January Thaw

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January Thaw.  8″x8″ oil on canvas panel board.  (Available at Daily Paintworks: $75.00)

After a brutal cold spell, things are starting to thaw out this week.  Walking my son to the school bus in 28-degree weather felt absolutely balmy yesterday morning!

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Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice.  8″x8″ oil on canvas panel board.  (Not for sale)

Back in December, I realized that I had been so focused on my Northern California series that I hadn’t painted any wintertime landscapes.  I started to feel guilty about that, so on December 21, I painted this dark and chilly scene in honor of the Winter Solstice.

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Northern California Series

For the past month or so, I’ve been working on a collaboration with my brother, Justin Pyatt.  He lives in an amazingly beautiful area of Northern California, north of San Francisco, not very far from wine country.  Justin frequently sends me photos from these epic mountain bike rides that he goes on all the time.  Well, I decided to start painting landscapes from his reference photos, and I’ll be continuing this series for awhile…I’m enjoying the landscape and the color palette, plus I think there is much for me to learn from these hills!  Thank you, Justin – you’re an amazing photographer, and these paintings would not exist without you!

The following paintings represent my work over the past month, and are available except where noted.

Crockett Hills, One Tree.  8″x10″ oil on canvas panel board. (SOLD!)

 

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Crockett Hills, Two Trees.  8″x10″ oil on canvas panel board.  $115.00

 

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Crockett Hills, Hills & Valleys Study.  8″x10″ oil on canvas panel board.  $115.00

 

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Crockett Hills, One Tree, Fall Study.  6″x6″ oil on canvas panel board.  $65.00

 

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Crockett Hills, One Tree, After Rain Study.  6″x6″ oil on canvas panel board.  $65.00

 

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Pacheco Pond.  8″x8″ oil on canvas panel board.  $95.00

 

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Pacheco Pond – Beyond the Pond.  8″x8″ oil on canvas panel board.  $95.00

 

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Round Pond in Autumn, Berkshires, Mini Study 1

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Oil on 4″x4″ canvas panel board.  $25.00

We were very lucky to stay in a beautiful cabin overlooking this lovely, peaceful pond over Columbus Day weekend.  The colors were gorgeous, and even when the sky clouded over, the changes in lighting made the colorful landscape that much more interesting!  I had a great time painting on-site, and I’m continuing to explore this abstract-leaning autumnal theme now that I’m back home in my studio.

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Clouds over a Fall Landscape, Mini Study

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Oil on 4″x4″ canvas panel board.  $25.00

On our drive out to the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts last week, the cloud formations were incredible.  The scene in this mini painting is inspired by those clouds and the fall landscape that we are so lucky to experience this time of year.  I’m thinking about using this as a study for a larger painting sometime down the road.

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Sadness and Hope of a Weeping Willow

Oil on 6″x6″ canvas panel board.  (Not available)

There is so much emotion wrapped up in weeping willow trees.  I’ve written about childhood memories of our old backyard willow tree.  Those are nice memories that take me to a happy place.  But there’s also an obvious inherent sadness to the weeping willow.  With all of the tragedies happening in our country these last few weeks, I’ve been finding comfort in painting these trees.  There is sadness, as the willow branches appear to “weep,” but there’s also hope in the bits of light that filter through the leaves and branches.

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Hanging On

Oil on 6″x6″ canvas panel board. (Not available)

Sometimes, leaves don’t want to let go of the warm weather either…despite the chilly fall days, these guys are hanging on, and don’t look ready to let go anytime soon.

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