Here’s wishing all of you a Happy Earth Day as we pause to celebrate and honor and support the planet that sustains us in so many ways. Here’s a photo of one of my favorite places on earth, the Burning Coal Vein area northwest of Amidon. The title of it is “Burning Hills Home.”
It would be hard to overstate the importance of the Little Missouri River to the landscape, people and culture of southwestern North Dakota. Here’s a photo I took in early April of the river at the Logging Camp Ranch northwest of Amidon. I really like the way the filtered colors broke up in this iconic view of the beloved Little Mo.
I put the final touches on my 8 x 8″ watercolor pencil painting “Dakota Badlands Fantasy” today. The rich, delicate colors of this dream landscape are very pleasing to me.
Here’s wishing everybody a very happy Easter, full of springtime delights. I’ve been making steady progress on my Prairie Reverie paintings, and am enjoying the color they add to my living room and life. Enjoy!
I’ve been adding images of recent paintings and photographs to the portfolio section of this website. It seems that I’ve been so busy with Fine Art America, Pinterest, and Facebook that my own website has been overlooked, and I’ll have to pay more attention in the future. Here’s a new photograph of the Burning Coal Vein area, “Burning Hills Tapestry.”
I went for a drive up to the Burning Coal Vein last Sunday, and soaked up the sights and sounds of early spring in the North Dakota badlands. There were meadowlarks and robins, crocus and buffaloberry blossoms, and a pale tint of green grass here and there. This is a great time of year for my filtered photographs, and I gathered plenty of new material for future paintings. I brought some sketchbooks along, but didn’t have the time or energy for them by the end of the day. And my new computer tablet will require further study before I can use it successfully in the field. Anyway, the countryside was, as usual, pure delight.
I received some pillows made by Px Pixels on the Fine Art America website. Three have my Prairie Reverie images, and two have my sunflower images. They look great in my living room with the surrounding art, and I will be tempted to order more in the near future.
I received a Pendleton towel as a gift, and it inspired me to hang a group of my metal prints with similar colors above it. The colorful combination is a delight, and I may even add some sunflowers.
I’m continuing to add paintings to my Prairie Reverie series, and I have plans to keep adding more. The other day I moved some of the paintings around, and discovered a sunflower painting behind one of them. It was so delightful to see that I ordered some metal prints of my sunflower art and started a new sunflower painting. They are a nice complement to the badlands dream landscapes.
I’ve been learning how to paint and draw on a new computer tablet, and it’s a lot of fun. The colors are rather bold and electric, and you can erase mistakes and paint over the top of one color with another. For a long time, I have admired the iPad work of David Hockney, and it seemed like it brought him great joy to use this medium as well. The title of this image is “Midnight on the Prairie.”