Friday, April 18, 2014

Shore Stroll

Oil on board, 6" x 7.75"
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Vernon Keeps Watch


Oil on board, 6" x 6"
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I have no idea if Vernon is his real name--he wouldn't say. I just thought he looked like a Vernon. Actually I'm not even sure he's a "he"...that's how much I know.

We took a lovely day trip to the beach the other day which inspired this and several paintings to come (I hope).

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Old Home Road 2

Watercolor on archival paper, 10 3/8" x 14 1/4"
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This is a road in North Carolina that leads to my wife Brenda's childhood home. In 2004 I had an exhibit in Winston-Salem, not too far from there. We decided to try to locate her old home. She was only five when the family moved west, so her memories of the place were those of a child. We located the valley with help via cellphone to her mother in Oregon, then started driving slowly down the rural lane as Brenda searched for anything that seemed familiar.

I was pretty astonished at what she could recall. She recognized the neighbor's place up the road--even recalled their names. We were searching for a place with a huge front yard and a house that sat way back from the road, as she remembered it. Shortly after passing the neighbor's, sure enough, there it was. However, the huge yard turned out to be a modest setback of maybe 30 feet, a reminder of how different things seem to a child.

The landscape in this charming area, aptly named "Happy Valley", reminds me a lot of the region where we live now; verdant green rolling farmland, heavy with vegetation and flecked with stands of evergreens.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Who's There?

Oil and cold wax on board, 8.5" x 11"
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Another painting that I've recently re-photographed in an effort to come closer to the original. Those of you who have followed this blog for awhile probably recognize Winslow, our faithful companion.

Winslow is adapting to life in the city, after a pretty carefree life of free range roaming in rural eastern Oregon. Here he has to have a leash on when we go outside to walk through the neighborhood. We just bought an "invisible" pet fence that uses a low voltage wire buried underground to contain the pet. I plan to get it installed around the edge of our property this week. We're hopeful it will work properly, and Win will be able to roam freely in our yard, at least.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Predicament


Enamel on heavy gesso-coated paper, 72" x 59"
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So after I whined the other day about reproductions not showing what my paintings look like in person, artist Gary Everest left a comment suggesting I put myself beside one of the large stone pieces. Against all better judgement, here goes. I failed miserably at pulling off the "misunderstood genius" look I was going for personally, but I do think the photo helps convey a little better the "presence" of the work.

The full painting is below. Be sure to click the images to enlarge them (as if I needed any more enlarging).



Monday, March 31, 2014

Crossing Shadow

Oil on canvas panel, 5.75" x 9"
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Late sun in Oregon's Blue Mountains. It was a profound feeling to watch the shadow of the ridgetop I was standing on rise steadily up the steep slopes across the canyon..

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Teammates, and thoughts on the virtual world


Oil on board, 5.5" x 9"
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I rephotographed this painting from a year ago and decided to repost it. The first photo was kind of washed out--this one is closer to the original.

I had a conversation with an artist friend recently about the challenges of trying to convey the "feel" of original
paintings in photos or digital reproductions. It's frustrating, as all you artists know. Inevitably the photo, however carefully adjusted, will be a degradation of the original. Making images of the large stone paintings I've posted recently has been especially frustrating. The impact of scale of course is lost; more importantly, reproductions just can't convey the subtle yet powerful "presence" that a good painting projects. The very essence of life in the work seems to drift away like smoke. Adding to the challenge is the way that we view images online these days. Except for home TV's, which are growing increasingly theatrical in size, our digital world is shrinking. My guess is that the majority of those reading this post are viewing a thumbnail image about 1 1/2" high on a cellphone, or only slightler larger on a tablet of some sort.

This will likely sound reactionary, but the danger in this increasingly virtual world we inhabit is that in our minds the virtual can begin to supplant how we think about real life. The next time you catch yourself thinking you've "experienced" a work of art by seeing a little picture of it, remind yourself that there is probably more than meets the eye.







Monday, March 24, 2014

Last Light, Blue Mountains


Oil on board, 6" x 6"
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"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn."

~ John Muir

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Where's Breakfast


Oil on board, 5.5" x 10"
$225 plus $10 shipping in U.S.
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This is a painting done in 2012. I recently re-photographed it and think it's closer to the original. These ponies in their winter coats are impatiently waiting for the hay wagon. You can almost hear them saying "Late again--third time this week!"

