January 21, 2012 § 2 Comments
After going though my digital archives, I wanted to share four quiet landscapes, painted in 2007-2008.
In March of 2005, Mount St. Helens had another in a series of minor eruptions. At the time, I lived in the hills overlooking Portland, Oregon, and had a great view of St. Helens from my studio window. One evening, the plume looked like a bizarre, cartoonish tube, floating above the mountain. That visual inspired this artwork.
This painting began as a plein air study from a dock on Cayuga Lake, during one summer in Ithaca, New York. Later, I finished it in my studio as a night painting. For me, this work has always held an odd quality that I like. Perhaps it is the light pollution on the clouds?
Stars Over Cedar Mountain was painted after visiting my grandmother, who now lives in Cody, Wyoming. On her property, there is a small log cabin sauna next to a babbling brook. When one takes a break in the middle of a sauna to cool off, this is the view of Cedar Mountain from the hillside. The air there is dry and clear and smells like sage brush.
This last work was inspired by one of my favorite scenes from the 1962 film epic, Lawrence of Arabia.
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