with my new Canon 50D.  I am excited about all the little ways I can creatively capture a picture, especially these sunset images.  My wife and I watched the sunset in Prescott Valley, looking over the Iron King Trail towards the Granite Dells.  Glassford Hill was on the left and Granite Mountain …

The Grand Tetons

This high country is amazing!  The Grand Teton area is verdant, lush, cascading waterfalls, inspirational overlooks, clear/deep glacial lakes…  We saw moose, bison, coyote, and other small critters.  The Grand Teton mountains tower above the high plains of Wyoming as they scrape the sky and scatter the suns evening rays.  Snow still clings to the rocky peaks, melting but not …