Sunday, July 20, 2014

Apples in a Wheelbarrow

This is a backyard plein air painting of our apple tree.
While we were harvesting the golden Tranparency apples
I was intrigued by the scene, especially the red wheelbarrow; 
and took a break and got out my little pochade box and oils.
8" x 8" oil on canvas panel
available on DPW aucttion

Saturday, July 19, 2014


​Plein air painting done of a lovely creek near Sisters, Oregon
that I did on my summer roadtrip this year.
The little waterfall was pretty, but I particularly liked the three old trees
 which seemed to stand guard over this gorgeous location.
Not sure of the exact spot, but this may be the Metolius River.
8" x 8" oil on canvas panel
available on DPW auction

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Blooms in a Green Vase

​I received a lovely flower arrangement as a gift
and placed them in a pretty light green vase.
 A few of the flowers were spent before I got around to painting them,
 but these pretty blooms were still fresh.
8" x 6" oil on canvas panel
available on DPW auction

Monday, July 14, 2014

Smith Rock 2

​This is the second plein air painting of Smith Rock
with the Crooked River which runs through the rocks,
 that I did during my summer roadtrip.
6" x 8" oil on canvas panel
available on DPW auction

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Country Morning

Plein air painting I did on my roadtrip
of Central Oregon's high desert farm lands.
I particularly liked the misty hills and wonderful light
of the early morning on the landscape.
6" x 8" oil on canvas panel
available on DPW auction

Friday, July 11, 2014

Smith Rock

​Smith Rock in Central Oregon is a climbing destination
for people from all over the world.
Although I don't climb, I love hiking and the scenery here is worth the trek.
This is one of a three plein air painting I did this summer of this beautiful place.
 (If you aren't familiar with 'plein air' painting,
it is a quick study done on location, where the artist tries to get impressions,
color, light and atmosphere down as quickly as possible,
 as they can change rapidly.)
8" x 8" oil on canvas panel
available on DPW auction
This is a photo I took of the scene, which I usually do,
for later reference for creating a larger more detailed
 painting in studio.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sailing the Strait

Another ​plein air painting from my summer roadtrip,
 this time on the Olympic Penn.
 I was enchanted by the lovely purples and blues of this scene,
and the placid waters of the Juan de Fuca Strait,
where a  sailboat and its reflection 
silently moved into the mists off Vancouver Island, Canada.
6" x 8" oil on canvas panel
available on DPW auction
Below is a photo of the scene painted. My computer tends to
over do the blues so the purples and bluegreens aren't as obvious
in the photo.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

High Desert Morning

​Another plein air painting of the high desert of Central Oregon
where I began my roadtrip this year.
 I was particularly fascinated with the pastel colors
produced by the morning atmosphere, flowers,
and natural coloring of the landscape.
6" x 8" oil on canvas panel
available on DPW auction

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Fairholme Campground

This is a plein air watercolor sketch I did of a campground
where I stayed in the Olympic NP during my summer roadtrip this year.
This is a rainforest and it was misty and damp this day,
so rather than venture out,  I painted this scene
 which was visible from my campsite.
The colors, clothes strung between two trees, the campfire smoke
all intrigued me.
6" x 8" watercolor sketch on 140# paper
available on DPW auction

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Morning Glory

This is a "story" painting that tells a tale.
 They often take days to paint, and the scene often evolves creatively.
In this "story" work
In this 'story' work, the ​morning breaks in a golden orange glow 
behind the mountains which frame the valley and river 
where an old red mill stands. 
It's wheel turning slowly in the flow of a peaceful stream as it runs by. 
The miller has a fire burning against the early chill, 
as an eagle soars overhead looking for its own breakfast. 

8" x 10" oil on canvas panel

available on DPW auction

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Bees and Blooms

This is an oil over acrylic painting of a corner in a flower garden.  
I like the formal white post on which grow the blue/purple wisteria. 
The red roses offer a splash of contrast. 
As I was working on this painting, I noticed a hum and looked 
and saw several bees moving about from flower to flower. 
Originally I did not add them, but I was never happy with this painting 
until in reworking the picture I added the bees. 
Now it feels right.

10" x 8" oil on canvas board

available on DPW auction

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Summer Showers

A shower falls on a lush green wetlands,
 then the clouds skip on by to reveal 
clear blue summer skies.

10" x 8" oil on textured canvas panel

for sale on DPW auction