Saturday, March 27, 2010

Devil's Punch Bowl

More work from my Oregon trips. The coast just has scenes that inspire me. You look down from a cliff into the punch bowl that fills with water through an arch in the cliffside. It's the light space near the center of the work where the water bubbles in with the tide. This is another 5x7 study I didn't do a larger work of but the study makes me think it has potential. You can really see the texture on this one.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Small Green Lake Study

This is a 5 x7 inch thickly painted study from an old photo of Green Lake I took. Never thought it was good enough for a larger work but am doing some small studies as recommended in a nice new landscape painting book I just finished reading. I want to prepare for painting outdoors now that spring is here so need to simulate the process inside so I have the quick pace needed for painting outdoors in the changing light and also have my palette knife technique down pat. The smaller the work though, the more I need to touch it up with a small brush at the end for details. Whatever works is the goal versus locking oneself into a single technique.

Monday, March 22, 2010

New Oregon Coast Painting

This is a new work from my trip to Oregon Coast a few weeks ago. I have several good evening photos to work from and am trying the palette knife technique on different images. This one I did quite a bit of brush work after the palette knife to finish it up.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Seattle Golden Gardens

A small painting, 8x10, started on site at Seattle's Golden Gardens park in summer. I redid it in the studio from the original design.
Finished attending the 5 week lecture series at Gage Academy on the subject of Color for Painters although the topics went beyond color to space and structure issues. These are what artists are always dealing with - the picture plane and today we also get to decide subject. Makes for a lot of decisions about what is art, what's worth painting, what style, what technique?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

New small night scene

I've been attending a lecture series on Color for Artists at the Gage Art Academy in Seattle. The building is right next door to Saint Mark's cathedral and when I leave the evening lecture the night lighting in the area always inspires me. I took some pictures again with a slow exposure to capture the light and this is my try at painting the scene. It's a little 5x7 oil and I like it and the abstraction of the night scene.

Also, just notified today that one of my 8x10 new works was accepted for the 41st Annual Associated Artists of Ocean Shores, WA, show. That's two for two this year so my new work is being validated.