Sunday, September 26, 2010

Free At Last

About 30 ' high from Alder SOLD
This is a sculpture I did about the same time as the painting below. I must have been feeling liberated. Looking back it seems odd that I used the female figure to express the thought. Hmmmm.... This little piece had adjustable arms and legs  so you could pose her any way you liked. Yes... that's a book she's emerging from.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Into The Sun

                                          Acrylic about 30x30" SOLD
So... I'm needing some time off. Meanwhile here's a piece I did a couple years back in a loose style I still kinda like titled 'Into the Sun'

Monday, September 13, 2010

when all else fails..go fishing

I'm out of ideas. Painting every day just for exercise seems pointless some days. I would like to get really inspired and sink my teeth into something. These two shots are me surf fishing in front of my house. I'm the one on the left in the 1st shot. I would like to use these as a starting point for a nice painting but the sky was so overcast that day that there is very little color or dramatic light captured. 
I guess I'll get going on something and see what happens.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Arrow II

acrylic on linen 28x24 SOLD

I'm done ( I think) though now that it's posted I want to go back and tone down the lettering on the deck a little.
Anyway,  this old tug  carries the  pilot to and from the large cargo ships after they cross the bar at the mouth of the Columbia river. The pilots are  put on board to take the ships upriver to Portland from Astoria.
This was a super calm day on the river... wonderful green water around the dock. Not too many years ago the port replaced the old wooden pilings with these steele ones which rust to this orange color. Perfect for punching up this shot.

Friday, September 3, 2010

The Earnest

acrylic on canvas 24x28"

I happened to catch this working tug tied up at a seafood market about a week ago in Astoria. Snapped a couple shots and though it was taken with my  son's cell phone,  I had enough to go on. This is done mainly with the palette knife. I like doing it that way. Keeps me from getting too bogged down in details and I can just go for it.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

small study

acrylic on Masonite 8x10" SOLD

after doing the last two paintings  I decided to try the same scene on a much smaller scale with no deadline or expectant client. This little piece is the result. Then ,this morning I started another larger piece, 24x28". I'll post it tomorrow if I get it done.