Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Grand Haven Light

Being surrounded by the Great Lakes
I'm always drawn to the shore for subject matter.
I've painted this light in storms, at sunsets and
in the sun like this.  
It's early spring and the fishermen trying
for lake trout are staying on the sunny
side for warmth.  It's one of the few
red lights on the Great Lakes, that is part of
why it's so appealing to me.  It's always 
peaceful at the shore and causes the mind to
leave everyday stresses behind.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

My Impression

The bouquet of flowers
in a glass vase.  I certainly didn't want
to spend a lot of time on details soooooo
I did a quick underpainting with lots of
water and colors melting together.
Then started to add a few details, only
enough to pull it together.  Not
my favorite but not the worst either. 

Friday, September 5, 2008

Gurgling through Red Rock Crossing

This is one of the most peaceful places near
Sedona, AZ.  This only shows a small portion
of Red Rock Crossing, but I was intrigued by the way
the water made it's way through the red rock.
Mesmerizing just to sit and look at.

Winter Reminder

This is a painting near my childhood home.
On this day I was intrigued by the reflections on
the water.  The thin ice from the banks cut a 
pleasing shape as the stream struggled along
under the ice.  I know it's not cold and freezing now.
This is just a subtle reminder that old man winter
is just a snow flake away.

Monday, August 25, 2008

The Munising Clipper

With Grand Island in the distance an old
Great Lakes fishing boat sits waiting for another
trip.  These are the dangerous waters of Lake Superior.
We were on a goose hunting trip when I found this
scene.  I love the texture of the old boards
and the and the subdued color blending.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Near Sedona, Red Rock Formations

One of hundreds of red rock formations around
the Sedona, AZ area.  Being from the midwest this area
was very exciting for me and not the typical landscape.
This was started as a plein air piece and then finished
at the home where we were staying.  Such a variety of colors
caused me to change my entire palette to get what I was
looking for.  Course I was on the constant lookout for 
Rattle snakes.  I found it was hard to paint while
looking over your shoulder and around your feet.
One guide told me he had been hiking the trails for 
26 years and had never seen one.  Ummm I didn't believe him. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

California Roses

On one of my many business trips to California, these
roses always caught my eye as I was coming and going
from the office building where I was working.  Roses for me
are very challenging because of there many layered petals.
Overlap on top of overlap, so beautiful and intricate
all at the same time.  The rest of the challenge is
how the light plays off from the different petal layers
and angles.  Such graceful curves which create beautiful
light and shadow areas.  I don't paint many roses because
of the challenges they present, but I'm usually happy that I did.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Red Rock Loop

One of the most beautiful views around
Sedona, AZ.  There are 5 or 6 red rock
formations visible from different pull outs along
the loop.  It changes with the light and sparkles
in the sun like jewels.  I really enjoyed painting
in this place.  So different from my midwest 
roots.  One thing I discovered about driving around
Sedona, is there are far to many curves in the road
and way to many rock formations to see and admire.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Clay Pots and Roses

This is the way I think watercolor is the most fun.
Fast, expressive brush strokes and colors mixing together
on the fly.  Has just enough expression of the subject
to make it recognizable but yet leave enough of the subject
understated so that the viewer can use there imagination
to fill in the blanks.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Surprise: Pastel from a watercolorist

I bit of a surprise, I occasionally us pastel when
not in a watercolor mood.  This subject was from
a bright sunny fall day.  I was cleaning up in the back yard
and noticed this old crate I had tossed in my junk pile.
There were also some bruised apples that had fallen off one
of our apples trees.  There is also a grapevine that trails along
the fence.  The old light bulb turned on and I decided to create a
junk pile still like.  My first attempt was this loose and rapidly
drawn piece.  I decided to see what you all think.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Impatients/Abstract Impressionism

For me this is the way watercolor should be.
Colors flowing into each other, compliments side by side
and loose quick brushstrokes.  I think the
vignette adds even more character to this style.
What do you think?
This was done on Arches 140# Cold Press
watercolor paper.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tomatoes on the Counter

