The colors I put together remind me of Tibet, so I added some Kanji.
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Last month I visited my sister in San Luis Obispo county. Whenever I go down there, I always take my painting gear, searching for a plein air scene to paint. The attraction of this scene was the chalk white soil, the terra rosa leaves on the vines, and, of course, the Cypress trees on the hill. When I started painting in the morning, the temperature was 27 degrees F, and never did warm up, so I only painted for an hour and finished the painting from a photo when I returned home.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Another painting on wood panel, recently revised by adding more paint here and there. This is from a photo I took along Highway 5, near Willows.
Painted on wood panel from a photo I took of San Francisco icons.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Here is my rendition of surfers at Hampton Beach, NH. I took this photo last month while visiting my relatives who vacation there every summer. These kids look so vulnerable, yet so trendy with their cell phones and wet suits and buff bodies..
Monday, June 22, 2015
Friday, May 29, 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Having painted in this beautiful Healdsburg garden before, I have been attracted to this scene but never painted it because the shadows have moved too fast. Since I am now able to apply the paint much faster, I finally attempted this view with some success.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Friday, February 20, 2015
I took many Artisric Liberties with this painting by changing the color of the house, abstracting the background, and adding lots more mustard in the vineyard..
This is the third time I've painted this scene in Tomales, and I think this is, by far, the most successful
Saturday, February 7, 2015
This impossibly beautiful scene was also painted last year from the same location. But this year was different. After I set up and started painting, the property owner's son arrived with his tractor mower, warning me that the mower threw rocks, and proceeding to mow down the mustard because his mother, who owns the property, doesn't want anybody looking at the magnetic scene. Fortunately I was able to finish the painting from photos. A word of note: English Walnuts are grafted onto Black Walnut roots, because the roots are stronger, making the base of the tree look like it is sitting in a bucket.,
It's not easy changing gears from painting plein air landscapes to abstracts. I'm finding abstract paintings take a dreadfully long time to finish in comparison with plein air paintings which take 2 or 3 hours in the field before the light begins to change. On the other hand, abstracts can take weeks or months before the composition and colors are right because the finished image results from internal influences in comparison to landscapes which result from exterior influences.
In this painting, I have experimented with Williamsburg Interference paints which contain Titanium Dioxide coated Mica particles, giving the painted surface reflective qualities, much like Dichroic glass.