Some good friends gave me some crawfish from a boil that they had, so I’ve done what anyone would do. I’ve drawn and painted them. Such fascinating creatures, are they really just mini-lobsters? When they are cooked their color is so fantastic! This painting was a little bit of a struggle. I learned something. I started on it once and hated it and stopped. I took sandpaper to it, removed some of the original painting, and tried again. It reminded me that the battle and the process are more valuable and important than the result. Acrylic on pressed paper board, 8 by 10 inches.
A couple of years ago, Jackie and I went to Boston. Some of the highlights were the Old North Church, the Freedom Trail, a Red Sox game and a fantastic trip in the harbor. The sun sparkled across the water and you could feel the cool air taming the summer. I used a limited palette of phthalo blue, burnt umber, yellow orange azo, acra magenta and titanium white. Acrylic on pressed paper board, 8 by 10 inches.
Along with Garden Cardoon, this is part of a group of still life paintings of things from our garden or our friends’ gardens. We love to grow San Marzano tomatoes and make homemade pasta sauce. The title of this piece comes from my boys, who refer to the calyx as the tomato’s wig. When you remove the wig, you see the bald spot. The tasty looking tomato on the right must have its back to us since we can’t see its wig or bald spot. Acrylic on pressed paper board, 8 by 10 inches.
On the last day of the Bingham Arts Plein Air Paint Out, Tim, Nasan and I wandered over to a spot on Wes’ ranch that had a beautiful view of the Snake River. Down below the fields next to the river are a picnic table and this old tree. I told Tim that I had to paint it because it was flirting with me. Oil on gessoed board, 10 x 8 inches.
I wandered in the falling snow and saw this wonderful contrast of cool white and warm, dark thistles and weeds. It reminded me of Frost’s poem — a line of which I use as a title. It is a calm quiet encounter with nature that tempts us to pause even on the darkest evenings or busiest days. As I stood taking in the scene, I knew I needed to share it. Oil on gessoed board, 28 x 22 inches.
If I am not mindful when using acrylic paint, I tend to paint more realistically. I am very pleased with the outcome of this painting. I like the cardboard texture that is showing through the paint and the play of the warm rocks against the cool greens and blues of the ocean water. Acrylic on cardboard, 7.5 by 10 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.
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 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.