Monday, November 2, 2009

Mitchells Book

Mitchells Albala's Book.
I have a piece featured in a book on landscape painting which is out in November. Those of you in Seattle can stop by the Gage Academy on the 20th of Nov for a show of the artwork in the book and a lecture by Mitch. I am honored to be included with so many talented folks and Mitchells work is top drawer as well. A good read and a must for your reference library. The event schedule can be found at or the gage academy web site.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Farmland always excites me as it was a part of my growing up. This is a quick sketch one afternoon of those cool rolls of hay that you see. In the spirit of Monets hay stacks. Again the colors did not transfer very well. Nice textures in the clouds and a thicker paint quality which I like. I have been looking a lot at the group of 7 from Canada. Tom Tomson in particular. Very graphic yet a textural quality that I do like.

Laguna Shores

This piece is also from the summer paintings and is a stretch of Laguna beach. The quality of the waves and the graphic shapes in the hillside were the focus (at least in the beginning). Thanks to Rocky who allows me to crash in Newport Beach on occasion and experience the So Cal light at the coast.


Well I am finnaly getting a chance to post some recent work. It has been a busy summer and many thanks to the folks who had kind words about the work being shown on Orcas Island and in Astoria at the Sunday Market. I will try to catch up and get a schedule put together of Holiday Markets etc. Again sorry about the photos as I am still learning lighting etc. This piece has a very strong graphic quality and it is interesting from that perspective. I have enjoyed it on our wall at home which is always a good test of a painting.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A Tulip Harvester

A Painting at sunset in the Snohomish Valley

This picture is in very flat light and the sail warmed the reflection in the water.

The painting here was a quick sketch done in a remote harbor in the Gulf Islands of Canada. I tried to make quick notes about the light which at sunset is very dramatic from a value perspective.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Some new pictures. Trying to get a structure to some of the brushwork. This picture is getting there but even a more simple approach. The following are the same with the exception of the vineyard which was more about composition challenges.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Tulip fields in low light.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Recent work. Camera battery crapped out so no pics for a while.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

California Road trip

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Port townsend at sunset. Color and Value were the emphasis as the beach is flooded with light even in the shadows.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Back home. Here is a new painting of a field in the midwest. Working on newer greens....

Saturday, February 28, 2009

A beach sketch from one of my favorite locals in Blaine Wa.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Continuing on ...

Monday, February 23, 2009

Been away for a few days and the camera batteries died. A new little sketch.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Part of a series of roads. Mostly rural stuff. Again bad photo washed out the yellows but you get the idea.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Experimental Sketch trying a more abstaract approach to the flowers.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Not a good photo of this piece so my apologies. The trees in the scene rise up from the skagit valley like sentinels gaurding the farm.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Study of a trail near the ocean at sunset

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Part of a series of Rural Roads. Painted in the early morning.

New Fresh paint. Hanging clouds over a small island.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Some sketches.

This is a sketch that I did in the islands. The trees and the way they frame the space is typical of the region. Lots of cool shapes in the fir branches.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Strong perspective experiment here. The Fields of the skagit valley have rows of flowers that almost are abstracts of what we experience everywhere else with natures shapes and forms.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Snuck in a quick sketch...

Monday, February 2, 2009

Cleaning Out the Studio so painting may be on hold for a day or two. I will try to post work that is new and not been here. This is Fridays painting. Late sunset.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Today its back to winter. This is a walk on a winters day in Idaho. The colors of the snow and the brilliant reds and oranges of the winter were spectacular. This road was near Boise at Mickey and Angelas House.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Study 2. Island Bluff. Green Grass is a particular color value and intensity that is worth playing with. Need to explore it further.

New Study. Clouds and mid day. Shadows on the beach.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sunset Study at Sidney BC

Another Seascape Study

Last couple days work. Really wet paint. Good light at around 6 pm in the summer. San Juan Islands.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Another Larger 18x18 Image. I have always liked tractors since my days at the golf course. Would love some comments on these...

A quick reminder to see other art check the older posts section. The Tulips have always been difficult to capture. The next images are explorations of that. I like the direction of certain aspects and will continue to try to capture the scenic aspects of Spring in the Skagit Valley

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Overall Photo quality is not the greatest for which I apologize. Thats why I paint I guess. This image is very rich color wise but it washed out a bit in the shop its in. I will try to post a better photo.

This is an image from the Skagit Valley. The color is an interesting problem. The large vivid areas are very graphic yet composed of individual flowers. Details seem to clutter so going graphic seems to work. A continuing experiment.

This is a recent image. I like the direction of what is going on here.

This is the sister image to the other Quilceda. It is available for purchase via email.

Monday, January 19, 2009

This is a part of a set of images painted in rural Washington. This piece was sold recently however I still have its sister image which is available.

A very recent piece. Its a continuing struggle to master the seascape. Their are times when I feel like I am getting better however looking at the masters makes you roll up your sleeves and try again. Water is very elusive.

Cannon Beach

Another Small sketch from the Oregon Coast.Add Image Also More work can be viewed at

Shelter and Roadside Rest

Some smaller pictures from the archive. 5x5 for a miniature show in Portland. Remember all of the work is available by contacting me at 425 377 8700.

This is a scene near Jenner Ca. The fog was just breaking on the hillside in the russian river valley. Interesting how warm the land is in California even in low light.