Monday, May 30, 2011

Maui Painting

Spent a week in Maui and brought back many photos to work from. Painted from my deck a couple of times too. Amazes me that there no painters out at the beaches there. Maybe it's too hot? Next trip will definitely set up my paint box and umbrella and work on the beach. This is an 8x10 of Kamaole Beach III in Kihei, looking north. Also working on another one working in the opposite direction. Still trying to learn how to get enough variety when painting a patch of sand.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Tree Study

Continuing my stylistic adjustments so did a small study of trees in my neighborhood. Many to choose from in green Seattle. This one is an odd size, 4.5x7.5 and somewhere I must have an odd sized frame to fit it.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Two more mountain views

Working on smaller, looser paintings so redid the previous mountain view work in 6x9 inch versions. Found that a 6x9 frame is hard to come by so had to cut one myself so I could view the works framed off from the world better. Moving in the direction I want and will keep at it. Just a slight difference in the lighting on these two.

Received a great book today, Kevin MacPherson's "Reflections on a Pond". There are over 300 images of the same location, painted small over the course of several years. They record the light and color in the changing seasons. Very inspirational and in tune with what I am trying to do.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mountain View Landscape

This is a view in the Cascade mountains taken by a friend of mine. I'm getting the brushstrokes I want but the mountains have a lot of green and no matter how many colors I mix, I can't get quite the variety into the scene I want. Progress was made however and I will choose a more colorful scene next. This work is 9x12 made with water soluble oils, which I use almost exclusively now. A little varnish once it's dry will bring out the colors.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Redo on Hawaii scene

Have been taking a break from original work to sharpen up my style, that is, texture, brush strokes, and color, in my landscapes, by copying some work of others I liked. Now back to my own work and redid a Hawaii scene from earlier. Still not completely satisfied but moving in the right directon. Also redid a flower scene in the newer style. Still only halfway there on both and plan on continuing this direction until I have it down. Looking for a more impressionistic look, with more color and better control of thicker brush strokes. It's the biggest room in the world - the room for improvement. This Hawaii scene from Kauai is 12x16.