Monday, February 28, 2011

Painting a Poem

Oil on Linen

I have started a series of paintings that will be a collaboration with Polly, my wife and poet. Sometimes, the words come first and other times the painting can be an inspiration for words. We will try both in what I hope will be an enjoyable series of new works.

Painting a Poem

A blank canvas and a palette of words – some for sunlight,
some for shade, some for the distant storm. That sky, those
clouds, a line of jeweled trees – a composition as common

as color, a poem painted by many before. Will this time be
different? Possibly not, but inspiration is in the odds. And so,
I wait for the words to dry.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Pantone Overload

Oil on Linen

Sometimes in the dark of February, the sky is grey too long and the night still comes early. The direct contrast of that is to create a painter's world with a celebration of color on canvas. Pantone Overload is in reference to a color system developed to standardize printing inks. The swatch books include thousands of colors. As a graphic designer, it was one of my favorite books.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Walk In or Walk Out

Oil on Linen

Working with the darkened path as a design device to lead the eye into the painting. Or, does the focus start from the middle of the painting and move down? Either way, I enjoyed the painting process.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Selected for Door County

Good news this month as I have been invited to participate in the 2011 Door County Plein Air Festival. The forty invited artists are from around the United States and will be the featured artists, painting and exhibiting for 6 days in the beautiful Door County Wisconsin landscape. The ad above will appear in their event guide.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Southeastern Indiana

Oil on Linen

Started with a little different palette here in the early scrub in and tried to hold on to the rich browns and deep reds. More scumbling on this studio painting this time around.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Oregon Cabin


This is a painting from a photograph of a cabin tucked away in Portland Oregon. It is a quaint little discovery where the neighborhood grew and built around it. The story goes that the couple that found the beautiful wooded area built the cabin and lived in it while the house nearby was being built. It remains today with moss covered stones and a place where Hansel and Gretel would surely approve.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The In and Out Back

Oil on Linen

I did manage to brave the elements and slide into the studio for the last two days to paint. Nice and quiet, just me with the paints. The painting led me. Once I had a few colors in mind, the painting and design shapes seemed to dictate something different and bold. It's nice to follow the flow and get lost in the work. All painters know the feeling. Every once in a while the painting paints itself. It dictates, we follow.