From the road side stand to the kitchen counter.
Fresh tomatoes for salads and BLT's
Love em.  Also liked the way the sun spilled
through the window at the cottage.
@12 x  15" on Arches Hot Press #140

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Beach Umbrellas

This was a very hot sun on Lake Michigan sometime
ago.  I was drawn by the light on the people and 
the color of the water.  The water is painted somewhat
graphically and the figures are more realistic.
This painting is sold, but I still like the image.
Size @ 12" x  18" on cold press 140#
Arches watercolor paper.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Brick Farmhouse

The November wind blew through the field
and trees.  It made a cold and mournful sound as
it awakened winter from it's sleep.  Is there anybody
home?  I don't think so.

After the Rain

The rain had passed but still visible on the horizon.
Along came a puff of wind and out came these two
sailboats.  I painted it without a lot of color and more
like it appeared in a mist.  It was a quick paint, and I 
think turned out OK.

October Illusion

This is a view of many scenes and memories as seen by
my eyes.  They exist but not exactly for this is only
a memory that may or may not be accurate.
Good enough for my eyes.

Apple Study #2

A quick brush of watercolor and black ink
for accent.  Done on Charcoal paper.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Little Island in the River

After painting the little broken dam, I merely turned
my easel and chair and this scene appeared.  Light was still
good and I was loosened up from the first painting so
away I went.  As I was painting I heard some shouting
in the direction of the old dam.  I took a quick look and
two folks in a canoe were attempting to go over the dam
while it was flooded and moving fast.  Needless to say
the paddles went one way, the canoe went the other and
they ended up going over the dam without the aid of
there canoe.  Fortunately they were wearing life jackets.
This  plein air painting took about 45 minutes and was done on 
Arches #140 Cold Press watercolor paper.  Size is about 10" x 15".

Spilling over.

This little rock dam was part of a larger dam.  Neither
are in use anymore.  I liked the way the light played with
the water as in spilled over this little ledge.  Nice spring
day, perfect for a plein air painting.  This one took
about an hour and was done on Arches #140 Hot Press
watercolor paper.  It's about 10" x 12 ".

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Geraniums in the Sun!

This is a plein air subject I spotted one sunny
afternoon near an old barn.  Large and small pots
of Geraniums sitting on stone ledges.  The light was 
about to dissappear so I had to paint quickly with a large
brush.  It was painted on Cold Press 140# Arches.

Sunny Backdoor

This is the view that greets us each August.
The backdoor of the cottage we rent, bathed in afternoon
sunlight.  I tried to capture that feel in this painting to keep
us warm in the winter time.  I love cottages, water and
vacations.  I could spend my entire vacation sitting by the 
lake and looking at the horizon while attempting to focus
long enough to read a book

Friday, May 9, 2008

Mystery girl in a yellow T-shirt.

We had taken a break from Steelhead fishing
and were enjoying the sun on the channel wall.
As I looked to my left, this girl appeared out
of no where.  She was too far away to really
see, but the image stuck in my mind.

Dredge it up!

We were duck hunting on Grand Island when I came across this piece 
of reference in 1969.  I photographed it for future use...2007, 
long time to wait.  Hope everyone likes this one.  
I've done other versions, but this is
my favorite.

Friday, May 2, 2008

IF: Going to Seed

Apples by the side of the road, fallen from
there tree, warmed by the late fall sun and
rotting quickly.  The birds, deer and many small
animals find them sweet and soothing.
The Honey Bee's get drunk on the nectar and zig zag
back to the hive.  Seeds from these apples will appear
as sprouts in the spring, miles from this road and
far from our memory.
Transparent Watercolor on Coldpress
illustration board.

IF: A Good Seed

A fine grandson, from a wonderful son.
Well fertilized Oats.  Transparent Watercolor
on Arches Hot Press 140#

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Spring Flooding

Plein Air Watercolor...also after 40 years of painting, this is my first post.