Monday, February 23, 2009

Before and After photo Reference

After I posted the last painting, there seemed to be some confusion as to whether I'd become an abstract expressionist, so I thought I'd post both the photo reference and the painting side by side so you can see what I'm up to.

I generalized some of the information, but i think the foreground rock in particular is pretty observant of the source material. These are meant to be portraits of specific rock formations from photos I've taken myself--I'm not sure how successful I've been, but that's the general aim.


  1. Really beautiful. Nature really does have the most interesting compositions.

  2. Thanks! I had fun with this but its a really new direction for me.

  3. Anonymous6:38 AM

    Very nice! Quite an interesting new direction to move into, when considering that of your older works (which I really dug!). Hoping it proves beneficial to you in the long run and wish you all the best in this particular direction.

    If interested, I have made a new (and lenghty) update on the Grimes fan site ( Added Rick's first published drawing (circa 1973), among other interesting stuff.