Big Painting Studio News

It’s here!  Spring. But you wouldn’t know it. Cold, rain, and waiting for that flirtatious sunshine. That makes it a great time to paint in the studio, though. And, speaking of studio, I will be launching a new painting venue soon. I’ve rented “The Principal’s Office,” at the historic DeLake School, now the Lincoln City Cultural Center. It’s small but very high-ceilinged and has a large window. Perfect. I’ll start by moving in an easel, paints, comfy chairs and whatever else needed to get settled for painting and visiting. I plan to paint there four days a week:  Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday — from mid-day to late afternoon  or so). Stay tuned and I’ll follow up with plans for “opening day.”



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

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!