Monday, September 29, 2014

Mt. Shuksan - NFS

Mt. Shuksan, 10 x 12 Inch, Oil on Museum Board

This was painted from the parking lot at Artist's Point, between Mt. Shuksan and Mr. Baker. It is so easy with a painting like this to look at it back in the studio and see everything that could be "fixed." And it is a mistake to do it--I say that from experience!

"As I said to you before, I cannot interest myself in whether they will pass juries or not. More paintings have been spoiled during the process of their making, through such considerations, than the judgments of juries are worth.

"The object of painting a picture is not to make a picture--however unreasonable this may sound. The picture, if a picture results, is a by-product and may be useful, valuable, interesting as a sign of what has past. The object, which is back of every true work of art, is the attainment of a state of being..." Robert Henri, "The Art Spirit"


Friday, September 26, 2014

Dock at Gig Harbor

"Dock At Gig Harbor", 9 x 9 In, Oil on Museum Board, Unframed
Eric Jacobsen, last fall in 2013. Its one of the paintings that I found in my studio. I like the abstract qualities of this little painting.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Lower Bagley Lake

"Lower Bagley Lake", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board

This little painting was done from the covered porch of a ranger station on the road up to Artist Point on Mt. Baker. We did drive up to the end of the road, but the mist just thickened the further we went. Back down at the ranger station, Bagley Lakes drifted in and out of the fog, wind and rain. Its always a lesson to paint in all conditions.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Wild Pacific Trail - NFS

"Wild Pacific Trail", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board

This is another painting of the rocky coast near Ucluelet on Vancouver Island where I painted with others from the Plain Air Washington group a couple of weeks ago. It is hard to believe the water was so blue, but the sun was bright, unlike the following days of painting in the rain and the fog. The rocks and the waves are intense and amazing.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Point Wilson Lighthouse

"Point Wilson Lighthouse", 6 x 8 In, Oil on Museum Board
This is painting from Fort Worden State Park near Port Townsend, Washington. I joined others from our group, Plein Air Washington, when we were painting the State Parks in 2013. I am unearthing these paintings in my studio. Even with Photoshop, it is difficult to get the image right. In the actual painting, the lighthouse is bright white, the trees are not quite so dark and the sky is maybe a bit darker and pinker. The brushwork is a different space in my hand/head. Sometimes there is meaning in just slapping on the paint. Here is the history of Point Wilson Lighthouse and one of my friends, Jane Wallis, painting on the beach.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Beach at Incinerator Rock - NFS

"Beach at Incinerator Rock", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board
This is another of my paintings from my trip to the west coast of Vancouver Island. Unlike that last painting, this one is so restrained in the brushwork. I was trying to capture the ephemeral fog and I hope I succeeded.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Dosewallips River - SOLD

"Dosewallips River", Oil on Museum Board, 9 x 9 In, 2014

I painted this forest scene in the spring of 2014 and going back through my calendar, I remembered where--the Dosewallips River on the Hood Canal side of the Olympic Peninsula. "The Dose" is one of my favorite places from my teen and early 20's hiking years--a gateway into one of the most beautiful mountain areas of the Northwest. I find myself taken with this painting and the abandonment with which I painted it. I love the abstract qualities of the brushwork.