August 24, 2012

Teal Chair

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

This is my entry for the Daily Paintworks Complimentary Challenge.  I think I took the instructions a little too literally, but I liked the instructions the way I interpreted them.

August 15, 2012


Acrylic on Panel - 7 x 5 inches - Click Here to Bid

Used to be an OK place to do laundry. Now it's a great place to eat. Yes, Nopa, named for the "North of Panhandle" neighborhood, which it isn't really in, though it is technically North of the Panhandle but it was launched before people started calling the neighborhood DivCo, which I really hope doesn't catch on, but...

Any way, it's a view of Nopa with the Hayes Street Hill climbing up on the left, and Divisadero Street in front, thus qualifying for this weeks Daily Paintworks Challenge: The Street View.

I've done lots of SF street scenes, but this one was next in the queue. It's the only are in which I'm out-doing Carol, just in the sheer number of SF paintings I've done, but then I live in SF, so no surprise there. And hers are still far superior.

I might do a larger version of this just to see if I can add a tad more detail, without completely abandoning the looseness.

August 13, 2012

Red Side

Acrylic on Panel - 4 x 6 inches - Sold

I'm really liking these Golden Open Acrylics. Something about them is challenging making me concentrate more and try new things. Naturally there's some things about this that is completely frustrating, like not having them dry almost instantly, but I feel like this will ultimately be a good thing. Either that, or I will become completely used to them soon and go back to my old habits.

This image is from a photo I took while up at Moore Ranch earlier this year. It's pretty bad, but I do like the looseness and since I set a timer, I managed to not overwork the thing like I usually do. 

August 11, 2012

Carol's Red Truck

Acrylic on Panel - 7 x 5 inches - Sold

Just made the wire for this week's Daily Paintwork's Painting Challenge. Carol Marine posted a photo of a truck and was nice enough to not post her version until later in the week.

I decided to buy some more Golden Open Acrylics, this time in colors I actually use and not the variety pack they put together. I really enjoyed the paint staying workable, and think I might actually stick with the open paints for a while to see if I get a hang of the process.

August 9, 2012


Acrylic on Panel - 6 x 6 inches - destroyed

I'm a whole week late posting this one. It's for the Daily Paintworks' Rose Challenge. I wanted to try to keep it to a vary limited palette so I cropped way in. I did a few roses a year or two ago, and it's amazing how awful my color mixing was. Rather that is that my color mixing abilities have come a long way. (and with a long way to go). 

August 8, 2012

Barn Back Knife

Acrylic on Panel - 8 x 10 inches - SOLD

I had this painting from earlier this Spring, from when I painted at Moore Ranch. I had plan to paint something new over it because I didn't particularly like it. Since I already had paint out from the morning, I decided to try "reinterpreting" the  piece with new color and just using the palette knife. It's definitely looser, but also warmer more accurate color. It's still a terrible composition, but it was interesting to see how I could pick better colors from memory (or maybe just seeing how wrong the colors were in the previous version were). 

August 6, 2012

Around Back

Acrylic on Panel - 5 x 7 inches - Sold

Found another shady spot to paint from. 97 degrees today, so shade is my friend. Any hotter and I'll be painting from inside the house.

August 4, 2012

Back Field Fruit Trees

Acrylic on Panel - 5 x 7 inches - Sold

As the title says, this is the pathway to the back field fruit trees at my parent's place. For once I think I managed to make it look more like a painting and less like an illustration. I hope. 

August 2, 2012

Hill Top

Acrylic on Panel - 8 x 10 inches - SOLD

Painted with only the palette knife, I based this on a view of the hill, naturally, but had to remove all the visual obstacles in the way (the apple tree, the many fences, utility poles and wires). My sister said she wanted something very loose like this for her living room. Apparently she wanted something like this and not actually "this" one. Ahem.