Sunday, May 26, 2013

Pecan Season

This is painting #2 of my larger Southwest mountain series. I really like working larger, as I can get some arm movement into the brushstrokes and really get loose. The shapes in the mountain shadows are starting to reming me of jigsaw pieces. You will see that even more on painting #3.

Friday, May 24, 2013

How Green is my Valley

Having produced 5 smallish paintings of the Santa Rita mountains, I believe I'm getting enough of a feeling for them to paint larger and with more impressionistic freedom. This is my first large painting. It's a pretty much mythical depiction of Green Valley and the Santa Ritas on a late spring afternoon.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Produce Market

Produce Market 24x30

Two of my paintings have been accepted into the juried show at the Edmonds Art Festival, which occurs on fathers day weekend. "Produce Market" is one of them. I like the Edmonds Festival. They usually have a pretty interesting selection of art in the juried show, and the booths outdoors offer a variety of arts and crafts not seen everywhere else.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

"Snuggle" and "Gesture"

These are my two entries for this week's "Different Ways" Challenge. I started with the top composition (which still is my favorite) and then rearranged the objects and painted them from a different perspective. Perhaps I should have experimented with a different color ground as well. Maybe I still will....


Friday, May 10, 2013

"A Moment in Time"

This is a view of Seattle that was taken from the new ferris wheel on the waterfront. Since the viaduct is soon to be replaced by a tunnel, this view (which has only been possible to see since the ferris wheel was installed a year or so ago) will disappear. That's why this view is truly "a moment in time".

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Not Too Cool

                                6x6 Bid on this painting

This week's DPW Challenge: Create a painting where either the cool colors or warm colors dominate. One of the "rules" of painting-well, not just painting- is that variety is more interesting than sameness. In general, cool colors "pop" against a background of warm and warm colors "pop" against cool.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Tubac Santa Ritas 15.5x24  oil on canvas unframed $700

I've been working on some paintings of the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson, Arizona. I find landscapes difficult, as I like them best when they are not too removed from reality, yet i'm not at all inclined to produce photorealist paintings. I'm trying to land on a style that suits me and conveys my impression of the landscape. So far, the best inspiration I've found for the Southwest landscape is Maynard Dixon- and Georgia O'Keefe has some interesting takes on it as well.