Happy Earth Day

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.”

Burning Hills Home FB

The Little Missouri River

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.

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Additions to Portfolio Section

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.”

Burning Hills Tapestry PW

“Golden Dakota Daydream”

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.

Golden Dakota Daydream PW

Prairie Reverie Series

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.

Prairie Reverie Series

New Computer Tablet

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.”

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