Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Crystal Springs Experiment, 8x10 inches, pastel, available.

I experimented with a new substrate for this painting... It is a pumice gesso painted onto masonite. The texture is far to rough to take a definitive line, hence the interesting foggy look of the painting. The rough texture of the substrate helps the warm undertone to shine through. I am undecided about the effect. I am planning on trying a few more, maybe thinning the gesso so that it does not have such a strong texture.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Crystal Springs Morning, 3.5x3.5 inches, pastel, available.

I find that working small helps me to abstract the landscape, and focus on the quality of light rather than careful detail.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Morning Lake, 10x10 inches, pastel, available.

Early Morning is a special time to paint, especially reflections that are still because the fresh air is unruffled by the day's wind.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Bright Creek, 6x8 inches, pastel, nfs.

This painting was done in a creekbed by a busy road in Sierra City. The painting came out surprisingly peaceful for all the racket.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Cattle Pond, 12 x 13 inches, pastel

These cattle ponds are common scenes on the coast by Half Moon Bay. I like the tranquility and calm anticipation of the scene.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Yosemite Icon, 6x6 inches, pastel, $250 unframed

My blog has been quiet for a few days, and that is because I was in Yosemite painting the fall colours. Here is a small painting that is just what one would expect from such a trip.
Please check out my website for other paintings that I did during my foray into the high country.

Monday, October 30, 2006

New Baby Sketch, 5x5 inches, pastel

This is a painting I did from photos of a friend with her new baby, we estimated at the time that the baby was about on his 10,000 breath of air. I did a larger work from this sketch.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Morro Rock, 3x5 inches, pastel

I love the color harmonies here. This painting is an excerpt from a larger painting that I cut down. It was greatly improved by cropping it.

Nightfall II, 5x6 inches, pastel.

Here is another take on a sketch that I pasted in below.
It may be shaping up. I might try one in an orange red palette.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Beach in Fog, 6x8 inches, pastel.

This small painting is a bit of an experiment. I am looking for the visual tension that I love in Wolf Kahn's work. I want the painting to be about atmosphere and the air between me and the subject.
San Gregorio Farm, 6x8 inches, pastel

This painting was done in San Gregorio. I like the painterly spunkiness of it. I visited this small town as a young child to buy candy from a general goods store that also at the time carried saddles and grease for a tractor and cattle feed. They still have candy bars, and live music on Sundays, but no cast iron pots or spurs.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Nightfall, 6x6 inches, pastel

Blog Painting # 1. This image has been hovering in my mind, so I put it down to see what it actually looks like. I watched this scene while painting another painting, and it has been haunting me. I will try a few other variation sketches.