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Carkeek Shore 2.0 (plein air/studio). 8x10, oil on linen panel. 2016. Back in May of this year I painted on location at Carkeek Park in Seattle. Although the day was really pleasant and there was no time pressure, I wasn't able to get the painting to a place where I was truly happy with it. After a

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Darla R (plein air). 9x12, oil on linen panel. 2016 I spent most of the day at Seattle's Fisherman's Terminal painting on the main dock. The morning started out overcast and gray which made for ideal painting conditions. Although I originally worked on a smaller panel, I came to my senses, scraped i

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Wooden Boats (plein air). 9x12, oil on linen panel. 2016. Saturday was my first chance to get out and paint with Plein Air Washington. We painted at the Center for Wooden Boats which is right on the south shore of Lake Union in Seattle. This painting is an example of why I usually try to avoid man-m

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Above the Morning Fog. 8x10, oil on linen panel. 2016 I took advantage of the nice weather this week to get in a spot of plein air painting. It's been a month or two since I last did any work outside and I was starting to get the itch. After so long in the studio, my gear felt extra heavy. I took a

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Field Study: South Lawn. 5x7, oil on linen panel. 2016 I managed to get outside and do a little sketching at the local park this afternoon. As this is a just a field study, I spent most of my time trying to get the colors and values right. On the treeline I found that less is more - the single

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