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13 – Portage Island Cliff 6×6 Series

“Portage Island Cliff No. 13” was an exercise in color and shapes. I started with a medium gray sanded paper, just as I have with the last couple of paintings in this series. Overall, the gray neutralizes the color in the painting a bit, resulting in a softer, overcast look. shapes Using soft vine charcoal […]

Making Paintings Work

I love the time of day when dusk envelops the world under the heavy forest canopy, but away from the trees the sky is still bright evening. I tried to capture that feeling in this painting titled “Evening”. The edge of the meadow in the upper part of the Curry Preserve is a perfect place […]

12 – Portage Island Cliff 6×6 Series

In “Portage Island Cliff Series No. 12” I tried to loosen up my technique a little more. I like realism, but I also like a more impressionistic feeling. Today I focused especially on keeping the background and the face of the cliff less detailed. Instead I worked with the interaction of the sanded paper and […]

11 – Portage Island Cliff 6×6 Series

After a long winter hiatus, I really enjoyed getting back to the easel today. To get warmed up, I painted a new version of my Portage Island Cliff series. I’d been studying the cliff out the window all winter and wanted to see what I’d learned. I set “Portage Island Cliff Series No. 11” on […]

Lummi Island Artists’ Studio Tour – 2016 Labor Day Weekend

Dozens of Lummi Island artists–including myself–will be opening our studios to visitors from 10am to 5pm each day for our 2016 Labor Day weekend Lummi Island Artists’ Studio Tour. There are two places you can see my work: I’ll have a special 6×6 Show at my home/studio (see my blog for details), and larger studio pieces at the Lummi Island Gallery.

10 – Portage Island Cliff 6×6 Series

In “Portage Island Cliff 6×6 Series No. 10” I experimented again with a technique often used by Emily Carr. I wrote briefly about her in my previous blog entry. shadow outlines Carr often used a very dark, almost black, line to outline the shadow side of some of the shapes in her paintings. Other artists […]

8 & 9 – Portage Island Cliff 6×6 Series

It’s beginning to look like this Portage Island Cliff 6×6 series will only be about half done by the Labor Day Lummi Island Artists’ Studio Tour. I’ll have whatever is finished on display at my home, and I’ll complete the series before the mid-November Holiday Studio Tour. I hope you’ll stop by to see the […]

5 – Portage Island Cliff 6×6 Series

In this painting, the challenge I set for myself was to render depth while using only two pastel sticks–black and white. All the shadings of gray were achieved by blending the two colors on the painting. blending pastel colors In pastel painting, I can’t really mix colors, but I can layer colors. Pastels are often […]

4 – Portage Island Cliff 6×6 Series

In this painting I started experimenting with the underpainting. Since most of this painting is in shades of green, I used the complementary color–red. I chose four shades of a bluish pink and created this value study as an underpainting: The goal of using a complementary underpainting is to liven up the painting colors, since […]

Portage Island Cliff 6×6 Series

Last year a friend of mine in another state participated in a “6×6” show. Each artist in the show produced 6 rows of 6 paintings, all 6×6 inches–36 paintings in total. I was intrigued by that idea, and since then I’ve brainstormed different ways I could put together a 6×6 series for one of the […]