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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

ew

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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

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

ew

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

ew

Mid Winter Thaw

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 1, 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.

“Mid Winter Thaw” oil on panel

It’s one of the things I love about Colorado. One day it’s frozen over and the next we’ve got water running all over. When it’s warmer I don’t mind getting out to paint but the frozen over part gives me pause. Usually, with a small group of plein air friends, I go anyway.

This painting stems from a trip I made to Colorado Springs a couple of winters ago with a stop in the snow on the way back. It was a beautiful day that warmed way beyond what I could have asked for so I set up my easel and this 5×7 inch oil is the result. We’re supposed to have some snow tonight. It it snows maybe I’ll get out tomorrow and paint some of it.

Below is the “Little Thing” for today. Haikuish, sorta…

Wishing for Spring,

this little bit of water

will freeze tonight

ew

Fading

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 30, 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.

6×8   “Fading”

There’s something about a dirt road that stirs the muse in me. I suspect it has to do with growing up in small town Colorado.

My friend Freddy and I,  followed by a couple of hounds dogs, skinny dipped the irrigation ditches, roamed the prairies and walked the back roads nearly every day in summer. We were thin and stringy and hungry most of the time but this is where we got our real education. Among other things we learned not to trespass if  it would cause us grief, we learned free enterprise picking up soda bottles and turning them back for the deposit and we learned the preachers kid was tougher than he looked. More importantly we learned those country roads always led some where.

That was a long time ago but the muse hasn’t let me forget. It’s still hard to pass on a bit of exploration down a dusty old road. And it’s harder still to not set up my easel and bring some of it home with me. But I don’t fight it too hard.

Later!!

Below is the “Little Thing” for today. A haiku of sorts:

We’re both fading,

is the sun worn out  like me?

this road leads home

Big Thomson

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 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.

In 1976 this river flooded. 144 people were killed and millions of dollars in damages were done. The flood is considered the worst disaster in Colorado history. It doesn’t look like such a bad ass in this little painting does it?    (This piece is 8×6 inches and I’ll post it on the DPW site)

Wes Hyde, Scott Jennings and I painted the Big Thomson this last summer. This (above) is one of two I painted that afternoon. It was a great day with the biggest problem being having to wait until the sun made it’s way into the canyon. It was totally worth it. Once the light finally dropped in it was no holds barred.

This is actually the first painting of the day. It measures 12×16 inches and was done about 200 yards down stream from the other one. It’s available right now but after this Saturday it’ll be hanging at Earthwood Collections in Estes Park. I’ll be there  doing a demonstration from about 11:00 A.M. until around 4:00 P.M. If you’re in the area please do us the honor of dropping in to say hello.

Little Things for today:

timid now in it’s
journey down the mountain this
river can still kill