Thursday, January 29, 2009

"Big Valley Fog" landscape, oil painting

I attempted to portray the early morning fog again in this painting............but looks like I may have created a book cover for an upcoming Stephen King novel!!.....Maybe I should post this on his facebook page!?

12x12 oil on stretched canvas contact

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

"Peaceful Blue" kayaker , oil painting

This kayaker was taking advantage of the nice weather and calm water to take a little paddle. The light was reflecting beautifully off the aluminum hull.....

4x4 oil on panel $65.00 contact sold

Monday, January 26, 2009

"Diamond Lil" marine, oil painting

The sun finally did come out for over a week even though it has been foggy in the mornings...I managed to catch some scenes down at the marina in Poulsbo last week....I was at Checkers for my opening reception.....By the way, the show is still up for the rest of January....The sun reflecting off the white hulls of the boats caught my eye.

10x10 oil on stretched canvas contact

Saturday, January 24, 2009

"First Light on Big Valley Road" landscape , oil painting

I added a color to my palette for this painting, hoping to achieve that inner glow to the light just appearing on a foggy morning. The color was a "modern" Thalo Blue...I think it helped..

After attending a workshop by a Gamblin rep, I learned about modern and classic pigments and how they can be used for different effects. Evidently the particles are much smaller and more uniform in the modern colors allowing for more reflection of light.......I mixed a bit of the Thalo into my usual French Ultramarine...

12x16 oil on canvas contact

Friday, January 23, 2009

"Distant Farm" landscape , oil painting

I've since moved on from the snow scenes......But I have a couple more to post. .....I loved painting the snow and did my best to take full advantage of it......Actually, they are talking about more snow on Sunday...=/....

This painting was done "alla prima". A view from my truck along side Stottlemeyer road that leads to the studio...

9x12 oil on panel

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

"Alders in Snow 3" landscape, oil painting

I didn't intend to go so long between posts but I was having trouble photographing my paintings. I still haven't gotten around to making a good light box for taking pictures.....maybe I should make that my New Years resolution!.....

This is the last painting in the Alder series......I think I have them out of my system for awhile........There are two more snow pictures to post and then I will break out into the sun!!...The snow is all gone now.....its still cold at night but when the sun comes out during the day it warms up and then it is spectacular ....Also the foggy mornings have been creating some very interesting atmosphere........think I'll try a few foggy morning paintings....

9x12 , oil on panel sold

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

"Getting Home" winter landscape, oil painting

This is a view out my window right by my computer where I work and paint on snow-bound days......I was sitting on the couch one evening as the second wave of the big storm was coming in....It had caught many travelers off guard and as the light dimmed I could see the lights of the cars plowing through the falling snow just trying to get home............I was grateful to be in my cozy house with the wood fire burning and the tea pot steaming....

This painting is 30x15 oil on stretched canvas $585.00 $20.00 shipping contact

Sunday, January 11, 2009

"Alders and Firs in Snow" landscape, oil painting

Second in the Alder series. I'm still fascinated by the colors and textures within the bark of these alder trees. The snow and the reflection of the light seems to bring an inner glow to living things waiting for spring to unlock the celebration of growth that comes with the change of seasons and the order of creation. I will continue the struggle of trying to capture this drama on canvas with one more painting in this series.

12x16 oil on stretched canvas sold

Thursday, January 08, 2009

"Alley Slush" Bremerton

I wanted to break up the posts between my Alder series so I am adding this painting of an alley in Bremerton where we were working last week. The snow is beginning to melt , leaving interesting reflections in the slush and puddles.

14x18 oil on stretched canvas $385.00 sold

Sunday, January 04, 2009

"Alders in Snow" landscape oil painting

I stayed up late last night working on this Alder tree study, a subject I have been wanting to explore for a long time....The snow on the ground creating contrast and simplifying forms made them irresistible.
There is a trail at the end of Sawdust Hill Rd that meanders down to a beaver pond . I used to take long walks down there with my son Maury when he was little. Now there are houses and people I don't know.....and people who don't know me! fact I got kicked off this property when I was taking pictures...=/...I gave the person my card and told them what I was doing....They didn't seem impressed at all.....
You will probably see more of these studies...I'm working on another one...
8x10 oil on panel sold