January 2009

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"Crate of Clemmies"

“Crate of Clemmies”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. This painting has SOLD.

Meanwhile, back home in the studio some still lifes are brewing…

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"My Back Yard"

“My Back Yard”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $500.00 US

Sunset with the sun to my back in the barnyard at home. The cattle hadn’t seen me painting in their field in 6 months. They all had to huddle around me as I worked. Other wise I would have painted one or two into this scene…

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"Church, Dynamite Shack"

“Church, Dynamite Shack”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $500.00 US

Another view of the dynamite shack, up on the hill…

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"The Dynamite Shack"

“The Dynamite Shack”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $500.00 US

Most of the settlement of the Terlingua Ghost Town, when the mines were operational, happened in, around and below the area where the church is. The dynamite was kept up above and away from the living areas in that little shack up on the hill. I suppose being out there and so visible was a deterrent to any accidents or would be saboteurs…

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"The Down Side"

“The Down Side”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $500.00 US

This is my third time painting at this location. It is a plateau south of Terlingua Ghost Town and higher up. At each drive up the steep and narrow switch back, I am always in awe that my front wheel drive van can make it up the slope. These are the peaks of the plateau capturing the last rays of the sun as it sets beyond view…

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Long Draw Dry Creek

Long Draw Dry Creek

“Long Draw Dry Creek”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $500.00 US

I was out scouting around and drove up this dry creek bed. I turned around when I couldn’t drive any farther and there was this painting in front of me…

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"To Croton Spring"

“To Croton Spring”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $500.00 US

Sometimes, out painting, I can turn around from where I just worked and there is another great scene waiting to be captured on canvas. That was my luck at this spot. While my ears were still on high alert for the rustling sounds of bears or cats, I raced against the dying light to the finish…

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"From Croton Spring Rd."

“From Croton Spring Rd.”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $500.00 US

After a few days scouting this section of the Park at different times of day, I took a chance that this rough, side road would give me the view I wanted. I actually had a couple see me painting and drive in to watch and photo me working. They then tried to buy this piece just as I had put the first stroke of blue on for the sky. Of course, $20.00 did not impress me… What did though was the bear proof food storage unit just behind me. My ears were on guard duty the whole time I did this painting. At dusk when I got in my van and drove out, I saw my first javelina, or peccary , standing near by. I was glad I was leaving…

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"Mine Owner's House"

“Mine Owner’s House”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $500.00 US

This was painted right outside my bedroom at the Terlingua Trading Company, in Terlingua, Texas. The house is in partial disrepair and now, partial rehab and is made out of adobe. For all of WW I and part of WW II this was not a ghost town but a very lively mining town. The prized mineral was cinnabar, which was smelted into mercury. This was used in detonator caps during the wars until about 1945 when mercury was replace by more modern methods. Most of the 2000 inhabitants left Terlingua at that point. This part became a ghost town, until the arrival of the hippies in the 1970’s and it’s subsequent revival…

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"Santa Elena Canyon"

“Santa Elena Canyon”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $500.00 US

I painted this in Big Bend National Park, an unbelievable place. This is the Rio Grand exiting out of the Santa Elena Canyon. The Canyon walls are over 1,000 feet high making this a most impressive sight. As I painted, all around me were different types of flycatchers doing their acrobatics as they sought tasty morsels flying along the river banks….

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