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Winter Glow

October 30th, 2012

This work was inspired by the need to produce a painting that gives the illusion of winter wile exhibiting warmth. Hints of snow on the foreground pine beaus and aspen branches provide the viewer with just enough information to make the case. The mid... 

Standing before nature attempting to capture its essence humbles the creative mind. After all your looking Creation right in the face. How in this state of mind does one capture what is seen? Keep in mind that what is seen is light with its amazing c... 


January 20th, 2012

Lavender, Always wonderful to have an opportunity to get involved with a creative project and last week I was contacted to look at painting a series of murals for a local hospital. Fortunately the subject mater is exactly what I love to do. After ... 

Fall color in mid day light

October 1st, 2011

Fall color in mid day light, For years I practiced not using color straight from the tube; that is to say no white or neutralizing. Needless to say you can find your self in unfamiliar territory using full strength pigment especially with a limite... 

Night Flowers

August 20th, 2011

Night Flowers, Some times I paint the same way I cook, what ever is in the fridge goes in the pot. A stew can be a wonderful meal of acquired ingredients all mixed together in a great tasting sauce. Pulling out old painting techniques and combinin... 

Owyhee Picture Jasper

July 17th, 2011

Last week I took a few days off from work and home chores. Not having seized the opportunity to paint plein air for way to long I loaded the truck with provisions and took off. I met up with my friends Jed and Von. Their home is located 50 feet from ... 

Light and Silhouette

May 23rd, 2011

Silhouette would not be known without light. Because of light everything seen is in silhouette. Of course nether would exist in our human consciousness without out sight. The universe is abundant with light and it is also vastly very full of dark... 

The panorama composition

May 15th, 2011

The panorama composition has long been a favorite. Both horizontal and vertical panels are common in my studio. It lends itself to the vast expanses of sky and mountain shapes that dominate the Pacific North West I call home. The long and narrow is o... 


May 8th, 2011

Miniatures These miniature oils each 4 inches x 6 inches are a variation on a theme using a limited palette of Indian red, yellow ocher, cobalt blue and white. Each 4 inch x 6 inch study was completed in 30 to 45 minutes. The original grouping co... 

Painting in pairs

April 26th, 2011

Last week at the studio I decided to have some fun and just attack the panel with rich expressive colors. I found myself thinking about my favorite elements....... mountains, water, and a fast moving sky. The top image was actually my favorite and ha... 

Pushing The Color

April 9th, 2011

Studio painting south rim Grand Canyon 24 x 48 oil on panel (titled ham and cheese) Pushing the color, Last week I was inspired to paint a view taken from around Moab Utah. This week I decided I would remain in the south west and revisit the ... 

The time question?

April 3rd, 2011

The time question? I get asked the time question a lot, how long did it take you to paint that? My reply varies but usually my responce is, its more important for me as an artist to know when a painting is finished then how long it took to paint... 


March 27th, 2011

Nocturne oil on panel 24 x 24 by Len Sodenkamp One of my favorite painters is Fredrick Remington (1861-1909) his magnificent nocturnes marked an important new direction for the celebrated illustrator, writer, and sculptor of the American vanishin... 

By removing a primary from the palette the artist is forced to become more intimate with the two remaining primaries. In the image example yellow was left off the palette in a effort to better understand Indian red, another of the iron oxide group an... 

The image shows my painting about half completed. The palette was made up of burnt sienna, yellow ocher, cobalt blue and white. You can create amazing paintings with very simple palettes implementing neutral/natural grays. Mix equal amounts of cobalt... 

Shoshone Falls Snake River Plateaus Idaho oil 24 x 49 inches Painting oil in an impressionistic style is painting on fast forward. Things happen so fast sometimes you have to be able to recognize those perfect single brush strokes that jump off th... 

Creative Stuff

September 4th, 2010

Try an exercise using one cool, one warm color and white. This is your pallet. I recommend cobalt blue and yellow ochre because of the rich natural grays it produces. Start by mixing 75% cobalt with 25% yellow ocher. I like to use oil so what ever me... 

The Creative stuff

September 4th, 2010

All too often I hear someone say I havenít got a creative bone in my body. Think about that statement-----------first every aspect of the body is the very essence of creation especially the bones. These folks forgot they came from the Cosmic Reality ... 

The Creative Stuff

August 21st, 2010

To have a creative thought and then act on it is the mind moving through solution into form. Over a span of 61 years Iíve come to understand how amazing this process is and give humble thanksgiving for it. Thoughts are energy simple as that. Firs...