Monday, February 19, 2018

Bottle of Jack

Bottle of Jack 5"x 4" oil on arches oil paper

Whiskey has such as beautiful amber color, the liquid sort of glows in the bottle.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Kirkland #5

Kirkland #5 4" x 4" oil on arches oil paper

I've been learning that not all overcast days are equal, some are definitely more somber and dark than others. This painting was basically burnt umber, ultarmarine blue, yellow ochre and zinc white.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Kirkland #4

Kirkland #4 4" x 5" oil on arches oil paper

I feel like I coming to know these trees very well, I wonder how well I can recall them from memory. If anyone's wondering about the paper I'm using, it's this high tech paper called oil paper. Reminds me of when I used to paint on watercolor paper with gesso.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Kirkland #3

Kirkland #3 4" x 4" oil on arches oil paper

I painted this on a rainy day, I love when it's dark and moody. If anyone wants to know, I used paynes gray violet from Williamsburg Oils for this one, absolutely beautiful color. I just ordered another tube, I've been using in coordination with naples yellow.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Kirkland #2

Kirkland #2 5" x 4" oil on arches oil paper

A close up of my new favorite tree. Lately I've been using the hard end of my brush to draw lines in the painting, it does a few things for me. It glues the foreground and the background together so that it feels like one complete scene rather than many parts. Another thing is that it mimics the feeling of rain for me, almost like the air has little striations in it.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Bag of Apples #1

Bag of Apples #1 4"x 4" oil on arches oil paper

I really enjoyed making this painting, the apples feel like little candies, there's something so precious about them. I wrote 'SQUINT' on my easel board, definitely needed it on this one. It's handy to remember that the whitest white is the highlight on the bag, not the white cloth it sits on.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Kirkland #1

Kirkland #1 5" x 4" oil on arches oil paper

This is my view out my patio in Kirkland, the tree in the middle has so many moods. Most days are overcast which is good because I enjoy a muted palette. This is the first one in a series about this view, I have sixteen more to post.

Monday, February 12, 2018


Avocado 5" x 4" oil on arches oil paper

I've been painting a lot on oil arches paper, it actually takes washes with turpenoid and walnut oil pretty well. I can usually beat the paper up and it doesn't give away. I finally got an avocado sliced nicely for a still life! Avocados start to brown within an hour which gives a good incentive to paint quickly.