Saturday, June 29, 2013

Sketchbook Saturday

Mostly LA work trip

California Art Club 102nd Annual gold medal exhibition in LA

Friday, June 28, 2013


Fir  oil on canvas, 10" X 10", 2013
$300 USD gallery wrapped 2 1/2 inch deep canvas

Monday, June 24, 2013

Three Smelt (sold)

Three Smelt,  oil on canvas, 10" X 10", 2013
Another piece destined for the Willows Inn.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Sketchbook Saturday

In Vegas for a work trip

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Mussel Shell

Mussel Shell,  oil on canvas, 10" X 10", 2013
$300 USD gallery wrapped 2 1/2 inch deep canvas
 A painting to replace some sold work at The Willows Inn.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

California Art Club

I was perusing Matthew Innis’s blog Underpaintings, and noticed that the California Art Club’s annual exhibit was going on while I just happened to be in LA. Seeing work in person by artists such as Joseph Paquet, David Leffel, Mian Situ, and Calvin Liang was just too good to pass up, so I moseyed on down to the USC campus to see the exhibit.


Really, really strong work. The internet is so bountiful in what we can see, it’s easy to forget just how much more impressive the work can be in person. Leffel’s work for example, is often poorly reproduced—it’s far more nuanced in person.

I was surprised at the salon style hanging of the smaller work. I suppose I shouldn’t have been, but you rarely see this density of paintings in modern museums, or high end galleries.

It was great to get up close to some of my faves—Paquet had some beautiful subtleties in his work. Being there allowed for deeper inspection (although I did get yelled at for taking up close detail pics).

Joseph Paquet
Rural Electrification 24" x 30" - Oil on Mounted Linen


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Beecher's Reserve (sold)

Beecher's Reserve,  oil on linen, 5" X 7", 2013

Monday, June 10, 2013

Skull No 4

Skull No 4,  oil on linen, 5" X 7", 2013
$125 USD framed

Last skull for a while. :)

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Skull No 3 (plus a behind the scenes)

Skull No 3,  oil on linen, 5" X 7", 2013
$125 USD framed

Palette and lighting set up

Initial block in. If you squint, you can see that I've established three main value groups. I started with the darkest value for the shadow part of the skull (which you can see in the picture above this one)-- which is also my middle value in this case.

I've now filled in the lightest values. While there will be lots of refinement in the drawing, and the addition of a few darker darks and highlights, the main value structure is complete.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Skull No 2

Skull No 2,  oil on linen, 5" X 7", 2013
$125 USD framed
I've been working on food pieces for so quite awhile this year in advance of the Brackenwood show, and I've really needed a palette cleanser so to speak. This resin replica skull makes for a great classical subject.
For those of you into less macabre subject matter, there's only a couple more skull paintings coming down the pike, and then we'll switch gears again...

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Seattle Show...

Here are a few plein air cityscapes of mine hanging with Keven Furiya,and Damian Puggelli at Geraldine's in Columbia City. All paintings shown are in the $225-$300 range.
On view through mid July.


Saturday, June 1, 2013

Sketchbook Saturday

Work-- and some notes for a potential art focused marketing workshop I was asked about giving...