The Night Vision series is based on photographs taken with my trail camera. Trail cameras have motion-activated sensors and use infra-red light to take photographs without human intervention, day or night. I place the camera in various areas around the farm to see the wildlife that we know is here, but that we rarely see during the day. Taking pictures in this passive way feels like... fishing with light. Translating the photographs to paintings allows me to improve the composition, change the format and size, and see if I can create beautiful, interesting images using color so subtle that it appears the images are black, white and gray.  In this series I'm experimenting with a combination of various blacks straight from the tube, as well as blacks mixed from dark blues, browns, violets, greens, purples, oranges and reds. (Later note: after the first three images, I stopped using "tube blacks," finding mixed optical blacks to have much more depth and visual appeal, to me.)

The Night Vision paintings were shown at the James Watrous Gallery in Madison, WI, in July and August of 2016. That was a wonderful experience in so many ways.

 

Night Vision 2013 - 2019 

Snow Pack
Snow Pack

Oil on panel 12" x 16" 2019

One
One

Oil on panel 12" x 16" 2019

The Possum
The Possum

Oil on panel 12" x 14" 2017

Ghost Deer
Ghost Deer

Oil on panel 6" x 6" 2013 (sold)

Doe
Doe

Oil on panel 6" x 6" 2013 (sold)

Buck
Buck

Oil on panel 6" x 6" 2014 (sold)

Three
Three

Oil on panel 23 1/4" x 33 1/2" 2014

Secret Meeting of the Gingers
Secret Meeting of the Gingers

Oil on panel 42 1/4" x 54" 2014 (sold)

Detail-Secret Meeting of the Gingers
Detail-Secret Meeting of the Gingers

Oil on panel 42 1/4" x 54" 2014

Fast Deer
Fast Deer

Oil on panel 14" x 14" 2014

Exhausted, Elderly Horse, Trying to
Exhausted, Elderly Horse, Trying to

Lie Down, and Failing Oil on panel 42" x 48" 2015

Giraffe Deer
Giraffe Deer

Oil on panel 12" x 16" 2015 (sold)

Cartoon-y Deer
Cartoon-y Deer

Oil on panel 6" x 6" 2015

Stormy Night: Lean-To
Stormy Night: Lean-To

Oil on panel 42" x 54" 2015

Detail, Stormy Night: Lean-To
Detail, Stormy Night: Lean-To

Oil on panel 42" x 54" 2015

Raccshmoon
Raccshmoon

Oil on panel 6" x 6" 2015

Twins
Twins

Oil on panel 42" x 48" 2015 (sold)

Mouse in House in House
Mouse in House in House

Oil on panel 6" x 6" 2015

Skedaddlin' Skunk
Skedaddlin' Skunk

Oil on panel 6" x 6" 2015 (sold)

Time Lapse Tangle
Time Lapse Tangle

Oil on panel 43 1/2" x 53 1/2" 2016

Detail, Time Lapse Tangle
Detail, Time Lapse Tangle

Oil on panel 43 1/2" x 53 1/2" 2016

Detail, Time Lapse Tangle
Detail, Time Lapse Tangle

Oil on panel 43 1/2" x 53 1/2" 2016

Detail, Time Lapse Tangle
Detail, Time Lapse Tangle

Oil on panel 43 1/2" x 53 1/2" 2016

Squirrel
Squirrel

Oil on panel 6" x 6" 2016 (sold)