Monday, June 30, 2008

Young Garlic (sold)

Young Garlic, oil on masonite, 5" X 7", 2008

Sunday, June 29, 2008


Peony, oil on canvas, 5" X 7", 2008
$100 USD

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Derelicts (sold)

Derelicts, oil on masonite, 7" X 5", 2008

More painting in Georgetown.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Strawberries (sold)

Strawberries, oil on masonite, 7" X 5", 2008

Strawberries are in season, and there were some really nice ones available at the farmer's market in Columbia City...

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Barricade (sold)

Barricade, oil on masonite, 5" X 7", 2008

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Winged Victory #2 (sold)

Winged Victory #2, oil on canvas, 4" X 4", 2008

On one of my recent local painting trips I came across a bunch of sugar maple seed pods. Normally, I think of them as brown--- like they'll look in fall. There was so much interesting color, I thought it made for an interesting contrast to the last time I painted a pair...

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Lifeguard on Duty sold

Lifeguard on Duty, oil on masonite, 5" X 7", 2008

Monday, June 23, 2008

Cherries (sold)

Cherries, oil on masomite, 7" X 5", 2008

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sunbathers (sold)

Sunbathers, oil on masonite, 5" X 7", 2008

Saturday, June 21, 2008


Sunbather, oil on canvas, 5" X 7", 2008
$100 USD

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Sunny days are cherished here in Seattle. Cherished, and taken advantage of.

Friday, June 20, 2008


Rock, oil on masonite, 5" X 7", 2008
$100 USD

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Near Larsen Lake (sold)

Near Larsen Lake, oil on canvas, 10" X 8", 2008

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Path (sold)

Path, oil on canvas, 8" X 10", 2008

My dad came up for a week to work in my yard, and I had jury duty, so I skipped a week of painting. I can really feel it! All the momentum from my trip is pretty much gone... the only way to get it back is to start painting my way out of it.

On the other hand, the yard looks great!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

White Satin Sugar (sold)

White Satin Sugar, oil on canvas, 10" X 8" 2008

I've been trying to give up sugar (and meat) for a month. I managed two weeks before breaking down at a movie on Sunday. So... back to day 1.

The White Satin Sugar factory is located in Georgetown, here in Seattle. It's where all the cool kids hang out.

No, I am not one of the cool kids. I had a day pass.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Koi Pond (sold)

Koi Pond, oil on canvas, 5" X 7", 2008

Sunday, June 15, 2008


Goose, oil on canvas, 5" X 7", 2008
$100 USD

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Rhododendron (sold)

Rhododendron, oil on canvas, 5" X 7", 2008

Friday, June 13, 2008

Camper (sold)

Camper, oil on clayboard, 5" X 7", 2008

Of course, the comfortably settled camper moved after about twenty minutes. I spent the next 40-50 minutes trying to remember what I had seen...

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Anchored at Seward Park (sold)

Anchored at Seward Park, oil on masonite, 7" X 5", 2008

I've kept up a bit with the plein air work now that I'm back from my trip. This is from a little harbor near Seward Park-- one of Seattle's 'undiscovered' gems.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Looking Back Under Threatening Skies-- Road Trip 14 (sold)

Looking Back Under Threatening Skies, oil on canvas, 8" X 10" (approximate), 2008
$225 USD

Last of the series! As I make my way back to Seattle via 99 to I5, I stopped at a cluster of little galleries that also had a big parking lot overlooking prime Oregon farmland. While the skies threatened, it didn't rain that day.

I had a wonderful time. It was rich and rewarding, relaxing and productive. The Julian easel (shown above) set up I have works great out of the car, but is a little cumbersome for much else (especially with another backpack filled with supplies). At a stop in Portland on the way back I bought a lighter set up similar (but not the same) as this. There's a great art supply store in Portland that I love, and highly recommend: Art Media (...and of course, there's no sales tax!)

I also bought a big stack of books on California and other landscape painters at Powell's. Including a new Kevin Macpherson book (as recommended by Frank Gardener). I brought one I already had with me, and it was very useful.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Crashing Surf- Road Trip 13

Crashing Surf, oil on canvas, 7" X 5", 2008
$100 USD

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This is from the same spot as yesterday's image (I forgot to get a pic of the easel set up), looking directly westward on to the rocks below. You can't tell scale from this painting, but I used to scarper all over those things for hours at low tide when I was a kid...

Monday, June 9, 2008

Looking Towards Road's End- Road Trip 12 (private collection)

Looking Towards Road's End, oil on canvas, 7" X 5", 2008
(private collection)

I rolled into Lincoln City on Memorial Day, with no lodging accounted for. I lucked out with the place I got: cheap(ish), and with a deck that overlooked the beach that I could access from the sliding patio doors of my room.

