Sunday, April 29, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
David Page Coffin has introduced me to the possibilities of Pinterest and I fear losing myself in a sea of astounding art. Seriously, if one is looking for inspiration, education, or insight, it can be found. It took me a while to find 'boards' of interest, but once I did it was like swimming in beauty. watermedia on paper 8"x5.5" Available Work
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
A Daily painting.
My inner Diebenkorn got loose!
Completing a painting every day is fun, a way to work out compositions, and a disciplined challenge. The downside is this effort can siphon off one`s ambition and energy. I like to do them between larger paintings these days.
oil on panel 6"x6"
Monday, April 16, 2012
Oregon`s beautiful gorge within a gorge, just a couple of miles from Multnomah Falls.
This is the other demonstration painting from the class last weekend. I was trying to show how large simple areas can compress the focal point.
watermedia on paper 14"x17"
Sunday, April 15, 2012
This is one of two demonstration paintings I was able to get a good start on in the class I taught yesterday. It`s painted on Strathmore Aquarius paper which is a blend of cotton and synthetic fibers. To say it`s 'forgiving' is an understatement. It never buckled, color lifted easily, blending was effortless and the texture was subtle. I used bristle brushes almost exclusively and explained there was very little difference between my watercolor methods and my oil. I paint flat, work thin and transparency is important in both.
watermedia on paper 11"x15"
Thursday, April 12, 2012
After visiting an old New Mexico friend in Tacoma earlier in the week, we made a stop at the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge. Remarkable things have been happening there. Dikes and dams have been removed and what once was pasture is being restored to salt marsh. There is a phenomenal 2 mile long boardwalk which wanders over the former fields all the way to the Puget Sound. This conversion from meadows to wetlands has a strangely appealing apocalyptic look. Birds are everywhere.
The Cloud Appreciation Society has featured some new work!
watermedia on translucent Yupo 19"x23"
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
This is the largest painting I`ve done in the smallest space, a bedroom.
Aspens in snow are a visual cliche thanks to Bev Doolittle.
Yet having seen them in winter so often in New Mexico, I wanted to paint them anyway.
oil on canvas 60"x60"
Saturday, April 7, 2012
This comes from my walk in the near-dark on a wet evening last Dec. on Mt. Talbert. It was too dark for useful photos so memory was my reference. I began with the mood to guide me. Then I was interrupted and when I returned to it a couple of days later I had lost my idea. So I did what I sometimes do when clueless, I put random swipes of paint down, squeegeed them around, wiped off some of it and carved through other areas with a spatula and found enough of interest to proceed. Then the original thoughts about the subject resurfaced and I tried to create a sense of the gloom and reflected illumination I remembered.
oil on canvas paper 12"x9"