Monday, March 17, 2014

Seven See-Through Stones


Enamel on heavy gesso-coated paper, 61.5" x 72"
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Here's another in the Stone series. These works are large enough that the whole body gets involved in the painted gestures, which is enjoyable. I guess it taps in to my mural background and the pleasure of being physically involved in the painting.

This one seems a little different than others in the group, don't you agree?  It's lighter in color and character, more whimsical, perhaps. I wasn't particularly thinking of rock forms when I made these shapes. I was just making abstract gestures and closed loops in a spontaneous way that reflected the natural movements of my hand and arm. But in studying the painting I could see that the forms still had a rock-like quality. There's a certain kind of luminosity and motion in the work that reminds me of looking through clear water at smooth stones in a river.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Alert


Oil on stretched canvas, 8" x 10"
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Winslow and I went "off road" on our walk the other day, and I quickly discovered I'm still on a learning curve about living west of the Cascade range. I grew up in Oregon, but it was eastern Oregon, where the weather is much drier and the vegetation much less dense than the west side.

Our walk here was through a lightly wooded meadow of lovely, dry winter grasses. Sounds simple enough, right? A tempting little game path lured us from the well-trodden trail. For a while it was a piece of cake, but soon the path faded and we found ourselves clambering over deadfall trunks and limbs, hidden under those lovely grasses I mentioned. Did I mention that those grasses were dense, tangled mats about three to four feet deep? I would take a couple of springy steps on top, then plunge through to the waist. Poor little Winslow would lunge forward in desperate leaps, then disappear entirely. Also unseen under the grass was--you guessed it--water. We were crossing a bog! My shoes grew heavy with muck. Winslow's belly turned black. We picked our way back and forth as if traversing a mine field.

After forty minutes of floundering we fought our way back to the main trail. Just one more minor obstacle: tall, thick tangles of blackberry bushes lining the pathway. In eastern Oregon people have been known to plant blackberries. If they tried that here they'd probably be shot. In this country the berries grow naturally and profusely, spreading rapidly across the land. They will grow right over your house if you don't keep them cut back.

I finally located a low spot in the brush and, carryng the dog, gingerly started through. The long vines seemed to have a mind of their own. Wicked barbs caught and grabbed at my pants and coat, scratching my hands when I reached to pull them off. Finally, we broke through and stumbled onto the path, covered in mud and trailing weeds. I looked furtively up and down the trail to see if anyone had been watching. To my relief, there didn't seem to be anyone around. We limped back to the car and I made my getaway as quickly as possible, staying on the main road all the way home.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Camp Coffee


Oil on board, 6.25" x 10"
Unframed: $250 plus $10 shipping in U.S.
Framed: $325 plus $16 shipping in U.S.
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This still life from 2011 is one of my favorites. I like the clarity of light, the simplicity of the design and the almost liquid reflective quality of the enameled surface. It also evokes strong personal memories for me of growing up in a family who loved the outdoors and camping. In my fond memories, there is always a similar coffee pot bubbling at the edge of a campfire.

This piece is currently float-mounted in a custom handmade frame, but I'll sell it framed or unframed, as you prefer..




Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Color of the World


Enamel on heavy, gesso-coated paper, 61.5" x 72"
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It's always an open-ended journey with these paintings. This trip took me to a land of rich, deeply saturated color.

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Outsider


Oil on board, 5" x 7"
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I've been working on more of the large works in the stone series lately, and will show some soon. Meanwhile, here's another look at this little still life from 2012.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Fur Coat


Oil on board, 6" x 6"
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This girl doesn't have to worry whether wearing fur is politically correct. First posted back in 2009, this painting is back for an encore.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Feature in The Art Room

Pencil drawing by Taryn Day
8" x 6"

This drawing, which we are fortunate to have hanging in our living room, is by the extremely talented Pennsylvania artist Taryn Day.

In addition to her personal website and blog, Taryn maintains a site called "The Art Room". Here she posts other artist's work and thoughtful interviews. Taryn has honored me by featuring my work in The Art Room several times. This recent post focuses on some examples of my winter tree paintings. Thanks, Taryn!