Small Paintings

From time to time, I will make available small paintings for sale.  These may be small, studio pieces or plein air sketches.  Bookmark this page or follow through a blog reader such as Feedly to stay up-to-date!

Splendor Mountain 9×12 Oil

Splendor Mountain 9x12 Oil

Splendor Mountain 9x12 Oil

Splendor Mountain doesn’t exist (so far as I know) anywhere in Arizona.  But I didn’t have a name for this rock feature near Arizona, and loving the colors, the word “splendor” came to mind.

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Soft Light on Coffeepot 9×12 Oil

Soft Light on Coffeepot 9x12 Oil

Soft Light on Coffeepot 9x12 Oil

Few rock formations in Sedona, Arizona, are known as well as Coffeepot Rock.  Coffeepot dominates the landscape, but I think the best view is from Airport Mesa, which is where this painting was made.  In my mind, Coffeepot looks more like a percolator.  Before the Anglos moved in, local Native Americans called it Eagle Rock.

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Lazy Light 9×12 Oil

Lazy Light 9x12 Oil

Lazy Light 9x12 Oil

It may surprise people who don’t know Arizona, but the state has a number of beautiful creeks and rivers.  One of my favorites is Oak Creek.  Untamed, it flows from 7000 feet near Flagstaff, down a canyon to Sedona, and then on past Page Springs and into the Verde River.  This was painted along its banks in Sedona on a quiet spring day.

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High Desert Heat 9×12 Oil

High Desert Heat 9x12 Oil

High Desert Heat 9x12 Oil

The high desert of New Mexico sits at around 7000 feet in elevation.  Although that’s only a little over a mile above sea level, the sun often feels so intense that you think you might be a good deal closer to the sun than that, maybe somewhere near the orbit of Mercury. This is an abandoned ranch in the high desert.  I love the hot colors the sun creates.

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High Desert Lake 9×12 Oil

High Desert Lake 9x12 Oil

High Desert Lake 9x12 Oil

I’ve always thought of New Mexico as a lush state filled with lakes and streams.  Oh, did you think it was all desert?  Not true, especially at 7000 feet, which includes most of the state north of Interstate 40.  Here is a lake near Ramah, New Mexico.  There’s a nice trail that, when the water is low, that allows you to circumnavigate the lake under these “wedding cake” cliffs.

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Creek Rock I 5×7 Oil

Creek Rock I 5x7 Oil

Creek Rock I 5x7 Oil

This was painted along Spring Creek.  Winter has passed, and the snows at higher elevations have melted away, leaving a quiet, clear creek.  I love these quiet moments when you can see the creek bottom, glowing.

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Creek Rock II 5×7 Oil

Creek Rock II 5x7 Oil

Creek Rock II 5x7 Oil

I live at the confluence of two creeks, Oak and Spring.  Unusual for Arizona, these are perennial; that is, they run year-round.  They are a pleasure to walk along and to paint.  They are filled with wildlife.  Herons, turtles, river otters–we’ve got it all.  And depending on time of year, the water varies in flow and depth.  In monsoon season with heavy rains or in springtime with snows melting at higher elevations, the water rushes brown and madly; in drier times of year, when the creeks get lower and lower, the water runs clear and briliant.  Every day is different along the creek.

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West of Sail Rock 9×12 Oil

West of Sail Rock 9x12 oil

West of Sail Rock 9x12 oil

I’ve already written about Sail Rock and its magnificent shadow in a previous post.  Once the morning sun has slimmed down the shadows, the rocks north of uptown Sedona, Arizona, are in very flat light.  All that remains are thin, crisp shadows.  A challenge to paint, but they really reveal the nature of these rocks.

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Desert Juniper 12×9 Oil

Desert Juniper 12x9 Oil

Desert Juniper 12x9 Oil

Junipers (or cedars, depending on where you’re from) are the most common tree you see in the Sedona area.  I like to paint them because the forms are distinct and filled with deep shadow–just the perfect anchor for a landscape.

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In the Shadow 9×12 Oil

In the Shadow 9x12 Oil

In the Shadow 9x12 Oil

Sail Rock dominates the landscape of uptown Sedona.  From the Sedona Heritage Museum, you can get a really good view of it.  I like to paint it in the morning when it casts a long, deep shadow on the rocks beside it.

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