Wednesday, August 26, 2015


This painting I've been working on the past couple of days. Its a 22x20 in size and most likely needs something more, but I just can't think about what after spending the last few days on it. I'll need to set it aside and see; hopefully something will pop out at me.

Tomorrow I'll be driving up to a cabin outside of Afton, Wyoming. Nick's brother has a place he build in the mountains and said we could us it to paint from.  Robert Duncan, Bryce Liston and possibly Rick Graham might be joining us for three days of plein air painting in the countryside up there. It should be a fun trip to get out with those guys. I always learn something from painting on location.

Richard Boyer

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Back from Kansas and we had a really good time out there visiting my sister, parents and other family members. I thought it would be hot and muggy, but actually it was a little cooler than Salt Lake City. the humidity picked up the last day and I could see where that might drive you crazy. We did a lot of ATV driving around on the empty fields. Their neighbor owns 76 acres and they just finish bailing all the hay which they just left all around.  It really added to the scenery and would be worthy of painting. I kept thinking of Monet and his haystack paintings. As for the ATV driving, my daughter loved tearing around the haystacks. She even tried her luck at stick-shifting my sisters jeep out on the open grass. Hopefully the farmer won't mind all the skid marks left behind.

After showing this image to the Howard/Mandville Gallery, they were not too impressed with the forklift, they saw it with the city road crew workers as well and felt it would be a hard sale.  So I took everything out and put in a bus, now everyone is happier.

Richard Boyer

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


So this painting I had the road workers in and changed them out yesterday for a more nondiscript padestrian view.

Now I think the viewer shouldn't be bothered with workers on the road. The forklift I liked, so that will stay, it adds a nice element to the lighter background.

Richard Boyer

Monday, August 17, 2015


I went back into this one and added a figure down on the right side. It needed something down there, so the red umbrella helps. I also played up some of the reflections on the left side as well.

The 24x28 I also finished up with the road and tracks, playing around a little with the reflections. I used a pallet knife with a lot of the light areas to bring up the texture some more.. I kept the painting in a yellow light to try and harmonize the piece.

This 24x24 has gone through some changes. Originally I thought the forklift on the left side would be enough to carry the painting, or to balance off the painting, but it wasn't. It needed something more, so I figured a few workers in there would help, maybe to balance off the painting. 

After thinking about it, who would buy a painting of city road workers? So I'm changing them out, asking them to clean up the mess and exit the painting. I'll go for some people walking along a wider sidewalk on the left; trying to keep it all dark and loose so they won't be too defined.

Richard Boyer

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


I worked some more on the smaller 24x24; adding lights to the left side and bringing them down into the bottom of the painting. Its still going to need some more work on the reflections, I put them in rather fast to get an idea of how it will look.  The composition would improve more with the cafe lights more defined on the left, maybe bringing them up a little higher.

Richard Boyer

Saturday, August 8, 2015


I needed break from the other San Francisco piece, so I put that aside and started this 24x24 of Portland.  I liked the stormy sky in this one with the lights of the train coming down the road. I'll need some cafe lights either right or left of the road, so those will come into the next painting session.  The other painting I was getting tired of, things were not working the way I wanted them to with the reflections. That told me the best plan was to set it aside for a few days and look at it agin with a fresh eye. Who knows maybe working on this one will give me ideas for the other?

Yesterday they had the fifth day on the Tour of Utah bike race. This race is gaining in popularity with more and more countries entering in the event, similar to the Tour de France. This stretch was around the Avenues, where we live. All the roads were closed from 4:30 - 7:00 in and out of the Avenues so they could race around us in a big loop. The course was set up with some steap hill climbs and fast downhills. Seven times around was equal to 55 miles and so far its Canada in first. 

Today is the big race from Park City up over Guardsman's pass at 10,000. feet then down big Cottonwood Canyon and up Little Cottonwood Canyon. The course is 110 miles with a total elevation gain of 13,000 feet: not for the faint of heart.

Richard Boyer

Thursday, August 6, 2015


I finished off the large 40x40 painting; well at least until the critique session tonight. I might get some more input on a few things to change. I do like the angle of being at 10,000. feet with the morning light.  I was just thinking how lucky I was to get that shot, normally 9 times out of 10, London would be overcast or covered over in smog. I would love to do this to a few more well known cities, but the logistic would be next to impossible with the weather, right angle to the light and time of day. Maybe if I had my own helicopter?!

Next on the list was this piece. I painted in some of the buildings and worked on the road with tracks down the middle. Its going to need a few more sessions on it to bring it to life, but when done it should look real good with the reflections.

Richard Boyer