Tag Archives: nature

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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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.

Apricot Blossoms

5 Jul

Apricot_Blossoms

Spring’s blossoming fruit trees are lovely and exciting with promise, but the masses of nearly white blossoms can be a challenge to paint.  Yupo paper allows almost complete removal of paint as well as the addition of fine lines which edge light washes. The undertones in the blossoms were achieved with a blue underpainting. Much of the painting of the flowers was done by removing paint, then floating in a light orange color to give some crisp detail to the soft blossoms.

Fish Hatchery Forest

22 Apr

Fish_Hatchery_Forest

The woods at the edge of the fish hatchery lake sparkled with light that filtered through the leaves and reflected off the lake.   This was started plein air last summer and just finished for the May, 2017,  Miniature and Small Image Show at the Art by the Sea Gallery in Bandon, Oregon.