Saturday, March 31, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
That`s the best I can do for a title right now. This is a daily painting of an unknown flowering tree on the bank of Oswego Creek. I`m starting a larger version with the water included.
oil on panel 6"x6"
Monday, March 26, 2012
It`s time to leave the winter woods. All of the recent forest paintings were inspired by a walk on Minto Brown Island a month ago.
We took my friend from New York to Cascade Head to hike the Nature Conservancy trail. It is simply spectacular. The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology is very close by and the deadline for artists in residency applications is April 20.
oil on canvas 24"x20"
Friday, March 23, 2012
One of my first restaurant jobs was dish washing at the original Cafe Beaujolais in Mendocino California. After I finished late at night, I would drive back to the farm where I was living and walk through the garden to get to my cabin. By the path was a Golden Delicious apple tree. Lots of fruit would still be hanging well into the winter. They tasted the best then and glowed in the moonlight.
oil on canvas 42"x46"
Thursday, March 22, 2012
I have an old friend visiting and haven`t been painting.
This is an on site watercolor painted at the Joy Creek Nursery in 1999.
watercolor on paper 14.25"x10.50"
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
A Daily painting.
Nathan Fowkes chose a painting of mine to be included in the online science fiction magazine 'Tor'. An issue devoted to images of spring. There are some knock out artworks, take a look. The dusky forest painted by Thomas Millie Dow, a 19th century Scottish painter, just humbles me. Also included is John Twachtman`s "Arques-la-Bataille", maybe my favorite painting in existence. When I stumbled upon it in the Met on my first visit to New York I was speechless. Thank you Nathan for the honor!
watermedia on paper 5"x5"
Saturday, March 17, 2012
This small painting was tough. I painted, scraped, repainted all last weekend and finally set it aside in disgust. The bottom image was the beginning, and the middle image was what I did when I returned to it mid week. I mostly covered it with random color. Then I started to move that around and this final forest came through.
oil on canvas board 14"x11"
Friday, March 16, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
A Daily painting.
When I`ve taught recently, it seems I`m often begging someone to stop. Less is more etc.
Here I decided to take my own advice. When I was so off the mark with the first larger version, I spent all weekend on a much smaller oil painting of the same composition. That didn`t work out at all, so I thought maybe watercolor. This is much closer to what I envisioned.
Watercolor on paper 10"x7"
Some Available Work
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
This is not what I set out to paint, my original idea was hijacked. It has some of the tone I wanted but not the composition. There was a point where I just had to let it be this. I`m going to try again on a smaller scale.
Oil on canvas 30"x22"
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
I was outside today drawing with Ruth Armitage in Bryant Woods. It was a sunny, perfect spring day. Although I believe it`s extremely important, I don`t draw much anymore. I never liked it particularly but I knew it was valuable. I now have a half baked theory that something critical happens in the brain when you look very closely at something and try to reproduce it. Something to do with memory. I know when I`m painting, I can cobble together a credible mountain or tree without a reference because I have studied them. I move the paint around until I recognize what I`m after.
pencil on paper 4"x2"
Monday, March 5, 2012
From my walk on Minto Brown Island a week ago.
I wanted to say something about the bleak beauty of a quiet dormant wetland, with its monochromatic color and chaos of dense bare trees.
Oil on canvas 24"x40"