Monday, May 31, 2010

The Alder Rainforest in Winter

I`m getting closer to what I had in mind. I could simplify this or try to make it even more complicated. Which means I should probably leave it alone.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Oneanta 2010

This is another new painting I`ve been working on while I figure out how to proceed on my two long pieces. Oneanta is a gorge within the Columbia Gorge, not far from Portland. It is a landscape as archetype, Carl Jung would have loved it. Especially since you have to climb over a massive logjam to enter, and then walk through cold water to reach the lovely waterfall at the end. Years ago, I started to take my eight year old twin nieces, Liz and Steph, back there and wisely changed my mind. Although the stream is shallow, they weren`t very tall.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Oswego April

Sometimes it`s good to step away from the frustration.
This came out in two sessions! That`s very rare. My memory of this place is still vivid nearly two months later. Everything had begun it`s seasonal growth, but nothing was far along. It was all delicate new greens in various textures. This reminds me of a Van Gogh drawing, to be immodest. His reed pen and ink drawings are so rich, and his affinity for springtime was deep.

Friday, May 21, 2010


This is the source of my torment. One of them, there are two. My patience snapped and I resorted to a technique I use when desperate; I make a thin wash of paint and splash it over the whole thing. A 'ghost' remains and can sometimes lead me back into the painting. Now, without all the annoying detail and too many colors.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Oswego Creek Study

Every painter knows the moment when the right color, value, or compositional tweak sets in motion a successful endgame. Like a jigsaw puzzle. It`s an exciting turn in the process. In the two large paintings I`m working on, this keeps happening, then I lose it.
I`ll take a break and paint something else, usually small.
Hopefully with new insights, I`ll enter the fray again. There is a real sense of a hunt; predator and prey. With adrenaline even! The high emotional stakes are, of course, what makes it fun, or at least compelling.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Estuary Morning

Both of my big paintings in process took a wrong turn! This is maddening when success is in view. As I regroup and figure out a new tact, I`ve worked on a couple of studies. This is one.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Johnson Creek Series #5

It`s been two months since I worked on anything ambitious. My new alder rainforest is looking promising now that I can concentrate again.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Finally, I`m painting! After spending the weekend at the coast, I`m working on a large rainforest, and another big summer creek. This is yet another older piece I have tried to breathe life into again.

Friday, May 7, 2010

October Marsh Study

This tiny thing has confounded me over and over. When we last entangled, it was just before packing up the old studio. I took it out of the box it was transported in yesterday, and now think that last session was our last!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Sitka Center Presentation

If anyone is on the coast of Oregon this Saturday, I`ll be giving a short presentation about my process at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology near Lincoln City.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

From Mt. Tabor

It`s all coming together. Yesterday a snazzy exhaust system was installed, today full spectrum lighting. It glows and casts soft, faint shadows. Tomorrow I`m buying some functional new work tables and standing mats. I`ll open up my easel and actually use it for the big paintings I want to paint instead of being a drying rack for my running clothes. Then next week after I return from the coast, I can paint again. Really paint and forget time. I`m just in awe of having exactly what I hoped my adult life would have; I live in a garden with someone I love, painting whenever I`m able. Nice life, very lucky guy.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Home at Last!

We went for a walk this morning and it was gorgeous. It is what I`ve wanted for a
long time. I`m four minutes by foot to a creek, the trees are massive and the house has so much character!
Comcast, however has screwed up and my email has not worked in two days. Sorry if anyone tried to reach me. I also have a gmail account;
New Phone # 503]305-8946 [land line]