Thursday, June 28, 2007

"Seans Rental"

It will be interesting to get the feedback on this painting.... Another disaster that got saved least its not a frisby. Heres the process of how NOT to paint

Started the painting late after work , and tired.

Used an image I was uninspired by but thought had potential

Used a palette of old paint left over from two days ago.

Put the paint on quickly without a plan and cursed, cryed, tore my robes and put on sack cloth and ashes because the painting was CRAP.

Went to bed, read " The Hope " by Herman Wouk till I calmed down and fell asleep.

Got up at 5:30 stumbled into the kitchen and got coffee stumbled into the studio to see the painting..............still CRAP

Decided I was not going to waste a panel so I grabed a drywall knife and scraped the paint horizontally with allot of pressure (still mad)

Amazingly the image of the shed remained. even the detail on the windows , scraped it again, .. still there......Wow ... looks allot better! Went back in with some more old paint and touched it up a bit......

I'm sure I learned something useful during this whole thing. I don't recommend this process for any serious artist , especially the crying and cursing part , but hey... whatever works... SOLD

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Peonies in a hard to paint vase, watercolor ,floral

Heres the setup out on the back deck.
Heres the painting..... I had a tough time with that vase,think I'll give it a go with oil and see what happens.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Rosie , watercolor, cat

First time I painted my cat. Shes a good studio buddy. I did this one plein air ,and she didn't budge the whole time.
The look says " Your not gonna do that stupid hokey pokey again ?"

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Red Fence, oil landscape, poppies

Another one of my backyard. Its also another one that got too complicated so in a last ditch effort we pull out the over size chunking brush and smoosh it all around and then you do the hokey pokey and throw it on the ground, say a little prayer, close your eyes , shoot some paint from the hip and .........Voila ..... post that sucker. 6x9 oil on masonite, $95.00 SOLD

Friday, June 22, 2007

Feeder with Peonies oil landscape,birdfeeders,flowers

For some reason I don't paint in my backyard much. I always want to go someplace more "interesting". but yesterday pulling my hair out because there is no time to paint I grabbed the easel and plunked er down in the old backyard. I did one more I'll post later. 6x6, oil on masonite, $75.00

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Misty Field, oil, landscape,5x7

Even though they are developing like crazy around here we still have lots of open fields to paint. It's one of the great things about being an artist, to be able to preserve natural beauty for future generations at least on canvas. So I better get painting because these fields are going fast.
oil on masonite, SOLD

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Down by Holly, oil landscape,6x6

Where the salmon run up the creek at Anderson cove in Holly, which is on the Kitsap penninsula,Washington state. I used to drive up here allot when I was delivering home heating fuel oil. You could see the seals coming way up the creek hunting the salmon in the fall.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

View from Whidby Island, oil landscape

Ok I'm going to try and post more paintings for the month of July. Us folks at Daily Painters will try and post 2000 original paintings collectively this month. That means the paintings will be smaller and faster which may be a good disipline for me. This one is 5"x 7" oil on masonite panel, you can pick it up for $75.00. Email me at

Friday, June 15, 2007

Jims Shed, watercolor landscape

This is the view from the patio at the Knowles Studio in Poulsbo where I am giving lessons in watercolor painting. There is a workshop coming up in July and you can check the specifics by clicking on the Knowles studio link in my link section.

I'll be doing more smaller impressionistic painings this month to try and keep up with the effort at Daily Painters to post 2000 original paintings in July.
I went into Seattle to do a photo shoot at Trinity Parish Church up on First Hill for a commision painting. My photographs usually aren't to good as I'm just looking for reference shots. But occasionally I get a surprise shot thats pretty good. I was taking pictures of this cross with the red door thinking it was a nice composition with the door as a focal point when this homeless guy walked by feeding the pidgeons and I just happened to snap this one at the right moment.

I've since found out that in the Episcopal faith the red door signifies the Holy Spirit and the pidgeon looks like a dove to me in this shot which also represents the Holy Spirit, which gives this image allot of meaning for me.

In my experiance the best photos don't always make the best paintings but never the less I will give this one my best effort and hope you like it Sarah.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Seattle Storefront, urban landscape, oil

I'm glad to be done with this painting, Seems like I am spending more and more time on each piece , painting tighter when I really want to get looser. And now that I see this painting on the site I see some further work to do. 9"x12" oil on masonite panel $195.00

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Painting in progress

I'm working on this painting. Its based on a picture I took downtown Seattle. The imagery is a little strange and I'm not sure the message I am trying to get across yet , I'm just kinda going with it and we'll see how it shakes out. The first title that came to my head was " Back to the Future" as it seems sort of futuristic sci-fi to me. I da know , what do you think?

Monday, June 04, 2007

red boat

I went down to the Poulsbo marina to paint on a nice Saturday afternoon. It was very peaceful and relaxing. Breakfast at Sheilas was yummy. My first attempt at painting the boats was a disaster. I got way too complicated with masts and reflections and other boats and just junk in the composition. It was very frustrating. So I just grabbed my biggest chunking brush and smeared it all into three major shapes and then modeled the boat a bit and called it good. Can't win em all.