Dale Johnson Drawings & Paintings

12-3-2013

12-3-2013
Pastel and Oil on Canvas over Wood
60" x 61"

I am feeling like I am gaining ground with my abstractions.This is the most recent. I look forward to starting the next one.


10-31-2013

10-23-2013 
Oil and Pastel on Canvas over Wood
45" x 60"

8-31-2013

8-31-2013
Pastel on Canvas over Wood
45" x 39"

I do my drawing flat, on a table, and allow myself plenty of room to move around. Eventually I move to an easel, and finish the piece vertically, in the way it will hang.


8-23-2013

8-23-2013
Pastel and Oil on Canvas over Wood
37" x 41"

Combing pastel and oil on canvas gives two totally different textures a chance to compliment each other. I’ve been enjoying exploring the combination.


7-6-2013

7-6-2013 6

I see this painting being more influenced by my landscape studies than the other recent works on canvas. A subconscious landscape.  


8-12-2013

8-12-2013 
Pastel on canvas over Wood
37" x 41"

This piece is even more textural in real life. Exuberant even.


6-4-2013

6-4-2013

This is among my first forays into the combination of pastel and oil paint. I am now deep into this series, and loving it. I look forward to sharing these works together.


1-6-2013

Pastel On Canvas Over Wood
44" x 34"

Drawn during a cold spell (it didn’t get over freezing for several weeks). I draw these pastel abstractions laying flat on a table, and work without declaring a top or bottom until very near the end of the process, when I shift the canvas to an easel for the final touches.


9-30-2012

Pastel On Canvas Over Wood
17" x 21"

This is one of three landscapes on canvas I did in the fall of 2012. Each was a different size, and I did them one a day over a three day period. Shortly after these were drawn Winter hit Ohio hard, and I haven’t yet done an outdoor landscape in 2013 (as of 4-6-2013).


9-21-2012

8-21-2012
Patel on Canvas Over Wood
36" x 39"

Divisions, seasons, the changing of the light, the change of the air temperature… it’s all part of the moment.


9-21-2012

9-21-2012
Pastel on Canvas Over Wood
35" x 37"

I have been painting with pstels my entire adult life, and have developed a ground of canvas over wood gessoed with 180 grit aluminum oxide mixed in with a black gesso. I am after a mix of spaces, the real and the surreal. And I am after preserving the touch of the hand of the […]


9-16-2012

Pastel On Canvas Over Wood
17" x 22"

This late fall drawing of my back yard was done by candle light on my back porch. Somehow only having a vague idea of the color I’m holding can make for a nice surprise the next morning.


9-14-2012

Pastel On Paper
18" x 24"

A crisp fall afternoon, relaxing after a day spent carving. Leaves are gone, there is a light mist over the corn stubble in the field. The plowed ground becomes shadow.


9-11-2012

Pastel On Canvas Over Wood
18" x 24"

The walnut stands clear before the forest as the light fades from an ordinary day made extraordinary. It amazes me that I always see something new in the same scene, hundreds of sketches of my back yard later.


9-8-2012

Pastel On Canvas Over Wood
18" x 24"

This smallish drawing is one of a few landscapes on canvas I did fall 2012, between larger canvases. Works this size are done in one day, and are a way I clear myself between the abstractions. I like the immediacy of working this size.


9-4-2012

9-4-2012
Pastel on Canvas over Wood
37" x 39"

This rather surreal landscape is almost alone in my portfolio, not quite like anything else I’ve done.


9-2-2012

9-2-2012
Pastel on Paper
18" x 24"

Sometimes these simple sketches manage to capture time of day and time of year. They are a pleasure to make.


7-15-2012

7-15-2012
pastel on canvas over wood
40" x 45"

I feel like I’ve come along way with my canvases this last year. Still- I don’t dislike yesterday.


6-18-2012

6-18-2012
Pastel on Canvas Over Wood
17" x 38"

My daughter liked this one, and it fit in her first apartment, and that is where it hangs now. I love that.


6-8-2012

orange doesn't come out often... must have been a hot day

The summer of 2012 was a period of transition. I had begun the series of pastels on canvas over wood, and the technique of drawing flat on a table. I am still exploring these themes, and this piece still holds a place in my home.  


5-19-2012

5-19-2012
Pastel on Canvas Over Wood
17 1/2" x 30"

I have done only a few smaller works recently, and even fewer vertical compositions. I hope this piece finds exactly the right home.


5-15-2012

5-15-2012

This piece was a commission from a friend. Thanks Amy! The piece is framed in steel and installed.


5-3-2012

5-3-2012
Pastel on Canvas Over Wood
18" x 30"

Transitioning from paper for my pastels to canvas… a bit of work… this is an early example.


5-1-2012

5-1-2012
30" x 34"
pastel on canvas over wood

This is one of the first pieces I dis with pastels over a gessoed canvas over a wood substrate. I can draw and paint on the same canvas from here on out.