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

Painting Needs a Name

Just wrapped up this painting from a photo I took last fall at the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge. It’s 30×40 — a big one. I just had to add a few birds flying in the sky. Now, what to name it. I have a difficult time with naming paintings. Suggestions, please!

Tomorrow, Saturday,IMG_3163.JPG I’ll be doing my last painting demonstration of February at the Co-op Gallery. Stop in for a chat. I’ll be painting from 11 till 1, and working at the gallery the rest of the day.

Crows, crows, and more crows

I became smitten with crows and am finding them everywhere. One rainy afternoon I sat in my car at the Road’s End beach and snapped a few photos of a stalwart crow on a sign. Then I used that image for an exercise for the oil painting class I taught this week. And, the same bird appeared in several of my paintings. I have a feeling I’m not getting past this love affair for a bit now. Anyway, here are the photos, and some various ways I put the feisty little bird into paintings.


Now, the same bird, in various situations:

And more,



And at the seashore:

Partners 24x48

It’s February —

During the entire (only 28 days, but that’s enough) month of February, my paintings will have a special display wall at the Co-op Gallery here in Lincoln City. I put everything up this morning and am now just waiting for accolades. Or Kool-aid. I’ll take whatever!  Anyway, I hope people enjoy viewing the art. I’ll be doing “live painting” every Saturday during February, painting on my easel at the Gallery from 11 till 1. Stop and chat!


Salmon River

New art at the Artists’ Co-op Gallery in Lincoln City this week:  my 36×36-inch painting of the Salmon River. The Big Blue Wave found a collector, so it went off to Portland and now Salmon River takes its place. Terry took a photograph last summer when he was fishing there and I tried several versions. This one I like the best. I particularly like the snippet of guardrail along the highway, in the upper right.

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Salmon River  36×36-inches, oil on stretched canvas. $459

Bliss (and little bliss)

This was really fun to paint. I did the 8×10-inch version first, loved it, so tried an 18×24-inch version. It’s a landscape fantasy, but would be fun to visit. I guess I can visit it every time I sit and gaze at the painting. That’s the joy of being an illusionist, er, painter.