Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gulf Coast

Acrylic on bristol paper, 11" x 11"
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Don't quite know how this bird thing got started. I like working without predetermined concepts, letting ideas generate from the process, instead of sitting around trying to think them up. While playing around with some casual drawings--doodles, really--the bird forms started appearing. Maybe I've been watching too many episodes of Portlandia..."Put a bird on it!"

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Weaver

Mixed media on bristol paper, 7 1/2" x 7 3/4"
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Something about this one reminds me a little of the illustrations in old bird books, although it doesn't attempt to replicate that kind of scientific precision.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Black Stork

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Another birdie, a self-contained stork. I'm enjoying doing these drawings. Mixed media means just that--I throw the kitchen-sink at them: pencil, colored pencil, acrylic, charcoal, oil pastel, ink markers...whatever seems to work.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Commoner

Mixed media on bristol paper, 5 1/8" x 8 1/2"
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

King


Mixed media on bristol paper, 6 1/4" x 10 5/8"
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Today was for the birds! I worked on a group of mixed media drawings of our feathered friends. I'll post more over the next few days.

You've no doubt noticed that posts are few and far between these days. After over seven years of pretty steady posting, it's time for a change. I'm still busy painting, but the focus is on my contemporary work, which is being posted on Facebook. Now and then some of the things I'm sharing there (like the birds) will also be posted here, but to see everything, I encourage you to send me a friend request on Facebook, and/or "like" my studio page.

Thanks to everyone for your loyalty and support--it means the world!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Gate at the Villa


Oil on board, 9" x 12"
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It's been winery weekend for me. I was at the lovely Bethany Vineyard in Ridgefield, Washington on Friday afternoon for a Head Start fundraiser. Saturday it was off to Villa Catalana Cellars, near Oregon City to do some plein air painting at their "Art in the Garden" party. There were probably at least 15 or 20 artists there.

I wandered around the spectacular setting for a short time before settling on this wonderful gate as a fitting subject. I caught some ribbing from some of my artist friends (namely Randall David Tipton and Ruth Armitage), for setting up in the full sunlight.. They had wisely found some shady locations in which to paint.
I reminded them that everyone knows artists are supposed to suffer for their art.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Plein Air at Villa Catalana


This is not one of my paintings, but a photograph of Villa Catalana Cellars, a winery in beautiful countryside near Oregon City. They are hosting an Art in the Garden party this coming Saturday afternoon, August 23rd. There will be a number of plein air painters there, and I will be one of them! If you'll be in the area I hope you make plans to come. There'll be food, wine, jazz and art--what else could you want?

Here's a link for details and reservations: http://villacatalanacellars.com

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summer Wader

Oil on board, 5" x 9.75"
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I often spot blue herons on walks along Salmon Creek. Although pretty common in the northwest, herons always strike me as very exotic--like a bird you would find deep in some tropical jungle. They tolerate humans only to a point. If you linger or stare too hard, they grow visibly nervous and will usually fly away with silent, slow-motion sweeps of their long wings.

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.

I've been learning the ins and outs of Facebook these days (yeah, I'm a late bloomer). I've been mostly posting my contemporary paintings there. I'd be delighted if you would "Friend" me on my timeline: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005427070096

There is also a studio page, which you can "Like" if you'd like to follow the posts:
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Thanks!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Reach


Oil on board, 5" x 7"
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This stranded pool of water seems to be reaching back to the sea.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Beachfront Property


Oil on board, 5" x 7"
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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

Oil on board, 6" x 6"
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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

Oil on board, 5" x 7"
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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?

Oil on board, 6" x 6"
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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.