Sunday, August 3, 2014

Pastel Sky

 
​When taking an evening walk, I crossed this river
and was stunned by the beautiful pastel colors in the sky
and reflected in the water. I stood there on the bridge
and absorbed the beauty committing to memory
every detail that I could.
I quickly painted in the basic colors and then spent
 the next few days with details.
I know this painting looks almost like a fantasy scene,
but it is very close to the reality.
 
8" x 10" oil on canvas panel
 
 
Available on DPW auction
 
 
 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tire Swing

 
 
Where I live there are very tall fir and pine trees,
 but scattered among them are giant old oaks and maples.
These old twin oaks have grown in a neighbors side yard
and been the playground for several generations of children,
who have climbed into their branches and swung from a tire swing.
I began this painting as a plein air because I love the ancient oak trees
and the lovely lights and shadows, 
but felt the tire swing needed a child so I added him in my studio.
 
6" x 8" oil on canvas panel
 
available on DPW auction

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Orchard Ladder

 
 
Grandpa's old wooden orchard ladder
comes in handy for harvesting the fruit higher up in the tree,  
that can't be picked easily from the ground.
​Another 'backyard' plein air painting.
 
8" x 6" oil on canvas panel
 
available on DPW auction 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wild Oregano

 
8" x 10" oil on canvas panel
 
 
In the south pasture behind the garden and fruit trees,
 is a riot of wild oregano and interlaced with small white field daisies.
 It is so pretty I couldn't resist painting it.
This is another of my 'backyard' plein air paintings.
 
available on DPW auction
 
 
 

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

Waterfall

 
​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