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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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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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Old Pilings with Dancers

by on Oct.20, 2014, under Oil Painting, Plein Air

A couple of weeks ago our plein air group met at a spot near Isthmus Slough. We traveled a couple of miles up the slough toward Green Acres. The location was quite void of visual stimulus with quiet waters, low tide, small forest and bushes across the way, and some shop buildings here and there.

But there was one area near the bank where once a dock had existed and the only thing left of it were some pilings with bent, rusty metal fasteners & pegs still attached. Plus, the low tide exposed a piling shaped as a pencil. How it stood baffled me. We visited the place twice and each time I did the same piling theme with one from a distance and the other closer.

“Isthmus Slough Pilings” - 18x14 in. - Oil

“Isthmus Slough Pilings” – 18×14 in. – Oil

“Isthmus Slough Pilings II” - 11x14 in. - Oil

“Isthmus Slough Pilings II” – 11×14 in. – Oil


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Bandon Dunes Golf Visit

by on Sep.27, 2014, under Oil Painting

Last week while doing some practicing at Bandon Dunes driving range and putting greens I thought to look around while leaving. I visited the main pro shop to do some dreaming and then headed for the parking lot for the drive home.

Exactly across the driveway of the complex is a small grassed hill (dune?) with a path winding its way to the top. At the peak was a lone small cloud on the horizon where the path disappeared. I thought, “This could be a painting…” Luckily, I had my iPhone and took some pics for future referencing.

I thought a square format would do it justice – and not too large. I chose a 12x12x 3/4 inch wrap around stretched canvas and painted with oils.

“Hill in Front of Bandon Dunes” - Oil - 12x12 in.

“Hill in Front of Bandon Dunes” – Oil – 12×12 in.

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Along Isthmus Slough

by on Aug.24, 2014, under Plein Air, Uncategorized

Oops – I skipped over an outing. After Sunset Bay and before Mingus Park we painted along Isthmus Slough near Greenacres. Like all the sloughs around here, they are the waterways for the tidewaters for the area. Isthmus is one of the longer reaching 3-4 miles toward Coquille along OR Highway 42.

For the substrate, I decided to be frugal and gessoed over an unsuccessful collage on canvas board – look closely and you will see textures of cloth and polymer medium impasto. The attraction for my setup spot was the weathered pilings. I was also taken by the “S” flow into the plane – I even lifted forward the back portion of the slough to complete the water flow from left to right. (see photo where back portion disappears)

Upon completion, I have been debating – do I like or not – too much texture? lack of point of interest? colors too mundane/more coastal gray tone? More greens?

With the painting I have added a pic from my setup spot. Also, a cropped pic of what I probably should have zeroed in on – always second guessing 🙂

“Isthmus Slough Near Greenacres” - Acrylic/mixed - 11x14 in.

“Isthmus Slough Near Greenacres” – Acrylic/mixed – 11×14 in.


Photo of my setup location

Photo of my setup location

Cropped from photo - Possible attention area

Cropped from photo – Possible attention area


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