Thursday, May 28, 2015

Williwaw


Oil over acrylic on cradled board, 30" x 60"
Available for sale at RiverSea Gallery, after June 13th
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I thought some might be interested in the development of this recent painting. It will be available for sale during my upcoming solo show at RiverSea Gallery, in Astoria, Oregon, June 13--July 7.

Many of my paintings begin abstractly, with random gestural marks and rapid, intuitive color choices. Some remain more or less abstract, while others, like this one, turn into more recognizable forms--in this case, a seascape.

Here is the initial abstract lay-in for this painting, done in acrylic:



I actually liked the energy and color in the painting at this state and considered leaving it. But I did have a vague notion of wanting to end up with something ocean related, so decided to forge on. If you compare the finished painting with this, you'll begin to see that there are certain gestural lines and shapes that ended up forming the skeleton for the piece.

Here the structure of stone and water begins to emerge:



I liked the amorphous, misty quality that was coming out, but it seemed too chaotic and unresolved design-wise at this point. The painting is surrounded with coastal photos I've taken, as well as work by other artists that inspire me.

Artists often speak about how a painting leads it's own life, and this seems so true to me. Rather than directing the course of the work, it often feels more like I'm just along for the ride. The stroke put down earlier influences the next one, just as our yesterdays affect our tomorrows.

There were many changes before and after this stage, but hopefully this gives some idea of how a painting comes to be. Thanks for reading!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Stormcatcher


Oil over acrylic on cradled board, 33" x 30" x 1.75"
Available in June (see below)
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Apologies--it's been quite awhile since the last post. I'm posting more often on Facebook these days. You can see my Facebook Artist's Page here. Follow it to stay up on my art posts. My personal page is here--I'd be happy to get a friend request from you.

Very busy in the studio, preparing for a month-long solo exhibit opening June 13th at RiverSea Gallery, in Astoria, Oregon. This painting, "Stormcatcher", will be available for sale then. You could say I've been going "coastal" for this show; the paintings deal with oceanic themes, ranging in style from representational to abstract. I'm pleased that with "Stormcatcher" I maybe managed a synthesis of those styles.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Headland

Oil over acrylic on cradled board, 14.25" x 15.25" x 1.75"
$600 plus $15 shipping in U.S.
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This painting began life as an abstraction, with no clue it would later turn into a seascape. It's the center panel in the studio photograph below.

This is a fairly good example of how abstract structure underlies any painting, realist or not. Even though it went through obvious changes, much of the original relationship of forms can still be seen in the finished work. I wanted some of the texture and color of the earlier state to peek through, so I worked to modify, without entirely obscuring, the under-layer. The result is a loose, painterly work that has a somewhat impressionistic feel.


Monday, April 20, 2015

Tidal Memory


Oil over acrylic on cradled board, 26 1/4" x 30" x 1 3/4"
$1900 plus $30 shipping in U.S.
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SOLD


My desire is to paint a group of ocean-related or coastal themed pieces without painting literal "scenes". Here's the latest attempt.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Clam Flats

Watercolor on archival paper, 14" x 16"
$750 plus $12 shipping in U.S.

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This huge old-growth cedar lies embedded in the tidal flats of the Nestucca River delta, on the Oregon coast. I try to imagine its long lifetime, maybe growing on a steep coastal hillside for hundreds of years, until erosion undercut the roots and toppled it into the surf.

Who knows how many years the tree rolled around in the sea before high tides or a winter storm carried it into this harbor and left it lodged in the sand and muck. Inverted now, the roots reach upward to the sky like beseeching hands.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Tunnel Inspector

Oil on cradled board, 23" x 23" x 1.5"
$1850 plus $20 shipping in U.S.
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Winslow peering into a culvert, curious but hesitant. I'm fond of this piece--think it caught something of his energetic personality and joy of being in the great outdoors. Hopefully it expresses something of dog-nature in general. It's one of a group of paintings, all of Winslow, that I exhibited in a show titled "Sit/Stay", at Mary Lou Zeek Gallery in 2013.

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Collection of Hours

Enamel on cradled board, 19" x 24" x 1.5"
$950 plus $20 shipping in U.S.
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Here's a painting in my alternate, less realist, "style". Works like this are begun without any notion of what the result will be. Ideas and imagery come out of the process of moving paint around on the surface. This way of working can frustrate--it often feels like painting blindfolded. But it can be exciting, too--a process of discovery. Painting only what one can think of usually ends up being predictable and boring.

I can't accurately re-trace the steps that led to this dry-docked boat sitting in a rather surreal looking landscape. But I like how the piece seems to raise more questions than answers. It leaves room for many interpretations.

