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Invited instructor – "Empty mind, full canvas" – Saturday, October 18

I've been asked to lead a demo at the Artisan Artists' Materials Expo on Saturday, October 19th, 2014. It'll be a good one! The session, titled "Empty mind, full canvas," will be a rare chance to see me paint a full-size outdoor landscape while answering questions and narrating my process as I go. I plan to undertake a large-format (with luck, 30" x 40" or larger) piece on-site in the rock formations at Buffalo Thunder resort. Barring an exceedingly rare late-October absolute downpour, we'll be outside. 

The session will venture into the practical and the philosophical, touching on topics such as:

  • Where “good” painting originates,
  • How we discover the best of our creative process and shepherd it through the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune," or maybe just a busy mind, and,
  • The "simpler" logistical difficulties of painting, like wind and changing light and muddied colors.

Particular attention will be paid to painting on-site and from-life, whether indoors or outdoors. Some time will also be dedicated to discussing environmentally-friendly materials and considerations.

The demo will be from 9am - 12pm and costs $75 + tax. For those of you who would like to get your hands a little bit dirty, some sketch materials (oil pastels, pencils, gessobord) will be provided for visual notes and experimentation. You can find more details and register for the event here

Noonday sentinel (sold), 36" x 60", oil impasto on canvas. 2013. Painted on-site in Nambe, NM. 

Noonday sentinel (sold), 36" x 60", oil impasto on canvas. 2013. Painted on-site in Nambe, NM. 

ArtSlant 2013 Showcase - winning painting: "The storm arrives"

My painting, "The storm arrives," was selected as a winner in ArtSlant's 1st 2013 Showcase. It's a 36" x 48" piece painted onsite along the banks of the Chama River, just a few minutes from Georgia O'keeffe's home in Abiquiu, NM. This is one of my most recent pieces, from November 2012, and I'm especially happy it won -- the spot where I painted it is one of my favorite places on Earth, so it feels good for it to be seen! 

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​The making of Contemplating the Nei Jing, 72" x 72"

At 72" x 72", Contemplating the Nei Jing is my largest piece to date. It's huge for me -- and I have piles of used up paint tubes to prove it. The process began in late August and has slowly unfolded over the last two months, first with sketches and then recently with boatloads of paint. Each day at around 3:15 in the afternoon, the light sets our studio corner aglow and I paint feverishly for a couple hours until daylight wanes. I've been photographing progress at the end of each painting day – at this point I'm at over 20 afternoons and evenings -- and below you can follow the piece's development. It's nearing completion but isn't quite there. The last two photos in the slideshow/gallery below show me and the model (Klara, for those of you who know us personally) for a sense of perspective on how big the piece is.

July painting demo a success -- more to come in August and September!

The demonstration at Jack Leustig Imaging in Arroyo Seco went wonderfully. Saturday brought a bunch of onlookers and a few new collectors. I got about three-quarters of the way finished by 5pm and then returned on Sunday morning for another few hours of painting. A gallery of photos is below. We're already planning more demonstrations -- you can stay up to date by visiting this page or by subscribing to my newsletter (on the upper right corner of this page!). 

"Three ties" on display at Taos Art Museum through August

The Taos Art Museum, the home of which is the former residence and studio of renowned Russian artist Nicolai Fechin, invited me to exhibit "Three ties" this summer at the museum. It'll be on display through August alongside work by other contemporary artists from the Taos area as well as some historic pieces by Fechin, Ernest Blumenschein, E.I. Coase, Joseph Henry Sharp, Oscar Berninghaus, and others. It's a wonderful museum located in an incredible building -- one that was in large part handmade by Fechin himself. Truly worth the trip to Taos. My piece is below and the museum website is www.taosartmuseum.org.

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"Bella Lucia", 40" x 40", invited to the Center for Visual Art at Metro State College of Denver's main summer show - "Taos Contemporary"

I'm very excited! This is going to be an incredible show featuring about 50 Taos artists; all career stages, early to late -- of regional, national, and international acclaim. The exhibition runs from May 31, 2012 - August 11, 2012 and will be accompanied by a number of other events. I'll post more soon... below is my invited painting and some detail shots of it.

Featured in Winter 2011 Plein Air Magazine

Plein Air Magazine has been running a section on painters who paint outdoors in "extreme" conditions and included me and an image from when I painted "The Gorge" in a brief writeup titled "Painting on the edge" on page 83 of the winter 2011 issue. You can see my car parked on a steep slope that turns into the 800 foot drop into the Rio Grande Gorge. Below is the painting and the image just in case you don't read Plein Air Magazine!