March 24, 2015

West On Page III

Acrylic on Canvas - 30 x 30 inches

At a patron's suggestion, ahem, I tried another version of this scene, painting not from life or source photography, but rather, the previous painting. Bigger brushes, bigger swaths of paint, and in a rushed fashion. Interestingly enough, each version shows an increase in contrast. I'm not sure why that is. Yet.

March 22, 2015


Acrylic on Panel - 14 x 11 inches

This was a commission of sorts. I thought it would be compelling to paint the lighthouse as seen at midnight, but it turned out to be a very dark mass of blue/black, so I painted an early morning light on top of that and it was much more interesting.

March 17, 2015

March 7, 2015

Take Off

Acrylic on Cardstock - 6 x 4 inches

This is my entry for the Daily Paintworks Flying Spirit Challenge. I used a reference photo from the great collection of Eddie Bartley at He can tell you what specimen this is. I can only guess (but will not).

February 19, 2015


Acrylic on Panel - 6 x 6 inches

There's a great cafe at Stinson Beach that is such the perfect spot to have some french fries and look out at the sea that we should really keep it a secret. 

February 12, 2015

Eucalyptus Stand

Acrylic on Panel - 24 x 36 inches

This is a studio version of a plein air piece I did last August. Very similar, and yet very different. And big!

February 10, 2015

Red Spot

Acrylic on Panel - 4 x 6 inches

I love this lemony colored building that I pass by quite often. Yesterday it was in full sun and a shiny new red car was parked out front.

February 9, 2015

February 8, 2015


Acrylic on Panel - 6 x 6 inches

My friends post photos of themselves as children. Sometimes I download them, thinking I'll paint them. Today I did paint one. I color corrected the source first, but I think that took out the charming tone of the old and faded print. I just didn't think I should try to emulate that in a painting. That's something that photo realists like doing, and I am no photo realist.