Archive for plein air

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

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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

From the gut…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 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.

Not sure yet what I should name this.      “The Wizard” maybe?

Recently I’ve been doing some more of these little gesture portraits. Much of the time the model is me. I’ll stick myself in front of a camera and shoot a few pics hoping to catch a shadow pattern that will help me model the image. Once I have that shadow pattern on the canvas I let the painting go where it seems it wants to go. (They don’t all need to look like me.) Depending on the mood the result could be pointy ears or a beard or even horns. Whatever it ends up being, it’s pretty much all intuitive. And I like it that way because it allows me to simply follow my gut. Usually I like the finished piece better and I get to feel creative.

It wasn’t too long ago my friend accused me of being a closet fantasy painter. Could be. We’ll see. I know I’m having a ball.

I’m going to post this on the DPW site. Same price as the other 6×8’s. Have a great day!!

EW

Today’s “little thing” is  from my haiku diary from when I used to do that stuff:

A child in a swing,

two small feet in and out of

a November sky

Greetings !! from the Small Side Gallery!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 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.

There are 6 or 7 pieces already on Daily Paint Works.  Some are rather tradition for me and some not so much. I just hope you enjoy them.

Below is a 3 step demonstration of “Silence and Shadows”.

The first step, done on a 8×6 gessoed panel, is a rough sketch of the light and shadow pattern  done with a mixture of Alizarin Crimson Permanent and Sap Green.

Step two was just the areas of light. I painted this in with a mixture of Ivory Black, Titanium White and a touch of French Ultramarine Blue. Some of that mixture went into the shadow area to lighten and model the eyes, cheeks and chin.

  available

The final stage was to just pull together the edges between dark and light, blending transitions and adding a few highlights.

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Char. I met Char recently while attending an art show in Southern Colorado. For those of you buying from craftsmen and artists this year, do yourself a favor and take a look at what Char has been doing.  You can do that right here—-> TheRustyKnob.com     We brought “Seanna and Sammy Pig” (below) home from the show and truly love having her here. Let’s shop from the creative types this year and support those who put there hearts into the things they produce!! If anyone would like to recommend an artist  just put a link to a website or contact information of some kind  and a reason why in comments and I’ll do my best to include them in my next Small Side Gallery post.


The Haiku below was written by Priscilla Harlin-Lignori. I snagged it off Facebook.  Seemed like the perfect “Little Thing” for today. If you’re on Facebook and would like to see more of this click here—-> https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/HVHK2/

On Thanksgiving Day —
red-bellied woodpecker’s glad
he’s not a turkey

Thanks Priscilla, this is priceless!!  Basho eat your heart out!!!