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Coos Head Ghost Train Tunnel

15 Mar


14″ x 11″

When painting landscapes plein air, I focus on capturing the essence of a place, rather than the photographic reality of it. The finished painting reads like a real place if I have captured the perspective, color, light and shadow well. However, many decisions are made during the painting process regarding focus, composition, color interactions and the actual application of the paint. (The paint often has a mind of its own when using Yupo paper).

This painting is of an actual place where Coos bay meets the Pacific ocean. There is an old man-made tunnel opening on to the tiny beach. I was glad to be able to sit at the beginning of the jetty, high and safe, to capture the scene as my reference photos from the day are very dull.

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reference photo

Fox Point

14 Mar


24.5″ x 19″   sold

Fox, our American Eskimo dog, fit herself into the landscape at Coquille Point in Bandon, Oregon, and pointed to the people on the beach.

Pond Grass

13 Nov


11″ x 14″

At Devil’s Kitchen in Bandon, Oregon, Johnson Creek flows across the beach and out to the ocean. The tides and blowing sand from the dunes are continually rearranging this stream. The painting captures grass that has grown on the edge of a little pond area with the gently rippling stream passing by.

Stone Bridge

23 Aug


11″ x 14″

This was painted plein air at Mingus Park in Coos Bay, Oregon. I have altered the stone supported culvert into a stone bridge, but kept the lovely landscaping with iris and skunk cabbage along the stream. The smoothness of the stream contrasts with all of the textures of the stone and plants.

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, 10″ x 8″



Tide Pool, 5″ x 7″



Splash 1, 5″ x 3.5″


Lauritzen Secret Garden Daffodils, 18″ x 12″

Horse Ride Beach

27 Dec


14″ x 11″

The line of horses and riders appear minuscule  as they walk into the scene of vast ocean, beach and sky at Fish Rock near Bandon State Park, Oregon.

Cape Arago

5 Dec


11″ x 14″

Part of Cape Arago’s rocky headland protrudes darkly against the silvery green ocean on this overcast day.