When life gives you lemons, draw them, 11 x 14 inches dry pastels, graphite on paper

"When life gives you lemons, draw them". (Nikki)

"Trust your intuition, it's just like goin' fishin'; you cast your line 'til you get a bite." (Paul Simon)

"Color! What a deep and mysterious language..." (Paul Gauguin)

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Stormy Oregon Coast

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Stormy Oregon Coast 02, 6W x 4H inches watercolors

Stormy Oregon Coast 01, 6W x 4H inches watercolors

Stormy Oregon Coast 01, 6W x 4H inches watercolors — I felt the first version painted on Jan 10th (below) was too stagnant, so did more work on it.

Stellars Jay

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Stellars Jay, 8H x 11W inches watercolors on 140 lb premium

Stellars Jay, 8H x 11W inches watercolors on 140 lb premium

Conviction

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Conviction, 8H x 11W inches watercolors on 140 lb premium

Conviction, 8H x 11W inches watercolors on 140 lb premium

This and Multnomah Falls entered into Neoteric  Abstract VI exhibition, SlowArt Productions, Limner Gallery in Hudson NY.

Oregon Beach Fantasy

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Oregon Beach Fantasy, 3W x 6H inches watercolors on 140 lb premium

Oregon Beach Scene, 3W x 6H inches watercolorsOregon Beach Fantasy, 3W x 6H inches watercolors on 140 lb premium

Left, first phase and above after puddles of water wear allowed to soak in certain areas then was blown with a straw. Paint was also removed in some areas. This created a much more dynamic painting.

Summer Forest Fantasy 01

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Summer Forest Fantasy 01, 6H x 2W inches watercolors

Summer Forest Fantasy 01, 6H x 2W inches watercolors

Smoky Lake Canola

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Smoky Lake Canola, 14 x 20 inches watercolors on 140 lb. cold pressed

Smoky Lake Canola, Alberta, Canada – 14 x 20 inches watercolors on 140 lb. cold pressed. This is my favorite Summertime memory of Alberta… miles of Canola fields and open, moody skies. The painting started off without the tree but needed a focal point. Detail images:

 Upper left detail of Smoky Lake Canola  Lower left detail of Smoky Lake Canola  Upper right detail of Smoky Lake Canola

Clearcut, Tillimook OR

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Clearcut, Tillimook OR - 18 x 24 inches watercolors on 140 lb cold press

Clearcut, Tillimook OR – 18 x 24 inches watercolors on 140 lb cold press. $750 framed. Detail images:

 Clearcut 01, upper left detail Clearcut 01, central left detail Clearcut 01, upper right detail

 Clearcut 01, lower left detail Clearcut 01, central right detail Clearcut 01, lower right detail

Ferny Gestures

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

14 x 20 inches watercolors on 140 lb. cold pressed

Ferny Gestures, 14 x 20 inches watercolors on 140 lb. cold pressed

Oystercatchers

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Oystercatchers, 18 x 24 inches watercolors on 140 lb cold press

Oystercatchers, 18 x 24 inches watercolors on 140 lb cold press

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Oystercatchers, upper left detailThis is finished, although I’d love to merge the contrasts somehow. I don’t want to mess up the implied light though, or the initial spontaneous brush strokes, like in the background waves. Every new mark at this stage makes a difference too, and in context to the whole, even small changes affect other areas that need to adjust accordingly.
Oystercatchers, central detail Before you know it, colors mud together and beautiful open spaces disappear. I’m going to take direction from my most recent pieces, which I feel were over-worked, and quit while I’m ahead.
Oystercatchers, lower left detailChallenge is exciting…particularly with watercolors. Whereas with other media mistakes can be erased or covered easily and change can occur throughout the process without much hesitation, with watercolors a person needs to know a subject well – or at least be able to fake it with confidence!Oystercatchers, upper right detail
Finding a way to make each painting unique means following cues happening within the work itself. In this painting, the most remarkable thing occurred after the the first phase of production.
Oystercatchers, central right detailBecause this subject was unfamiliar, I started by first penciling in the shapes, wondering what I could do to make this less boring – you know, not just be a picture of Oystercatchers. When erasing the pencil marks in order to see what the paint had established, little rolls of eraser pieces scattered here and there. Sprinkled impromptu around the birds, those tiny eraser shreds added a pronounced and unexpected zing of life to the composition.Oystercatchers, lower right detail First thinking “what have I got to lose?”, the eraser-pieces were mimicked in paint around the birds. I’m tempted to make those strokes more prominent, but a small success is in order, so will use this fun technique in another painting.

North Saanich Poppies

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

North Saanich Poppies, 16 x 20 inches W/C on 140 lb. cold pressed premium

North Saanich Poppies, BC Canada – 16 x 20 inches W/C on 140 lb. cold pressed premium.

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