Beaver Hill

1 Aug

Beaver_Hill

Oregon’s thick coastal forests limit the mountain views, except for a nicely placed clear cut like this. The logging road leads into the view.

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Muriel’s Barn

1 Aug

Muriels_Barn

I am sure the farmers had many practical concerns when building their barn and house, especially being in a river valley near the ocean, but the placement of these buildings has a lovely fit with the surrounding landscape.

Succulent Echeveria

22 Jul

Succulent_Echeveria

In June, Oregon gardens start to get showy with bright flowers. But this subdued potted succulent quietly absorbed the sun and my attention during a paint out at a friend’s garden.

Guppies

23 Jun

Guppies_

Unlike most of my paintings which are done from life or reference photos, this one is painted from remembering my childhood guppies. The guppy shapes gave definition as if swimming through the flowing watercolor stripes.

Swimming Seal

22 Jun

Swimming_Seal

Baby seals entertained us with their swimming antics in a beautiful little cove near Archway Rock in New Zealand. I liked the challenge of painting moving water over a moving object.

Bullards Bridge

5 May

Bullards_Bridge

The sun peaked through a bit to give color to the grayness along the Coquille river. The thin watercolor washes settled in the large areas of this painting to give texture and pattern to the beach and river.

New Paintings via Cropping

22 Mar

One of the advantages of painting with watercolor on Yupo paper is that the paper can be cut down and reframed for a better composition or to refocus on the best part of a painting.  Every once in a while I go through my stored away paintings to see which ones could be made better by cropping.  These four are my newly created paintings from cropped old ones.

Mermaid_Door

Mermaid Door

 

Tide_Pool

Tide Pool

 

Splash_1

Splash 1

 

Lauritzen_Secret_Garden_Daffodils

Lauritzen Secret Garden Daffodils