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First Plein Air at Sunset Bay

by on Aug.11, 2014, under Plein Air, Sketches

Now, on with some the outdoors and plain air. I got started in July with our local Coos Bay group at Sunset Bay State Park. The gathering meets on Tuesdays around 9-10am to 1-2pm followed by a critique of the day’s work. We gathered on the north side and everyone took off on their own for a spot to paint.

To get used to working outside, I chose to get used to working outdoors with some oil pastels before jumping in with paints. This first was piece was done to capture the roughness and changing mood of the cliffs and to activate the sky and water with a swirling wind that is always present along our beaches.

“Sunset Bay North Side” - Oil Pastel - 12x16 in.

“Sunset Bay North Side” – Oil Pastel – 12×16 in.

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Finished Page 1 in new Sketchbook

by on Jan.24, 2013, under Sketches

Went ahead and finished a page in Toned-Gray Strathmore sketchbook. Pencils used were a Staedtler Mars Lumograph 6B for dark and a Berol Verithin 734 White. Now, back to painting.

Page 1 of New Tone-Gray Sketchbook

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Aug. 20 – Silkscreen Monotype on Brochure

by on Aug.20, 2012, under Printmaking, Sketches, South Slough Area

Experimented with a monotype on a South Slough Reserve Brochure. I first lightly (see through) coated with thinned Gesso. Made a test of mediums on screen for best B&W – watercolor black, Derwent Ink Black 2200 pencil, and 6B Drawing Pencil were the choices.

Brochure – 8 1/2 x 11


Silkscreen drawn and painted on its surface with watercolor & pencils


The printed brochure.

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Skunk Cabbage Sketches

by on Aug.18, 2012, under Sketches, South Slough Area

After doing a Pen & Ink drawing of Skunk Cabbage which is abundant at South Slough Estuary, I took it into Adobe Illustrator and did a few basic layering of color.

“South Slough Skunk Cabbage” – Pen and Ink – 5×8 in

“South Slough Skunk Cabbage – with Layering” – Pen and Ink – 5×8 in

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Drawings – South Slough Reserve

by on Aug.16, 2012, under Sketches, South Slough Area

Decided to do some Pen & Ink line drawings along the pathways at South Slough Estuary today. Once there I found that there were too many choices and themes. I tried tastes of different segments of the walk. There was dead stumps with plants, twisting & turning pathways, and an abundance of flora – especially skunk cabbage. Pictured below are 2 of the 3 sketch/drawings – the third, Skunk Cabbage, I’m going to play around with in Adobe Illustrator (AI) and will show the drawing and AI-edits later.

“Dead Stump & Undergrowth” – Pen and Ink – 8×5 in.

“Twisting & Descending Pathway” – Pen and Ink – 8×5 in.

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