Corvallis Artist, Oregon Artist. Creating Every Day…paintings, web sites, and courses Oregon daily painter, murals and portraits. Corvallis Web Designer / Web Developer. Original abstract landscape oil paintings
Category: Abstract & Non-objective
Oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings with little or no subject matter.
I’m having more fun with the Mollalla River series. Who would have known a gray day at the river’s edge would have inspired such bright color and spontaneity?
I’m continuing to work with as few colors and brush strokes as possible. I am not at the point where I can count them (too left brained of an activity while I do something so right brained) but I estimate there to be roughly 100.
If you’d like to volunteer to sit behind me to count them next time, please drop by around 7:30am on a Wednesday or Friday. Some day I’ll get the camera set up to record while I paint, then I can count them later.
Josephine County’s CASA program asked me to paint something with a heart to donate to their fundraiser auction. I put two kids in a field with a heart-shaped kite and used as few brush strokes as possible (to keep from over working it) to render an abstracted scene in acrylic.
This mornings efforts to add more work to my Valley Morning series have gone haywire. Or you could say what was once a lovely abstract is now a color field painting. It will probably be something else tomorrow.
I’ve been trying to remember what the valley floor looked like in the morning light last weekend. Since the ground was splattered with sections of flooded fields, some sky was being reflected, which you can sense here.
The mountains had a misty look to them and the foreground plants were subtle
I’m dreaming of driving the dry country again. It is a bit wet in Western Oregon right now but I make it tolerable by painting warmth and awe, from memory.
My goal with these dream paintings is to keep the number of brush strokes to a minimum and leave the underpainting showing through the top layers. The white and gold tones are shimmering because of the addition of iridescent paint.
I enjoy the essence of watercolor paintings…the transparency creates such a etherial mood. I’ve achieved the same essence with this oil painting on a clay panel. I painted this canyon from memories of driving through Eastern Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
I was inclined to make several of these this morning, but refrained so I could get other work done. Let me know if you like this style and if I should paint more like it.
In April 2006, we had just left NYC’s spring-time glory and overnighted in Pennsylvania. We woke up to snow! The kids in the neighborhood enjoyed it, of course. They played in the tall, dried grass, slid down the slice, and threw themselves down to make snow angels.
To help develop a style I could work with exclusively, I’m experimenting with brushes and color schemes.
This painting was painted with the funny brush, like the first one. I don’t feel it is as powerful as the brissle-brush version I painted yesterday (simplicity and bright palette), but the interest in the textural qualities are interesting.
When you hike up to a high point, looking down at the world puts life a new perspective. It is almost other-worldly. This is a slough from viewed from, I think, the Crown Point Vista House on the Historic Columbia River highway on the Oregon side. Write in to correct me if you know where I took the shot and what the name of the slough is. I used a different brush and color scheme from my earlier version of this scene. I’m sure I’ll do a few more versions to try new styles and techniqiues.