Canyon Company

Oil

12x16 Inches

$1550



Inventory#: DBI-042

Flourishing

Oil

18x24 Inches

$3100



Inventory#: DBI-041

Evening Sparkles

Oil

11x14 Inches

$1450



Inventory#: DBI-040

Horse Play

Oil

35x36 Inches

$5950



Inventory#: DBI-036

Memory Grove

Oil

18x24 Inches

$3100



Inventory#: DBI-035

Morning Meditation

Oil

12x15 Inches

$1500



Inventory#: DBI-034

Yellows and Blues

Oil

9x12 Inches

$1250



Inventory#: DBI-025

Searching for Shade

Oil

18x24 Inches

$3100



Inventory#: DBI-026

Hidden Treasures

Oil

12x16 Inches

$1550



Inventory#: DBI-027

Just Add Water

Oil

30x40 Inches

$6600



Inventory#: DBI-029

Cruising

Oil

11x14 Inches

$1450



Inventory#: DBI-021

Rising to the Occasion

Oil

9x11

Sold

Self Portrait

Oil

9x12 Inches

$1250



Inventory#: DBI-020

Gearing Up

Oil

11x14

Sold

Court of the Patriarchs

Oil

35x50

Sold

Canyon Wall

Oil

10x8 Inches

$950



Inventory#: DBI-008

Obscured

Oil

11x14

Sold

Canyon Grazing

Oil

18x24

Sold

Doug Braithwaite

doug-painting-plein-air-400x313Painting for me, feels like composing and playing music. I look for rhythm and tempo created by the geometry of space. I think of tone and pitch when I work out the color and value relationships. I think of interpretation and feeling as I use my tools to manipulate the color atmospheres and spatial relationships.

I paint my life experiences. I paint the deserts, the pastoral landscapes, the mountains and the urban landscapes of winter, spring, summer and fall. I paint all the places I encounter as I travel. I am very interested in expressing what life is like here and now.

I often wonder what causes me to stop and take note of something long enough that I pull out my paints and attempt to express that feeling. Right now, it is an intuitive feeling that I think has to do with rhythm, space relationships, and maybe genetic triggers. I cannot always express in words what it is, but I feel something about it. I find that this emotion only happens when I am out in the landscape. When I look at photographs, I am not compelled in the same way.

While painting outside, I feel heat, cold, wind, sun, bugs, as well as the visual experience. All these emotions, I hope, are translated into my work. I do paint in my studio because larger paintings require more time, which is not something that is available when working plein air. While painting plein air, I take digital photos of the area with the idea that having had the experience and a pronounced memory because of the concentrated observations while working outside, I can then go back to the studio with my study, color and emotional reference, as well as the digital photos, and work on larger paintings that require longer efforts.

I have lived in the suburbs all my life, but I have spent a lot of time exploring the western states. Plein air painting is a religious experience for me. In my contemplations of the big picture and how everything has come to be, I try to see and paint the relationship between our modern life and life before all the conveniences of our world came to be.  The visual landscape stirs my soul in ways that I can only hope to express. I experience the landscape as both beautiful and as a place that is uncaring, unfeeling and hostile. It is that combination of feelings that makes this subject so interesting.  My experiences outside somehow give me a glimpse of life before air conditioning. I see a causational relationship between the beautiful but harsh environment and our modern world–why we live in houses, drive cars, or talk on phones. Like somehow the experiences that our ancestors had as they lived and evolved in this landscape influence our very thoughts and feelings today in ways that we do not always understand or acknowledge. The necessity to survive has caused us to become intelligent and inventive, and by working through the environmental challenges, we have become who we are today.  Painting the landscape, for me, is about awe, wonder and learning respect. It is also about understanding and recognizing our efforts to exist and flourish.

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