I was fortunate to have almost a full day to go exploring and painting in Petersburg. I loved this fishing town. It was quiet and beautiful. This small piece is from one of my favorite areas down by the docks, canneries, and fishing boats. The colors and shapes are what attracted me most. Gouache on watercolor paper, 5 by 7 inches.
South of Wooden Wheel Lodge
Joe’s sons showed me the trail south of the Wooden Wheel Lodge and left me there to paint my way back. It was a great day. Even though it sprinkled and then rained, the trees gave just enough protection. I could hear something out in the water, it sounded large, but I never saw it as I painted this piece. Gouache on watercolor paper, 4 by 6 inches.
Fog over Rockaway
The fog lasted for quite a while over the surf at Rockaway Beach, OR. Here’s my 4×6 inch Plein air gouache study of it, with a little sand stuck to the left edge of the painting. It was heaven to have the boys playing in the sand nearby and Jackie sitting with me while I painted this. Gouache on watercolor paper, 4 by 6 inches.
Low tide created a seat and the Alaskan sky provided the inspiration. Barnacles hurt your butt. This little study was created looking west from Port Protection. Watch a short video of this painting in process on my YouTube channel, link to my channel at the top right. Gouache on watercolor paper, 4 by 6 inches.
On a melt-your-face hot kinda day, I took my boys on a hike with the intent that we would make it to Evel Knievel’s Snake River Canyon jump site. It was too hot. We didn’t make it, but as we sat in the shade for a minute to rest and drink water, we saw these other poor creatures. We felt cooked, can’t imagine how they felt. In a private collection. Gouache on watercolor paper, 5 by 7 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.
7 Minutes Till
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.
10 Minutes Till
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.
Ol’ Blue Eyes with Bazille
“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.
I have done a few limited palette studies, I think this is one of the more successful ones. The palette consisted of white black and yellow ochre. Gouache on paper, 4 by 6 inches.