The first sketch, a 5x7 oil, I did primarily because I was interested in the mystery of the shadows. I really zoomed in for this one, focusing on the interplay of light and shadow.
Shadow Mystery (sketch) - 5x7 oil - $60 - contact Michael
The second, a 12x9 oil, I did because it had been remarked to me that I haven't done any painting with a knife lately. Working with a knife gives me cleaner color and interesting texture. Also, because I'm working in a small format, it's hard to render detail, but easy to maintain the integrity of simple shapes. By the way, when I paint with a knife, I like to start my block-in with a brush - it gets things going faster. For both images, I've left the file size large so you can zoom in for the juicy details.
Snow in the Shadows (sketch) - 12x9 oil - $150 - contact Michael
I have some workshop updates for you. There are only TWO spaces left in my four-day plein air workshop with the Sedona Arts Center, April 2-5. This workshop runs four full days and is for all levels, all media. And I have only ONE space left in my Grand Canyon advanced-level plein air workshop, April 26-29. Sign up now!