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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor many years I’d take my canoe to Mirror Lake in the Uinta mountains of Utah.  It’s elevation is 10,000 feet above sea level.  I loved the smell of the pine trees and the sound of the birds chirping.  I always went first thing in the morning since the fishing was best then.  I caught thousands of rainbow and brook trout.

The contrast between the light sky and the dark trees gives drama to the scene.  The red canoe  and the person are the center point of the painting.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is another self-portrait demo for one of the portrait classes I teach.  I always emphasize the eyes.  They’re what makes the whole picture come alive.  Sometimes artists are too conservative with their paint — they want to spread it out to save money, but I feel the liberal application of it gives energy to the picture.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne of my passions is wildflowers.  They are beautiful from above, but there’s a magic from the view below them.  This picture shows depth because of “atmospheric perspective.”  The flowers portrayed closer are painted larger than the ones further back.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis  is another England painting.  I love boats.  I love fishing.  I really like the sound of seagulls and enjoy watching the boats float up and down as the waves come in to shore.  This painting has a little bit different viewpoint than many I’ve done — it’s from above, looking at the harbor from the side.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA few years ago my wife told me she wanted me to be like Rembrandt or Frida Kahlo who did annual self-portraits.  This is the fourth one.  Each time I’ve used different techniques.  This time I went for a more impressionistic method and each stroke can be viewed in the picture.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATonight I presented a portrait I did of Mayor Mark W. Myers to the city of Greenwood, Indiana. I moved to Greenwood in 1998 and have absolutely loved it. I’ve wondered how I could ever pay the city back for the wonderful life I’ve had here. After considerable thought, I decided to paint a portrait of the mayor and donate it to the city.