Digital still life

imageI am trying to get better at digital art programs. Today I used I-draw which has a lot of capabilities. It took me hours to create something that I probably could do in a painting program very quickly. The advantage of this program is the use of layers. Photoshop and other programs use layers so there must be a lot you can do with them. I’d like to get more gradation in the forms.

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

In 2015 I took a trip to Yellowstone with my family.  It was a place I’d always wanted to go but I also wondered if it would live up to my expectations for grandeur and beauty.  It did!  I started this painting about a year ago but just recently feel that I’ve solved some of the structure, detail and color issues.  This trail is on the ridge of the deep gorge called the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.Yellowstone

New work on paper

It has been awhile since I added new work.  In November and December I worked on smaller pieces in preparation for holiday shows at the studio.  Now it is almost January and it will be challenging to work after school starts back up.  I have two new pieces that are almost finished (sunset/sunrise) but in the mean time I’m highlighting the works on paper.

Fish
Fish
Oranges
Oranges
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That Blue

Antietam

This summer I traveled by bicycle to the Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland.  I was struck by the tragedy of the battle: over 23,000 soldiers killed in one day on September 17, 1862.  Neither side claimed victory.  President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation five days after the battle.  We had lunch in the town of Sharpsburg which is less than a mile from the battlefield.  The townspeople suffered greatly from the trauma and destruction of homes and farms.  Photographer Alexander Gardner, who was employed by Mathew Brady, photographed the scenes two days after the battle.  I was inspired to create this sepia drawing after seeing one of Gardner’s photographs displayed in the Antietam Museum showing Dunker Church and remains of soldiers.

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Antietam