Process Sketch Video #2

September 6, 2011

Do you remember all the snow we, in Kansas City, got this last winter?  We were so ready for summer.  It has been a hot summer, but these last few days have reminded us how wonderful Fall is.  I shot some video images of painting I was working on last February.  It was a snowy month and I wanted to work on a snow themed painting.  I finally got around to editing those images to show some behind the scenes of work in progress.  It is cheesy as all get out, but I hope you enjoy the look inside my studio.

Watch on Youtube for higher quality.

 

2011 #10

July 13, 2011

Sovereign...16x20 acrylic on panel and cut paper...03 July 2011

I have been thinking a lot about tornadoes this last spring.  As a Kansan, tornadoes have always been a part of my life.  Not physically, but the idea and possibility.  We have our movie, our drills at school, our monthly siren test, our keen sense to identify tornado weather, our family rituals during the warnings, and our over-the-top storm coverage from local media.  We have a love affair with the tornado and we long to see one someday as long as it is safe and out in the farmland.

I remember my freshman year at the University of Kansas the sirens were going off and we were instructed to the basement of our dorm.  But a large group of us traveled up to the 7th floor to look out the windows facing southwest.  The 7th floor in Lawrence is probably one of the highest elevations in Kansas and a perfect lookout over the plains.  We saw some wild thunderstorms and cloud formations, but we did not see a tornado.

And then there is Joplin.  Wow!  That is real.  Not this romantic version of something terribly wonderful, but just terrible.

-Sam

2011 #7

May 10, 2011

Circular #1...9x12 acrylic on blueprint and panel...08 May 2011

A few months ago, I salvaged from the bin a nice collection of old blueprints.  I have been eyeing them and waiting for the right opportunity to incorporate them into one of my paintings.  So I am going to test them out on a couple of circular abstracts.

-Sam

2010 #10

May 18, 2010

Hedge Apple Tree: Spring...11x14 acrylic on panel and paper...16 May 2010

Spring is here for the Hedge Apple Tree.  The dark green buds are starting to appear and the grass is at a young bright age.  Gone are the greys.  The sun is shining with a yellow-tinge to the baby blue sky.  The rope swing is down and the kids are ready to play.

Week 46

November 17, 2009

Autumn in the Flint Hills of Kansas, #3...9x12 panel board...15 Nov 2009

This concludes my 3 part series on the subtle Flint Hills.  I will continue to explore the Kansas landscape and vernacular in the future.  Now I need to dream up something new.

Week 45

November 9, 2009

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Autumn in the Flint Hills of Kansas, #2...9x12 panel board...07 Nov 2009

I don’t have much to say about this other than “Here is another painting of the Flint Hills with little cows.”  I am going to do at least one more next week.  I just thought maybe a group of three would look good together.

Week 44

November 2, 2009

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Autumn in the Flint Hills of Kansas, #1...9x12 panel board...01 Nov 2009

Last week, I had a work related trip that sent me on a drive through the Flint Hill of Kansas.  I knew right away what I would be painting this week and the next following weeks.  I grabbed my camera and took a few photos for reference.  It was early in the morning and the eastern sunrise gave these hills a reddish glow.

This week I worked quick and loose and tried to keep things in their simple elements.  I kept the background sky sloppy rather than try to blend the blue values.  I was very happy to finish on time and also to have caught up on sleep.

Week 38

September 22, 2009

Green Cow...9x12 panel board...21 Sept 2009

Green Cow...9x12 panel board...21 Sept 2009

I have been meaning to explore more mid-western themes.  We have green cows in Kansas!