Monday, March 30, 2009

"Overcast" Tomales California

I have spent a lot of time on this piece - I have been more aware of my color and value choices. Through the entire process I was reminded of things I have either read or have been told.

I was extremely fortunate last year in that I was able to attend a workshop in California with
Marc Hanson. Marc is an extraordinary artist (seeing him paint was a privilege I will not forget) and he is a wonderful teacher – One of the many things he told us during the workshop was that we were being given a great deal of information it would take time to process all of it. He said that some of this information would process months, even years down the road and come back to us - he was right.

I am not saying, "I get all of it now", but many things he said during the workshop came flooding back - one thing he told me in particular was "Paint as if you mean it." - I have a tendency to be timid, I do not want to "ruin" my "masterpiece" - So with this painting I was keenly aware that it was a piece of masonite, and some paint - not a priceless work that would be hanging in the Louvre.

One thing that has become very evident is that it takes a great deal of control to hold back - and by "hold back" I mean remain in control of your initial vision and keep from diving headlong into details.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Still Busy - But Painting!

I have only had a few hours to paint every day which is sheer torment - but I'm slowly making progress on this piece. I don't like starting & stopping, maybe I should just pull an "all nighter" & finish it ;)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Another WIP

This is a painting that's been on "hold" since I became swamped, but tonight I'll be working on it. I have this thing for roads, I can't explain it, I just like the twists and turns of these old roads in west Marin County, Ca - This is just heading out of the town of Tomales going toward Point Reyes Station.

Busy, Busy, Busy..........

8 x 10 on linen panel

As a graphic designer I also have felt the steady squeeze created by the declining economy - but this last week things picked up in a hurry so I have been very busy and havent had much time to paint. So...I'm going to post an older painting of a sweet little dog I painted after I'd heard she'd passed away. Her name was "Peanut" and she was the love of my neighbors life. Noone knew exactly what mix she was but she had personality plus! I'd never seen a dog with "lips" and human like eyes, but I swear she looked just like this... My neighbor was thrilled with the portrait, commeting on how I'd captured her lips and we both shed some tears - those kind of moments are priceless.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Arabian Horses & Woody Madsen

Some of you know that my dear Father in Law passed away recently - What you may not know is that he was instrumental in establishing the Arabian breed in the Northwest. I wanted to share this article written by Mary Jane Parkinson, which came out in the March Issue of
Arabian Horse World Magazine. There will also be another article coming out in Modern Arabian Horse - I do not know what issue yet.

Woody Madsen was truly a rare breed, I feel so honored to have had the opportunity to know him.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Summer Warmth Update

Ever have one of those paintings that take MUCH longer than they should due to interruptions etc? This is one of them and what happens to me is I loose my momentum and forget why I was painting it in the first place. This needs more work, or maybe it has already had too much work - in either case, I'll let it dry and go back to it at a later date...I need to move on.


I’ve just been tagged by Amanda Carder an amazing artist who, by the way, just had a painting juried into OPA’s National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils – which I think is a well deserved acknowledgement of her talent. Your work is gorgeous - thank you for the tag Amanda! :)

Now for the rules-

1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules in your blog.
3. Write five random things about yourself.
4. Tag random people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they've been tagged.

These are my 5-

1. I live in a town where the nearest Wal-Mart is 3 hours away.

2. I love the beach and grew up in Marin County where we always went to the beach on weekends.

3. As a young boy, my Father in Law moved from North Dakota to Washington with his Mother via a covered wagon pulled by oxen.

4. My Grandmother survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and stayed in a tent in Golden Gate Park until they could rebuild their home.

5. I am classic movies fanatic and I have a huge collection of DVDs – I listen to the movies as I paint, instead of listening to music.

I’m tagging these 2 people-

Ron Guthrie
Cathyann’s Studio

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

"Summer Warmth"

This is a work in progress but I wanted to post since it's been a while - Between fits of coughing I've managed to get this far and hope to finish by tomorrow.
I'm looking forward to turning my clocks forward next Sunday, and am really looking forward to feeling the warmth of the summer sun once again!

This is a 9 x 12 on Raymar canvas panel