Sunday, December 2, 2012

Portraits, Still-life, Landscapes 2012

Rhododendrons  40x30
oil on linen
This was painted in the south east corner of my studio. I have
a view out to the garden.

I'm posting several works I painted this year, mostly the mid-size to larger
paintings. Most of my landscape painting has been small and on paper.
Some other pieces I wasn't able to finish or they did not come together. With the
very wet and foggy summer I painted more portraits and still life and also had fairly
constant light in the studio. I have a larger portrait of Terry in progress but it's
on hold. Next year I have a show of the works on paper at the Sewell Gallery
in Eureka, Ca. I will post several of those closer to the show.

June Twilight  30x48 oil on linen
This was painted from the back deck of our home along with work in the
 studio. Its a stunning view and the rain in June added some drama to the sky.

Still Life with Sunflowers and Red Gladiolus
36x30 oil on linen

Late summer Garden
24x36 oil on linen
Painted in the late afternoon August on through September.

Sunflowers and Violet Gladiolus
24x36 oil on linen

Portrait of the Artist Andrew Daniel
48x36  oil on linen

Self Portrait 34x24
oil on linen

William S. Pierson, Photographer
30x36  oil on linen

Cherry Blossom Rhythms
14x11 oil on linen on panel
I won the Silver award for this painting in the Oil Painters of America
regional show in Denver this year. 

Orchids and Plums
40x30 oil on linen
I painted this in 2011 but wanted to include it because this painting
won 1st place in the PleinAir Magazine Solon Competition for
September-October 2012

Sketch of Megan 16x12
oil on panel
Megan was sitting for Terry and I for larger paintings.
Something came up and we were not able to complete
the works we had started. Life can get in the way of art.

Red Rhododendron
16x12 oil on panel
This is an amazing Rhododendron the flowers each winter.
I painted this study in Jan. and hope to possibly paint a larger
piece this winter. It's painted from the deck of our studios.

Late Spring Garden
24x30 oil on linen
Our garden is in the front yard and each year provides us with endless
beauty and compositions. This was painted late afternoon and Terry modeled.

Sketch of Terry Painting
12x9 oil on paper
Our friend Alicia was visiting and painted a piece of Terry
and me at work. I painted this quick study.

Portrait study of Terry
12x12 oil on panel
While visiting friends in Mendocino we painted each other in Don's studio.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

A Few California Watercolors

I thought I would post a few watercolor paintings I've painted over the past few years. All of these were painted on location. I love watercolor painting and hope to paint more this coming year. I will be posting recent portrait, still-life and landscapes paintings in December. Some of the larger works I've painted this year.

Arch Rock 14x21

Mill 10x13

Barn and Field 7x10

Grey skies 7x14

Fishing Boats 14x21

Fishing Boats 14x21

Day at the Beach  10x14

Beach Party 10x14

Fishing Boats 10x14

Tug 10x14

Snow Patch 21x29

From Bear Basin 21x29

Summer Storm 14x21

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Oil Painters of America Show

My painting Cherry Blossom Rhythms will be included in the Oil Painters of America show at Gallery 1261 in Denver, Colorado.  The show opens on October 5th and runs through November 3rd.
Oil on linen on panel  14x11

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Early Work 1980-1987

 Perhaps it 's because I turned 60 nine months ago that I've painted six self-portraits during that time and find myself also looking back at some of my earlier work. The earliest I'm posting is 1980 with a few from 84-87. All the paintings from 1980 were painted in one sitting and most are 24x30. I had been painting full time for five years in 1980 but didn't start going out on location on a daily bases until 1979. At that point I had met George Van Hook, James B. Moore and Curtiss Otto and started painting with them each, mostly with George. It was a great learning and growth period. We were painting at least three 24x30's each day. The energy and enthusiasm was addicting. I think the smallest size we worked was 16x20. My work was rough and not always drawn well, but it was fearless. I'm not sure I could pull off a 24x30 in one shot today. I had a naive passion in the early work. The passion is still there except with a much more formed and critical eye. I thought it would be interesting to post these works showing where I've come from. I've also included a couple of portraits. Thanks for taking a look. Some of the paintings are in storage and others I copied to jpeg from old slides. You'll be able to tell the difference.

1980 24x30
Auto shop, Arcata, Ca.

1980 30x36
Auto shop, Arcata, Ca.

1980 24x30
Arcata, Ca.
1980 24x30
Outdoor portrait, Arcata, Ca.

1981 24x36 This is the house I where I grew up in Ontario Ca. I think of this
 as a self-portrait, I'm reflected in the sliding glass door
1984 20x30
I've started working on paintings more than one sitting by the time
I painted this work at the dry dock.

1981 24x30
This is Justin on my pickup truck. He is the son of a friend

1981  24x30
Justin again on his front porch

1982  36x48
Painting of a friend Suk Cho Kim
1982  30x36
This was a commission of Paul Ricards grandfather. He was in his 90's and
I painted this at their home.

1985  12x36
Eureka Ca.

1984 12x24
Tanker and Tug Eureka, Ca.

1980 30x24
Eureka Alley
1980  24x36
Holt and Euclid Ontario, Ca.

1980  30x24
Arcata, Ca.

1980  24x30
Eureka Street

1980  30x24
Claremont College

1981  30x36
Claremont College

1987  40x48
Mt. Lassen
I spent two weeks camping and painting in Mt. Lassen park in the fall
of 1987.

1986  34x50
San Gabriel Mountains, Southern Ca. While visiting my folks in Ontario I have
painted many works throughout the area. I recently took this out of storage and
spent a couple hours reworking some areas. I'm pleased with this piece.
1987  40x60
San Antionio Dam Spillway, S. Ca.
 The grey part of the sky is the valley smog.

1980  30x24
Rouge River, Oregon 
1980  24x30
Above the smog filled valley in Southern Ca.

Self-Portrait 1980  30x30 oil on canvas