Sunday, October 31, 2010

Around the Bend

This is a Northern California landscape that I've been tooling with for a while. I'm still over working it and I will post the results when I give up and stop laying on the pastels.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Large Rock

Another study for a larger painting. This one I liked because of the perspective and the many colors that make up the water. I think in the larger piece the water needs to be more engaging.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Richmond Treetops

I like sitting in Pam's backyard. The sky on sunny days is so vivid. Of course I paint the treetops a lot but I like the way the light hits them. I usually sit and paint til it gets too windy and cold.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Lane Change

This is a Providence, Rhode Island cityscape. A few years ago I taught for the National College of District Attorneys and they shipped me off to Providence. I loved the feel of the town. The buildings were gorgeous and they had lots of character. I did straighten the line on the yellowish building because it was annoying me. I went to this authentic Italian food restaurant for lunch and they laughed at how I placed my order. The regulars were pronouncing the dishes correctly I just said give me the curly pasta with the spinach. That aside the food was excellent.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Afternoon Waves

This was my first painting of the trip using the limited palette of the primaries, white and burnt sienna. This is part of the tree stand in front of our patio. The light was getting to that special point and the waves were hypnotic.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Troubled Waters

Oil study on copper. The goal was to map out the trouble spots. I may work in pastel for the larger painting. I could tool around with this a bit more too.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Like Pea Soup

This is an image from Muir Beach. This is more of an exploration of where I can potentially go with this image in oil, watercolor, acrylic...If you don't paint you don't win.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Lean With It

This is an image from our first Urban Music Festival here in Austin. I'm working on a series involving music and musicians. Its not finished yet.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bored and Tagged

On my way to a dinner party in Wimberly on some obscure road we spotted a few calves hanging out by the road. This teenager just had that look of utter boredom.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Gray Day Surf

I love the beach on cold blustery days. I qualify that with being properly dressed. On those days you hear only wind and the air is just damp. This scene from Fort Bragg , California reminds me of those days. The sun hides most of the day and when/if it does come out its brief.
This is a study for a larger pastel piece.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Large Rock Waves

No I wasn't standing that close to the drop off it just looks that way. I enjoyed painting this one because the greens were amazing. Pam actually found a way down to the beach. Too steep for me and I was painting anyway.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Signature Lounge Waiters

I must admit that I have changed this up a bit since this image. I shortened the third waiters apron and smoothed out a few raw areas. I love restaurant and bar scenes. I love the white shirts, ties aprons. People also are more relaxed and fun to sketch. The Signature Lounge that I refer to is the one in Chicago, Ill. Its on the 92nd floor and the views are amazing. that day we had an early dinner-thus the waiting waiters- and to the lounge for drinks later.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Busy Busy Waters

This is almost finished. Its my first pastel painting on velour. The surface is interesting to paint on. This is one of those Glass Beach scenes with rushing waves, wind, fog, mist, seagulls... I'm trying to look deeper to get the colors accurate.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fog Lifting Study

This painting is about fog that is yielding to the sun. One of my favorite foggy beaches is Muir Beach. Its a small intimate little beach near Stinson beach. Of course I'm thinking of playing with this one a little more but I do like the foreground and will probably leave it alone.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Day 2 Four

This is a small study completed on my cliff. My intent was to depict the edge of the cliff and the grass that sprigs up in the sand. This one can almost be a beach from above and the sprigs can be seen as wavelets. I may use this for a larger piece.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Oceanside Gravel Pit

This is one of my favorite trees on the pathway by the hotel. Further down there's this gravel pit in front of an awesome view of the ocean and land. I liked the slope of the tree across the fence. I was pretty loose and wet with the paper. I like the movement in this obviously still landscape. I think the movement can be attributed to the fact that I had been recording waves in my brain all day. To relax the brain I turned away from the ocean and painted this.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Building Tops Greenville

This a study in values for me. I'm dissecting an image and painting portions of it in anticipation of painting a larger piece. I took this shot from a side street about 6 blocks down from the courthouse. My mom was driving and she stopped to let me take the photos. Greenville, Texas really is a beautiful little town. I think I will set up the gear one day downtown and just paint. Adds new meaning to painting the town.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

A Segment

In front of the beachcomber Motel right across the street there is a patch of trees that catch the light just right as the sun is rising and setting. I turned my back to the ocean and painted this one from the patio looking through a break in the buildings.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Waves and Rocks two versions

Both images represent rocks being overtaken by waves. Painted on site from above the beach. I always learn a lot about the ocean from just watching and painting.