Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Rail Bridge at Kamloops, Canada

10" x 8" Oil on mounted canvas.
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With a nod to Monet for the idea on the motif, I painted the Rail Bridge as seen from Riverside Park in Kamloops, Canada. This view is from the south bank nearing sunset. The day produced a nice glow on the big pilings that hold up the bridge.

Here are some detail pictures of the painting, but it looks best from a few feet away, of course!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

River at Kamloops, Canada

10" x 8" Oil on mounted canvas.
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As a fan of Monet, I am always fascinated by pictures with water reflections. The stretch of river at Kamloops that we visited last week was a beautiful setting. This painting is the view from Riverside park showing some wonderful reflected fall color. The river was pretty still early in the day, so this painting took quite a while getting the reflection realistic. There are some more views of this that I want to try in search of a larger painting subject.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Track Day

10" x 8" Oil on mounted canvas.
In private collection,
Muncie, Indiana.

My son raves about track days. I'm sure he will be looking to get in another when he gets back from Iraq this next month. Of course, since he is stationed at Miramar in San Diego, the air will need to clear before outside days are pleasant. I pray that all of these troubles abate, soon.

Here is a detail look:

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Candy Corn Escape

7" x 5" Oil on panel

Mom never believed that the candy corns were escaping and running away at night.

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Today's daily painting is a fun still-life for the Halloween season. See you in a few days.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Mt Index in Fall

10" x 8" Oil on mounted canvas.
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Mount Index is my favorite feature of Sky Valley. Whenever I travel in or out of Seattle, I get several nice views of it along US Highway 2 (as long as it is not hiding in the clouds.) This particular view was from Sunday morning with the raking sun highlighting the ruggedness of the mountain. Soon the mountain will disappear more and more, but when it is out it will have a fresh white cover!

Here are a couple of detail pictures:

Friday, October 12, 2007

Pear Portrait

5" x 7" Oil on panel.
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Here is a nice impressionistic view of a very ripe green pear with some huge red grapes. I really went for complementary colors here and a composition to highlight that contrast and capture some depth with the shadows. The pear is one of those varieties that I probably should know, but don't. It was one of the ones we picked up in Wenatchee last month. The grapes suckered me in by being HUGE. I say "suckered" because when I went to eat them I found out they were "seeded". Argh. The size is not worth the extra work. So, I guess the subject has a theme of more pretty than nice to eat.

I thought I would try a closeup view; what do you think? (Click so see it larger.)

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Hwy 2 Motorcycle Curve

12" x 9" Oil on Canvas.
In private collection.
Richmond, Va

Years ago when I was young(er) I thought motorcycles were crazy. Around 10 years ago, I started riding my first motorcycle and now I ride quite a lot. I even work as a moto-referee for bicycle races. So, nice smooth pavement twisting into the distance has a lot of appeal to me.

This painting subject is one of those nice curves along US Highway 2 that sports some nice bright fall color right where the road swings between a rock outcrop and the Skykomish river. This is one of the curves just before the big ramp up to Stevens Pass. There are not very many good motorcycling days left this year before the snow regularly falls at the pass.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Swan Gourds

12" x 12" Oil on gallery wrapped canvas.
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These swan gourds are something I had never seen before. They really do remind you of swans. We picked them up at a fruit stand over the pass outside of Leavenworth. Apparently they will get a lot lighter and lose the green skin as they dry out. You have to air dry them carefully so they don't sit on one spot and rot. At this point, they are still as heavy as a melon.

Money Creek Road

10" x 8" Oil on mounted canvas.
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Fall color is finally replacing all that GREEN here in the Evergreen State. While we may not have the fantastic golden Aspens, this painting from yesterday shows off some of our local color. We had a few hours of real sun before the gray skies re-descended on us. It lit up the yellow Maple tree and produced some nice shadows skipping across the road.