Friday, August 31, 2012

Early Morning 6x12 Watercolor
I show you the second one first.  The photo doesn't begin to show the richness of the colors . This one is simple as was the light first thing in the morning.  The one below is trying to catch some details and to me it doesn't work at all.
Oh the joys of painting Plein Air

Port Townsend 6X12 Watercolor

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Christmas Image  SOLD

Tourism Abbotsford is using this image for their Christmas brochure.  I am honored.


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Dreamscape II 36X48 Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas $1,500
Can be hung without a frame.

I have been working on larger canvases.  This being one of them.  The light in this
one is amazing but difficult to photograph.

I will let you put your own interpretation to it.


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Three sketches from Chilliwack Lake

We just got back today.  4 days of camping and three sketches. Everything is green, green, green.  Not that I am complaining.  It truly is beautiful and quiet until the party animals arrive.  They were evicted and then we went back to being quiet.  It was a great rest with no cell service or showers.  Guess what the first thing was that I did when we got home?

Monday, August 13, 2012

 Over the Bay 16X16 Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas, Painted on the sides

This is one of three tree paintings that may be going to Texas.
I started with a canvas that I treated with Gesso tinted with acrylic paint, as below. I drew a brief outline freehand with vine charcoal that you see photographed below.
 Part of the original painting that started this commission is on the left.  I like the image of the tree that you see on the right better.  I thought it had more character.
 The colors that I used to paint the canvas are on the aluminum foil which I use as my palette.  It is a neutral grey, easy to clean  or fold over and use the other side and when I am finished the clean up is very simple.  Yes, it may waste paint but I don't want to spend hours cleaning.
 This is the outline and design after my first go around.  I got to this stage and left it to dry for a few days before finishing the image at the very top.  In the final go around I used thick paint and two different sized palette knives.  One for small detail areas and a larger one for the rocks and large branches.  Most of the paint in the branch area was mixed randomly on the canvas.
I hope you have enjoyed my explanations.


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Old Growth  20X16 Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

I am currently revisiting trees of every sort.  This one is of an old growth forest that reaches to the heavens.It was fun to do.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Teachers 40X30 Oil on Gallery Wrapped canvas  $800

There are teachers of many sorts.  Flowers are great teachers with their vibrancy, color and ability to take on human characteristics. 

Then there are art teachers and formal teachers and the best ones of all are "friend" teachers. This particular friend helped me to see things I already knew in a totally different way. Then this morning I looked at this painting which I have been wanting to finish for about a year and here you are. After looking at it in a different way I felt I could tackle it.

I am grateful for all my friends.