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Experimenting With Artistic Ideas

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 Storming sea (working title). 8x10, oil on linen panel. 2017 A couple of weeks ago I listened to an interview with Kirstine Reiner Hansen on the Savvy Painter podcast. She talked about the need for all artists to set aside time to create things just for themselves, that is, to do wor...

Avoiding Muddy Colors in a Plein Air Painting

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The spring finally caught up with me today and I got outside for my first plein air event of the year. I painted with the Plein Air Painters of Washington at Washington Park Arboretum. ...

Plein Air Painting Finished in the Studio

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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 ...

Rain Over Winslow

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Rain Over Winslow. 6x10, oil on linen panel. 2016. As the pile of sketches in my studio can attest, trying to paint the Puget Sound in winter is a recipe for failure. Studio or plein air, it's especially hard to do because there's so little to actually build a painting around. The only thing that br...

A Light Display Over The Kitsap Peninsula

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  Dancing With the Light. 6x10, oil on linen panel. 2016 There is something particularly special about the light in winter in the Pacific Northwest. There are many days when the sky is completely overcast and the day is totally gray, yet sometimes the air is clear and the clouds race across th...

Painting Experiences Rather Than Things

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Impressions of the Sunset. 5x7, oil on linen panel. 2016 Despite the obvious challenges, I really enjoy painting from less-than-perfect references. Having to bring something extra to the easel makes the result feel more like a personal statement than a slavish copy of an image. Here, I filled in the...