Sunday, October 23, 2011


12X16 Oil. Bloedel is now open for painters----hooray. This is a wonderful park on Bainbridge Island with a contemplative atmosphere and umpteen places to paint.
This painting and the one that follows, was painted using a Richard McKinley palette. red yellow blue, mixed to make secondary colors, mixed with white, when necessary, to make a dark, medium cool, medium warm, light cool and light warm. Both paintings were rather too dull and needed work in the studio. Particularly this painting. I see now that I need to soften the edge of the willow.


20X16 oil.  Limited palette.

Saturday, October 22, 2011


16X20 oil plein air. This is from Viento State park, where I camped in August. It was so windy that I could not set up my easel, but when Sylvia and I went back in October the wind was replaced by intermittent rain. It's a great site for painting, wind surfing and camping, if you like trains.

Gorge Whitehouse in September

16x20 oil plein air. When we went back to Hood River to pick up paintings from the show we went back to the Gorge Whitehouse where they made us very welcome. We couldn't resist four varieties of delicious  pears! It was a Sunday, and many people were picking flowers, buying pears and sampling wine.

Saturday, October 15, 2011


9x12 Sky 1
Here I am using Dan Smith inks and experimenting with transparency. More like a watercolor, I wanted the paper to glow through. It's not working yet, but is an interesting process. If you double click on the image it is enlarged and looks better!


9x12 I think I printed a ghost on a ghost, of Mountain 1 but I can't remember. The fun of monotype to me, is that one thing leads to another and at the moment, since I am so new to the process, unless I keep notes, I am not sure how things happened. I guess I should take notes, but maybe later it will become more instinctual.


9x12 Mark making with roller and wipeout. This took 2 printings and I am annoyed with myself that the horizon needs correction.


I have landscape plans for this one because I need to connect one section with the other.


More roller and mark making.

Stripes 1

11x14 print using Charbonnel ink instead of Daniel Smith etching ink. At the moment, I find the inks behave differently from each other so I am learning by playing. I have to admit that I really was thinking Landscape but now I like them as stripes.


9x12 monotpye. After finishing the painted trees I just played with rolling the ink randomly and then wiping out with a credit card.


9x12 monotype. Playing with wipeout marks made with different tools.

Northwest Trees

9X12 NW trees. I rolled the colors on a plate and printed it. On the same plate, with a very small amount of ink left on the surface, I painted the trees with a brush and diluted ink. Ran that through the press. It needed more ink, so I worked on the trees and ran it through again. Now there was too much ink, and it spread out and was rather globby in parts. So now I had to live with that and try to work with the shapes to make them stronger.

Friday, October 7, 2011


16X20 Oil pastel on previously oil painted abstract background. Actually I cleaned off my palette and added some pigment in places. I often do this so that I can go back and choose a piece to work on. Also I hate to waste paint!


It was raining by the time we arrived at Port Gamble WA so after wandering around looking for a suitable site to paint I decided to stand under this huge evergreen tree and see what I could do with the interesting bark patterns. I opted for oil pastels, because if the rain became heavier I could pack up quickly. I could paint it again, many times and each time the patterns would be different, but they were all there indicating serious damage to the tree over many years. I plan to also paint the bark of the cedar tree at my house in the not too distant future.
16x20. oil pastel with gamsol solvent used in 'streams'. I did go back in after the gamsol had dried. Fun technique.