I'm calling this painting Elemental. I painted it at Upstairs Studio on June 3, First Friday. It was an open studio night, so visitors could come into my workspace and observe. I amazed myself by completing the painting in about 8 hours, while also taking time out to talk to visitors about what I was doing.

I wanted to do something with harmonious, subdued color. The stones seemed ideal subjects for such a project. The background I used was an old watercolor landscape of mine, turned upside down. The sky colors of that old piece were just what I wanted in this new one. I considered leaving the curved shape of the paper, but the landscape qualities of the background persuaded me to give the piece a horizon instead.

As you can see from the progress photos, I eventually eliminated one element (a tiny leaf). I felt, in the end, that it did not contribute much to the overall feel of the piece.

Here is my starting step. You can still faintly see the grid I painted first, to help organize the composition. Then I sketched in the main shapes, and finally drew them in with soft charcoal.

News Flash: I am the featured artist in Alaska Home Magazine's summer issue. It will be on news stands in a few days, and when the online version is published, I will send out the link to all my friends and fans. You will find the article on pages 68 and 69.

10" x 8" oil on linen panel

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