Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Single Bloom- Geranium


           Single Bloom-Geranium  10"x5"  oil

This is from a couple weeks ago. I always love a spot of red and this geranium in the window of a second hand store gave me both color and an unusual format to play with.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Westport Docks, End of Day

Westport Docks, End of Day                    oil on panel                10" x 8

Another re-post from the the Washington coast this time.....

A quick post on this dock scene from Westport, Washington. It's pretty active and I used an umber underpainting which I usually don't do. While it worked out, I still prefer a more vibrant color wash underneath, such as cad. red or rose.  

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Six Chicks

Six Chicks          oil          8" x 10"

I'm posting a few favorites from  the past year this week.....

I needed to get my chicken painting fix as it had been too long! As with other recent paintings, I loosely sketched this in Cad. Red and blocked in large passages of darks in that as well. It helps to remind me of the values as I proceed to color. The red doesn't seem to affect the top color other than to warm it a bit. 

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Working The Back Channels















Working The Back Channels       oil on canvas          16" x 40"

Another of my recent larger works. I had fun with bringing all the individual areas here into a cohesive whole. I had a real challenge at one point where everthing appeared too red and intense, but cooled things down with some blue and gray glazing. 

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Sunset, Ruby River


Sunset, Ruby River      24" x 36"     oil on canvas

I've been planning a few larger works lately and this is the first of them. Feels good to stretch out the color and brushwork and work on depth in a way that smaller works don't allow in the same way.


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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Shadows and workshop

Shadows       oil     9" x 12"


This one is a bit different for me as I am experimenting with the palette and soft edge approach of Kevin Courter. He's a master of creating mood and special lighting effects in the landscape and I recently returned from his workshop in Sacramento. Kevin is an excellent teacher and generous with his time and information.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Pink Rose Bower


Pink Rose Bower

Had to paint some sweet pink roses today. These are from a photo I took of red roses, but I brought all the values up and decided on a much more spring like feel for it. It must be the influence of Valentine's Day.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Birch Trees


Birch Trees     12" x 9"    oil on panel

I painted this with the intention of using a different color palette. This uses the triad of violet, green and orange. It was a good experiment for me. I tried to keep the path through the trees in a high key to provide contrast and a window into the depth of the landscape.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Using A Transparent Value Plan, International Artist Magazine



I am happy to share exciting news this month about my article in the current edition of  International Artist magazine  "Using a Transparent Value Plan" includes a step-by-step painting demonstration and thoughts on some of my other paintings that are featured. You can see a brief preview online,  page 64.
My next five painting purchasers will receive a copy.

In addition, my newsletter posted today, and you can view it HERE


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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Blue Day

Blue View       oil on linen panel     8" x 10"

My last post 'Red Cliffs' was painted on a black surface which I hadn't used for quite awhile. I enjoyed it but for this one went back to using a Cad Red underpainting. I like the changes in thinking and approach brought about by different processes.  Keeps me on my toes!




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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Red Cliffs

Red Cliffs       8" x 10"     oil on linen panel


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Saturday, January 13, 2018

A Day Out

A Day Out

Here's one that has a bit looser treatment. I was after the light striking the edge of the hillside and trying to carry that pattern down into the water.

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Avalanche Lilies

Avalanche Lilies  9" x 12" oil

Here is one from Rainier National Park. This was in July and the beginning show of wildflowers was on display. These tiny Avalanche Lilies really provided contrast against all the deep greens and umber tones in leaves and underbrush. 


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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Fisher with a Wooden Boat

Fisher with a Wooden Boat
8" x 14"   oil

To start the year.... a bit of red in the form of a wooden boat and fisher on the Big Horn river. The water is dark but, I thought harmonised well with the ochre and crimson tones in the rest of the painting.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year!... Here are a few from 2017.
Thank you for being a part of it.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

River Walk

River Walk      9" x 12"       oil on panel


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Saturday, December 2, 2017

First Crop - A Lost and Found Painting

First Crop by Mary Maxam Oil ~ 8" x 8"
First Crop          8" x 8"         oil on linen panel
Sometime around our move, 4 years ago, I sold this painting. Or at least I thought I had. When I went to pack and ship, it was no where to be found! I searched everywhere in my studio and just finally gave up. I had no good explanation and had finally decided that it had sold previously but that I had no good record for it. Lo and behold, it has been recovered! These Pink Lady apples have been quietly resting between the covers of a painting book. How it got there I will never know..... I should be re-reading all my painting books....who knows what I'd find!

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Golden Days

Golden Days       11" x 14"      oil
A sunny fall day and time on the water for this guy in Yellowstone Park. I replaced my Viridian for Prussian Blue on this one. It's great for mixing interesting greens and works as an alternative to the Ultramarine that's alway on my palette.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Turning Fall

Turning Fall                                 oil                           11" x 14"

This is a painting that started as I usually do, with a red wash of the major value areas. I liked the lead-in and had planned it as a landscape only. But, I saw the perfect space for a fly fisher and a long space to use a fishing line creating motion in the foreground. Once I saw it in my mind's eye, I knew it would be a solid way to finish and am happy with the results.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Beach Run

Beach Run     oil on panel    8" x 10"

This is not typically the time of year I think about the ocean considering it's a week before Thanksgiving. But, this is a memory from a couple years ago, in Oceanside, CA. It was a late afternoon and people were still enjoying a few last hours of the warm day before the sun went down. A pink underpainting using a thin Cad. Red wash  helped bring a nice warmth to the blues.


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