Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday, February 5, 2016

Portrait Study #3

"Portrait Study #3", 14 x 11 In, Oil on Museum Board

This portrait was done quickly a couple of days ago and for the most part, as far as I remember, I didn't try to fix it. When there is "fixing" it often has to do with structural accuracy and other times with transitions, as between darker areas and lighter areas. I don't like to go back, because that's when the eye/hand partnership loses its predominant role and the mind takes control, over analyzing everything. When this happens, sometimes I scrape and start over. Sometimes I push through. But my goal is always that first instinct.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Portrait Study #2

"Portrait Study #2", 14 x 11 In, Oil on Museum Board
I'm attempting to do one portrait a day to get myself in the mode. Sometimes the next morning I just scrape and start over. This one was a great deal about red and green.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Portrait Study #1

"Portrait Study #1", 14 x 11 In, Oil on Museum Board

I've decided to call my current portrait series "studies" because that's what they are and because psychologically it helps me to hold back the endless rethink that is so automatic at a certain point. So my approach and process in this series is to paint up to the point where my brain starts the critique. Maybe I "fix" a couple of things, but to go beyond that, the joie de vivre of the painting is lost. So better to improve with pure numbers and go on to the next one--hopefully having some idea of what I want to try that is different and not revert to to the old unthinking way.


Saturday, January 30, 2016


"Maia", 14 x 11 In, Oil on Museum Board

I'm continuing on with portrait studies with the help of my very curious kitten, of whom I am terrified that she will jump onto my palette! I was thinking last night as Zinny was exploring stuff by the fireplace as we were watching TV, that if humans were as curious as cats, the world would be a different place.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Woman in Blue

"Woman in Blue", 14 x 11 In, Oil on Museum Board

I've gotten very behind in my postings. When I'm reorganizing my life its difficult to think about blogspot and facebook until I get it all sorted out. Often in the winter I like to focus on portraits. They are a wonderful challenge. Progress in painting, like many other things, means striving towards the new and unfamiliar and slapping those habits away--habits of vision, of color, of thinking I know what I am doing and most importantly, habits of the hand and the brush. Our lives are built around habit and vigilance is necessary for such a beguiling adversary.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Girl in Green

"Girl in Green" 16 x 12 In, Oil on Panel

I painted this lovely model at the Plein Air Washington holiday paint-in December. Thank you to this group of artist friends for all the painting adventures of 2015! We painted in Jasper National Park, Whidbey Island, Nisqually Reach, Hood Canal, Mt Baker/Mt Shuksan, among other places. There is no better way to be in nature and spend time with friends!

Thank you all!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Mountain Meadow

"Mountain Meadow", 12 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board
Mountains with mist or otherwise are ever the place I most want to be painting. This is on the Snake River north of Jackson.