Doug’s Back Yard

A friend of mine asked if I was going to put the painting of the cars on my blog. I told him I would so for him here it is. It was done in Doug Holdread’s back yard down at Trinidad. Sort of. The cars are on the property where Doug’s studio is. I had the opportunity to paint these 3 old guys while waiting for Doug to finish some business before we took off for Rancho Largo on the 3rd of June.

untitled 12x16 oil

I had a great opportunity also, while at Doug’s studio,  to take  some photos. The painting below is the demo I did at The Squash Blossom in Colorado Springs last Friday. It was done from one of those photos. My style is changing slightly here lately and I see a lot of that change in this piece. The change has to do with the way I’m laying in some of my initial darks (brush work mostly). They seem to be darker, richer and more transparent as well. As a result my later layers of opaque paint are changing too. I think maybe I’m just muddling around with my opaques less and less. Anyway, many thanks Doug!

16x20 oil untitled

This painting (below) is one I took to The Squash Blossom last week so it was there for the first Friday opening.  It’s 30×40 and it’s titled “Center of the Universe. I actually took eleven pieces but I’ve hidden some of the photos so well in this cavernous computer that I’m having a hard time finding all of them. Anyway, I thought I’d stick this one in here for you for now.

There is another I’ll post later from the show. It has a full progression and then some. Perhaps this Saturday? Or maybe from the one below. I dunno.

30x40 oil

Till then, 🙂



10 Responses to “Doug’s Back Yard”

  1. Eldon,
    Recieved in Google Reader this morning. :0)

  2. It’s amazing how something can be right in front of you, day after day, year after year, and you never see it. Not as “beautiful” anyway; not as being worthy as the subject for a painting. That’s how these three old cars have been. I’ve often wished they weren’t there. I’ve looked upon them as junk that ruined an otherwise picturesque setting. But now because you have “appreciated” them they have become interesting and beautiful.

    I think that is what art is all about; appreciating things; everything; anything; not just the things that anyone can easily see as beautiful, but more importantly, the beauties that are otherwise overlooked. One of the definitions of “appreciate” is “to rise in value.” That’s what you’ve done for these three old cars. From now on I will look at them in a whole different way. They have a new identity and are suddenly interesting because you have painted them.

  3. Hi Eldon,

    You sure can paint. It’s interesting that your style is changing. I seem to
    be gravitating to darker darks than every before for contrast. It’s a cool
    discovery. These paintings are so wonderful.

    Take care,


  4. Barb is right. Your paintings are evolving. The darker colors offer more richness and contrasts. I’m pleased that you haven’t completely forsaken Eldon Orange. Though subdued, it’s still there offering signature testimony to your study and control of greens.

    The painting from Doug’s back yard is testament to how an impressionist can draw someone into the painter’s experience or the viewer’s. I smell rusting iron, dank barn wood, the sap from the trees, and the dust on the weeds. Beneath my feet I feel the cracking stubble of last year’s grasses. The colors suggest strong sun, shady spots, and the early part of the growing season. The drying summer heat has yet to come.

    I experience these kinds of things in all of your work… Some more than others. Nuther Storm Brewin shown below makes my ankles tired. It strains your legs to walk on a road like that. That kind of cold always makes me want to breath deep and smell the cold.

    I like where you’re going with things.

  5. Oh I love the old cars. I think from a non artist point of view that your work looks richer. Im not sure how to explain that other than the colors are deeper and glow. I like your work in the first place and it is always a pleasure to see what you will do next.


  6. Welcome aboard William. Getting to know new friends is always a pleasure. If I can ever answer any questions please let me know. Feel free to stop by and leave a comment any time.


  7. Hi Doug, Those cars seemed natural to me I guess. My life has been full of back yards and junked cars. There’s something nostalgic in the rust and the quiet way they exist. I know how they smell inside after seeing 120 degrees all summer and I can feel how they cool after the sun goes down. There’s black dirty grease under those hoods and if you’d pull out the back seats you’d probably find 50 or 60 cents.
    Anyway, glad you like this one. It’s a favorite of mine too.

  8. Thanks Peggy, Aint these old cars a hoot? I think it would be cool to restore any one of them. The pontiac especially. What ever is going on with the changes taking place I’ll have to watch for a while and see if I can figure out why. For right now I’m just gonna trust it’s the right way to go and figure it out later.

  9. Hi Barbara, I noticed the darker colors you’re using. The painting you’re working on now with the mother and daughter is a great example and the dark over the daughter’s shoulder is way way effective. You’re on to something there, don’t stop. I like it.

  10. Hi Clay, I don’t know about this evolving thing. On the one hand change keeps me from getting to bored with the same ole same ole and on the other hand it’s scarey becuase for a while I’ll not totally trust it. I like it but who knows how Mr. and Mrs. public are gonna react. I’m pleased that you like this new direction, I trust your insticts because I know how creative you are. Thanks for stoppin in to see this stuff.

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