Archive for April, 2010

Finished for Friday.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 27, 2010 by Eldon

This went out to Evergreen today along with 4 others as part of the Elk Meadows Series. It’s still wet. Hopefully by Friday it’ll be dried up well enough. It measures 24×48 inches and is titled “Elk Meadows Barn”.

I know. What an original title that is!!    But that’s what it is. It’s the Elk Meadows Barn. I doubt anyone who has ever been by the place would fail to recognize it. This is the view from the high-way.

Everyone is invited! Friday April 30 from 5 to 8 P.M.   Stoneheart Gallery,  28005 highway 74, Evergreen Co.   303-670-0565


This months “Last Friday” at Stoneheart Gallery.

Posted in Uncategorized on April 22, 2010 by Eldon

This months “Last Friday”  event (April 30) at Stoneheart Gallery in Evergreen Colorado is featuring Yours Truly as the main attraction for the evening. I’ve worked up five special paintings for the event from Elk Meadows, an open space area north of Evergreen.

The event title is ” Seasons in Elk Meadows “.  The evening will run from 5 to 8 P.M.

Stoneheart Gallery. Click on the link and when you get to the site click on Events.

I crossed paths with this lady and her companion at Elk Meadows one day this last winter when I was out there gathering reference material. She didn’t want too much to do with me but considering she was alone and I was alone I don’t blame her. Still she and her dog begged to be painted and this is what came from the encounter. Titled:  “Companions”  12×9 inches

“Hikers On Elk Ridge Trail”, 18×24 inches, was from an earlier trip last year during the summer. I had been commissioned to do a piece of the barn in Elk Meadows with Bergen Peak in the back ground and it wasn’t long before I came to appreciate the beauty of the area and it’s paintableness. Is that a word? Probably not but it’s a wonderful place to go set up an easel and do a little painting. This was done from a plein air piece and repainted here in my studio. There are two more pieces finished in the series.

The barn is the subject of this last piece in the series. It’s “beeg”! At least for me as it’s 24×48 inches. I’ve been photographing as I go so I have a nice progression of the process. The image below is  the fist stage of the painting. You’re gonna like this one. It’s nearly finished.

A couple of other pieces that will be on the wall. The snow scene is from Bear Creek just a way down the hill from Evergreen. The cloud is one our famous Colorado sunsets. Both pieces measure 30×40 inches. I think.  🙂

Any way!…You are all invited to come see us in Evergreen on the 30th of April.  5 to 8 P.M.

Stoneheart Gallery

28005 Highway 74  (in the heart of down town Evergreen)

Evergreen Colorado



Mo Prak Tiss

Posted in Uncategorized on April 19, 2010 by Eldon

Today was good. I got to spend most of it with my son-in-law Mark,  my grandson Greg and my friend Tom. They fish, I don’t.  But that didn’t keep them from letting me take my paint box and tag along.

We went to Idaho Springs, a small mountain town about 40 minutes west of Denver and they  fished Clear Creek while I took up residence in a gully.

I spent a few hours right here as they worked up and down the creek looking for that perfect fishing hole. Greg found one and hooked a nice trout. Tom hooked a small one and released it.  Mark got skunked. I brought home a nice catch of my own. A 20×16 inch beauty (my opinion) of a dry creek bed just south of the main channel of  Clear Creek.

I’m happy with this one. I worked on a hard surface (linen on board) and find I like it better than the stretched canvas I’ve been using. I had less trouble controlling edges and once I realized I needed to slow down and actually do a little rendering everything seemed to go much smoother.

This 9×12 piece above, was painted on a stretched canvas a couple of days ago. The edges are very soft. I think the softness has at least something to do with the canvas and the way it has a tendency to be a little bit springy. The other factor I think is the fact that sometimes I get in a hurry and think too little about what I’m really trying to express. It’s a nice study tho. The softness adds to the charm. I like it.

This is Greg’s piece.  (James to some of you) I think Greg really enjoys getting into the paint and playing with color. There is a ton of potential here I believe. I’ll nudge him a little in that direction.  🙂


One thing leads to another.

Posted in Uncategorized on April 6, 2010 by Eldon

This little plein air painting (5×7) was the beginning for what in the end became an 18×24. There was another done at 12×16 inches that was eventually wiped off.

Below is the beginning with a crude drawing in Burnt Umber.

And below still is what finally shook out.  I’m not sure how I feel about this painting. One minute I think it’s alright the next I’m thinking it should go on the shelf. It might be that it’s just not me and I’m having a hard time relating.

If I were true to the idea of putting nothing out that isn’t the best I can do I’d most likely put it up. What makes me want to keep it is it’s part of my new approach of taking home a field study, or studies, and building something from that in the studio. It is good practice at least.