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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...

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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...

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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...

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How Do I Paint a Fishing Boat?

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Blue Pacific (study). about 6x10, oil on linen. 2016 The Fisherman's Terminal in Seattle is potential goldmine of artistic opportunity but the imagery is hard to capture when working on location. A painting partner described it as "the black diamond slope of plein air painting".  The problem is...

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Starting Paintings from Sketches

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Winter Dawn. 11x14, oil on linen panel. 2016 As the title of this post suggests, I've started to use some of the sketches I have on hand to create bigger paintings. In this case I went from a 5x7 sketch to an 11x14 painting, which felt like a comfortable step. As the painting scaled up, some of the ...

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