This posting shows three new paintings that will be exhibited in Montreal on July 31, 2010 at Gallerie de Bellefeuille. I will have a small exhibition there consisting of seven new works. My new techniques have made smaller exhibitions the norm. The time to complete each painting has more than tripled in the last two years. That's OK, because the extra layers and drying time are worth the effort. I have been able to achieve a richer luminosity.
There is a wetlands area a few miles from my studio. I like to ride my bike over there and stop on a small bridge over the stream. I get off my bicycle and stand very still for a while; just being there, soaking it in. Often the sound-track for this experience is the sound of redwing blackbirds declaring their nesting territory.
High Valley Near Chama: Pond, 2010, oil/panel, 24" x 48"
Last summer we drove from Taos to Pagossa Springs in Colorado. The trip was over a mountain range with a high valley. Stopping for a picnic lunch, I had time to look at a small pond under a clump of trees. This painting is based on my memories of that day.