Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer Shadows


Oil on board, 6" x 8"
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This painting has me puzzled. I came across it recently while thumbing through a box of dailies and remembered it as a personal favorite. This enameled teakettle and clay pots were on the back patio of our home in California. I think it was painted in 2007. The funny thing is I can't find it in my photo records, nor can I find any record of it ever having been posted. And I didn't title or date it on the back.

At any rate, here it is. If anyone remembers it appearing on my blog and/or remembers the original title, I'd appreciate hearing from you.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Reach


Oil on board, 5" x 7"
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SOLD



This stranded pool of water seems to be reaching back to the sea.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Beachfront Property


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Found a place at the coast I might be able to afford.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Bird Aboard

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Hope you had a great Independence weekend. We had a 360 degree fireworks show from our deck here in Vancouver. People all over town were setting off major fireworks--I'm talking about big rockets, Roman candles, the works. It went on for hours and hours...crazy!

Here's the first of some paintings I'm doing from our Oregon coast trip last week. This gull was perfectly perched on the fishing boat Azalea, moored in the harbor at Newport. It occurred to me that harbor gulls must have an easier life than those out on the open ocean. After all, it's less windy, smooth floating on the bay and lots of easy pickings on and around the fishing boats and packing plants. I'll bet the open ocean birds call the harbor gulls wimps, while secretly they're jealous.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Perdido

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We slipped away to the Oregon coast for a few days this week. What perfect timing--the weather was fantastic!

I plan to have a painting or two from the trip to post soon. Meanwhile, here's a rather moody shell painting from 2010.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Shall We Dance?

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This is a little plein air piece I did in 2007, the very first year of this blog. It was up on the Santa Rosa Plateau, near our home in Murrieta, California. I remember being nestled down among these big granite boulders in the dappled shade of a warm summer day. The sycamore on the left looked like it was dancing with the small oak. No?...maybe it's just me.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Resurrection of The Sun King


The Sun King
Welded steel sculpture by Tom Morandi
1976

No, I haven't taken up sculpture, though I wish I could lay claim to this beautiful piece. The credit goes to my longtime friend, the grandly talented Tom Morandi. Tom made The Sun King over an intense seven month period back in 1976, when he was 32 years old. He had won a commission to create the city of Tacoma, Washington's very first piece of public art.

Brenda and I drove up to Tacoma Wednesday for the dedication of the recently refurbished sculpture in its new location, a charming pocket park. It was a lovely day. The Sun King was shining in the sun as an appreciative crowd listened to the artist describe the harrowing tale of its creation and the public's reaction to the piece. After the ceremony we had a chance to catch up over lunch with Tom and other old friends.

There's a lot more to this story. Click this link to learn about the turbulent history of The Sun King:

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/05/21/3205262/sun-king-sculpture-on-the-move.html
















Artist Tom Morandi, speaking at the dedication.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Escape Attempt

Oil on board, 5" x 7"
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It's cherry season!! It took an iron will to leave these cherries in the bowl long enough to paint them. One tried to escape, but I guarantee you he didn't get far.

Shell Series #18

Oil on board, 4.5" x 4.5"
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If you recall, in my June 11 post I mentioned choosing not to post Shell Series 18 because I was unhappy with it. Well here's the new, improved version! I completely re-painted most of it, and cut the panel down to a format that makes the design work better. The price is discounted since it's a bit smaller than my usual dailies.

If you're not watching the World Cup soccer games you're missing some real excitement. Sunday's USA matchup with Portugal was a true nail-biter. Up 2-1 in stoppage time, the Americans appeared to have the game in the bag until Portugal scored literally in the last few seconds to end in a tie. The US team is still in the hunt though, their next test coming Thursday against Germany.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Stone Boat


Enamel on cradled board, 19" x 24"
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From time to time I post my more abstract type paintings on this blog. Unlike the realist work, these paintings begin with no real idea where they might lead. This one, which I thought was going to be another in my ongoing stone series, evolved into this clunky, boat-like shape that I somehow liked and decided to develop. It has led to several other works with boat forms, which you can see here.

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Water Wins


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In the struggle between the stone and the water, in time, the water wins.

~ Chinese Proverb

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Above the Bay


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SOLD
 

Happy Father's Day!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Catching Some Rays


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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Shell Series #19


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If you happen to be counting, you might wonder where shell #18 went. I did paint #18, but on reflection decided I wasn't happy with it.

When I began this daily painting project in 2007, I was inspired by the example of the late poet William Stafford, who had disciplined himself to write a poem each day. When asked how he maintained his standards while writing so many poems, Stafford said "I just lower my standards".

Maybe it was spoken half in jest, but it's a pretty wise statement. It speaks to the notion of perfectionism--something every artist I know wrestles with. It's an acknowledgement that we can never achieve that elusive goal; that obsessively pursuing perfection can end up crippling our work or worse, ourselves and others. Stafford's example was to just get on with it--go to work, involve oneself in the process, not so much in the result. Paradoxically, more often than not one is rewarded with better results while having more joy and satisfaction in the doing.

Stafford certainly had standards. He was a master of his craft. If a poem didn't at least meet his minimum level of acceptance, he re-wrote it until it did, or he wrote another. In that spirit, I may try to repaint #18, or it may get thrown into the "better luck next time" pile, which admittedly is a fair-sized heap.

But hey, nobody's perfect.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Shell Series #17

Oil on board, 6" x 7.75"
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Now and again over the years I've painted seashells from our collection, and it's become an extended series. Here's #17, glowing translucent in the light.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Mango and Mug

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A variation on yesterday's theme. The title sounds like it could be the name of a TV detective series, doesn't it?