I’ve never released so many of my color studies at one time. I very seldom sell them because they are very personal records of preliminary work for larger paintings, or of experiences while painting directly from nature. However, it’s time to let some of them go.
There is quite a variety here, probably something for everyone. If you want to gift yourself or someone special with a very unique gift…one of a kind…then this just might be for you.
All the paintings were done on archival paper (5.5” x 8.5”). Each sheet received one coat of gesso as a sealant. The paintings are done in oil, half have been created en plein air, the other half in the studio. (Click images to enlarge)
Here they are, an amazing array of color studies just in time for Christmas.
So, here’s the deal (United States residents only)
These paintings can be yours in three configurations:
1) Mounted on hardboard without notes – $300.00
2) Mounted on hardboard with notes – $275.00
3) Unmounted with notes – $250.00 (Price includes shipping/handling, and state sales tax where applicable)
Be the first to claim these special works. The specials tend to go quickly, but don’t let that discourage you from trying. If you don’t try, all chance of staking your claim will be lost. Sales will be on a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay in contacting me.
These paintings are two of the six studies I did for a series of paintings commemorating America’s independence and establishment as a nation. They were based on the opening verses of the song “America”. All the original paintings were commissioned by Abio & Adleta Realtors in Dallas, Each was reproduced as a poster and generously given freely to those that attended the Fourth of July celebration in Dallas’ Gore Park. Every Fourth, for six years, I was at the park signing the posters as rapidly as I could. It was an exciting time as the long waiting line showed great enthusiasm for what we’d done.
<Left:“Of Thee I Sing”– 4.5″ x 6″ (This study depicts me in the studio as I begin work on a patriotic painting. There are layers of meaning in the title). SOLD
>Right:“Land of the Pilgrims Pride”– 4.5″ x 6″ (A grandfather reads to his granddaughter from “Pilgrim’s Progress”. The lampstand represents a small section of the Forefather’s Monument in Plymouth, MA. Experiencing the scale and beauty of that monument has been one of the highlights of my life). SOLD
“Leicester Sunset” – 4.5″ x 6.25″ (This is one of several studies done in preparation for a 4′ x 8′ painting I created for a small chapel in Rockwall, TX. I remember the peace I had doing the large painting. Having never worked that large before, I still marvel how quickly and easily the painting was created). SOLD
“Bosque County Spring”– 4.5″ x 6″ (It is amazing, but all these years later I clearly remember standing on the side of the road, just north of Clifton, TX, and painting this beautiful field of spring flowers. This little painting was a study done from photos as preparation for a larger work).
<Left: “Dallas Blooms”– 4.5″ x 4.5″ (This is one of several plein air studies done while spending a day at the Dallas Arboretum. The solution for painting such an overload of color is simplification; rather than paint everything, I looked for a more simplified color arrangement). SOLD
>Right: “Monroe’s Pond”– 4.5″ x 4.5″ (We have been blessed for more than 40 years to have 47 acres of open land behind our house. Owned by the Monroe family, I have enjoyed total access all these years…very possibly creating at least 100 paintings or studies during that time. This is one of those plein air studies). SOLD
“Field of Flowers” – 3.75″ x 7.5″ (It isn’t often that we enjoy such an incredible Spring of wildflowers. This is a plein air study of just such a Spring. A portion of our house is seen in the upper left). SOLD
“Monroe’s Cattle” – 4.5″ x 6.5″ – (There’s 47 acres of open land behind our house. It has been host to cattle, horses, mules, donkeys, llamas, sheep, and chickens all the years we have lived in Wylie. It looks like all that may be changing soon as developers are itching to get their hands on the property).
“Bickleigh Garden” – 5″ x 4.5″ (It was quite an experience to finally visit the land of my birth and meet many of my relatives in 1990. My Uncle Donald was a brilliant tour guide and historian. Unfortunately, it was cloudy and cold during most of our visit, maybe that’s why the little village of Bickleigh holds such fond memories and has resulted in several paintings…the sky was clear, the air warm, and the lighting was spectacular. My wife posed later for photos and was then added to complete the story). SOLD
“Things of Norway” – 7.5″ x 3.75″ (In 1992 I won the John Stephan Jones Fellowship. The $5000 prize enabled me to study at the Lyme Academy in Old Lyme, CT. for one semester. During that time, I befriended one of the students who happened to be from Norway. During Spring Break, she invited me to spend that time with her and her husband in Milford, PA. This painting, done from life, represents a small collection of special items from Norway which she had stored in the attic). SOLD
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