Monday, May 10, 2021

More waves

 A catchup week on posting. Includes Hookena Beach view, a 14x30 plein air work at the top. We keep getting cloudy weather but color beneath the layer was bright that day so captured the mountain views beneath the clouds.    

Continued my wave studies with several works. Added a sunset in the bottom work to combine sunset and waves. Want to do more of both so combining these motifs was a good way to go. 

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Wave Studies

 I was inspired by an article in Artist's Magazine about studies of waves. Since here in Hawaii we have myriad inspiration, I did a few studies from photos I had taken while painting plein air. The below three are 8x8, 8x10, and then 5x7. It's a fun process and I can now finish almost completely in one "sitting." The water soluble oils I use set up quickly and as I paint different parts, other parts are dry enough to continue and paint over them. The white/yellow/blue in the waves I do with a stiff bristle brush to get texture and also I can lay the light over the dark and it stays put. Hope to get a few more great photos to do more of these.    

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Flower Project

 I took some photos of flowers from my garden and used my last panel from a wooden screen to frame the resulting paintings. Overall it's 11x62 with each painting an 8x10. Makes a good over-the-sofa work. I've also taken the Big Wave work shown earlier to the Blue Sea Artisans gallery and will bring this on once it's varnished and ready to hang.  

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Variety of new work

 Working on some larger studio pieces lately. Top is an Idaho sunset. I have a friend there who takes many pictures and lets me use them for reference. This is 16x20.

Below is a cloud work from a photo, at 16x22 in size. I did a 5x7 study first and then had the larger canvas about the same proportions so did a larger versions where I added the palm trees and figures on the beach for size reference. I like the few white capped waves showing the light coming through the clouds.  


Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Latest work

 A variety of  work lately. Top is a 16x20 studio work from Magoon's beach north of Kona. Seems the larger I paint, the more realistic I tend to work. Haven't figured out how to get the looseness I like in the smaller outdoor work to carry over to larger work. 

Next is something I've been working on for a while. It's a long big wave across 5-8x10 panels. I finally added surfers on the wave and put the panels into a long "frame" derived from a screen of five panels. I call this one Big Wave.

Also included two Oregon scenes from a friend's photos.  Top is 12x12 of a bay that filled up with waves than then drain out the front. Below is a 6x8 of a rocky beach near sunset. Nice for a change of pace in colors from all the Hawaii paintings.  

Monday, December 21, 2020


 Taking advantage of higher surf lately. Top is a 16x20 studio painting of a large wave. It's a little more realistic than my usual but I feel I captured the splash well. 

Below are two 8x10's painted outdoors. I have painted the Kahaluu hut several times but this time caught the splash of the surf. The bottom is view from Kona Inn on another wavy day where I had a nice shadow cast on the ocean foreground. 


Monday, November 30, 2020

Lanscape plus skyscape

 Painting at Magoon's beach and did a colorful scene with tourists and shadows. This is one of my favorite places to paint as offers views in many directions. This is a normal outdoor 8x10 with very tiny people. 

Below is a sky study, early in sunset. I plan to do some more sunsets as saved so many images of these here. This is 16x20 and reminds me of bright Monet water lily paintings.