Friday, March 27, 2015

All to Himself

Oil on board, 12" x 12.25"
$550 plus $15 shipping in U.S.
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This painting from 2012 was the view from our former home in Union, Oregon. It was endlessly fascinating to watch the light play across the forested mountains surrounding the valley. The horse seemed pretty oblivious, though.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Two Tone Stone

Oil on board, 6" x 6"
$125 plus $6 shipping in U.S.
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Monumental sandstone bluffs near Sedona, Arizona. Brenda and I used to hike a lot in the area when we were living in nearby Flagstaff. Hoping to make a trip back to the southwest this summer. We are both longing to see that amazing landscape again. This painting was done in 2007, the first year of my daily painting project.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Sea Change

Enamel on gesso-coated paper, 61" x 72"
$6300. Free shipping in U.S.
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I've gone round and round with this painting. I'm calling it done, for now at least. Any painting in the studio is always at risk of being modified in the elusive pursuit of "completion".

Perfectionism can be crippling if not kept in check. I'm trying to internalize that lesson, do the best I can with whatever abilities and understanding I have at the moment, and move on to the next painting.

This is a large work, enamel on a very heavy paper that has been primed with gesso. It hangs from four small grommets at the top. No glass is required.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Heron's Dream

Enamel on gesso-coated paper, 61.5" x 72"
$6300. Free shipping in U.S.
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Here's another large painting that is kind of a hybrid of my representational and abstract styles. We often see blue herons on our walks along Salmon Creek. Instead of painting one with naturalistic colors, I had a vision of a true BLUE heron. Somehow I think it works, juxtaposed against the abstract energy of marks and textures in this painting.

Monday, March 9, 2015

What Are You Lookin' At? (Revised)


Watercolor on Strathmore Plate Bristol, 8.75" x 11.75"
Custom matted: $350 plus $15 shipping in U.S.
Custom matted and framed: $450 plus $25 shipping in U.S.
SOLD

This old bull eyed me from across the fence, then turned and slowly walked away like he'd had his fill of me. But he stopped and gave me one last sidelong glower, as if to say "what are you lookin' at?"

I painted this in 2011, but recently did some more work on it. I decided I didn't like the yellow-orange sky, so re-painted it, allowing some of the original warm color to show through the bluish washes..

This piece is offered either with a custom double mat, or matted and framed under glass--buyer's choice Framed size: 15" x 17.25" x 1.5". See framed image below.




Monday, March 2, 2015

Spring Fever

Enamel on heavy, gesso-coated paper, 61" x 72"
$6300. Free shipping in U.S.
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I tried to do this large painting the same way I might take a walk in the woods without a destination in mind. The only idea I had at the start was to try to paint a landscape that wasn't just a literal depiction of a scene. The painting went through numerous changes over time. They were like side trips, exploring the country while trying to understand where the painting wanted to go. That's often what the process seems like: not me up there directing the work like some baton-wielding conductor, but rather more like just being along for the ride, giving the painting it's head, sometimes holding on for dear life.

Artists always talk about the challenge of knowing when a painting is complete, and I'm no exception. With this piece, at a certain point things seemed to start falling into place in a way that seemed genuine and somehow expressive of the energy and dynamics at work in nature; the wind, the sun and clouds, the sense of growth and regeneration in the land, the shifting spirit of seasonal ebb and flow. I decided it was a good time to throw the brushes down and leave it alone.

Below are a couple of shots of the work at different stages:









Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Windswept


Oil on canvas panel, 9" x 12"
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The Oregon Coast again, in this painting from 2010. This is Ecola Beach State Park, near Cannon Beach. I'm biased, for sure, but Oregon has some of the most spectacular shoreline you'll find anywhere. Long strips of sandy beaches are punctuated by steep-sided, rocky headlands like this one.

I recently added a flying gull to this painting, as a counterpoint.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Above the Shore

Oil on board, 5" x 7"
$125 plus $6 shipping in U.S.
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One of our favorite haunts when we lived in California was Torrey Pines Natural Reserve, a state park near San Diego. Trails wind across the rolling hills, twining through dense clumps of chaparrall and past the weathered pines. Beyond it all, the breathtaking panorama of the blue Pacific rolls to the horizon, sparkling in the ever-present sunlight. This view looks northerly from Razor Point.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Clinging to Life

Oil on stretched canvas, 9" x 12"
$400 plus $12 shipping in U.S.
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We took a day trip to the Oregon coast the other day. This pine hanging on for dear life to an eroding slope caught my eye.