Monday, March 31, 2014

Smith Rock

This is a 12" x 12" format oil painting of Smith Rock in Central Oregon based on the same photo I used previously a year ago during Muse Art's An Artist a Day.  Those two paintings were done in acrylic.  By painting in oil, much richer and thicker textures can be created.  I even used a palette knife, new for me! This was painted over a previous composition started last summer, which seemed less cohesive, so I worked to simplify the forms and strengthen the composition.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Studio 30

Artist Quin Sweetman was our model in a vintage purple dress at Studio 30 last Friday.  I painted a 12" x 16" portrait, then another, smaller sketch of her nonchalant, barefoot pose.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Central Oregon

Traveling north through Central Oregon last summer, we turned off a side road with a sign that read "fish hatchery".  We never did find the fish hatchery, but we did find breath taking scenery in a quiet place overlooking the Deschutes River.  It seems like a place worth looking for again.  I painted "Deschutes River, Maupin" in oil, from one of my photos, on a 10" x 10" canvas.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Studying landscape paintings of Canyon de Chelly by Edgar Payne, I was reminded of Smith Rock, and decided to make another small study based on photos.  This is 6" x 6" in oil.

Thursday, March 6, 2014


I was inspired by the model dressed as Georgia O'Keefe from Studio 30, but still not satisfied with that painting, so I studied some of the portraits made by her photographer husband, Alfred Stieglitz.  This is a new painting based on a photo with the cow skull added.  I think it will remain sketchy and unfinished.