Twilight on the Colorado
- Red Canyons
- Indian Summer
- Desert Rules
Road to Sedona
- Red Canyon, Lander
- Two in the Bush
- Castle Tower
Dead Horse Autumn
- Pelicans Rising
- Canyon Jewel
- What's Left
Temple of Sinawava
- Stalking Cougar
- Early Risers
- Moab Blues
- Bryce Canyon
- Soaring the Colorado
- Walking Wild
- Teton Dawn
- Hovering Specter
Castle Valley Thunder
Dead Horse Winter
High Desert Summer
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Oil Paintings: 1970-2023
HOW. Life Navigation for people who think.
Hardback & Paperback available - Digital Version for less than a milkhake...
A new German Language blog post
English translation via Google
available at the bottom of the webpage
2019: Announcing a new Video:
Oil painting techniques
with R. Geoffrey Blackburn on Colour In
Oil painting techniques and tutorial for beginners or artists of all ages and skills. In this fine art TV show episode, R. Geoffrey Blackburn is interviewed by Put Some Colour In Your Life host and Master Artist, Graeme Stevenson. Now in its 18th season, is a television series that spans the globe. Its mission: to build a library of the minds of artists to preserve a digital record of creative spirit, culture and techniques for future generations- Please visit: https://www.colourinyourlife.com.au/
Artist Colors Material Award for Landscape in Oil Award
Salmagundi Open Painting Sculpture & Graphics
The Salmagundi Club, NYC, NY
2017 Announcing a new line of fashion:
R. Geoffrey Blackburn Collection
In early 2017 I was approached by a San Francisco Fashion Design, firm VIDA, that had a very cool idea: use various artist's artwork on ultra high- quality, high-fashion women's apparel manufactured in exotic locations. Seemed like a winner to me provided the finished product was actually as awesome as my own art (modesty-be dammed). Ever the O.C.D. skeptic, I approached this very slowly. I tried a few designs, then I purchased a couple of things, then couple more and could not believe it! Actually AWESOME!. Seriously. Check it out.
2016-2017: First Place Special Recognition
Manhatten Arts International "New Beginnings Exhibitions"
2014 Awarded Best Landscape
International Guild of Realism
9thAnnual Juried Exhibition
at the Robert Lange Studios,
American Art Collector (October Edition)
Realism" article (Pgs. 158-160)
2023 - Still vertical...
Why I do Western Landscape and Red Rock Paintings:
"I have always been fascinated by the incredible diversity
and often unearthly beauty of the western United States.
I have hiked over various Western mountains and deserts prospecting
for gold, silver and uranium. I have also been a ski racer and
a ski instructor and so I am enamored with both alpine and desert
landscapes in all seasons. Some of my earliest paintings
were of lakes and mountains, prospectors, cowboys and skiers
(the latter, usually rendered in electric colors). But when
I first visited Moab, Canyonlands and Arches (in Utah), I was
truly smitten–artistic juices flowing! The geological marvels
I encountered there just blew me away! I could have been on
another planet! From that point on, Western landscape paintings
particularly, red rock paintings have dominated my art.
While my friends were wearing suits hunkered down in offices,
I was lucky enough to spend more than a decade prospecting and
exploring this or that Western landscape and of course, also
producing paintings of many of the scenes I prospected .
Even as Al Dart, my business partner and I trekked the outback prospecting, drilling, staking claims and doing deals, I also continued with my art, sketching and photographing along the way. Between forays to our various properties I would return to my studio and create paintings. If I had a thousand life times, I could never begin to paint even a fraction of the wonders I have seen. I was so inspired, that along with the numerous Western landscape paintings I produced, I even created and patented a new user-interactive art form/medium. This, in an effort to find yet another way to capture some of the amazing Western landscapes I had experienced. These earliest efforts focused on red rock themes-incorporating imagery inspired by from some of my red rock paintings. Since the late 1970's I have focused almost entirely on creating Western landscape paintings with a strong emphasis on desert and red rock canyon landscapes from around the Moab area. This area is very special to me as it is where so much of our mining property was located and our operations were based. In the last several years I have widened my focus to create landscape paintings of other Western vistas in Arizona and Wyoming.
In my paintings, I try to create a scene the way you might remember it as opposed to the way it really is. I want you to be able to go into the scene and explore the various spaces–to feel like you are actually there. I want you to see something new every time you look at one of my paintings. The tight detail in my work makes this possible. With looser more "painterly" work, you are stopped at the surface of the painting. I tend to use a lot of glazes that is to say, I paint "thin"– using very little paint, layering thin transparent colors on top of each other to achieve the desired effect. This approach lets you look into the paint.
I'm a geezer now, so there won't be many more Western landscape paintings flowing out of my brush. As of this writing, I am currently working on the last five of what I had planned on being my last six red rock paintings. Twilight on the Colorado was the first of this last set of red rock landscape paintings completed in Dec. 2013, all started the same week in November 2012. Since it usually takes hundreds of hours to complete one of my paintings it will be no surprise that I don't expect to have the last of them done until late 2015. As I am painting them in rotation- a week or two on this one and then on to the next one and so on, they are all well on the way. After this, I am hoping to explore some other subjects and do some less traditional figurative paintings (unleashing my inner surrealist persona) and get back to working in my "new art form". Along the way, I will also be working on my book, "How" , basically, a creative primer—a step-by-step guide on how to create literally anything. Stay tuned...."
R. Geoffrey Blackburn
Member of :
International Guild of Realism (IGOR)