November 8, 2014

Barn Row

Acrylic on Panel - 5 x 7 inches

Another set of barns in Sonoma. They way the were piled up reminded me of old trains. Maybe I was out in the sun too long.

November 2, 2014

Summer Fence

Acrylic on Panel - 5 x 7 inches

One of the last ones of the Summer, painted originally in October but I only got around to finishing it today. Another one of those ones I thought would be easy, but there were so many greens and golds fighting for attention.

October 20, 2014

Acrylic on Panel - 9 x 12 inches

A colorful update to a dull one I found in the back hallway. I should really just leave these alone, but sometimes when I don't feel like starting a new one, this gets me back into the swing of things.

October 10, 2014

Concourse Trees

Acrylic on Panel - 30 x 30 inches

I need to reshoot this one when I get it back from the show. I don't think the colors are nearly this vibrant. Maybe my eyes are just tired.

This is a view of the trees that fill the concourse between the two museums in Golden Gate Park. It's a prefect spot to play bocce, and I think the city should pay old french dudes to hang out here. 

October 8, 2014

Sphynx

Acrylic on Canvas - 24 x 36 inches

I like the mix of the classic and mythical with the modern and fantastical. I thought this one would be easy, but it turned out very flat and uninteresting. There was nothing to bring the eye into the space. I softened the building a bit, which helps, but it's still not at all how I imagined.  

September 20, 2014

Negativeland

Acrylic on Panel - 9 x 12 inches

I was doing some image correction in Photoshop and I mistyped and wound up looking at something like this. And I liked it. So I painted it. So there.

September 3, 2014

Foggy Trees

Acrylic on Panel - 5 x 7 inches

Rubbing the sleep from my eyes, this is what I saw when I emerged from my tent, on our last camping trip.

I wanted to capture the smoky depth of the hills in the background before the  fog burned off, combined with the emerging light in the foreground. I had to work very quickly and paint the last bits from memory.

August 31, 2014

Vintner's House

Acrylic on Panel - 5 x 7 inches

Back at the vineyard, I decided to paint the owner's house. He was not impressed. Me neither, now that I think about it.

August 29, 2014

Orange Forklift

Acrylic on Panel - 6 x 6 inches - Click Here to Bid

A painter I took a workshop with told the story of painting a cow looking at him over the fence at a farm. He was painting this for a plein air shootout contest. After a little while the cow wandered off and he wondered how he was ever gonna finish the piece. Just short of the closing bell, he was considering whipping the main figure out, when he looked up and saw that the same cow had returned to look at him. He quickly sketched in the rest of the figure and turned in his piece. Did he win? I can't remember.

In any case, this is pretty much what happened to me with this forklift. The sky was still purple in the early morning, and the building were starting to glow white/yellow and the bright little orange forklift was just sitting there. A voice in my head said "you'll never be so lucky", and sure enough after about half an hour someone came and drove it away.

And then just before I was going to pack up, it reappeared.