It was raining and misty, so being that close to the room was no small comfort. That and the table that I could sit on while I painted.

I didn't get a picture of the easel set up for this or tomorrow's painting, so a map will have to suffice...

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Siletz Bay- Road Trip 11 (sold)

Siletz Bay, oil on canvas, 10" X 8", 2008
$225 USD


It was Memorial Day, grey and rainy. Water on the palette, and on the canvas.

And still there were picnickers out on the spit. If you look closely at the area of the painting where the darker trees meet the brown of he sand, you'll see a sort of smoke colored area.

That's smoke. From the fires of people roasting hotdogs. In the rain. At the beach for Memorial Day.

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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Boiler Bay #2- Road Trip 10 (sold)

Boiler Bay #2, oil on clayboard, 7" X 5", 2008

After a very long journey, I'm back where the first post in this series started: Boiler Bay.
I'm actually situated on a bluff overlooking the bay-- I am where I was looking towards in that first piece.

This is one of my favorite pieces from the entire trip.

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Friday, June 6, 2008

Orange Roof- Road Trip 09 (sold)

Orange Roof, oil on clayboard, 7" X 5", 2008

Back on the road after a few lovely days in San Francisco. On the way down I hugged the coast on highway 1, I decided to stick to the more interior 101 on t
he way back up.

More gorgeous country.

I broke out the new panels I bought in San Francisco only to discover that they weren't gessoed masonite as I was expecting, but actually clayboard. The new surface totally changed my paint application technique, and was a welcome (if not sort of surprising) change. I stopped here because I really wanted to sketch some cows, and there were some right next to me... until I got set up, at which point they decided they needed to head off to the barn to get milked or something. I managed a couple of quick dabs, then switched to the barn.

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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Sutro Tower- Road Trip 08 (sold)

Sutro Tower, oil on canvas, 5" X 7", 2008

This was perhaps my most challenging painting experience of the trip (more so than the oven that was Palm Springs). It was windy as all get out-- enough so that I spent most of the time holding onto the easel with one hand while I painted with the other. The small format was an additional challenge when trying to convey the houses that crawl up the side of Mount Sutro. The sun was directly on my easel, and no umbrella to diffuse the light (too bright).

The view though... what a great view! I spent five or so days in SF with a dear friend. This was the only painting I did there. The rest of my time was spent relaxing, dining and touristing.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Twin Palms- Road Trip 07 (sold)

Twin Palms, oil on canvas, 4" X 6", 2008

The MacGuffin for my trip was an art opening at the gallery in Palm Springs that represents my work. I had never met the owners (or been in Palm Springs), and I've been with the gallery for a couple years now, so it seemed like it would be a good idea.

The opening was great; Marian, Downs, and Kim are very nice, and I got to meet some great folk while I was there.

Painting this little piece was an exercise in endurance-- it was 106 degrees (41 Celsius), and very little shade! I swear I dropped 2 pounds of water weight in the hour or so I was in the furnace...

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Looking Back South- Road Trip 06

Looking Back South, oil on canvas, 5" X 7", 2008
$100 USD

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I feel like I need to do a little adjustment on the color in the guard rail, but I'll stop there as far as repainting goes.

At this point I had such a connection to the road, and in particular this very narrow two lane ribbon precariously carved out of what seemed a sheer cliff face, I had to get it down on canvas. Not one of my favorites, but it may be a good color study for a larger recreation (I shot some photo reference too)

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Monday, June 2, 2008

Bluffs- Road Trip 05

Bluffs, oil on canvas, 10" X 8", 2008
$225 USD

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I'm a little confused as to exactly where this scene is (you'll note that the map is zoomed out more than others), it was definitely part of a continuum of jaw dropping scenery. The heat wave is still on, and I'm still wrapped up tight to protect my sunburn.

The road along highway 1 is pretty, but kinda treacherous driving.

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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Humboldt Coast- Road Trip 04

Humboldt Coast, oil on masonite, 7" X 5", 2008
$100 USD

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I had planned on taking 101 as far as I could, but I realized that I wasn't going to be seeing much coast that way for a long time. So I legged it over on to highway 1, through twisty narrow mountain roads, until finally I broke out of the tree cover to dramatic steep cliffs diving into the surf.
Hot and sunny, and I'm lathered up with SPF 55 suncream for babies. Also hot is the car, because I apparently had the emergency brake on for and hour and a half...

At this point in the trip I feel like I'm getting comfortable enough to start recognizing some of the skills I'd like to build. As I've mentioned before, plein air painting is fairly new for me, and as such I really haven't developed an 'eye' yet, (I won't be Clyde Aspevig anytime soon) but I see how I could make some good landscapes down the road.

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