Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Lochsa August

Lochsa August  9"x9"  oil
Well, no it's not August, but I couldn't resist painting another  fisherman and this is from an August day on the Lochsa River.I keep telling Ed he's just a very paintable guy, there always seems to be a story about him. I don't think he believes me.....he thinks it's just the hat!
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Monday, March 28, 2011


Dedication  9"x9"  oil
There are lots plein aire painters who paint in snow fields, but none of them can hold a candle to some of the fly fishermen I've met. Rain, snow or sleet, they're on to the next great place. I was attracted here to the abstract pattern of large patches snow against the dark sienna rock and weeds. The fisherman stands out against the white and provides that vertical break in the composition.
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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Randy Higbee Gallery 6x6 show acceptance

I have to share my excitement at having two pieces accepted to the Randy Higbee Gallery 6x6 show. If you click on the pictures above, you'll see the details of these two accepted works, Storm Sky and Red Clouds. Until recently, I haven't painted too much in a 6x6 format, (usually 8x8 and larger) However, I have to say, I am enjoying it periodically as a whole new challenge of composing that small world.
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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring Catch

Spring Catch  9"x9" oil
Here's another catch on a cold spring day. The blue green of the water and contrast in the dry grass appealed to me. Another good day on the river.
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Leo's Loop

Spring Cast  9"x9"  oil
Last week found me pushing the season by painting Iris. This week (or at least today) I'm painting a fisherman who's out there trying to catch the big one, though it's still cold and there are snow patches here and there. This is something of a collaborative effort, as a fisher friend sent us some picture resources he said I could use. Thanks Steve :)
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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Red Cloud Evening

Red Cloud Evening  18"x18"  oil/linen panel
About a week ago, I talked about developing small works to larger and how they change (or don't) and how the translation from the smaller work, becomes an interesting journey in itself. This is another, and was developed from my smaller Red Clouds post. This painting is certainly a softer approach , and the color not quite as intense.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Iris Bunch- painting demonstration

Iris Bunch 6x6  oil
It's always tricky for me to decide whether to post the finish step on a demo first or last, but in this case, as you see, it's first. So, the first step is the wash of warm red and then drawing loose shapes, in burnt umber onto that. I chose the warm red to contrast with what I knew would be an overall cool color palette.By the way, this is #66 Clausens linen glued down to panel. In the second step, I began to put down some basic shadow shapes in both the flowers and background. The 3rd step is putting in some of the more pure and  higher chroma colors into middle areas. Then, I joined areas of light, middle and dark values areas, as I didn't want things to get too scattered. My final step shows more time spent with sharpening a few edges and blending  others to lead the eye and keep the interest on that top left bloom.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Crimson Iris

Crimson Iris  6x6 oil   
It's such fun to paint flowers again, though my  method is the same for most all the subjects I work with. If I remember to grab my camera, I will post a demo for tomorrow's flower painting. I usually block in with a single wash or blocks of varied color, then draw the biggest shapes with paint , block in shadows, lights and mid-tones.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Backlit Iris

Backlit Iris  6"x6"  oil   sold
I'm certainly rushing the season here, but have had folks requesting flowers these days and with daylight savings time...well, I'm anxious to push things a bit and paint spring.  This is one of the coral blooms out at Manito Park in Spokane. They have a wonderful display there every year. Yes, I think this needs to be a flower week :)
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Friday, March 11, 2011

Red Clouds

Red Clouds  6"x6"  oil
This is another painting that I will develop larger as with my last two posts. I really have enjoyed working with the drama of the skies and finally the rains are passing (probably just for a day or two). Please visit my newest online gallery space at Xanadu Gallery of Scottsdale. They carry a wide variety of both 2-D and 3-D work
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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wind and Rain

Wind and Rain  18"x18"  oil on canvas
This is the painting I developed form the storm sketch of my last post. I kept the analogous color scheme, movement and basic shapes of the smaller work. But, in this piece I heightened the chroma of some of the violets and pulled paint down for some rain action and direction. The paint is applied in both thin and thick areas to help with depicting atmosphere and surface interest.
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Storm Sketch

Storm Sketch  6x6  oil 
Daily painting is valuable in so many ways, not the least of which is planning. I seem to have forgotten this, but recently remembered to begin developing small works as plans for larger paintings as well as stand alone pieces. It's an age old way to work out all the elements before starting a larger work and my plan is to develop this Storm Sketch into a larger work which will be 18 x18".
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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Grapes II and Announcements !

Grapes II  oil  12x12    oil on linen   nfs
 I've been working on a companion piece to the first grapes piece that I posted last. There will be some tweaking here, but generally this is completed. Also, I just posted a  piece for the current challenge at Daily Paintworks which you can see here . And last but not least, I will soon be additionally represented by  Xanadu Gallery of Scottsdale, one of their online studio artists.  More information on the details and links will be posted soon.
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Thursday, March 3, 2011


untitled-grapes  12x12  oil linen panel NFS
I'm beginning work on larger pieces for my galleries this spring. So, I wanted to let you in on some of the ideas that will be cropping up. This will be one of a diptych and I have the second piece started as well. While they compliment each other, one concentrates on the red palette and the second, a bit more on blue. They've been so much fun to paint, and I'm finding, as most artists do,  my daily painting discipline really comes into play for planning and confidence with ideas.
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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Lean On Me - DPW II

Lean On Me  6 x 6"  $100 oil on linen sold
This is my second Daily Paintworks challenge. When I set down these two pears, they rolled toward each other and it provided a little scene of companionship that I found appealing. I concentrated on careful value here and liked the harmony in the color set up.
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