My nephew asked for this. I was a little reluctant because of the detail required in the grass. As I got working at it I found the movement in the grass to be more important than the detail.
Just outside of Palmyra, New York is a grove of trees. In 1820 a young man named Joseph Smith came here to pray about the truth of religion. He was visited by God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ. Only the atonement and sacrifice of Jesus has impacted my life more than this event.
This was a picture requested by one of my daughters. I really like the reflections. It is a peaceful place.
To be honest, this is a view of Italy that I have never seen in person. So many of my travels have been to Italian cities, which are very different from this. I painted this at my daughter’s request
I liked painting this because of the colors. However, to be honest I have not seen this blue in the Netherlands very often.
But there are flowers, windmills and water. Lots of water.
Scotland on the water
Scotland is one of my favorite places to visit. I know that it rains a lot. On one trip I had not seen blue sky for days. I finally started taking pictures of patches of blue when they would appear.
Scotland is about green and water. Yet in the fall all that green turns to color. The rain cleans the air and washes the plants and land to make the whole thing very bright when the sun does shine. I painted this picture because it is so fresh and washed and colorful.
I saw this picture on a screen saver on a PC. I liked the color and the contrast between the shaded, yet colorful arch and the sun-bleached desert beyond. This was the first painting where I started to learn the texture and richness of light glaze layer over layer.
It was almost 10 years after I painted this that I learned that it is Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park.
The technique improves. Watercolor is subtractive, which makes it hard to handle light objects. Once you take away the light, the paper is covered and the light is gone for good.
Mount Timpanogos starts about a half mile from my home. It completely dominants the sky to the north. This is one of my impressions of the mountain. The painting hangs in the conference room of the BYU Computer Science Department. If you are ever in the room, there is an message hidden in the trees.
This painting I did for a friend. His family has a ranch which stands at the view point for this picture. I enjoy the colors and contrast of a late day in central Utah.