Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Late October, Old Factory Road, Oranda, pastel, SOLD

A view from Old Factory Road near Oranda, Virginia, late October.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Into the Orchard, pastel, 9x12, $300

The apple orchard off Orndorff and Clary Roads near Strasburg. I've looked at this orchard and its setting many, many times throughout every season. This is my first attempt at portraying it.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Orndorff Road By the Orchard, pastel, 9x12 SOLD

The slanted light of a November afternoon can be dazzling in this part of Virginia.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Evening Sky, pastel, 9x12, 4300

Late Afternoon On Pine Grove Road, pastel, 9x12 $300

Autumn grasses glowing with the light of a setting sun.

Autumn Glory On Barn Owl Lane, pastel, 9x12

A spectacular oak tree on a little hidden lane. The late afternoon light had set it to glowing.

Last Light, pastel, 9x12

Field, mountain, sky. A simple landscape with the last rays of a setting sun highlighting a few fall grasses.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Cedar Creek Bluebells, pastel, 9x12, $300

Every spring the beautiful Virginia bluebells arrive, forming a sumptuous stream of heavenly blue color along the banks of Cedar Creek. A native ephemeral plant, the bluebells' blue-green leaves appear first, followed by the graceful stalks of nodding bell-shaped blossoms. Walking down to the creek to view them is always an event. The flowers bloom and linger only for a short time then the whole plant dies down by early summer and completely disappears until the next spring.

Monday, April 20, 2009

April 5, 5:30 p.m., Clary Road, pastel, 9x12, $200 matted, unframed

This old oak tree stands sentinel at the corner of Pine Grove and Clary Roads near Oranda. Its tall trunk and outstretched limbs fill the landscape. An early spring moon is visible in the sky while late afternoon shadows reach across the road.
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Spring Frost-Downing's Yard, pastel, 9x12, $275

A painting of a cedar tree in a neighbor's yard. It was an early spring morning with frost on the ground. The sun was just coming up and sending long, cool blue shadows across the ground.
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Spring Green on the Burned Field, pastel, 9x12,

This past winter our neighbor set fire accidentally to the field by his house. A huge swath of winter-dried grasses was burned off leaving the ground completely blackened. Nearby cedars were singed and scorched. As spring approached, the lovely little green shoots of new grass appeared making a dramatic contrast.
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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Turn-off to Home-Deer Rapids, pastel 10.5x13.5, SOLD

As dusk begins to fall, home and its comforts are just at the top of the turn off the main road.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Morning Clouds Over a Snowy Field-Oranda, pastel, 9x17.5, $275

Glowing with light from the early morning sun, a great bank of clouds floats over a snowy field. I think O'K sat with me during this one.
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Bleyler's Cedars, pastel, $300

A grove of cedar trees illuminated by the evening sun.
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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Bleyler's Tree Plus Two, pastel, 7.5 x 18, SOLD

A view of Bleyler's maple tree in the field plus two more in the yard.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Corner of Fort and High, Strasburg, pastel, 9x12, $275

This glorious Japanese maple tree caught my eye as it stood anchored in the sloping yard of an old home in town. I love the richness of the shadows it casts.
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Autumn's Light, pastel, 6 x 11, SOLD

A view of Bleyler's field on a bright November morning.
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November Rain-Bleyler's Field, pastel, 9x12, SOLD

A somber, overcast day in the field. The absence of sunlight and the misty atmosphere exposed the richly colored hues of the landscape.
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Untitled, pastel, 9x12, $200

Sometimes paintings happen all on their own. It's a true mystery. This one began as a closeup view of a brick building with an American flag flying from the porch. The building didn't work but the colors did, composing themselves instead into this warm, vibrant landscape.
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Clouds Above Bleyler's Tree, pastel, 10x18, SOLD

Bleyler's field remains a constant source of inspiration. That little tree situated in its little field depicts many moods.
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