The modeling paste that I applied to the board before painting created an interesting exercise in using texture without allowing it to take over and loosening up the brushwork. It was a challenge that I enjoyed thoroughly. In private collection. Oil on textured board, 5.75 by 15 inches.
This was a great day painting, it was hot out but I was focused and executed a few paintings in one of my favorite places to paint. This is my favorite from that day. In private collection. Oil on oak panel, 11 by 14 inches.
An attempt to capture the energy and motion of the waves crashing on the beach. Oil on board, 8 by 10 inches.
This sketch reminds me of cool, foggy, damp mornings at the beach that would melt away with the warmth of the day. I am happy with the brushwork that gives the painting energy yet contains enough information to describe the scene. It was a fun piece to create. Tide pools and Arch Rock from Cameo Shores Beach, Corona Del Mar, California. Oil on board, 6.5 by 9 inches.
One thing that I enjoy about doing limited color studies is that I can focus more on using more expressive loose brushwork. This study was completed in Almansor Park, a favorite place to sketch and walk a little. Gouache on paper, 4 by 6 inches.
Part of a series trying to capture the light of a sunset. Here is the moment right before the lights go out and everything becomes an inky blue in the moonlight. Gouache on paper, 4 by 6 inches.
Part of a series trying to capture the changing light of a sunset. Off in the distance the land and sky seemed to melt together and then separate as the shadows grew. Gouache on paper, 4 by 6 inches.
Part of a series trying to capture the changing light of a sunset. I was painting with some other artists, we were challenged to paint as many 1 to 5 minute paintings as we could before the sunset. We painted quickly and then scrambled to the next vantage point. Gouache on paper, 4 by 6 inches.
Part of a series trying to capture the changing light of a sunset. With the light changing so quickly, I wanted to record simply the brilliant sunset that seemed to have a rainbow effect on the sky. Gouache on paper, 4 by 6 inches.
“My toast is simply that I wish everyone thousands of times more than I have gotten in my life. I’ve been a man overly rewarded in my lifetime and that’s a fact.” – Frank Sinatra
Mixed media in sketchbook, 8 by 8 inches.