After a months long layoff, I am back painting again. This is the first of many more to come in 2013. Several years ago, my wife, Anne, my sister Robin and I, took a road trip to Phoenix to enjoy the west and visit relatives. We had a wonderful time and this painting comes from the many photos I took in the desert.
I have not painted in several months. I have been working on my book. I am happy to announce that after months of editing, my novel, Sea of Guilty, has at last been published. It is available exclusively on the Amazon Kindle. For those of you who don't have a Kindle, don't worry. You can download the Kindle for free onto your desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone. It is easy to do, and did I mention, it is FREE! The next step is to follow this link, http://amzn.com/B00ABRGTMA, or you can go to Amazon.com and type my name into the search box. The book downloads in seconds to your device.
Valley of the Gods, Sunrise9 x 12 inches Oil on wood panel
The Valley of the Gods, is located just outside of Mexican Hat, UT, not far from Monument Valley. It is one of the most amazing places I have ever visited. There is a 17 mile drive on a narrow dirt road going through the area. If you ever get close to this magnificent place, be sure to drive through. Especially if you are there at first light.
Olympia, The Seductress 9 x 12 inches Oil on wood panel. SOLD
ÉdouardManet is considered by many to be the father of Impressionism. In 1863, he painted, Olympia, a nude that was seen by many as scandalous. What shocked people was not the nudity itself, there had been many other nudes before Manet's, but it was the fact that she seemed so comfortable in her nudity and the intense look directly at the viewer. That is what I am trying to do with this painting. Show a lovely woman in a pose that clearly says she is at ease with herself, and willing to look the viewer in the eye. This work was inspired by a photo of model, Luba Korovina, taken by Russian photographer, Oleg Kosyrev, (http://www.photosight.ru/users/2063/) who graciously allowed me to use it for reference.
If you click on the photos to enlarge them, also click on the link,
Recently, when I was back in Coldwater, Michigan for a visit, my sister, Robin Walling, and I drove around to find scenes that I might want to paint. It was cloudy at the time, but this barn appealed to me. It is at the corner of Bell Road and Hayner Road, north of Girard.
If you would like to receive a notice when I add to the blog, please sign up here.
“...one doesn't paint a landscape, a seascape, a figure; one paints the effect of a time of day on a landscape, a seascape, or a figure.” --Edouard Manet
Seated Nude, 1973
21 X 25 inches, oil on canvas
45 X 55 inches, oil on canvas
Paintings for Sale
I may or may not currently have paintings for sale on eBay. If I do, you can find themhere.