Saturday, February 27, 2010

Nowthwest Beach Scene

A 9x12 landscape from a photo taken by my daughter. I have a nice variety of textures and did the fence and details with a few small brushes and the rest with the palette knife. It's a nice sunny beach foot path to brighten up the day.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

La Connor Rocks

This is a 9x12 oil from a scene in the town of La Connor, north of Seattle. There is a rock wall as the town is built into the base of a hill and I took several photos of this beautiful formation to work from. I cropped the scene to show only a hint of sky but the pink flowers against the sky at the top left really highlighted the scene for me.

Friday, February 12, 2010

New Night Scene

I've been trying to continue a hot pace of work despite being busy at my "other job" lately. This is a scene from my memory of a beautiful night at near by Green Lake in Seattle. The dark storm clouds as the sun passed sunset made the lake silver with reflections of the lights in the distance. I had done an 8x10 of this but disliked the result so tossed it. This is much larger at 20x24 inches but I feel I pulled it off in my palette knife style.

Also found out today two of my somewhat abstract figures were accepted into an art show titled "Unclad" taking place in a town north of Seattle. I hadn't entered shows in a while but plan on trying to exhibit more as my new style develops. Also used the palette knife style on the figures so I must be on to something.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tulip Fields in Yellow

There are many colors of tulips in the fields north of Seattle. This is an 8x10 with bright yellow tulips from a trip last summer.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

New Northwest Landscape

This is another 8x10 small landscape. The scene was the view from my hotel window on a trip to Spokane.

Continuing my 2010 cleanup by sorting and getting rid of old work in my basement storage area. Time to let some things go and keep the better work and
figure out what to take off the stretchers to reuse them for new work. Always feels good to feel organized and free of clutter.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Seattle's Golden Garden's Beach

Have been busy this week updating my art photo database. Have created thumbnail size images so I can pop them into my Access database and see each image in my data. It's a long project but finally will have the image in the same place as my data to better manage my work. Realize need to photo some I don't have images of and need to delete and toss the work not worth saving. Yes, we all create junk at times when experimenting. I'm a little bit of a pack rat and save too much.

The image here is from Seattle's Golden Garden's beach park. I sat on the rocks and painted this, with a large rock in front of me. I don't work outside that often as it's either too cold, wet, or hot. That's why I usually take photos to work from in the studio. I do plan on a few more outdoor sessions this summer and am preparing by getting my equipment gathered during the winter. This painting my favorite size for outdoors, 8x10. I have a 9x12 pochade box too but it's a little too large to travel around with.