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.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cougar Creek Fog

Watercolor on archival paper, 19.5" x 29.5"
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Years ago I used to paint a lot of watercolors, but lately haven't used it much, especially for larger scale works. Today, the misty watercolor feeling in the air gave me the urge to work with the medium again. I taped down a near full-size sheet of hot press paper and broke out the camel hair and sable brushes.

When the sound-muffling fog drifts across these beautiful fir covered hills the landscape is transformed. Everything feels charged with mystery and magic. It becomes easier to imagine what it must have been like here hundreds, even thousands of years ago.

I loved this long whiplash of a limb, snaking through the air like a silent bolt of lightning.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Webs, Morning Dew


Acrylic on board, 6" x 6"
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On this morning's walk along Salmon Creek the dew had settled in tiny droplets on spiderwebs in the brush, creating a lacy network that looked like ghostly wraiths dancing among the trees, or gauzy kites caught up in limbs. When I walked back by twenty minutes later the moisture had evaporated and the webs were nearly invisible; a condition the spiders no doubt preferred. It was a reminder of the myriad aspects of nature that go unseen or unnoticed, even when one thinks they are paying attention. Our world is gloriously complex.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Morning Glow


Oil on board, 8" x 10"
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It's been ages since I posted anything here. the focus has been on larger scale contemporary work, and the small dailies have fallen by the wayside. But on my morning walk with Winslow today I was inspired by the beautiful sunlight and shadow filtering through the trees along Salmon Creek, I took a photo and back in the studio did this study. I tried to keep it painterly and saturated with color to express the richness and exuberance of the day.

I've been nominated by several artist friends on Facebook to participate in the "3/5 Challenge", posting three works from my archives for five days. Today was day one. You can follow along here.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Re-Entry


Acrylic on Indian Village paper, 22" x 30"
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Here's yours truly again, about age 8, holding yet another fish. I worked to maintain a clear-cut and simple design while still leaving room for subtlety and a dreamlike quality.

Don't you find it a strange experience to look at yourself in a very old photo? For me it often triggers vivid memories, but at the same time it's like looking at someone I no longer know...who is/was that person? I wanted this painting to reflect something of the disembodied experience of time and memory.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Stream of Life and Christmas Sale


Watercolor, acrylic and charcoal on paper, 22" x 26"
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Recent paintings have been harking back somewhat to work I was doing in the mid-80's through early 90's. Those pieces often dealt with interpretations from old family photos, among other sources. There's something comforting in the idea that despite many changes in ways of working/thinking, there are still continuities.

It's odd that I'm not an avid fisherman, given how much my family loved it. There are numerous photos of me, my dad, uncles and aunts, proudly holding up their catch to the camera lens. Here I am at maybe four or five, with my dad. I try for something ephemeral in these works, maybe born out of the awareness of what a tiny flicker of time is caught in these moments.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Ground Plan

Acrylic on archival paper, 23" x 30"
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(Forgive the length of this, but I thought some might enjoy reading about the genesis and development of this painting.)

“Ground Plan” was painted over an old, unsuccessful painting on a sheet of Indian Village paper. It’s fun to paint over a failure. It’s like finally getting to beat up on the mean bully that was always kicking sand in your face. Never again will he taunt you.

There’s an added bonus: a pristine white surface can intimidate, sitting there waiting to be turned into a masterpiece. But a failed painting says “What’s left to lose?” The beautiful surface has already been defaced—might as well see if I can make something else out of it. It’s also somehow easier and more interesting to apply paint over previous paint, dragging one color over another.

That’s how most of my paintings begin these days, dragging one color over another, looking for an opening, trying to let my intuitive hand do the work while remaining an interested but slightly distant observer, my analytical brain throttled down to autopilot.

Color choices are spontaneous and arbitrary—the brush dips into green. I do have a vague idea in mind: A recently completed painting called “Distant Stone” seems promising; maybe it could be a starting point for a series of works. I leave a small area of the old painting untouched, surrounding it with the green. Suddenly, it’s a stone in a green landscape, and the painting begins to have a focus.

I do have in mind a landscape, but not necessarily a naturalistic one. I’m after landscape more as metaphor than as fact. A broad-brushed and fluid pass of blue across the top of the page is all that is required for the imagination to commit to “sky”. Now the foreground stares at me, blank and incomplete. I think “birds”.

Don’t ask me why I thought of birds, except that they have appeared from time to time in my work for years, and lately they’ve been popping up a lot. I try not to question these things—it’s not a good idea to over-investigate your motives. Paintings don’t take kindly to it. If you start analyzing the “why” of every move you make while painting, you can watch the life just suck right out of it. I do feel the need for some reference, though. I have an old encyclopedia of birds I picked up at a Goodwill store. I decide in advance that whatever page I randomly open to, those birds will be the reference for the painting.

I throw the book open and what do you know—green birds for my green landscape! These are the kind of little synchronicities—call them gifts-- that I count on and regularly receive in painting and in life.

Later, I go back and read their names; “Merops orientalis”, “Melittophagus bulocki”, “Coracias abyssinica”. Most happen to be native to Ethiopia. Interesting, but not the point. the bird photos are just starting points, to be loosely interpreted in the painting. I’m not trying to be ornithologically correct (is that a word?) No doubt I’d be laughed right out of any self-respecting birder’s club. I just need some little birdish looking inhabitants for my imaginary landscape. They are also metaphors, though of what I’m not exactly sure. I’ve learned that it’s okay—even desirable-- to embrace the mystery of things.

Later still, when my analytical eye once again blinks open, I may look at this painting and realize there were all kinds of solid, rational reasons for doing what I intuitively did. It often happens. But right now, I don’t want to know.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Portland Sidewalks






I've been wandering around Portland the past few months, taking photos of the sidewalks. OK, I know that sounds a little weird, but I've been kind of amazed by the variety and beauty that is literally underfoot. Here's a couple of examples. You can see more on my Facebook Studio Page. "Like" the page while you're there, to follow my FB posts, and please send me a friend request on my timeline.  Thanks!