Archive for February, 2010

Coming Unstuck

Posted in Uncategorized on February 20, 2010 by Eldon

Another week.

You’d think with all the extra time I have on my hands this piece wouldn’t have taken so long. But it did.

I started this a week or better ago and had posted a few of the stages up on Facebook. (some of the problem) And since Facebook is sooooo sloooow this morning I’ll work on this post a little early and surprise the heck out of everybody.

This painting is an old subject for me. I had originally painted it several years ago and though the original is pretty good, somehow it never made it out into the world to find a place of it’s own.

And that’s OK. It has plenty of company here.

And sometimes it’s fun to just paint something a second time.  I do it most often when I’m stuck for a subject. “Stuck” meaning I’m not getting too excited about any of my reference material and the world outside is (as far as I’m concerned) hostile to my style of plein air painting. I’m a pansy. So I go over to the rack, pull something out, and repaint it.

But I believe the outside world may see me tracking around in the snow here soon.  Friends have invited me to paint with them and I’m going to take them up on the offer. I think it’ll get me even more unstuck and it’ll get me to heck out of the house for a day.

Biggest difference? The kids who were playing on the near bank  have waded over to the far bank.  Questions?

Until next week.



Hard To Come By

Posted in Uncategorized on February 14, 2010 by Eldon

Colorado goes gray in Winter. Color is hard to come by. Contrast is hard to come by. And now and then inspiration is hard to come by.

Unless I go through the archives and paint from a photo taken of a different season.

The above painting comes from a photograph dredged from such times. Here is the promise of a long warm day after the haze burns off. The breeze is going to warm, the earth is going to warm and I wouldn’t dream of changing anything in the least way. It’ll be a day that I might set up my easel in the middle of an old dusty road like this one and, while I work, listen to as much  life around me as I possibly can. I’d listen to the birds and the bugs, I’d listen to the breeze and maybe the traffic on the four lane a half  mile away. Some people might come by and we’d visit a for a little while about the painting and the weather and how lucky we are to have such a day. Then they’d move on down the road and become a part of my latest and greatest.

But that’s a ways away.

So I’ll show you a piece of winter I do find beautiful and inspiring. And one day this August when the mercury tops 100, then 104,  there’s no doubt I’ll be wishing for something a little cooler.


In A Fog…so to speak

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2010 by Eldon

Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog. It’s good to be painting again. I had laid off for a while but now I’m back with a vengeance. The piece below, a 16×20, is my latest. I used an old photo from Rocky Mountain National Park for reference and after a few minor (uh huh) changes this is what shook out. I believe it’s finished. Yeah right. I once worked on a painting for 5 years. It was nice tho and a good friend of mine gave it a home on his living room wall. This one will end up on the gallery wall soon.

The palette was limited.  Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue for the foggy background, Cad Yellow and  Cad Orange mixed in the greens, Yellow Ochre, White and Black. Oh, and some Sap Green.  Maybe not so limited after all. I posted a sorta progression on my Facebook wall. If any of you on Facebook would like to have a look please feel free. I’ve been goofin around in there for about three days and all I can say is so far so good. It’s different. Not much more than a glorified Twitter, I think, but it’s fun hookin up with folks.

Anyway, this piece is available. If anyone is interested contact me through the blog or my Facebook thang.

Well, back to work!!