Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Record Rain

I've had to adapt a little bit this month as we got nearly 5 inches of rain in the Flathead Valley which is about five times the normal amount.  I painted a few studio works and was able to sneak out and capture some of the fleeting fall color in between down pours.

'An Evening Out' oil on canvas 11"x14"
Here is another preview painting for the two man show at the Hockaday in Kalispell early next year. I will be creating a series of nocturne city scapes of the towns in the Flathead Valley as a subset of the show.

'Water Lilies I' oil on canvas 8"x8"    My little homage to Claude Monet for an upcoming show art the Alturas California Art Center called 'Forgeries'. The image in my Monet book was closer to my colors. I don't think i will fool anyone, but it was a fun exercise and I was pleased with the results. My little painting is an 8"x8", while the original Monet is far larger.

The original Monet

'Browns Meadow Light' oil on canvas 4"x6" Even with all the rain in Northwest Montana this October, there has still been plenty of dry moments to get out and paint in plein air and capture great light filtering through the cloud cover like in this Kila scene.

'Golden Grove' oli on canvas 4"x6"  It was a lot of fun to paint this scene again at the peak of fall color.  The bands of yellow tamaracks in the distant ridge echo the gold in the foreground cottonwoods.

'The edge of town' oil on canvas 8"x10"   This old barn sits on the edge of Kalispell and had a wonderful pastel gray sky as a late fall backdrop.

On the scene painting 'The Edge of Town'. This photo was in the Daily Interlake.

'The Grays of Fall' oil on canvas 4"x6" I am really drawn to scenes with golden yellows of fall against dark grey skies as were present this day in smith Valley Montana.

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