Saturday, October 28, 2017

"What's UP or What's Woof?"

I painted this adorable Boston terrier as a quick study watercolor. I blocked in bright colors and then drew the portrait. I made adjustments and added appropriate detail. Fun piece.
"What's UP or What's Woof?"  Watercolor, graphite and acrylic on 140 LB Canson Watercolor Paper

Monday, October 23, 2017

An Old Favorite

This is an acrylic painting that I did about 18 years ago. I painted it the night before a competition and it won a ribbon. I still have it as it is one of my favorites. Very simple.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Working Man's Navy - SOLD

I painted this boating scene semi abstract and I am happy with the results. This is an oil painting on 8"x10" canvas board painted with palette knife.
"Working Man's Navy" in oil with palette knife

Pretty in Pink

Hold that post! I had to add the pink ice plant to the last painting. I can't help it. I like pink.
Pretty In Pink - 8'x10' Oil with Palette Knife

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Sunny Day at Battery Point Lighthouse

Nope,  I am not tired of painting this little lighthouse yet. I am intrigued by the different compositions and views of this Crescent City tourist attraction.

"Sunny Day At Battery Point Lighthouse" 8x10 Oil Painting with Palette Knife

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Refresh My Memory

I had an opportunity to take a refresher course on watercolor with artist and instructor, Audi Stanton.

I might have mentioned before that I have been taking classes with Audi since 1994 in Sacramento, California.

In this class, Audi instructed, demonstrated and provided the students with wonderful examples to help us reinforce what we needed to learn.  Then we had to prove that we were paying attention by picking up our brushes, watercolors, and trying it out.

Here are some of the funny and important watercolor tips I learned.

Thank you, Audi.

If you save  the white of the paper, you can, also, save paint and money.

Rocks really aren't  hard.
Houses look better with doors and windows.

It takes practically nothing to cloth the naked.


Monday, October 9, 2017

The Darker Side of Battery Point Lighthouse, Crescent City, CA

Here is an oil painting of the darker side or rather the shadow side of the Crescent City, California's Battery Point Lighthouse. I wanted to share the beginning and end stages of this painting style.

I am using a palette knife with oils on an 8"x10" board. 

Stage 1  with pure color and value and  moving to stage 2.
Stage 2 adjusting value and layering color.  Sorry, I forgot to photograph stage 3.
This is the last stage after reviewing color relationship, comparing, adjusting and  adding detail.
When I look at the differences between stage 1 and the last stage, it even dumbfounds me and I am the painter.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

RollIng In The Mud

I am finally able to get back to rolling in the mud with my slab roller.
I am working with GR pottery forms that I purchased from Alpha Ceramics in Sacramento, California and plaster molds from a garage sale. The clay I am using B-mix with grog
The final pieces were painted with Amaco Potter's Choice,  fired at cone 5 with a medium setting and held for 10 minutes.

Greenware plats and trays using  B - mix with grog 

Platter with painted Potter's Choice Textured Turquoise andSmokey Merlot.

This is how it looks on my beach style place setting.  I love the size because it fits perfectly over my charger.

Smokey Merlot on the top piece. 

Left to right on the bottom piece is  Textured Turquoise,  Textured Turquoise  over Smokey Merlot,  Smokey Merlot,  and Smokey Merlot over Temmoku.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

My New Paintings At Wright's Framing

Here are my new paintings hanging at Wright's Framing in Brookings, Oregon.
I painted a series of lighthouses in oil of Battery Point Lighthouse in Crescent City, California and  a watercolor of Bandon Lighthouse in Bandon, Oregon.
I also painted a whimsical painting of  beach houses at Harris Beach in Brookings, Oregon.
Oh and there is a small painting in oil of Arch Rock located between  Brookings, Oregon and Gold Beach, Oregon.
I hope you enjoy them as much I did painting them!