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"Brilliance" - 2.5" x 3.5" oil painting

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"Brilliance" 2.5" x 3.5"  oil on archival primed card stock Contact 55 Main Gallery
Another miniature sunset added to the series!

Adventures in Painting Cotton

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"Cotton Field" 8" x 8" oil on gesso board


In November I will be participating in a show in Bisbee, AZ that is in celebration of the Heather Green Studio's 2nd Anniversary since opening.  The show theme is called "Cotton Anniversary" and although the gallery is open to all media, subject and style with the only rule being it must have the dimensions of 12" x 12", I really wanted to try and paint cotton. I don't have a lot of background or relationship with cotton as a plant and I was curious and challenged by the idea of painting it. As it turned out, cotton harvest here in Arizona is in the month of October, so Luke and I set out in search of a cotton field so I could collect some reference photos and also get to know the cotton plants. We were very fortunate to find an amazing and perfect field in a nearby town and our timing couldn't have been better as they were in the process of harvesting right at that moment! I actually fell in …

Haunted House 6" x 8" oil painting

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"Haunted House" 6" x 8" oil on canvas panel wooden frame $110.00 + shipping www.kaiathomas.com

I came across this abandoned house in New Mexico during our return trip. I love forgotten homesteads such as this - they look to me to be so saturated with history they are sagging from the weight of it. It has been named Haunted House because everyone in my family keeps referring to it as such. It stuck...not to mention it's the right time of year for a name like that:)

"Playground of the Ancients"

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" Playground of the Ancients" 24" x 30" o/c
    My latest project has been painting a rock landscape series. This painting is the first in the series.
This series is being done from field studies and photo reference taken over the last few years. This place is one of my all time favorite spots to hike and hang out in. It is part of the Chiricahua mountain range located here in Southeastern Arizona and only a short distance from where I live. I have been visiting this magical spot for over two decades (okay, that just made me feel old - lol).  Here are some photos I took during the painting's progression - enjoy!
 Underpainting....

 Adding darkest darks and lightest lights...

 See the small original field study?...

 Boulders are nearly complete...

The pose...lol...