The Bluegrass Painter Blog


More Big Sky Inspiration

Skiing is a way of life there, so how could I resist trying to grab the action. The next two images are my attempt at capturing skiers knee deep in powder.


Cotton Candy
9x12 watercolor on Yupo 



On Edge
9x12 watercolor on Yupo 




Grizzly on Yupo 

I haven't used Yupo paper for a while, but did pack a pad in with my painting supplies for a family visit to Big Sky, Montana. This change of scenery moved me to experiment a bit and after a few days of pencil sketching I broke out the Yupo and the watercolors.  We spent a day in Yellowstone National Park viewing wildlife and though we didn't see a grizzly bear, something motivated me to do this one that I call "Waking Up".


"Waking Up"
watercolor on Yupo 



If you Like Great Art Galleries, You'll Like Big Sky, Montana 

Primarily known for its skiing and fly fishing, Big Sky need not take a back seat when being judged for the quality of art galleries.

The walkable shopping area known as "The Meadow" includes  eight fine galleries, three of which are under the Creighton Block Gallery umbrella. I've made several visits to the Creighton Block Galleries over the last three years and each time I came away impressed with not only the quality of their art but how well each gallery is staged.

Gallery owners, Colin Mathews and Paula Craver, brought the Creighton Block Gallery to Big Sky Town Center on New Year's Eve, 2010 and have grown  to their current three galleries that feature art of varied media from all over the west.  IMG_3033




The volume of fine, high quality, art from contemporary to classic realism, from digital to bronze to wood is much too large for us to begin to scope.   For a better representation, visit this gallery on line at  I think you'll be as impressed as we were.


Functional Use for a Painting 

Last year, I was commissioned to create a piece of art that could physically be separated in order to cover a wall mounted television.  Experts in home entertainment developed a mechanism that covered the flat screen and then allowed any mounted material to separate exposing the screen for viewing. All I had to do was create a piece of art that could meet their specifications regarding height and width. Here are photos of the finished, installed work.


Panel Closed



Panel Open


This weekend is another opportunity to visit my studio during the Mountain Maryland Art Sale and Tour.  It will be the last open studio of the year for me.  The weather looks much better this weekend than last, and I thought these photos might encourage a drive through our county.   We're open 11-5 Saturday and Sunday.  Hope to see you! 

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