Friday, March 2, 2012


Winter is the time of year to concentrate on studio pieces and to look for show opportunities, at least for me.
Winter on-location painting can be challenging ( ok- cold ) and usually involves shades of white with cool-blue shadows. I am not real excited about snow scenes this winter for some reason.

So I have been visiting larger studio compositions that allow my subject matter to breath a little easier on a larger canvas. I notice that I have a tendency to cram too much content into the plein air pieces and seem to forget the always helpful hint- " less is more."

Another aspect to larger paintings is that they seem to be better candidates for competitive juried shows. Shows are part of the trifecta of selling schemes that also includes commissions and galleries.

I have entered the prestigious Salon International Show for the past decade and have only gotten in twice- until this year where I had two! paintings accepted after a long dry spell.
This show only accepted 434 paintings out of almost 1200 entries submitted from around the world. I am pretty stoked to be in the 2012 show that was judged by Edward Minoff.
The opening for this show will be in San Antonio, Texas on Friday, April 13 at the Greenhouse Gallery. The Show runs until May 2.

"Lemon Cliffs" 18x 24 oil on linen

" Emerald Creek" 16x20 oil on linen

I was also accepted into the Plein Air Artists of Colorado Juried Show for 2012, another highly competetive show. The opening for this show will be Saturday, May 5 in Taos New Mexico at the Wilder Nightengale Gallery.

"Coyote Willow Creek" 9x12 oil on linen


  1. Congratulations on being selected into these prestigious shows!

  2. Thanks Ruth- I am living up to the description of award- winning paintings! thanks for your continuing support.