Friday, March 31, 2017

Green Dress


"Green Dress", 12 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board

This is another of the portrait studies I did in early January.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Mountain Path - NFS


"Mountain Path", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board

This painting was an experiment in color, a good way to escape habitual thinking and approach related to a specific element.

NFS

Friday, March 24, 2017

Crystal Cove Tideland



"Crystal Cove Tideland", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board

This was painted on the paint-out day of the American Impressionist Small Works Exhibition in Costa Mesa, California, March 9, 2017 at Crystal Cove State Park. Some painted along the beach, like me, and others painted on the trail where there were gardens and restaurants. The day was sunny with ocean clouds and turquoise water. This painting was hung on the "wet wall" section of the Exhibition. Striking to me on this beautiful beach, was the amount of plastic and plastic shards and various other forms of garbage. I can't remember seeing anything like it on beach near Westport, here in Washington State, but it is no doubt there, somewhere along the coast.

NFS

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Shadow and Light


"Shadow and Light", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board
Its difficult to take photos of paintings, whether strong sunlight outside the studio windows or gray fog. The light catches on the brush strokes and the values and colors are never quite the same. Many adjustments can be made in Photoshop to try to make it true, but it seems more or less impossible. Sometime the painting looks better in the photograph, which is a big enough concern, but in this case, I just couldn't get the photograph to do justice to the painting, at least in my eyes. It was one of those fast, "don't think about it," paintings.



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Clouds over Utah


"Clouds over Utah", 10 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board
I'm not actually sure exactly where this is in Utah--it is somewhere between Capitol Reef and Escalante. I went through all my photos of the trip, but couldn't find this particular view. So I hope the painting speaks for itself--

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Utah Color


"Utah Color", 10 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board
I am continually going back to my photos of Escalante and the backside of Capitol Reef in Utah because of my memories of being there. Unlike Bryce and Zion, there were no tourists--just deserts, mountains, canyons, sunlight and color.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Tongariro Crossing


"Tongariro Crossing", 10 x 12, Oil on Museum Board

In my mind, the name "Tongariro" brings forth a concept of the mythical. But the 12 mile hike itself over the Tongariro Crossing on the North Island of New Zealand was one tough hike--especially the "steps" coming down the far side. No, I didn't take my paints with me--this was a studio painting and a difficult one, because the rocky landscape had neither dramatic values or dramatic colors. So it was a challenge, just as the hike itself was a challenge.



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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Death Valley Winter


"Death Valley Winter", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board
I don't generally like paintings where the surface has dried and the artist has painted over, sometimes multiple times, building up the surface with paint so the original brushwork is lost. I generally try to finish my painting at once, leaving the brushwork as is. I've always thought there was a sense and feeling of freedom in an alla prima approach. But this painting was different. Even after it dried, I painted over some parts of it, more than once, and when the paint buildup was too much for me, I scraped and scraped and did it over again, more than once. It was an exercise not in trying to make it look like something, but trying to make it work in some other way. I don't know if I succeeded. I don't know why this little painting grabbed me this way, but then its all a big experiment, right?

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