Copper Kettle / Study

Color! The richness and variety of the orange in the kettle, fabric and flowers are complimented by the blue green of the foliage. To my eye this is irresistible!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Still Life with Pears

Continuing my fascination with Yupo, I painted this still life, which is a version of one I previously painted. The first version has the classic qualities of traditional painting; attention to values, edges and paint handling.
 This one rips that all loose in boldness and brilliant color. This still life doesn't sit still  !
9" x 12"

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pierce Point II

This is the second watercolor of the old ranch at the Pt Reyes National Seashore, painted on the plastic surface called Yupo,  This smooth surface  completely determines the paint application and it is barely controllable. It is an exciting process and the result is fantastical rather than the usual painterly approach which is more conventional and reportorial.
It looks like I must have been drinking lots of champagne while I was painting this, but I assure you it was a slow and deliberative process !
12" x 9"

Monday, September 17, 2012

Pierce Point Ranch

This was painted on a  cold, windy, foggy day last weekend at the National Pt. Reyes Seashore Park.
It was quite an adventure - brrrrr.
 I want to see how this atmospheric subject matter looks on different surfaces, so I plan to paint it on a very soft paper, and also the very slick surface I used on my last two posts. It will be a watercolor experiment.....
9 1/4" x 13"

Thursday, September 13, 2012


This painting is another using the plastic surface ( Yupo ) of my previous post. The brilliance of color is amazing, if this landscape had been painted on paper the result would have been softer and more subtle, you can compare it to other versions of this Eel River landscape I have done. It reminds me of German expressionist work, or woodcuts. Each space is defined and leaves a line . It is a very dramatic and an experimental approach to traditional representational painting. Whew !

9" x 12"

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Girl's Soccer

A game from last season, these girls have now graduated to the U10  ( under ten ) league.  And the fall soccer season has just begun. Watch out world !

This was painted on a plastic surface - not paper. The paint sits on top instead of being absorbed into the paper, which results in brilliant color and an active surface. Pretty exciting stuff!
9" x 12"