Friday, June 27, 2014

From the Cliff

A view from the Oregon coast at Ecola State Park.  The cliffs are constantly being eroded by the action of the waves and these trees are clinging to bits of soil that may soon slide into the sea.  I liked the steep perspective.  16" x 10" oil on panel.  This one will be in a show I'm having in September at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Gallery, Winslow, Washington. 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Ellisport with Clouds

A view across Tramp Harbor towards Ellisport and KVI beach.  A sunny day with interesting clouds.  Painted from photos I took on location. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Dark Cherries on Gray

Cherry season is here!  One of my favorite subjects.  The composition is simple with uneven divisions of lights and dark.   I've also kept the colors harmonious; neutral grays with just enough red to make the gray interesting.  And I placed the cherries in an asymmetrical pattern, with just a suggestion of reflections underneath.  I hope cherry season lasts a while,  these are fun!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Rosebud on Dark Gray

Somehow the roses have come and gone already this year, and I managed only two little paintings of the pale pink roses that are my favorite to paint.  The divisions of space in this painting are very simple: a huge area of medium value (the gray) a small amount of dark value (the shadows)  and a small amount of pale pink flowers, pale green leaves, and white highlights for the light value.  The unequal divisions of light, medium, and dark value make the composition more interesting and give the painting dominance. I do like the curving green on the right side of the painting.  It's actually all one leaf and the individual "leaves" are leaflets.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Beach and Dunes

A view back up the sandy beach towards the trees and grasses that hold the dunes.  A perfect sunny day with a few clouds and a breeze.  Painted from photos I took on location.  This one will be in a show at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts in September. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Whidbey Island Alleyway

A view from the town of Langley on Whidbey Island.  I liked the interesting narrow alley and the shadows.  The road runs straight, there are no  turns, so the one point perspective forces your eye down the road.  I put in a band of pale pink and a little dot of red as a payoff for the trip.  This one will be in a show at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts in Winslow Washington in September.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Burton Marina

More sailboats - this time on dry land.  A scene from the marina in Burton on Vashon Island, where there's a lift to haul boats in and out.   This will be at my show in September at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts in Winslow, Washington.  12" x 12" oil on panel

Friday, June 6, 2014

Blue Harbor and Sailboats

A view of sailboats at anchor on a sunny day in Quartermaster Harbor on Vashon Island.  The dark green hills are reflected in the water and sunlight bounces off the white decks.  I like the overall light and the saturated colors.  (Every now and then it's fund to use the colors undiluted.)  Painted from photos I took on location.   This painting will be in a show at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts in Winslow Washington in September 2014.  Click here to send me your post office mailing address if you'd like me to add you to my postcard mailing list for the show.  (The mailing list will be used for show postcards only)

Monday, June 2, 2014

Vashon Farmhouse SOLD

Painted from a photograph I took of a farmhouse on Vashon.  In the photograph there was only a green lawn and the dark wall of house and trees with a straight horizon between the two.  To transform the photograph into a painting I broke up the straight horizon by dropping some of the trees on the right into the middle ground.  Then I added a foreground- just a suggestion of grass and brush and shadow.  The foreground shadow adds depth to the composition and turns the flat lawn into a pathway into the painting.
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