Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A few summer leftovers

I just caught up on photos of some work I did over the summer of local scenes, painted outdoors. These are all 6x8 inches. Top one is Magnuson Park, in front of the beach. Next is Kubota Gardens, and it's red bridge. Last is a view from Gasworks Park, up toward Capital Hill, and St. Mark's Cathedral. Just finished working on #65 of my daily paintings, in 67 days. Still haven't missed a day since returned from Florida, Dec. 15th. Will post more of these soon. Just a reminder, these are all for sale!     

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Daily Paintings Continued

A little more experimental in technique and subject on the next batch of daily paintings. These take me to #61 in 63 days.  Most of this group are from Arizona scenes and are 5x7 or 6x8 in size. The top one is the exception and is a still life from an image of plants in shadows from a Vancouver, BC street. 

The others are panoramic views of N. Arizona area and then two views of river beds in Arizona.  The second work down is done fairly realistically while the one below is a pointillist style with paint daubs on top of a bright yellow ground color. Both the river beds are from an elevated viewpoint, a train in the first, and a bridge in the second.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Four new daily paintings

Now finished 55 small works in 57 days. Experimenting between looser and tighter styles for variety. First here is a snow scene from Idaho, rest are from the Seattle Horticultural Center, where I've now done about 7-8 works. These are 6x8 (2nd and 4th) and 5x7(1st and 3rd) . 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Another batch of daily paintings

Here is another batch of daily paintings, now #50 in 52 days. Top is a view of the main bridge crossing  the Spokane River in Washington. Next is a view of some fields on the way to Spokane, cows in the foreground. 3rd is a view from Santa Monica, looking back toward LA. Last is a view from Queen Anne hill, looking south, across Puget Sound. It was a cold day with wind the day my group painted there so I skipped the outdoor painting and opted for photos to use indoors. These are all 6x8 or 5x7 inches in size. 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Night View

I'm always fascinated by our nights and artificial lighting, especially street lights, and the lights from inside windows in otherwise darkened buildings. I've done a few works in the past of these scenes so thought I'd try a couple in my daily paintings. The top one is 8x10 and is a view of 82nd street in Seattle, on the way to my house, facing east. It will need a little matte varnish at some point as dark patches are a challenge to get all the surfaces working. Also did a smaller, 6x8, of the parking lot at Gage Academy in Seattle, from a photo taken one night as I was leaving a class. The rear of my Scion XB little boxy car is peaking out on the right. 

Now on painting 46 in 48 days. Keeping the pace up and still making use of all the scenes I've wanted to try out in paint.   


Monday, January 7, 2013

Arizona Scenes

I've been visiting my daughter in Arizona over the last several years and taking many photos. With my daily paintings, I'm catching up on using these images as the basis for my work. These are three 6x8 views of the scenery in Dead Horse Ranch State Park (No, I didn't see the dead horse) in Cottonwood, plus the third is a scene from the drive through the mountains to Flagstaff. Now have 42 works in 44 days. Will see where all this activity leads. Will look at these for potential for larger works once run out of steam and want to slow down. It's too much fun so far.


Saturday, January 5, 2013

Glacier scenes

This week I did two scenes of the Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska from images taken when I went on a cruise there two years ago. Today I saw the movie "Chasing Ice" which showed glaciers receding, including this one. I would like to see where the glacier sits today. The horizontal format, 8x10, shows the glacier creeping back up into the valley. The foreground used to be where the glacier was but now is a lake. The second vertical format is 6x8 and is a scene to the right of the first where I wanted to capture a small waterfall coming off the glacier, off to the side.  

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Maui Scenes

To combat the winter, I've done a few scenes from Maui. These vary from 5x7 to 8x10. Also did a small tulip scene from north of Seattle from last spring. Winter has not been too bad so far except for some frosty mornings. Even seeing the sun now and then. Have kept up the daily painting with 35 done in 37 days. Still only missed the two days I traveled cross country since I started.