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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.