Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Water`s Edge

An impression from memory of Arch Cape Creek. It was a jungle beside the ocean.
oil on canvas paper 9"x12"

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Rain on the Mountain

A bigger new oil painting. I`m deciding if it`s too subtle.
Oil on canvas 40"x30"

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Untitled [Greens]

There is nothing as sad as a big bin of pumpkins where the watermelons recently were.
watermedia on paper 6"x8"

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Untitled [Orange]

watermedia on paper 6"x6"

If anyone is planning a trip to San Francisco, consider renting an apartment for a few days. I stayed in the lively Inner Sunset neighborhood in a comfortable and affordable one bedroom apartment. The owners were kind and helpful, it was minutes from Golden Gate Park, restaurants were everywhere, and downtown and the arts district were an easy train ride away. What a great city!

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Untitled [yellow]

When I was in San Francisco, I got excited about painting some large landscapes. In so many ways it`s freeing to work large. Before I began however, I knew I would have to clean my palette. As disgusting as they become with piles of dried crusty paint, I had paid a lot for this big piece of plate glass and I wondered if I could redeem it. Several painters had told me Murphy`s Oil Soap could reclaim brushes with dry paint so I sprayed the whole thing down and started scraping with a putty knife and a razor. It wasn`t easy and I cut my index finger knuckle bad enough to need four stitches but the thing is now clean! It`s not like me to do something so disagreeable. Usually I just add fresh paint on top of the old stuff until I can`t stand it anymore and throw the glass away. Even with an injury that delays the painting for a few days, I feel a real sense of accomplishment. So until I have these new landscapes, I`ll post some abstract small pieces I do as an interlude between the representational works.
watermedia on paper 9"x12"

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Winter Storm Chimayo

It`s good to get away, it`s great to come home.
Mostly through the Swedish painter, Bo Franson`s Tumblr collection, I`ve discovered the work of the early 20th century American painter, George Wesley Bellows and his landscapes. I knew of his famous boxing pictures but had no idea he was such a sensitive observer of nature. He was especially good at conveying bleak weather conditions in gritty working environments. In looking through images of his work, I saw this painting and thought, I know exactly where that is! It`s the same view of the foothills and mountains in Chimayo New Mexico that I painted repeatedly when I lived there. Like the one above, painted around 1991.
watercolor on paper 36"x48"

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Magnolia Open to the Night

I`m in San Francisco with an old friend, researching galleries and visiting my niece Stephanie. Such a wonderful city!
watermedia on paper 8"x6"

Friday, October 12, 2012

Stream and Sunlight

Arch Cape Creek in late summer.
Watermedia on paper 9"x12"

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Monday, October 8, 2012

North Umpqua Study 6

The scenic North Umpqua River area has the most unusual Northwest rainforests that I`ve seen. There`s a sense of the violent geology that still percolates underneath. I wish I lived closer. Tomorrow I`m exploring some of the Columbia River Gorge, another astounding landscape.
I love Oregon.
watermedia on paper 10"x8"

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Fall Creek Falls

New and part of the series based on the landscape of the North Umpqua River. Our local PBS station just did a feature on the area on Oregon Field Guide [second segment of the program].
acrylic on canvas 12"x36"

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Riverlight Study

I began this on location yesterday in watercolor, but because of strong dry winds, finished it in my studio. I was painting on the bank of the Tualatin River near West Linn with friends. The weather was fresh and exhilarating but nearly impossible for watermedia. When I lived in Portland, I didn`t understand this jewel of a river was so close and accessible.
watermedia on paper 12"x9"

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Trees the Mountain the Moonlight

Although I paint flat on a table, I`m always lifting the painting and tilting it various angles. Let gravity move the color around. Some drips can stay if they support the effort, but I remove most of them.
acrylic on paper 12"x9"

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