Sunday, April 18, 2010

I Love "Ugly" Stuff

This trawler was getting maintenance at an Alameda boat yard. It was enormous! I arrived late because of traffic and painted this 18 x 24" acrylic for two hours before returning home and finishing from memory.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Working Small

In the end there is something to be said for small, intimate paintings. This one (11 x 14") was done by the morning light of a window, while teaching Basic Oil Painting at the Richmond Art Center.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sinking In The Sand

The first half of this 18 x 24" oil was done on location in Alameda, CA. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and the waterfront had many visitors. It took me a long time to find a spot. I was interested in the pampas grass mounds I saw right after getting off the parking lot, but they were so big they covered the entire view. The upper part of the beach was flat so there was no vantage point from which to view them. I gave up and dragged my cart to the sand, where my chair sank. The tide came in pretty quickly, so I only labored for 90 minutes. I finished it at home a week later, from memory.