Thursday, July 29, 2010

"Eglon Beach" Jim Lamb workshop, pleinair landscape painting,

Third day of the workshop we got down to a great location by the water on a little out of the way beach with a view of Mt. Rainier. Jim emphasized again the importance of designing your space and unifying the composition with color and value. We started out with a two hour demo and I did my best to apply what I learned. Basically I painted the same scene in the same manner that Jim did. (His was a lot better). His suggestion to me was to push the color which I did and I think that improved the work.
Jim's starting to block in his under-painting for the demonstration.

The gang watching the progress....I think we all learned that you need patience to produce a good painting.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

"Living Water Farm" Jim Lamb workshop,plein air landscape painting

The second day of the Jim Lamb workshop was on location at Living Water Farm in Poulsbo, WA. It was another fantastic day with temps in the 80s and intense sunlight casting rich shadows. Jim wanted us to focus on designing our composition to allow the eye to enter the scene, linger at the focal point and then provide an exit leading out. Not sure if I achieved the objective, but I had fun trying!

10x6 oil on panel
This is the view I chose for my morning effort. The paint box seems to be working okay but my idea for attaching a roll of paper towels to my easel didn't work so good. If I was not paying attention the wind would catch the end of the roll and string it out across the field like a prayer flag!

Monday, July 26, 2010

"The Butterfly Bush" oil landscape, plein air painting with Jim Lamb

I recently took a plein air painting workshop with internationally known artist, Jim Lamb. It was great to get to know Jim and a pleasure and privilege to attend his workshop. The event was hosted by Rockwater Art Center, a new venue for art education and promotion here in Poulsbo.

My first days effort....8x10 oil on panel sold

Fellow student, Sharron set up in the shade right in my scene!(don't blame her a bit!) so I just put her in my painting and I think that added a lot of interest.

Jim started out the day with a demonstration. We learned about keeping it simple, edges, designing your space, what you can do with a limited palette, mixing your mother load and lots of other cool stuff!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

"Waterfall at Cayuse Pass" oil landscape painting, Mount Rainier national park

Well, I'm way behind AGAIN on blogging....because I have been taking a workshop with artist Jim Lamb. I want to catch up a little so I will be posting the work that I did in the next few days.

Lots of good things have been happening. Three of my recent paintings have been accepted into the North Kitsap Arts and Crafts show...."Deception Pass" , "Flatbed Blues" and "Call for Rest".

A new gallery on Alki beach in West Seattle....called Alki Arts has accepted my work.

For those of you who are local, another Jazz Canvas is coming up at the studio! You won't want to miss this one with jazz great, Hadley Caliman on the ticket!!

8x12 oil on canvas

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

"Sunrise over Clear Lake" oil landscape painting, White Pass, Washington State

I've been neglecting my blog and I am supposed to be a daily painter!....=/....Actually I have been working every day ....except for a week off to go to Camp High Rock.......which was a blast!... I was able to take some good images to work from....This is one of the beautiful scenes that greeted us in the mornings on Clear Lake near the summit of White Pass in the Cascade mountains of Washington State.

14x11 oil on canvas sold
I was helping as cabin counselor to nine boys along with my friend Grant . Ann had her own cabin of four girls and also served as one of the camp nurses.

Here we are playing guitar and singing praise songs for morning chapel. You can see more of our camp pictures by friending me on FaceBook...=]

Monday, July 12, 2010

"Rain Walker" Seattle city oil painting

A typical drizzly Seattle day... Which I love!!....This painting was done from a photo taken on a trip over to the Seattle Art Institute to see my son Maury.When I'm planning to go I try and go on Wednesday so we can attend the figure drawing class together.

12x12 oil on canvas

Oh , and Camp High Rock was awesome! What a privilege to help serve as counselor to 9 boys in our cabin!...90 kids in all! It keeps growing every year....PTL! sold

Saturday, July 03, 2010

"Indian Island" from Shine Tidelands Park, Washington State , Plain Air painting

I got the chance to go plein air painting with my son Maury who is on break from The Art Institute of Seattle.....The day started out cloudy but then the sun came out and we had a great day painting on the beach. I enjoyed the solitary clouds floating by and tryed to capture their buoyancy.
Annie and I will be gone for a week as we serve together at summer camp for kids off the Yakima Indian reservation. We are really looking forward to it especially since the weather is finaly turning here in the Pacific Northwest.....looks like next week will be in the 80s! Yes!!
See ya all next week!
10x8 oil on panel