February 18, 2017

Contemplative Art: 10 Stunning Works.

“Today’s Plein air painting of fog looming over the foothills. Toward the end, the oil began to freeze a bit, as the temperature hovered at 23°F (-5°C). The fog stuck around just long enough for me to record it in paint.” ~ Remington Robinson

Plein air painting is a form of concentrative meditation to me.

I explore how humanity touches the spaces we share: the urban environments in which we live, and the natural world that we either cherish, protect or destroy.

I hope that the viewers will depart from my work with a renewed sense of hope about the world—with a feeling of a more genuine connectedness to nature and reality.


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Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche on Dharma Art, and the Art of Life.

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Freshly completed plein air painting “Bluebird Winter Flatirons”, oil on panel, 18″ x 24″. This was a two day plein air painting, which I was only able to work on for about an hour and a half each day due to lighting conditions. Today, on day three, I went back to take this photo, and as soon as I had set up the (still wet) painting, a rogue gust of wind sent it face down into a gravelly snow bank! Also, all my turpentine spilled, and one of my tripod legs bent. I spent about 45 minutes restoring the painting to nearly its original state, and learned my lesson: make sure the easel is secure FIRST THING! I guess things could have been worse. Monet once was painting in a storm under some cliffs next to the sea, and a rogue wave came up and carried him and all of his things into the sea, nearly killing him!

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