Better Days

Better Days

Neal Philpott
Oil on Canvas
16 x 32 x 1.5 inches (L x W x D)
The inspiration for this painting was the challenge to see if I could get the lighting just right. Nestled between two rises of land lay this little homestead, quietly existing in rural Idaho. To me, it conveyed a sense of continued hope that seemed to enliven the everyday feel of life and make it seem special. The light seemed to be everywhere and no where at the same time. There were no sharp shadows or highlights to be had. I realized that without direct sunlight, everything was of a medium value and color. I think that's what was made this view uniquely compelling to me. Where some may see a scene of mostly flat grays, I saw color harmony. To get the mood I was after, I had to carefully craft my oil paint mixtures to achieve balance among all the subtle color differences colors. 

Clear Creek

Clear Creek

Neal Philpott
Oil on Canvas
36 x 54 x 1.5 inches (L x W x D)
I was drawn to paint this creek feeding into the Umpqua River in Oregon because of the transparency of the water. It was so clear as to be invisible. I liked how the stream was quietly flowing even though movement was imperceptible. The inspiration to paint this stream came from the challenge of trying to render the busyness of the colors, patterns, and contrasts of the surrounding foliage and trees in comparison to the calmness of the water. I liked how the shadows of trees outside of the image cast perpendicular shadows across the view. I had everything in play here—warm and cool colors, soft and sharp edges, high- and low-key color—all balanced against an interesting composition. I decided to paint this scene on a large canvas because you needed to be engulfed with the detail to fully experience the feeling of being deep in the woods.

Fallen Tree

Fallen Tree

Neal Philpott
Oil on Canvas
26 x 54 x 1.5 inches (L x W x D)
I came across these fallen trees on Lookout Mountain on a bright sunny day. Bleached white by the sun and wind at 6,000 feet, they seemed like a unique slice of nature. These big bare trees reflected the deep blues of the sky in a wonderful array of blues from across the spectrum. This was a good challenge to paint because of the subtleties between the different blues balanced against the white limbs spread all akimbo through the scene. I also liked the textural effects on the wood itself so this view had several key elements to attract the eye.

Lichen Lights

Lichen Lights

Neal Philpott
Oil on Canvas
24 x 44 x 1.5 inches (L x W x D)

Neighbor's Drive

Neighbor's Drive

Neal Philpott
Oil on Panel
22 x 26 x 1.5 inches (L x W x D)

New Spring

New Spring

Neal Philpott
Oil on Canvas
28 x 30 x 1.5 inches (L x W x D)

On Top

On Top

Neal Philpott
Oil on Panel
8 x 10 x 1.5 inches (L x W x D)
This tiny little painting seems slightly voyeuristic because it seemed like I was looking through a window to another time. It’s small, it’s quaint and it’s so hometown USA. I was inspired to paint this landscape was because of the elegant design quality of its composition, especially the strong line between the upper and lower half of the painting and how the road leads up to the farmhouse nestled in the trees. I loved how the warm green stripe in the middle contrasted against the cool green foreground, which reflected more of the light  blue of the sky.

Pacific Forest

Pacific Forest

Neal Philpott
Oil on Canvas
30 x 40 x 1.5 inches (L x W x D)
Pacific forests are full of mystery and intrigue. Many of the most accessible trails and roads are around water, waterfalls, rivers, and creeks. When I turned corner on this trail, I was struck by how light came from the right and placed a bright band across the moss on the rocks and trees and contrasted to great effect this wonderful deep forest scene. I enjoyed building on the inherent contrast between the yellow band of light with the purple tinged trees, and I helped it along with my choice of glazes and details to give depth to the image until you could just feel the moistness in the air.

Snow Country

Snow Country

Neal Philpott
Oil on Canvas
46 x 50 x 1.5 inches (L x W x D)
I love the contrasting views on this road in Idaho. You can see the difference that water and light make on the landscape. The slow melting snow waters the north facing sides of the mountains provide for growing a forest and the south facing side is barren because it melted too fast. This view was especially engaging because of the different types of contrast it held. There’s complementary colors, there’s light and shadow and there’s soft and hard edges. All of this was contained beyond banded foreground that elicited my eye to inspect it closer. Remarkably there’s plenty to see and ponder.

Snowmelt Spring Falls

Snowmelt Spring Falls

Neal Philpott
Oil on Canvas
38 x 54 x 1.5 inches (L x W x D)
These falls were jewel like in their reflections. I was inspired by trying to recreate the sparkle of the falling water. While I could have used a common green throughout I chose instead to make lots of unique greens using transparent iron oxide, lemon yellow and a range of blues.

Spring Promise

Spring Promise

Neal Philpott
Oil on Canvas
12 x 36 x 1.5 inches (L x W x D)
Landscape views are plentiful and beautiful in the Pacific Northwest. Right around the corner from where I live are acres and acres of farmland and rural countryside just ripe for the picking of images to paint. Spring Promise is one of those views that promises spring will come again and all is right with the world. I was inspired to paint this view because of the strong contrast of newly flowered trees caught in the bright light and how it contrasted against the shadows of the mature forest behind it. I liked the show of man’s hand in the tractor wheel marks that helped to illustrate the undulation of the land. I utilized complementary glazes to make the shadowy trees more purple and gold to make the field jump out in front of it subsequently giving more visual depth between the two.

Vineyard Road

Vineyard Road

Neal Philpott
Oil on Canvas
20 x 40 x 1.5 inches (L x W x D)