Friday, November 22, 2013

Three Persimmons Silver Pot

I like the leaves of the persimmons.  They are flat and leathery and dull in color and it's easy to put in too much detail to try to make them look like leaves.  So I struggle to simplify the shapes, leave it unfussy, and still convey the idea.  That's what makes painting fun!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Three Persimmons Gold Wall

A persimmon painting with a dark background.  I like the shiny silver pot - fun to paint and a nice contrast to the matte surface of the persimmons.  8" x 10" oil on panel

This one will be in Bergamot Home on Vashon for the December show.  Located at 23927 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA 98070 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Persimmons on a Windowsill

Painted in my studio from this year's crop of Fuyu persimmons.  I like the minimal colors and the reflections in the silver pot (a thrift store find given to me by my daughter)  6" x 12" oil on panel.

This one will be in Bergamot Home on Vashon for December.  Located at 23927 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA 98070

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Red Sunset Hills and Ferry SOLD

The north end Vashon Ferry seen from the Fauntleroy side. A late afternoon view when the sun is low and turns the hills red and throws the scene into shadow.  I have tried to paint this view previously without success, so this time I did a rendering in black white & gray and then applied multiple glazes of red, orange, brown and even a little blue.  The black & white start allowed me to control the values and the drawing without having to solve the colors at the same time.
6" x 12" oil on panel
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

View near Crockett Lake

I made a trip to Whidbey Island this summer.  This scene is near Crockett Lake and near the Admiralty Head lighthouse which is somewhere out of sight on the hill that I painted in the background.  I liked the sense of sunshine coming at me. 
12" x 7.25"

Monday, November 4, 2013

Dockton Harbor SOLD

The tide is out and the marina floats are resting low in the water.  Lots of verticals and horizontals.  I kept painting the posts in and then taking them out again to try to balance the tightness of the middle ground against the looseness of the foreground.
8 x 10 oil on panel.