Monday, March 30, 2015

The Collection of Hours

Enamel on cradled board, 19" x 24" x 1.5"
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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"
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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"
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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"
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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"
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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"
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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"
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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"
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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"
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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.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Boulder, Early Evening


Boulder, Early Evening

Oil on board, 7" x 5"
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This painting was done in 2007, the first year of my daily painting project, but somehow I don't believe it ever got posted. This granite boulder seemed almost to glow in the evening light.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Big Boy

Oil on board, 6" x 6"
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I love painting these burly old guys. This fellow moved slowly, but I could tell from his body language around the other cattle that he was definitely king of the barnyard.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Winter Horses


Watercolor on archival paper, 10.75" x 21"
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I took some photos of these horses a couple of years ago, in eastern Oregon. I came across them in my "Possible Paintings" file on the computer yesterday and decided the time was right to try the painting. It's funny how that works--sometimes I launch into a painting immediately on seeing the subject; other times I seem to require a gestation period before tackling something.

This painting is quite reserved in color--almost monochrome--but I think it's accurate to the kind of bleaching light winter brings to that country. The sun can be shining, but that doesn't mean it's warm. I was interested in conveying the crispness of the shadows and a suggestion of the stiff breeze they've all turned their backs to.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Mission With Cypress


Oil on board, 6" x 6"
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This painting was done in the first year of my daily painting project, 2007. I've always liked its simplicity of design and clarity of color. This is Mission San Miguel, an adobe church built in 1797, near California's central coast. Sadly, a short time after I did the painting an earthquake severely damaged the building, opening two vertical cracks from ground to eave on the end wall. Other buildings in the compound were also damaged. A multi-million dollar restoration project is underway to preserve this irreplaceable treasure.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Banapple


Oil on board, 6" x 6"
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Silly title, maybe, but it popped in my head and I like it.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Front Yard

Watercolor on archival paper, 6" x 6"
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The watercolor I did the other day has me thinking of the medium again, and looking through others I've done. Here's a small one from 2009. This one tries to express what I call the "thin sunlight" of winter.