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Pacific Edge One

by on Jan.13, 2015, under Oil Painting

Pacific Edge evolved from a weekend visit with friends who live on Cape Arago Highway between Basendorff Beach and Sunset Bay. Their place is along cliff’s edge above the Pacific and the day was overcast with a busy sky and constantly changing light. I did some sketches and clicked with my iPad for next day references in the studio.

“Pacific Edge 1” - Oil/Canvas - 20x16 in.

“Pacific Edge 1” – Oil/Canvas – 20×16 in.

 

 

 

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Backyard landscape South

by on Dec.22, 2014, under Oil Painting, Sketches, Uncategorized

Gradually working toward the abstract with the aid of landscape from backyard to south across neighbor’s yard and fences. Briefly, here are the steps from real to sketch to painting.

“Backyard Landscape South” - Oil - 12x12 in.

“Backyard Landscape South” – Oil – 12×12 in.

Backyard South Sketch

Backyard South Sketch

Backyard South View (Pic)

Backyard South View (Pic)

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Using Near Home Landscape for Abstraction

by on Dec.09, 2014, under Oil Painting, Sketches, Studio

I am wanting to get away from realism and especially getting caught up doing the small ‘details’ and ‘picky’ unnecessary parts of my artwork. I thought I would look and examine the outdoors around home for composition, shapes, and the interaction of art elements. My goal is to eventually work non-objective.

This first landscape is of our backyard fence with the neighbor’s garage behind it. I was intrigued with the interaction of geometric and natural elements. I, also, steered away from the actual existing colors and experimented with the palette.

 

“Backyard Fence” - Oil - 12x12 in.

“Backyard Fence” – Oil – 12×12 in.

 

Sketch for "Backyard Fence"

Sketch for “Backyard Fence”

 

Photo of backyard fence area

Photo of backyard fence area

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Shore Acres Overlook South

by on Nov.30, 2014, under Oil Painting, Plein Air, Sketches, Studio Stuff

Last Tuesday’s plein air outing had cool and windy conditions dis-allowing for painting but prompting time for gathering reference material for studio. After gathering info at the end of Cape Arago highway, Cape Arago, I made a stop at Shore Acres for an hour or so. Today was studio work with pic and sketch off cliffs of Shore Acres looking south toward Whiskey Run. The Pacific was wide awake!

The following is a pic – a sketch – and oil painting (16×20) on stretched canvas:

“Shore Acres and South” - Oil - 16 x 20 in.

“Shore Acres and South” – Oil – 16 x 20 in.

 

Sketch for oil painting of Shore Acres South

Sketch for oil painting of Shore Acres South

 

Pic of Shore Acres looking south

Pic of Shore Acres looking south

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Late October at Waterfront

by on Nov.17, 2014, under Oil Painting, Plein Air

Finished October with plein air work on the Coos Bay Waterfront boardwalk. The first was of a tugboat and pilings. Its challenge was the composition – placing the heavy weight of the pilings on the left side and counteracting with a sliver of light and darkened skies on the right.

The second small painting was done on a rainy morning with a heavy dose of grey atmosphere. This painting’s challenge was to sneak some color in and keep the calmness of the day’s beginning.

Finally, the third was of the docks and fish shack. It was more of an experiment with more texture, rhythm with pilings and water, and composing with angles.

“Sause Bros. Tug - Coos Bay” - Oil - 16x12 in.

“Sause Bros. Tug – Coos Bay” – Oil – 16×12 in.

 

“After Morning Rain - Coos Bay” - Oil - 7x9 in.

“After Morning Rain – Coos Bay” – Oil – 7×9 in.

 

“Coos Bay Waterfront” - Oil - 14x11 in.

“Coos Bay Waterfront” – Oil – 14×11 in.

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