Recent Work: Summer 2020

Here are some of the paintings I've done in the past two months. A much slower pace than usual, but these are not normal times.

Since I've felt less pressure to create new work, I've been able to take more time with each one which, in turn, has given me a chance to experiment with layering, glazing and contrasts in texture.

A impressionistic contre jour landscape oil painting with gray sky.

Into the Light. 6x12, oil on linen panel. 2020

The back lighting in this scene at Union Bay Natural Area gave rise to interesting grays and was a good opportunity to introduce some thick paint textures in the sky area.


A landscape oil painting of the Columbia River in Oregon.

Catherine Creek. 6x12, oil on linen panel. 2020.

This was done from a Google Maps photo as part of a virtual paint-out with Plein Air Washington. I try to do these in the same time window as if I were on location (that is, feeling rushed for time), but in this case it dragged well outside the two hour window.

The color of the Columbia River in the photograph struck me as being inconsistent with the light in the sky. Perhaps the image was processed in some way. I kept it like this because it felt so different than a run of the mill landscape.

 A small landscape of fall trees at Union Bay Natural Area.

Fall Study I. 5x7, oil on linen panel. 2020.

Little studies like this let me practice pushing the paint around in carefree way. I wish it was easier to scale these up to a bigger size.


An abstract oil landscape.

Fall Study II. 5x7, oil on linen panel. 2020.

This is an experiment in combining information from two images. I started out with a simple fall setting but decided that it needed something extra so I pulled some highlights in from a second image.





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