Saturday, January 30, 2010

If you come to a fork in the road...

This follows my previous post which was the beginning of
some grapevines and foliage. In the beginning it had already
turned to a more interpretive approach to the unknown at that
point. Now here it is at it's current stage. Finished? I don't know,
but definitely done for now.

Time out for medical leave. I'll be back in late February to determine
if I took the right fork in the road, so you've got plenty of time to
leave your honest opinions. In a few weeks I'll catch up with you and
see the footprints you've left behind. So for now ...Shaka
(means "hang loose" in Hawaii)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Watercolor in Progress

This is slightly larger than the last post.
It's progressing with more thought but still
with left and right hands. My goal is to emphasize
watercolors effects along with techniques.

The finished piece will come along in a couple of days.

Thursday, January 21, 2010


I'm not going to jumble this up
with my thoughts and reasons for things.
It may have something, maybe a future.
You tell me!

5 x 7 watercolor on cold press.
broad strokes were left handed and
a few details were done with the right.

Sorry this is such a funky reproduction.
The little bubble's are actually dark spots.
Unfortunately they were still shiny when I
copied it. Hence the crappy little bubbles
and poor quality.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


A small portion of a large not so hot painting.
I'm posting this only to stay in touch.
A few days ago as I sprawled with a "what just
happened look" between two cars I new I wouldn't
be painting for a while except maybe left handed.
Tore up my bicep muscle and the right arm is
currently painful and useless. Could've been worse
as they say.
Anyway, didn't want you all to think I've just walked
away from the blog world. Nope, right here ...
and if I can get my wife to type for me, I'll be responding.
Until later friends.
Bummed out!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Hawk Meadows Revisited

9 x 12 plein air watercolor on cold press arches.
Plain and simple traditional approach. I'll always
revisit this style along the way. Searching for
new vitality, enthusiasm and passion.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Hawk Meadows

Things weren't happening in the studio today, so I escaped.
Drove down the road aways to Hawk Meadows, a local walking
and hiking park. There I can park and paint in the car.
I noticed something right away ... I was using a small palette
with small pans of color. The colors weren't as strong as
fresh paint in the studio palette. Kind of soft and
transparent. Hopefully I can take that back to the studio
and put it to work. I think I'm going to do plein air more
often. No time to think and let intuition take it's course.
The photo's are blurry because I didn't want to drag out the
tripod. Later maybe. Let me know what you think.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

From Real to Fiction

Frustrated by the mud strewn larger painting, I chose to
crop out 5 tiny abstracts. You say, "well that's cheating"
and I say "first you have to have enough sense to decide to
crop. Then you have to choose where to crop. Of course this
takes up to 45 years of experience. If you believe all that then
I've got 5 little abstracts that I'll sell cheap. It was a fun conclusion
to a very sad painting.