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Painting Animals in the Landscape

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Throughout my painting career I've painted both animal and landscapes. Yet, combining the two has always been difficult. Over the summer I spent some time on a series of paintings with animals in them. In this blog post I talk about what I learned and my experiences in painting these pieces....

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Meadow Grove Farm

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Meadow Grove Fields (plein air). 11x14, oil on linen panel. 2015 Meadow Grove Farm in Upperville, VA is one of my favorite paint-out locations: lot of distant views across the fields, animals in abundance, a variety of scenery, trees singular and clustered, and the ever-present Blue Ridge.  In ...

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Eros the Ram

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Eros. 20x24, oil on linen. 2015. Firstly, I should be honest and say that I finished painting Eros on New Year's Eve but since I'm unveiling the painting today I'm calling it a 2015 painting.  The benefit of this, of course, is that I can convince myself that I'm getting off to a very productiv...

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A Black Faced Ram

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Black Faced Ram Sketch. 8x8, oil on linen. 2014 I painted this small sketch of a black faced ram at Weatherlea Farm in part because I wanted to try a creating something a little darker than usual.   I had taken a series of photos in the shadow cast by the large barn and there was only a trace o...

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A Thanksgiving Weekend Painting

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Weatherlea Ram. 14x11, oil on linen panel. 2014 I started this painting as a demo for workshop I held over the weekend. Unfortunately I talked for way too long and only had time to do the block in so I had to do most of the painting work today. The focus of the workshop was on the creative process f...

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