Top is a closer shot of the foothills of Mt. Rose. I grew up wandering around a lot of that area, so I'm filled with fond memories as I paint this. The bottom shot shows my Tuesday morning progress. Tomorrow, foreground and by Friday I hope to post the finished piece...Enjoy!
I'm spending my mornings working on this painting that I'll be placing in a new gallery that's opening soon (watch for more info). I thought I'd post my progress for the next few days. This is what my little corner of the world looks like at about 5:45 am. This is about four hours progress, I'll post close-up tomorrow...Enjoy!
The other day when I was driving home I was noticing how cool it looked with this spring storm blowing in with the turbulent, threatening clouds hanging over the hills that were still basking in the sunlight. I thought the contrast was quite nice...Enjoy!
I'm really intrigued by these little rock outcroppings that "grow" everywhere here on this side of the Sierras. The color contrast and light contrast makes for some real great painting subjects if you ask me...Enjoy!
One of the greatest things about still-lifes is that you get to totally control the light and the composition unlike plein air painting where the light is constantly shifting and things may not have grown where they would make an ideal composition and you have to move them around on the canvas. I kind of like that control, but I like getting out as well...Enjoy!
I love artichokes and now that they are in season I hope to be eating a lot more of them. Of course, they are still a little on the expensive side right now, so before I ate these I painted them...Enjoy! (I did!)
The title of this painting comes from a song by a group out of the sixties called, "It's a Beautiful Day". I know, there's a clue for you, I'm that old! I have this on vinyl, so there you have it! Anyway, I don't even remember what the song is about really, but that title came to mind when I was looking for a name for this little painting that my daughter posed for because the strong, top directional lighting caused her beautiful eyes to be so much in shadow I wasn't able to paint them...Enjoy!
It really feels good to do some more portrait work. My daughter and her dog posed for this one and I'm really happy with it. It's currently not for sale though I'm thinking of entering it in a competition. Please feel free to comment on it it! You can see a larger version with more commentary here. Enjoy!
I'm back! Sorry for the break, but I had to get caught up on a lot of things, which I kind of am now. This is the last of my Tahoe stuff, for now. This piece is currently featured in the ACR show and is available for sale there. If you aren't local and are interested in this painting, please email me... Enjoy!
Hello, my name is Mike Callahan, and invite you to sign-up for my free newsletter. Thanks for your interest and I look forward to sharing my work with you in the upcoming months and years!
Please visit my official website for more information. Please feel free to e-mail me if you like.
ps, I completely value and respect your privacy, your submitted email address will never be shared with anyone, period, and you are free to unsubscribe at any time.