This Land is My Land

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Red Rock Canyon - Conservation Area - Nevada

12 x 18 on heavy linen paper.  This painting was done entirely with a palette knife so there is texture to be seen.  A very beautiful area with lots of wonderful red rock formations.

JR       :>)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sedona Blues

Sedona Blues - Sedona AZ is a place where your will find the sky to be a perfect blend of cobalt & cerulean blues - better know as “A Sedona Sky”

12 x 18 on heavy linen paper - Chroma Interactive acrylics - alla prima - wet into wet with spontaneity and love for the southwest landscape.

As mentioned in previous posts, I am not a detail painter - if I wanted all the detail and every nitty gritty of a scene - I’d become a photographer.  I am a firm believer in “less is more”  I think a painter has to edit the scene as well as reconfigure and recreate the scene as he sees it - to what he wants it to be.  I try to depict movement in my landscapes as well as emotion - emotion being the biggest factor.  I do this with the manner in which I apply my paint and in the directional “swoops” of my brush or palette knife.

Walt Gonske is one of the artists I admire - he lives in Taos NM and paints all over the countryside.  Following is a quote from Walt.

"Painting is not about reproducing nature. I like the notion that art should have more to do with the communication of the artist’s emotions to the viewer through the paint itself."
~Walt Gonske


Hope you enjoyed this

JR        :>)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Utah Redrock Canyonland

Utah has some of the most beautiful red-rock country - it gives Sedona AZ a run for 1st place.
A great place to do some RV boondocking.

This painting is 18 x 24 on heavy linen paper - done alla prima - wet into wet and oddly enough - I always paint my southwest paintings to Native America flute music - I went down a different avenue with this one.  Recently we became acquainted with a "steel drum" player - extraordinaire!!!!!  We saw him at our favorite lunch hole and he played through the lunch hours. I applauded his playing as it was awesome (I love steel drum music) - he came over and gave me one of his CD's.

I've done several paintings to his music and today this one!

First I establish the horizon line

Then I sketch in (from a photo) the scene as I might want it to appear

I start applying color to my sketch and going outside the sketch lines if needed

I throw in the sky

I apply color for the indication of "ground clutter" coming down from the base of the rock formations

I normally paint with large 1 1/2 & 2 1/2 inch brushes but once in a while I use small ones just so I don't lose my experience in using them
I keep a container of "BLENDED" green color - starting off with a blend of black and yellow - I add color to it as needed to alter the color of green.  

Hope you enjoyed

JR       :>)

Monday, August 17, 2015

Taos - Land Of Magic

I consider Taos NM to be the land of magic.  From its beautiful sunsets to the stunning high desert to the awesome mountains.

This painting comes from my mind and my heart and of course a love for the Southwest.  I stood in front of my easel and was not quite sure of what I was going to paint - my inner self went to Taos.

16 x 20 on heavy linen paper - alla prima - wet into wet - Chroma Interactive acrylics - spontaneity in color and form.

This painting was done with a 1 1/2 and a 2 inch brush - I am not a detail painter and big brush keep me loose and happy :>)  I love thick juicy paint which is why I use Chroma Interactive acrylics

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Llano de San Juan NM - Abandoned & Forgotten

Llano de San Juan NM "Abandoned & Forgotten"

18 x 24 done with 1 1/2 inch & 2 1/2 inch brush - heavy linen paper - Chroma Interactive acrylics with spontaneity in form - color and brush strokes - done in a painterly style with a love for the southwest.

I normally paint my southwest scenes to Native American flute music - this time since I also love steel drum music I decided to work with steel drum music - I met a fellow who plays a mean steal drum - very jazzy!!!! So this was done in a match of his steel drum strokes to my painting strokes - when he improvised - so did I - when he got real jazzy - so did I --------------------------------------

What fun!!! 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

2nd steel drum posting

This is the 2nd painting I've done using the music of Steel Drum musician Joe Florentino.  Joe IMHO is a Master steel drum musician - I love the steel drum.  I have one of his CD's and since I always paint to music - I thought I would try to couple my painting with his music.  The CD I have has 15 songs on it and I would assume the total play time is the best part of one hour.

I had a foggy vision of what I wanted to paint - I started the CD playing and I started throwing paint!!!  When Joe improvised with his music - I improvised with my painting - when Joe went a little jazzy - I went a little jazzy.  When his music stopped - I stopped painting!

Swayin' with the Steelin'
12 x 18 - acrylic on heavy linen paper in a painterly style 

Some Detail

My Good Fortune

A very short time ago - like maybe 2 weeks ago my wife and I went to our favorite beach Boca Grande which is on the island of Gasparilla about 45 minutes from our home.  We spent a couple of hours on the beach and then went to our favorite restaurant - Miller's Dockside - great place and great food!!!!  My good fortune was they had a steel drum musician during the lunch hours - Joe Fiorentino.  I love steel drum music and I applauded the talents of Joe - a very fine steel drum player with lots of improvising and a wide range of music.  Wellllllllll he came over and gave me a free CD!!!!  Long story short I've been listening to that CD almost non stop and am now starting to paint Florida scenes to this fantastic music.  I always paint to music and to be honest with the exception of my Native America flute music the rest of it has been sounding stale!!!!  I have gotten a new vigor and vitality back and I'm looking forward to many more lively paintings in conjunction with Joe's music.

This is the first piece I did.

Sanibel Outcropping
18 x 24 

Check Joe out on the web or google him - I'm not sure if his CD's are for sale on the internet - I hope so because I want more of them!!!!!!

JR     :>)