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Acrylic Paintings

Shore Acres Garden Pond

by on Dec.04, 2014, under Acrylic Paintings

A couple of months ago in September I was working on a 16×20 canvas with a vague idea that was ‘going no where.’ I began to see a reflective pond with many colors taking my memory to Shore Acres Garden pond as a theme. I recalled I had a couple of reference pics similar to what was developing. One was found and it assisted in creating a basic structure as far as foreground, middle and rear. Colors, textures, and structure became invented. A fun acrylic painting!

“Shore Acres Garden Pond” - Acrylic - 16x20 in.

“Shore Acres Garden Pond” – Acrylic – 16×20 in.

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John Topits public Park Plein Air

by on Aug.27, 2014, under Acrylic Paintings, Plein Air

Back on track – Now, after Mingus Park we decided to visit and plain air at another Coos Bay city public park near the community college. John Topits Park winds its way around the Empire Lakes area giving ample space for joggers, dog walking, children play and fish, and nature loving. With our two Tuesday visits, I decided to study a water view and one of their many path and forest scenes.

Many of us outdoor artists reminded ourselves Topits Park as a place to return paint and take in the day of fresh breezes and active usage.

“ Topits Park” - Acrylic (Interactive) - 9x12in.

“ Topits Park” – Acrylic (Interactive) – 9x12in.



”John Topits Park Path” – Acrylic (Interactive) – 12×9 in.

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Mingus Park in July & August

by on Aug.21, 2014, under Acrylic Paintings, Plein Air

Our next outing was plain air at Mingus Park in the heart of Coos Bay. It is well maintained and popular with diverse usage from strolling babies to joggers to children expending their energy. Years ago Coos Bay sister-citied with Choshi, Japan and there is a ‘gardens’ section of Mingus dedicated to cultural makeup of Choshi with a delightful red bridge as the main feature.

We did two Tuesdays and I was attracted to the main red bridge and later to the garden area with its smaller bridge.

“Choshi Gardens at Mingus Park” - Acrylic - 12x9in.

“Choshi Gardens at Mingus Park” – Acrylic – 12x9in.


“Choshi Bridge at Mingus Park” - Acrylic - 12x16in.

“Choshi Bridge at Mingus Park” – Acrylic – 12x16in.




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Second Outing

by on Aug.14, 2014, under Acrylic Paintings, Plein Air

The location for this next week in July was the same Sunset Bay area. This time I painted with acrylic paint and zeroed in on the south side cliffs. My objective was to play the warm colors of the cliffs off of the cooler skies & waters. Secondly, a looseness (avoid detail) needed to be worked into the painting – and, as is evident I found detail during the finishing. More work is needed on this front. Finally, the composition needed to be directed toward and into the cliffs which was done with horizon line and shoreline. In my mind I felt it was about 70% done, but when I found I was painting just to be painting I stopped – it was done!

I learned acrylics dried too fast and re-thinking paint management was needed.

“Sunset Bay South Side” - Acrylic - 14x11 in.

“Sunset Bay South Side” – Acrylic – 14×11 in.

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“101 – N-S” Completed

by on Apr.08, 2013, under Acrylic Paintings, for Recent Art

The bottom third finally came together with “painterly” surface and graphics working together and supporting the upper portion’s organization. From left to right the deep blues of the Pacific move across and gradually change to more earthy colors of the land. Graphics (lettering/signs) and the reddish “Ocean Beaches” tie in with the rest of the upper composition.

101N-Ssm“101 N-S” Acrylic/Mixed – 40×30 in.

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