The Magnificent Elk

Elk

With this painting my mind harkened back to when we went to Colorado on vacation a little over a year ago. The scenery is a hodgepodge of photos we took. Part of that trip we stayed in Estes Park. This is a stunning area of the Rocky Mountain National Park, and it’s loaded with Elk. I guess I wanted to make a tribute to the magnificent Elk standing majestically in the cool crisp Rocky Mountain air. It is a beautiful animal, and I don’t know what the painting commands most? The attention of the Elk or the scenery? I made this painting on three pine board planks.

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Homemade Wood Plank Storage Chest

And now for something completely different…I handmade this for our grandkids. Three pics below….

Homemade Wood Plank Storage Chest

When I started this Blog, I did it to display and archive my paintings on wood. Of course, I love to paint, but I also love to make things with wood. I have made countless pieces of furniture since I was a teenager. Recently, my wife wanted some sort of storage chest to store our three grandchildren’s toys. We scoured the internet to buy something, and found some we liked. For the chests we liked it cost anywhere from $200 to $500. We almost bought something, but my wife suggested that maybe I should make something instead. That way we can make it the size we want.

Homemade Wood Plank Storage Chest 2

I hadn’t really thought about it, but the wood planks I painted on came to mind. So, in one day I thought up the measurements and bought pine board to construct a chest. I cut the boards, sanded and screwed together the pieces and literally had the chest done in a single day. My wife wanted doors on it though. Making and hanging the doors was much more time consuming. Two weeks later I was done with the doors. I made this shelved toy chest for less than $60. I decided to add this piece to this blog to show that the planks I use for painting wood canvases can also be used to make furniture. Eventually I will Clear Coat it, but for now I like the natural rustic look.

Homemade Wood Plank Storage Chest 3

Being near Christmas, I feel like one of Santa’s Elves making furniture. I only needed a saw, drill, clamps, wood glue and hardware to make this thing. Wife happy. Happy wife, happy life. Now, I can get back to painting 🙂

The Lion Within

The Lion Within

The air is crisp and clean. The majestic Locomotive roars powerfully across its tracks. The Lion within also reveals itself as it roars powerfully in the escaping steam. With manmade and nature forces combined, these two images are unstoppable as they speed across the shadowy landscape. Do you have the Lion within you? Are your body and mind like a Locomotive? I wanted to capture in this painting the strength and noise of the Locomotive and Lion together as one symbolic powerful roaring force. I decided to go mostly black and white with this one using three cedar planks to show-case more of the grainy cedar wood canvas. I’m pleased with the result, and I hope whomever lays their eyes on it is pleased as well.

Sky Chess

Sky Chess

I call this painting Sky Chess. Ever since I was a little kid I have always loved the game of Chess. I have been wanting to paint something about Chess. Little things came to me here and there, but I was having trouble coming up with an interesting Chess theme. Then I figured why not just go all in and make something grand. This painting is a mix of my imagination, reality and fantasy. The water falls, bluffs, trees and parts of the mountains are all reality. They are from pictures I took from state parks in Tennessee. Of course, the chess board rising out of the water, and both the sun and the moon out at the same time is from my imagination and from ideas I had seen on the internet. The raven and dove are the Chess adversaries. Black is in check and the end game ensues with both birds locked in battle. The fantasy is dark v.s. light, good v.s. evil. Winning and losing are at stake on Mother Nature’s world stage. At the moment Black is in check. As I said, I love the game of Chess and this painting is my tribute to it! I made this painting on three pine board planks. It took me a long time to finish this, but I’m pleased with the time I spent creating and completing it. I hope you like it as well.

Cancer

via Daily Prompt: Visceral

Today’s Daily Prompt Word is VISERAL – the meaning is based on emotional reactions rather than on reason or thought. I thought this was fitting for the painting I did for Grace seen just below this post. Or, click the link below.

It seems like everyone knows someone who is effected by the scourge of cancer.  I’m so saddened that our family friend GRACE has been besieged by this calamity in her life. I pray for her.

This fund raiser has been extended to 20 Sep 2017. See results from link below…

https://woodcanvasartist.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/painting-for-grace/

 

Painting For Grace

Owl for Grace

We have a family friend. Her name is Grace. She is only in her early thirties and she was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Sarcoma cancer. As of this writing she has started intensive chemo therapy.

Grace is a talented nurse and caregiver, a devoted and loving wife, and an amazing soul. With the support of her amazing network of friends and family, she is taking on the fight to beat it. Grace is the definition of a strong woman, and we are here to help her focus healing by taking on some of the financial burden through donations and t-shirt purchases. Anyone who wishes to contribute can go to:

https://www.bonfire.com/fightwithgrace/ 

NOTE: This fund raiser has been extended to 20 Sep 2017. See results so far from link above.

I wanted to do a painting for her as well. She likes owls, and earthy colors with yellow being her favorite color. So, I put my thinking cap on and came up with this painting. It’s painted on 3 pine board planks.

Jesus Takes What is Broken and Makes It Beautiful…Its Called Grace”.

Daily Scrolls Quote.

Harris Hawk Soars In Moonlit Desert Sky

Harris Hawk

Harris Hawk

A mysterious night above the desert floor. A Harris Hawk soars through the moonlight sky. The idea of making this painting came to me on a recent trip that my wife and two of our three grandkids made. About a 45 minute drive from where I live, there is a World Bird Sanctuary. It’s basically a hospital for all kinds of wild birds. They even do bird shows that both kids and adults enjoy. During this particular show they brought out a Harris Hawk. These hawks are native to the American Southwest, Chili, Argentina and Brazil. It’s a social bird that usually hunts in packs. Their eye sight is eight times stronger than humans, and they are amazing to watch in flight. I used three pine planks for this painting. 

Grandson meets Elk in Estes Park

Grandson meets Elk in Estes Park

I know my blog is all about my paintings, but I couldn’t resist sharing a pic of my grandson’s shock and awe when we encountered a stray bull Elk in Estes Park. We were in the city. Shops were right across the street. Capturing this moment at just the right time says it all! 🙂  #FOAPNATION , http://www.foap.com , woodartist

Sunrise Mist

Sunset Mist

Sunrise mist floating over the river. A Great Blue Heron effortlessly glides across the water. I was inspired to do this painting from the many memories I have of the Current River. The morning sun rising above the river bluffs. The mist hauntingly climbing the trees from the cool waters below. The Current River is spring fed, so year around its between 58 and 68 degrees. The many springs feeds 20 million gallons of water a day into this river. This painting is not an exact depiction of the Current River, but the beauty of that river easily made my paint brush flow in my mind through my hand. A combination of creating out of imagination and reality. I couldn’t resist adding a great blue heron. It’s wing span can reach over six feet, and they can cruise 20 to 30 mph. On the Current River they fly just above the water. It’s a sight to see as they stay just ahead of your canoe. If you are lucky enough you may quietly float past them as they stand and gaze upon you from a gravel bar or river bank. I used 4 pine planks measuring 26” long for this painting.

 

Louis Hang Gliding

Penguin Hang Gliding

This is #6 in a series of paintings depicting the adventures of Penelope and Louis. Two loving penguins exploring the world. The backdrop of this painting was inspired from a drive my wife and I took along Navarre beach on the Florida coast years ago. I remember having to drive very slow along this stretch. It’s 18 miles of raw unspoiled coast line from Pensacola to Navarre beach. There are no homes or buildings along the route, just dunes and water as far as the eye can see. Top speed was 45 mph. This is conservatory/nature route, so the speed limit is reduced for this reason. Not sure where Penelope and Louis will end up next? My wacky imagination will come up with something though. I used 4 pine planks for this painting.