Archive for January, 2011

“Duke” and “Barley” Sweethearts!

January 31, 2011

The dogs are out… Worked through the night and thrilled with the way these two crazy puppies have come arround. Don’t hold me to realism… It is all about emotion.

"Duke" mature, calm and collected!

"Barley" full of himself and ready to play!


Abstract got a little Easier

January 30, 2011

After putting it away for a while and then going back a new inspiration came over me and I returned to my favorite colors… The green at the bottom was not working but I let a little of it to show through.

I loved the colors across the top of the painting and worked to say that action. I am excited about where this painting has taken me today.

Abstract sill in work update 2... 36"X36" acrylic

The Dogs Are Out

January 29, 2011

I had to walk away from the abstract painting. Work on it only left me more frustrated yesterday.

I turned to two old friends. Duke and Barley were both on the list of paintings that were promised. So I turned to working on the dogs.

Duke is a grand old yellow lab, who passed away a few months ago. Barley is a “Wild and Crazy” young golden retriever.

I promised painting to both of their masters so bout time I get to working on them Look for progress over the next couple of days.

The backgrounds are going to change in color but I need to set the background to pin the puppy’s positions.

"Duke" 18"X18" acrylic work in progress 1

"Barley" 18"X18" acrylic in progress 1

It Isn’t Easy

January 28, 2011

Painting an abstract isn’t easy. For those of you that say it looks like something a child might do. Well very good point I wish I could paint like a child. To have the freedom not to be restricted by any rule and just let the paint flow. Some of my best works are done when I allow the brush to just react to the designs already on the canvas.

Well here is my latest abstract. It is not complete and the first photos of it were so bad I did not want to even share them with you. I feel I still have much to do to this painting and that means it may change significantly from what you see here. Since my paintings are based on emotion my attitudes change and how I approach this work today and tomorrow will be all together different from the way I worked on it yesterday.

"Abstract Part #1" 36"X36" acrylic still in the working process.

“Mission on the Turquoise Trail”

January 23, 2011

“Mission on the Turquoise Trail”, I just finished. Worked on this one all afternoon Saturday and into the night and early today..

It is a make-over of a very bad painting I did of it before. The old painting did not stand the test of time.

I love this little mission. It sits atop a small rise and is just outside an old ghost town. I have visited it many times, but never been inside. Oh well, next trip.

Amanda found music channels on the TV for me. I’m sitting here listen to the smooth Jazz station on the TV and drinking coffee… Very nice.

Glad she found those stations for me. Very calming… and good for my health!

Oh, if you compare this painting to the other two I have done … one thing that is really interesting is these were done similar but my abstract expression came through. They all are a little different in technique, but still all Peter Grant’s .. The one has more shadows and more realistic. One is more flatter and the last is very rough in it’s presentation.

Two of these paintings are to be auction off at the Huntsville Museum of Art, (Feb. 5, 2011) and the other is going into the Huntsville Art League show, Limelight Starting Feb 1 through Feb.27, 2011. The reception is the 11th. There is also a “First Friday Reception” on the 4th.

Busy month for me!

This one was fun to paint...

Mission Complete

January 22, 2011

And ready for the Huntsville Museum of Art Auction and fund-raiser.

"Taos Pueblo Mission" 30" X 30" acrylic Price $1,000

"San Francisco de Asis, Taos, NM" 30"X30" acrylic price $1,000

Second Mission Painting Underway

January 21, 2011

Work started this week on the second mission painting for the Huntsville Art Museum fund-raiser:

 The Women’s Guild

of the Huntsville Museum of Art


Even brighter oranges mission #2 is underway.



“Mission in Taos” Complete

January 18, 2011

I can do no more after putting a few details on the painting … I then studied it and decided to sign it. Now it is time to start the second painting. I have already looked at a few photos I have taken from new Mexico and have an idea what my next painting will be. I’m excited about starting to work on the new work.  Taos, New Mexico is a great and wonderful place!

"Taos Mission" 30"X30" is now completed

“Mission in Taos”

January 17, 2011

Work continues through the night on “Mission in Taos” Very close to completion.

Sometimes I like to work on my paintings with them lying flat on a table... color is applied straight from the tube to the brush and mixed on the canvas...

"Mission in Taos" near completion.

January 16, 2011