Archive for December, 2011

Not My Fault!!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2011 by Eldon

Welcome to the Small Side Gallery, my space for posting small paintings designed especially for little places.

I’ve recently hooked up with a site called “Daily Paintworks”.  Daily Paintworks is a site where artists can post paintings for sale.  To see some of the little paintings I’ve posted there……. click here!  If in the process of visiting my new DPW gallery you discover something you like, you can purchase the piece through DPW (through Pay Pal) or you can contact me through this site directly. I’ve reduced all prices on my DPW for the Christmas season and the shipping is free.

(Don’t forget to check out the “Little Things” at the bottom of this post!)

Art history is cool. Most of it anyway. I liked learning about Monet  and Norman Rockwell. Nicolai Fechin was awesome, never did a poor painting in his life. OK I stretched that a little maybe but the point is all the old famous guys had lives that surpassed the norm. Even the new famous guys lead charmed lives. Or so it seems. If Monet were here he probably wouldn’t tell anyone anything he wasn’t totally proud of. And the further time takes us away from something the more distorted it becomes.

It doesn’t matter. I’m not hurt too much remembering things a little differently than they actually happened.  Scientific study (if I remember correctly) indicates we remember thing a little bit differently every time something from our past comes to mind. Do you suppose they can truly prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that my memory is faulty and I’ve naturally distorted the facts? Isn’t it nice to know, if it’s true, we don’t do it on purpose.

So….I assume since all my paintings are done from memory, (I have to look at what I wish to paint and then a short time later, from memory, I make a mark on my canvas) what you see above is to some extent the product of a distorted sense of reality. Not my fault!! Thanks scientific guys!! I feel so much better.

Below is the “Little Thing” for today:

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As fall turns to

winter I try to remember

what color it was

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Plein air day

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 8, 2011 by Eldon

Welcome to the Small Side Gallery, my space for posting small paintings designed especially for little places.

I’ve recently hooked up with a site called “Daily Paintworks”.  Daily Paintworks is a site where artists can post paintings for sale.  To see some of the little paintings I’ve posted there……. click here!  If in the process of visiting my new DPW gallery you discover something you like, you can purchase the piece through DPW (through Pay Pal) or you can contact me through this site directly. I’ve reduced all prices on my DPW for the Christmas season and the shipping is free.

(Don’t forget to check out the “Little Things” at the bottom of this post!)

9×12 untitled oil from Clear Creek 12/7/2011

A few years ago, as winter set in, I had this uncomfortable feeling we’d never see another Spring. I’m not sure why but I was dead sure warm weather had been taken off the list and it was going to be winter until the end of time.

Do I like winter?   No!   Do I love painting snow?   Oh hell yes!   That’s why days like today are a such a bonus. We had 42 degrees, no wind, no clouds and enough light to fill even the greatest skeptic with hope of Spring. That would be me I suppose. But hey! We’ve only got a couple of weeks until the days start getting longer.

The winter solstice, Dec. 22 this year, should be a national holiday. I’m thinking parades, noise makers, confetti, ticker tape, convertibles and babes in bikinis. Oh yeah, and a margarita in each hand. Let’s not drop that ball in New York on New Years Eve. Let’s drop the thing on Dec. 22 when the real change occurs. And let’s not forget to appreciate that extra minute or two of sun light every day as the long wait till spring begins!

So I took today what I could get. And it wasn’t half bad.

Below is the “Little Thing” for today:

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It’s the same thing

every year as winter comes,

I wish for spring

A Bit Of Warmth

Posted in Uncategorized on December 7, 2011 by Eldon

Welcome to the Small Side Gallery, my space for posting small paintings designed especially for little places.

I’ve recently hooked up with a site called “Daily Paintworks”.  Daily Paintworks is a site where artists can post paintings for sale.  To see some of the little paintings I’ve posted there……. click here!  If in the process of visiting my new DPW gallery you discover something you like, you can purchase the piece through DPW (through Pay Pal) or you can contact me through this site directly. I’ve reduced all prices on my DPW for the Christmas season and the shipping is free.

(Don’t forget to check out the “Little Things” at the bottom of this post!)

untitled 12×16 inch oil

Today’s effort.  Long day.

Below is the “Little Thing” for today:

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old man Autumn

brings one more bit of warmth

then disappears

EW

Cold Feet

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2011 by Eldon

Welcome to the Small Side Gallery, my space for posting small paintings designed especially for little places.

I’ve recently hooked up with a site called “Daily Paintworks”.  Daily Paintworks is a site where artists can post paintings for sale.  To see some of the little paintings I’ve posted there……. click here!  If in the process of visiting my new DPW gallery you discover something you like, you can purchase the piece through DPW (through Pay Pal) or you can contact me through this site directly. I’ve reduced all prices on my DPW for the Christmas season and the shipping is free.

(Don’t forget to check out the “Little Things” at the bottom of this post!)

“Bear Creek  6×8 oil

“Bear Creek” will be available on Daily Paintworks starting tomorrow, Dec. 6.

This was done in the studio today from a photograph. It was nice and warm in there and I could take my time and work it out. Painting outdoors in the snow works a little bit differently. Feet get cold, fingers stiffen up, paint thickens, noses run, wind (the deal breaker) makes its own hole in you, and shivers take the place of a steadier hand. That’s all just the tip of the ice burg and most of the time it doesn’t matter.

