Thursday, September 11, 2014

Storm Moving In


 
 
Painted for DPW's Stormy" weather challenge.
I love painting dramatic skies.
This challenge photo has it all: rain, wind, blowing clouds,
 even a smattering of sunlight reflected in the water and on the clouds.
I later added the lighthouse because I felt the little island
was telling me it wanted one.
 
 
8" x 10" oil on canvas panel
 
available on DPW auction
 
 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Columbia River Gorge

 
 
The Columbia Gorge is a scenic corridor
 that goes from heavily forested to reddish sandstone bluffs
that follow the mighty Columbia river,
where the vegetation is shaped by the extreme windy conditions.
Another plein air painting from my summer roadtrips.
 
8" x 10" oil on canvas panel
 
available on DPW auction

Monday, September 8, 2014

Early Mountain Snowstorm

 
 
A late summer snowstorm in the rocky mountains,
leaves a layer of white on the purple peaks,
which overlook the changing color of the fall season
in the valley below.
 
This is a plein air painting done on my summer roadtrip.
 
8" x 10" oil on canvas panel
 
available on DPW auction
 
 
 

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

Red 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