This Land is My Land

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Mid Desert Scrub Cacti

In between the low desert and the high desert is a section of desert that I call the Mid-Desert - lots of desert floor and mountains but yet not a lot of vegetation - sort of "scrub" vegetation at best.

12 x 18 - acid free heavy linen paper - Professional Chroma Interactive acrylics - done in a painterly style with big brushes and gusto with a great appreciation and love for the Southwest.

JR     :>)

Monday, February 8, 2016

Red Rock Crossing - Sedona AZ - Cathedral Rock

We lived in Arizona for 7 years and spent a lot of time going up to Sedona for plein air painting - photography - site seeing and great restaurants.  My wife showed her photography in a gallery and I showed my paintings in the same gallery in Sedona.

Red Rock Crossing State Park is a beautiful area and one of the best spots to view Cathedral Rock a very well known red rock formation.

12 x 18 on acid free linen heavy paper - using professional Chroma Interactive acrylics - dry brush - alla prima.

First I do a rough sketch of what the painting will consist of as far as the basic rock formation - this is done with a brush.

The painting takes shape based on my sketch and I make changes as necessary 


JR       :>)


Friday, February 5, 2016

Silent Night - 1st Snow High Country - NM

12 x 18 - Chroma Interactive acrylics - alla prima - large brush in a painterly style.
Having lived in the high desert in New Mexico for 5 years, winter time was a great time for painting - we lived at the base of the Sangre de Christo mountains which provided lots of scenery!!!

JR       :>)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Deep Into The Badlands

12 x 16 - heavy linen paper - big brush - alla prima - Chroma Interactive acrylics - done in a painterly style with lots of gusto and a very deep rooted love for the Southwest.  We drove through a portion of the badlands and it is the most lonely place - never saw other people and never saw another vehicle - it is BARRON LAND but yet IMHO it is BEAUTIFUL - the rock and cliff formations are awesome and your imagine can run wild with the history of this land.

I've once again been delinquent in posting - sooooooooo- the next 4 paintings are the results of the past week of my painting efforts.

JR     :>)

Floral Explosion

I watched a video by an artist who FINGER PAINTS - yes - FINGER PAINTS!!!  I think art should be fun and IMHO there are too many artists who are obsessed with "PAINTING THE PERFECT PAINTING"  WeeeeLLLLLL that does not happen very often!!!!!!

I believe painting should be fun - it has it serious moments but one should always have some fin mixed in!  Sooooooo I grabbed me my trusty big 2 1/2 inch brush - my trusty palette knife and a latex free surgical glove!!!!

The background was done with the big brush
The semi abstract floral designs were done with my palette knife
The vase was done with my right index finger  - IT WAS A BLAST!!!!!!

12 x 18 with Mucho Gusto!!!!

This was done for my enjoyment and after about 35 minutes I was a happy painter!!!

JR         :>)

Big Bend Formation

12 x 18 on heavy linen paper - alla prima - big brush and palette knife using Chroma Interactive acrylics - in a painterly style with gusto - emotion and a love for the southwest.

Big Bend National Park is in Texas and contains some of the prettiest scenery I've seen.


JR       :>)

Cold Front Coming In

In Southwest Florida winter is our dry season ----- however with El Nino we are having a wet & windy winter - storms with tornado activity as well as water spouts. The Gulf of Mexico most times is a tranquil body of water but when a cold front starts coming in (ie: rain & storms) the water starts to churn up!!!!

12 x 18 - heavy linen paper - Chroma Interactive acrylics - alla prima - big brush - dry brush - with gusto and emotion.

JR     :>)