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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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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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