Abstracts

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I love autumn, with all of the beautiful colors, The weather in autumn is fun, with many different moods, from morose to cheerful. This painting was painted after a drive through the countryside near my home. I simmered what I saw in my memory and condensed the essence into this painting. It worked beautifully. It […]

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I like to paint over old unsuccessful paintings. The richness one gets from the new image, combined with leftover  pieces of the old image is wonderful. Breezy, my latest abstract is one of these paintings. I was thinking of the ocean as  I created this image. The texture that was formed by the combination of […]

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There are a number of different ways in which I come up with ideas for paintings. Sometimes I just start painting, and see what comes out. Other times I use one of my photographs for inspiration. Often I will base a painting off of a feeling. Every now and then I do a preliminary sketch. […]

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I had a pet beagle. She was really a fun dog. Her name was Tia, a feminine version of Teancum, a hero from the Book of Mormon. Tia led a somewhat dull life. She was stuck inside most of the time, because we didn’t have a fenced yard. She loved being outside, but when she […]

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I believe that most successful people are stubborn. We aren’t necessarily that gifted, we just keep going, no matter what. Obstacles get in the way, but we find a way past them. Eventually we will receive the breaks we need. This painting is in honor of everyone who keeps going, trying to excel. I think […]

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Think of summer holidays, the picnics, swimming, fireworks, and one of my favorites, as a kid, parades. Nothing beats the floats, the horses, and the brass bands playing Souza marches. I was listening to “76 Trombones” when I painted this painting. I wanted to create the colorful, fun mood of a parade.

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It has been a while since I have posted. I have been busy painting, and thought I would put in some new work. Sonata was inspired by listening to music.  Sometimes I try to capture a feeling, and I was listening to Moonlight Sonata, by Beethoven when I painted this. It has such a quiet […]

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Sometimes I like to work from a known subject, and abstract it, distilling the essence, and using the subject as a framework to play with paint and design.  This is an example of doing  just that. Devils Courthouse is the mountain from my previous post. I thought about the experience of looking at the mountain […]

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