Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Sand & Shadows

Sand & Shadow   10" x 8"    oil on linen panel
A small one today from a photo taken in Belize. Originally, I had my eye fixed on all the detailed edges of the shadow itself. But then I realized that a softer edge captured the feeling of being under  the dappled shadows of the palms rather than observing from a distance. 

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Monday, June 27, 2016

A Good Luck Day

A Good Luck Day    oil on canvas    30" x 15"

A Good Luck Day (detail)

Still working today with a long format, this time vertical. I did a 3 value rough sketch this time in cad. red. That allowed me to think about color and still keep my values in place. My biggest challenge was not to carry the color too far and I did tone it down quite a bit. I find it is always easier to start with intense color, then gray it, rather than the reverse. 
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Big Bend

Big Bend    12" x 36"  oil on stretched canvas

Big Bend (detail)

I've been wanting to use a different format for awhile and I decided this extra long canvas would fit the bill. I used the fishing line and water line to really emphasize the length and then tried to used foliage with the same intent. This was very fun to paint. As I got into it, I pushed color toward a sense of atmosphere rather than accuracy. I'm planning to work with another long format soon in a vertical.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Glacier Park Landscape - Revised

Glacier Park Landscape

Today I took a second look at yesterday's painting and realized adjustments were needed. The peak on the right was too dark to indicate distance and edges needed to be softened in a variety of places. Now I think it has a stronger visual lead-in and the edges, particularly in the background are not competing with foreground shapes. Funny how 'fresh eyes' on a painting, helps you to see solutions.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Glacier Park Landscape

Glacier Park Landscape   9" x 12"    oil

This is from one of my favorite photos taken in Glacier Park. Today I didn't have a lot of time but just wanted to get down the larger basic shapes of color. 

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Just For Fun

Just For Fun          oil on panel      12" x 12"

I decided to work in a more abstract manner today.  So this was some fun with big brushes and big splashes of color. Once I had that our of my system, I used negative painting in the background to bring some focus to the splotchy shapes. A nice break and fun change for today.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

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Just a quick post to let you know that I'm offering 
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Thursday, June 9, 2016


Summertime      oil      11" x 14"
I took the reference photo for this one while walking along the Boise river last week. It was a day with a little breeze and perfect temps in the 70's. This guy seemed to have found the perfect spot to spend the afternoon and try his luck with a little fishing.

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Friday, June 3, 2016


                                                                       Glide    oil   9" x 12"
I've been working on a couple small commissions in the last week. And, between those and keeping up with everyday happenings, posting work has gotten away from me. This is one of the many geese that enjoy the pond behind our house. I took this photo in the evening when there was just enough light in the sky to provide some nice color from the setting sun and provide a lot of contrast

This smaller photo almost looks like it was painted with a tube of solid black, but the larger view will show a variety of mixes using ultramarine blue, viridian, and alizarin crimson.

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