Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Paintings October to December 2014

These paintings were made from October to December 2014, as an evening exercise.   I painted with watercolor, ink, and gouache on different paper surfaces.  Many of the paintings are based on photos taken by the artist at various locations.  Others are entirely made up.  

Duwamish Channel, watercolor on paper 4 x 6"  

Snake River Mill, watercolor on paper 4 x 6 "
Snake River Mill, watercolor and ink

1st Ave Bridge , ink on paper

Sodo vision, ink on paper
Hillside, sumi ink on paper

Salvage Yard, watercolor and ink on paper
Megler Bridge, Astoria, Oregon.  Watercolor on paper.  This was my 1st attempt. The paintings was based on a photo taken by Kate in our car in the dark and rain.

Megler Bridge, watercolor and ink on paper.  This was my second attempt at the painting.  The buildings in the foreground seem to have more light and energy than the first.  Though I am not as fond of the bridge.  The lower left diagonal line was from the window frame in our car.

Steam Plant, watercolor and ink on paper.

The Abandoned Shop was a derelict building that I discovered in East Pasco, WA.  I painted it from a few different angles in preparation for a version in acrylic.

Abandoned Shop, watercolor on paper

Abandoned Shop, watercolor and ink in progress

Abandoned Shop, same painting as above a little further along.

Abandoned Shop Left Side

One more version

Here the scrapyard is painted as a mirrored image, a forward and reverse on opposite pages.  I like painting an image multiple times to capture different aspects of a scene.  

Oso watercolor on paper . postcard sized.  This painting was made from a photo I took of the Oso mudslide.  The mudslide tore away the entire side of a mountain engulfing the small community of Oso.  Many of the residents were trapped in their houses and buried alive.
Duwamish River, watercolor on paper 8 3/4" x 15"  This is another version of the Duwamish painting near the West Seattle Bridge.  As I worked larger, i tried to paint looser.  The larger brush strokes leave more to the imagination.

Ash Grove Cement Plant, ink and watercolor on silk tissue.   Also featured: palette and brush

Where is Thrasher's Corner?  Near Everett, I guess.  I don't usually borrow pictures from the internet, but in this case I couldn't help myself.  This was made with a sumi ink brush pen.

Shady Acres Sumi ink brush on paper. This place exists only in my mind.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sauk river walk

Yesterday I took a day for myself and drove up to the Sauk River to walk along one of my favorite trails.  I was hoping to find some Lobster Mushrooms, since I had found one there before.  I like these trips into nature because it makes me look at the world a little closer.

I was alone, except for passing a couple of other hikers.
This fell as it is.  Nature's art.
This fungi was either sweaty or was oozing some sort of fluid.
Each leaf is as unique as a grain of sand.
....and in the days ahead this leaf will not look the same.
There were a lot of other mushrooms, I wasn't sure if hey were edible or not.  They are neat to look at though.

The sun shines through the trees
...as the bough extends to the beams
mystery object

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Painting at Lake Chelan

In the last week of September, we had a fabulous 4 day stay at a resort off lake Chelan in the town of Manson.  We had stunning views, sunny weather, and no breeze.  It was ideal for painting. Kate and I brought along our watercolors and sat on the back porch and painted each day. 
Our interpretation of the view from the back porch of our loft. Kate's painting on right, mine's on the left.  Watercolor on paper 16 x 20 inches

First I layered on different washes of ochre, green gold, and blues.Then I went in to try and detail the vegetation, roads, houses, etc.

View from the back porch

I made a series of small paintings on blocks of wood.  I used a watercolor ground on the wood so that the watercolor could stick.  These are the same views repeated over the course of several days.

This is watercolor on paper 4 x 6 inches. Pond

View of the Pond