Oil Mountain Landscapes

August 26, 2010

Below are two oil paintings of mountain landscapes.   After Monte passed away, a large portion of his artwork was placed in storage without being recorded with photography.  In the near future those pieces will be photographed for possible future postings.

It is not known if these two paintings were sold or exist in the remaining, undocumented pieces.

During Monte’s oil painting days, it was not uncommon for people to pepper his immediate family with questions about what piece or subject he was currently working on.  And if one examines a handful of his oil works, there are a few where it can be seen how Monte struggled to finish the piece according to his own eye and had a very hard time getting the painting just right.

When Monte was still painting, it was common for him to touch up his oil works even after they were supposedly complete.  It was also common for him to comment how he wished he could get back previously sold pieces of artwork to “fix them” or comment on how the paintings still weren’t “finished” and he wished he could get them back to finish them.

When it came to Monte’s skills and perceptions of his art, he often would speak of how most artists could always see flaws in their pieces and even if those flaws were corrected, new flaws would be noticed and continue to irritate the artist.

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2 Responses to “Oil Mountain Landscapes”

  1. Jane said

    I understand the artist’s critical eye towards his or her own work. Do you consider these pieces needing correction? I certainly don’t.

  2. monteellis said

    In his eyes many of his pieces were never fully done and even years later when he would see them, he would recognize parts of them he wished he could have “corrected.”

    There is one paining that has not been posted yet where one can see on an area of the painting the trouble he had getting the composition just right. And if I recall correctly, he never did make the correction to his satisfaction.

    But one thing unique to Monte was his own criticism and dissection of his own pieces, even though others thought they were just fine.

    And to answer your question, on some occasions I have seen things in his artwork that could have used additional attention, but those things were most often related to early pieces and the artistic progression.

    I do remember one time when he kept studying a photograph on the cover an issue of National Geographic and detected something that was just not right in the cover image. I can’t recall how he figured it out or what it was, but later he learned the photographer did do something to enhance the image.

    As always, thank you for taking the time to follow this blog and for your comments.

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