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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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Fog Bank Rolling In

by on Sep.21, 2014, under Oil Painting, Studio

Earlier I did a plein air of Coos Bay’s waterfront which I still need to edit before acknowledging it is finished. While packing up and getting ready to leave I noticed the scene drastically changing with the Pacific fog bank rolling in as it does in the late afternoon. I thought I would return to capture it with camera some time in the near future.

A couple of days later I returned and did some shooting with my iPhone. I found you could not dawdle for the cloud of fog moved in swiftly and certain views would be gone in a flash. Later upon viewing my collection of pics I was happy with the closeness they had with my actual views with colors and values.

“Late Afternoon Fog Bank” - Oil - 16x12 in.

“Late Afternoon Fog Bank” – Oil – 16×12 in.

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