Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Klickitat River

oil on canvas panel

With a couple feet of snow on the ground and near-zero temperatures, it's nice to remember this beautiful October day near Lyle, Washington.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


oil on board
Painted for Karin Jurick's Different Strokes From Different Folks blog. I was thinking what the toe of a boot coming down must look like to a bug.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Roadside Attraction

oil on canvas panel

The area in which I live is very beautiful. Majestic mountains, rolling hills, high desert, mighty rivers, we've got it all. Sometimes, though, it's the small things that inspire, like a little shoot of grass poking up through its colorful, dying predecessors.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008


oil on canvas panel

Another one for Karin Jurick's Diffferent Srokes From Different Folks blog. It's an enjoyable challenge to find inspiration from a photograph provided by someone else. Determining the composition is half the fun; what I like most about this one is the intersection of lines and curves.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Seven Mile Road - SOLD

oil on canvas
A month or so ago, I met with a couple of friends to paint en plein air and instead we all went on a photo jaunt together. The sense of fleeting beauty was so strong, we agreed to gather as many photos as we could, to savor in the winter months. Like squirrels and nuts (we were the squirrels!).

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Ionian Brew

oil on canvas

I can still hear the waves crashing against the sand, see the effervescent surf glowing in the night, and feel the cool ocean breath on my face.

Brambling Rose

oil on canvas

A rose bush I bought and planted a few years ago has been taken over by the root stock. The canes it shoots out in 10-foot lengths produce unattractive, short-lived blooms. The hips that follow are the only reason I haven't pulled the entire thing out of the ground.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


oil on canvas

Another painting done for Karin Jurick's Different Strokes From Different Folks. This was painted from and upside-down photograph, which I resisted all temptation to turn right-side up until it was complete. I've never painted a figure before, so it was doubly interesting to try from an inverted reference; I didn't notice the confluence of lines at her head until I turned the painting around, but I liked it, so I left it that way.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Waiting For Change

oil on masonite

This was painted for Karin Jurick's Different Strokes From Different Folks blog. It was a lot of fun to do, and interesting to compare to others' interpretations of the same photograph. I felt an ambiguous title was appropriate for an ambiguous scene. Thanks, Karin!

A Creek Runs Through It

oil on canvas panel

This scene was a challenge. I wanted to convey the depth of the woods beyond the creek while retaining the feeling of simplicity and serenity. A peaceful Autumn morning filled with sunshine, and a bubbling brook beckoning in the shade; what a beautiful world God made.

Country Mile

oil on canvas panel
A group of artists met and painted en plein air at this lovely site near Glenwood, Washington. At the time, I just had to paint a grove of aspens in the other direction, but took lots of photographs, including the one which inspired this painting.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Aspen Air - SOLD

oil on canvas panel
The aspens are beautiful year-round, but the fall colors make such a nice contrast to the shadowy trunks.