Monday, March 28, 2016

Crabbing at Low Tide SOLD

When I first saw these guys out with rakes at low tide, I thought perhaps they were digging clams, but they were in water too deep.  Turns out they were looking for crabs.  Painted from photos I took on location.  6" x 12"On my ETSY store

Monday, March 21, 2016

A view of Tramp Harbor on Vashon Island.  Sand and Mud flats are exposed as the tide goes out, and often they are covered in soft green seaweed.  I wanted the flats to show the sparkle of sunshine and painted the vertical strokes to add a sense of vibration to the painting.  24" x 24" 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Bridge View in Aberdeen

A view from the highway bridge looking towards the railroad bridge in Aberdeen Washington.  Motorboats and sailboats are docked in the Wishkah River and late afternoon sunlight turns the bridge trusses yellow and casts complex shadows.  12" x 12"  Painted from photos I took on location.  On my ETSY store

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Blue Teapot and Eggshells SOLD

A month ago I painted the teapot, last week I painted the eggshells, in this post I put them together.  I combined warm browns in the eggshells and cool grays and blues in the background and teapot.  The colors are subdued and desaturated so they complement each other nicely.  I like the pale warm color inside the shadow of the eggshells.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Three Eggshells SOLD

A very simple subject matter, painted in medium and high values, with very simple warm/cool contrast.  On my ETSY store

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


This was painted for a challenge on Daily Paintworks.  It's a subject I've painted before and always enjoy.  The challenge is trying to make all the lilypads recede in perspective and to lay flat on the water.  The trick is to remember that no matter the shape of the lilypad, it is an oval on a plane and the oval doesn't really tilt to the right or the left unless the plane also tilts. Its the same problem as drawing a bowl or cup on a tabletop- ovals that are closer to the horizon become thinner and flatter, and ovals that are at the bottom of the page in bird's eye view are closer to a circle.  A bit larger 24" x 30".  On my ETSY store