Thursday, August 30, 2007

Pear and Grapes

7" x 5" Oil on panel.

Fruit is good food. This pear had a wonderful blush to it that is similar to the glow of the grapes. These grapes are juicy California reds that are disappearing as I write this. The pear is still not ready as one of its "flat-mates" proved. It will just have to wait...

Monday, August 27, 2007

Caledonia Sunset - Pink and Blue

10" x 8" Oil on mounted canvas.
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Another day and a little later in Caledonia. I love sunsets and sunrises that are pink and blue. The contrasting clouds and pink light usually will get that "look at that..." comment. This sunset reminds me of Alpenglow in the mountains even though Caledonia is pretty far from any mountains.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Caledonia Sunset

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This is a sunset view from Green Acres near Caledonia, Minnesota. I kid you not! They call the out of town subdivision "Green Acres". It is a collection of relatively new homes for the well to do in the area. Some of the newest are even impressive by national standards. However, it fits fairly well with the farming community and the modest, adjacent golf course.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Marymoor Study

7" x 5" Oil on panel.

This is a study executed from memory of a sunset at Marymoor park. The sun was creating a spectacular "silver lining" around a hole in the clouds to the west. The light was still hitting some of the trees making them shimmer. I feel the study is only partly successful. It captures the trees okay, but I'm not happy with the sky. I hope I am able to record a sky like that with something better than my memory in the future.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Peach #2

5" x 5" Oil on panel.
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I revisit the same little peach sitting on white marble this time. You can just see a hint of reflection on the surface. I also changed my angle of view for this one. My goal was to get more of the look of white peach fuzz in a painting done in one sitting.

This one is the last appearance for this peach, since it is time to eat it. I'm sure I can get a replacement somewhere.

UPDATE: This painting was juried in to the Arts of the Terrace 2008 show. It is being held at the Montlake Terrace Library September 27 - October 4.

Sunday, August 19, 2007


5" x 5" Oil on Panel.

This painting was finished up late last night. (yawn) I picked up the peach at the Whistling Post "farmer's market" in Skykomish yesterday. It was hazardous waste pickup day in Sky and it was Saturday, so the little tavern provided a market at the adjacent vacant lot (er, I mean the small park.) So, after having my used oil collected, I went over to the market. There were several people selling crafts and artwork. Live music was provided by a kid improvising on a tenor sax over his drum machine backing track. The music was actually okay, considering the circumstance. However, the "farmer's market" aspect was a little light. There was only one table with produce. They had little green apples, nectarines, and peaches. I chose apples and a peach at a dollar a pound.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Homemade Guacamole

10" x 8" Oil on panel.

We have been making guacamole at our house lately as part of following Dr Roizen's You: On A Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management Guacamole is apparently the perfect food because:
  1. Avocado's have some kind of magic "good fat".
  2. Tomatoes are full of lycopene and other good stuff.
  3. Garlic and onion have super immune system help and more good stuff.
Who knew...

Anyway, it sure is fun mushing it all together in a bowl with some lemon juice and fajita seasoning. The result is very tasty. I hope you find this painting tasty too.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Peaches and Black Cherries

7" x 5" Oil on Panel

These peaches are very juicy and colorful. The black cherries were very dark. They needed to be painted and the diary was nearly dead.