8×10, oil on masonite, NFS

This was a late winter day, leaning to spring. This is Clear Creek, just below State Highway 36, which runs out of Boulder. The sun was warm, but shadows were chilly. I'd hiked a few hundred yards from the road to find this spot.

In this one, I used a scrape off technique, similar to something Sargent and others used to do. By removing the paint, one exposes some of the white gesso underneath, while leaving a stain to imply leaves and branches. This gives the illusion of space and light. I often use this technique for winter trees.

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About Don Barnes

For me, there has always been some kind of art. As a youngster and teen it was drawing. In time I turned to music. I've kept that up, but painting has become a more common form of expression for me now. The Rockies and big blue skies of Colorado offer new inspiration all the time. My biggest challenge is making enough time to keep up.

My approach to painting is to begin as though this piece were a gift. Each painting is prepared and refined as if for a close friend. This, I think, brings a rare intimacy to my work.

 A few years ago I began experimenting with pallet knives. I enjoyed the clean strokes and sense of immediacy that they can offer. Over time, I've developed techniques which allow me to present both abstract and representational works.