Red Willows

8×10, oil on masonite, $260

The palette here is bold and high in contrast. The deep greens are derived of Prussian Blue and Emerald Green. The red willows are a blend of WN Bright Red and Gamblin Mono Orange with a touch of Burnt Umber.

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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.

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