Wednesday, April 29, 2009
11" x 14" Oil on mounted linen.
The current Different Stokes challenge done at the last minute, as usual. I'm such a procrastinator. I was tempted to push the color, but I guess I overcame the temptation somewhere along the way.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
6" x 4" Oil on mounted canvas.
I went on a bike ride up toward the pass yesterday. As I rode along Old Cascade Highway, I found a big waterfall I didn't know was there. It "cascades" down between huge boulders splitting into two arms. I snapped a couple of pictures precariously perched on a downstream rock. When I got home, I was exhausted, but painted this small study of the falls.
One objective of the study was to decide whether to include the bleached tree trunk that spans the top of the waterfall. It is there, but since it disappears into the foliage on the near side,it might appear to hang in the air in an unnatural way. It also splits the dark negative space above the top of the falls.
Friday, April 24, 2009
12" x 5" Oil on mounted canvas.
Traveling the ferry system in the Puget Sound is still fun for me as a 9 year transplant to the area. I had some stunning views coming in one recent afternoon. The sun was giving brilliant reflections and the colors were bright with the sunset behind us. This view is the waterfront with the big Ivars restaurant as the centerpiece.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
16" x 20" Oil on mounted canvas.
I started this painting last fall after a trip around the Cascade Loop. The twisting road travels along the river in a sharp valley just before it gets to Leavenworth. The underpainting has been patiently waiting to be finished for quite a while.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Oil on linen triptych.
4 1/2" x 11" each.
This family at the beach is the current Different Strokes Challenge. I was glad to get some time after a trip to complete these. The poses seemed to isolate the individuals, so I decided to separate them into a triptych. They are together at the beach, yet isolated. I also really enjoyed how elongated the reflections were in the reference.