News-Times 3:23:18I’ll be at this weekend’s Yachats Arts & Crafts Fair with a variety of paintings, prints and cards. Stop and say hello if you are on the coast for Spring Break. Yes, there’s some snow, but since that’s remarkable, let’s enjoy it!

When I opened my Newport News-Times newspaper today, there was my Egret painting — looking lovely. I’m thrilled at getting such coverage, along with a few quotes, too. And, the woman who purchased the painting just a few days ago through my website should be very pleased with her choice now. Egret is waiting for its new home in Hillsboro next week.

Time to stuff things in the van tonight, and try to sleep. I even bought a sleep mask to help with that effort. Then try to get up early and head south.


Painting a Wave Exercise

Here’s a wave-painting process example.I used a split complement triadic color scheme: blue-green, red-violet, and yellow-orange. I worked in the darks first on a canvas toned with cadmium red acrylic. After the darks, I put in basic color and value choices. As you see, I wiped out the scud line (water’s edge) and repainted it a bit farther away from the viewer. Lastly, I worked up the highlights, shadows, and reflections in the water and wet sand. A few spatters, a bit of palette knife, and it’s done.

16 x 20″

Ultramarine blue

Alizarin crimson

Yellow ochre

Titanium white

Painting Water Scenes Class

I’m busy working up some demonstration and project paintings for my Monday class at Artists’ Studio Association. The class is full, so I am eager to see what we can do. I’ve got an 11-page handout. Plus charts. Plus two paintings to do. Four hours. I think it will be fun, move quickly, and convert some more painters to oil paints.

I want to work on reflections in still and rippled water, so have some photos of the Siletz Bay Wildlife Refuge, which has a waterway between the Siletz River and the Pacific Ocean. I took photos last autumn, and like them because they aren’t so green — which is how Oregon usually appears. Too much green sometimes. Anyway, here’s a work up I did today, which will likely be a quick study for the class, before we move to some ocean wave paintings.IMG_0150Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Autumn.  8 x 10″ oil on canvas panel