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Spirit Land


   I had painted Spider Rock before from the lookout point and sold it on the spot. This time I went out on a rock ledge and set up. I had a very spiritual friend with me and she said there was a lot of spiritual energy in this area. I started to block the painting in and all of a sudden something hit me. It felt like the wrath of all the evil spirits ganging up. I barely made it back to the camper in the parking lot, I had to leave all my painting set up behind. I spent an hour or so in the bathroom before I made my way back to my paints. It hit again and I had to lay down under a 1,000 year old Juniper. I rolled around in pain and all I could see was red for awhile. After about an hour I slowly packed up my gear and made my way back to the truck and drove back to the campground. I was laid up for two days, couldn't eat and barely slept. The campground at the mouth of the Canyon is free and it is a wonderful spot with lots of Cottonwood shade trees. My dogs played with a Res. Dog, (the dogs and horses run free), this one looked like a Lab and a Buffalo mix. I finally went back to finish the painting, but there was a tour there. The Indian tour guide told me when I went back down on the ledge to set up that I had to get back on the sidewalk. I did not get to finish the painting there, but not to give up I did manage to finish it back in my studio. I used the field studies to get my colors.

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Canyon de Chelly

    
     I finally escaped for the weekend to Canyon de Chelly. I arrived late in afternoon on Friday. The dogs were ready to get out of the truck for a long walk. Jack drug me out onto a plateau when I turned around a saw this scene. I hurried back to my painting equipment and hiked back over to capture the last light into this enchanted valley. I could see the hogans down below where the occupants of the canyon live in the summer. There were some trucks passing through the river bed as well. It was very restful, while at the same time totally exciting.

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Painting Enlargements



   This is the third time I have painted this particular plane. It is just a tiny bit larger and I have started to experiment a little with the design and colors.
   My largest paintings usually evolve from a small field study. I paint many of these out on location over a period of time. As I look over some of these smaller works, or sometimes as I'm painting them I will notice a strong feeling of some sort that comes over me. Sometimes it is very exhilarating. I will then many times paint that painting a little larger, maybe re-design it a little, experiment toward improving the piece in some way. I must always have a continued strong inspiration for doing this particular process. I think it has helped my painting abilities from a learning point of view. This is the value of doing studio paintings and enlargements. It will number one magnify any weaknesses in the painting and number two in the process of solving these problems you learn what to look for when you are back out in nature painting again next time. You must continue to paint from nature if you want that life giving energy to continue in your paintings. So one supports the other. Painting from nature keeps the spark in your studio pieces and painting in the studio gives you more time to think and improves your work out of doors.

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US AIR FORCE


     This was a huge plane as you can tell by the tiny pilot windows. In many of these planes at the museum, you can go up inside and check them out. The older Service Planes weren't built for comfort; Just a metal frame with sheet metal covering, no insulation or inside covering. It was very cold for the service men, that why they had those really nice Air Force leather flight coats.

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Lightning Bolt

 
     I really think the 2 black lightning bolts that someone painted on the sides of this plane really "makes it".

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Sub Chaser


     This was my favorite plane. I set up and my dog Romeo laid down to take a nap in the shade of this HUGE black plane. It was a submarine chaser back in the war.

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Retired Airplane

  
   This location came about when I had become very bored with my normal subject matter. It is an Airplane Museum in Tucson Arizona. I became very inspired the moment I saw all these old retired airplanes.

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Grand Canyon Overlook

  
     I was at the Canyon for a few weeks, just the dogs and I hiking and painting. I don't even remember the name of this particular overlook. It's an unusual one though, because I don't think I've ever seen it painted anywhere before. I had already started this painting, but just finished it today.


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Different Truck


      Well this truck stuck me as one of the ugliest trucks I ever saw, but it had so much character that I had to paint it.

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