A  plein air buddy called today. We’ve scheduled a couple of hours out on Wednesday morning to torture ourselves and do a little painting on Clear Creek. It’ll be the first time out in about a month and for sure the first time this snow season. We’ll  get cold, (40 degrees at the high point of the day), and uncomfortable, I’ll complain, he’ll laugh at me, I’ll mutter to myself wondering what the hell I’m doing there but in the end it’ll be worth it. Usually I bring something home that is at least workable either as a piece to rework or, if I’m lucky, to frame. And there’s always that trip to Starbucks after. Or before. Or both..

I’ll keep ya posted.

Below is the “Little Thing” for today:

The creek talks in

frozen whispers, I’m hearing

my teeth chatter

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Somewhere In Eastern Colorado

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2011 by Eldon

Welcome to the Small Side Gallery, my space for posting small paintings designed especially for little places.

I’ve recently hooked up with a site called “Daily Paintworks”.  Daily Paintworks is a site where artists can post paintings for sale.  To see some of the little paintings I’ve posted there……. click here!  If in the process of visiting my new DPW gallery you discover something you like, you can purchase the piece through DPW (through Pay Pal) or you can contact me through this site directly. I’ve reduced all prices on my DPW for the Christmas season and the shipping is free.

(Don’t forget to check out the “Little Things” at the bottom of this post!)

  Title:  The Road Home. 6×8 oil

I was talking with a fellow from Wisconsin a while back. He didn’t like Colorado because from our Eastern border to the mountains there was nothing to see.

Huh?  If I had thought a guided tour would have opened his eyes I’d have offered. Usually, though, those kind of statements are made by the same sort of people who will argue the color of snow is anything but white. I let it go.

I do share his love of the mountains. When it’s warm around here I spend considerable time painting up there. (And sometimes when it’s not warm.) But my first love is the wide open spaces of the Eastern part of the state.

I grew up out there so maybe I’m a little biased.  I learned a long time ago to appreciate the dark shadows that grow beneath a hundred foot Elm at mid day.  I know what it’s like to watch the sun go down, dazzling, turning from blood red to orange and yellow and finally blue and violet as the day light fades away. It’s pretty hard, for me at least, to drive through that part of the country and not see a coyote or two or a herd of antelope. I know where to find the fossils and I can show you where the dinosaurs walked. And I could introduce you to a bunch of folks that feel the same as me.

Maybe it’s just as well he doesn’t see it. More open space for those that do.

Below is the “Little Thing” for today:

The rattle snake

leaves a line in the sand much

like my road home

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At Home WithThe Muse?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2011 by Eldon

Welcome to the Small Side Gallery, my space for posting small paintings designed especially for little places.

(Don’t forget to check out the “Little Things” at the bottom of this post!)

I’ve recently hooked up with a site called “Daily Paintworks”.  Daily Paintworks is a site where artists can post paintings for sale. The paintings are normally small and are some of the best quality around!!  To see some of the little paintings I’ve posted there……. click here!  If in the process of visiting my new DPW gallery you discover something you like, you can purchase the piece through DPW (through Pay Pal) or you can contact me through this site directly. I’ve reduced all prices on my DPW for the Christmas season and the shipping is free.

Title:  “The Day I Saw The Muse” oil approximately 16×12 inches

How many of us have actually seen “The Muse”?

I had always thought it was supposed to be the quiet little voice that talks to us about inspiration and ideas. I had this picture of it living somewhere inside me. Isn’t it the thing that says “Yep! That’s it! That’s what turns my crank!”. And we don’t even realize we heard it? Isn’t it supposed to be what directs us to  all the wonderful places we had no idea we wanted to be and all the while stay out of sight?

Well….     I saw mine.   This is the “thing” that’s been directing me all these years to do this or that?

Actually it explains quite a bit. Now I have an idea why I’ve done some of the things I’ve done. It makes see why I thought Big Daddy Roth and Rat Fink were so cool. And now I realize why little people with horns and tails are lingering just out of sight when I’m working on a landscape.  I know he digs doing a landscape as much as I do but sometimes he like to cast abandon onto the wind and act a fool. My muse is a just a little bit odd.

Here, see for yourself. I’m starting to get used to him. But does it make you wonder just a little bit what YOUR muse really looks like?

“The Muse” 12×9 inches

Below is the “Little Thing” for today.

The end of Autumn

Me and my muse are at odds

over subject matter

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Columbine

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2011 by Eldon

Welcome to the Small Side Gallery, my space for posting small paintings designed especially for little places.

(Don’t forget to check out the “Little Things” at the bottom of this post!)

I’ve recently hooked up with a site called “Daily Paintworks”.  Daily Paintworks is a site where artists can post paintings for sale. The paintings are normally small and are some of the best quality around!!  To see some of the little paintings I’ve posted there……. click here!  If in the process of visiting my new DPW gallery you discover something you like, you can purchase the piece through DPW (through Pay Pal) or you can contact me through this site directly. I’ve reduced all prices on my DPW for the Christmas season and the shipping is free.

“The Watcher”  oil 8×6 inches

This last July I met up with a group of plein air painters in Breckenridge, Colorado to paint wild flowers. This was a good year to be there  painting as the wild flowers were  abundant and of course the company I kept was awesome. This crow gave me time to snap two or three photographs before moving on.  I painted this in the studio a few weeks ago.

But the reason we were there was the wild flowers. I probably should have painted more of them and not let myself get so distracted by all the cool stuff around me. (I’m easy that way) I took a heck of a bunch of photos though and this picture of the Columbine is one of my favorites. It was late afternoon and conditions were perfect but changing pretty quickly. This photo was as good as I was going to get.

Below is the “Little Thing” for today:

On his throne the

crow watched as we watched,

where did he go?

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