This Land is My Land

This Land is My Land


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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Four Corners

The four corners is an area on the Colorado Plateau where the boundaries of four states meet:

New Mexico

16 x 20 on heavy linen paper - Chroma Interactive acrylics - done in a painterly style - wet into wet - alla prima - with lots of spontaneity - gusto and a total love for the southwest.  Many colors are present in the desert of the southwest and sometimes requires one to "squint" to see these colors - trust me - it works and is indeed a marvel of nature.  I have perhaps accentuated some of the colors to use artistic license to heighten the beautiful colors of the desert.

First - using a #18 flat brush and very watery paint I quickly and loosely lay in some directional lines that may of may not be used.  This method of loosely sketching helps keep the painting loose and painterly as well as softening the glare from the pure white paper.

Next I throw in a sky typical of the southwest

Next I throw some sky color down onto the ground - this will unify the sky with the ground

Next I start throwing down some "ground clutter"  desert style

I continue to generate ground clutter keeping in mind the direction of the light source



Landscape At The Four Corners
16 x 20

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JR    :>)

Sunday, September 27, 2015

2nd in a Series of Llano de San Juan NM paintings

Llano de San Juan No. II - Abandoned
12 x 18 

Done with a 2 1/2 and a 1 1/2 inch brush in a painterly style - heavy linen paper - Chroma Interactive acrylics - alla prima - wet into wet with gusto and spontaneity. 


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Zion National Park - Canyon Walls

12 x 18 on heavy linen paper using my palette brushes - which are short stubby bristled brushes that I created to produce a painterly effect.

Zion National Park is a great place to visit and the canyon walls as well as the rest of the park and the red rocks of Utah are a sight to behold.  One of our country's treasures.


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JR       :>)

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Georgia O'Keeffe Country - Abiquiu NM

Both these paintings are on acid free heavy linen paper - using professional Chroma Interactive acrylic paints - done with a 1 1/2 inch brush and some of my "palette brushes"
Abiquiu NM is a very beautiful area of New Mexico and one can easily see why Georgia loved it so much.

No. I - 12 x 18 done in a painterly style with bright - bold color of the area

No. II - 12 x 16 also done in a painterly style - path to the mesa 

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JR       :>)

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       :>)