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Harley 4

30″ x 24″ framed $375



This is the fourth Harley-Davidson motorcycle I’ve painted. I love painting the chrome with all the highlights and contrast. This particular Harley was parked in bright sunlight near the University of Oregon Bookstore this summer. I took some snapshots for reference then forgot about them. This fall I was scanning through my photos and this one caught my eye. Continue reading

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Fruitopia

24″ x 18″ on 140 lb. watercolor paper

$200 Unframed

fruitopiaWPI didn’t have a reference photo for this painting, but I did get to know some of the participants quite well. There are over 4,000 little painted squares that make up the crochet tablecloth. I created the pencil drawing freehand causing some of the shapes to be a bit off, but I’ll rack that up to artistic license.

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Fiat 124 Spider

22″ x 17″ on 140 lb. Watercolor Paper

Private Collection

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Organic Redneck

22″ x 17″ on 140 lb. watercolor paper
NFS

I encountered this truck at the Eugene Farmer’s Market. It is a 1949 GMC beautifully repainted with a redesigned bed that folds out into a mobile produce stand. Organic Redneck is part of the McKenzie River Farm just east of Eugene. Great produce! Continue reading

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The Collector

18″ x 24″ 140 lb. cold press paper
Framed $250

I had recently watched a short piece on Oregon Art Beat about artist Jhenna Quinn Lewis who specializes in Trompe L’oeil paintings. Trompe L’oeil is the technique of creating extremely realistic almost three dimensional imagery. I had tried something similar when I first started painting 6 years ago, but it wasn’t very good and I didn’t know I was attempting Trompe L’oeil.

The Collector is my attempt at Trompe L’oeil while integrating thin strips of tape to mask off areas I want to remain white. These strips represent string that give the painting a more three dimensional look. Geoffrey McCormack, a friend and painter, has created some remarkable pieces using tape. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery as they say.

I thought about making the background black, but later got some good advice from my wife-muse that it might look better with a lighter color. So I decide to paint the background as wood. I found a great YouTube demonstration on painting wood in watercolors so off I went.

This entire painting took close to 20 hours. I did multi-layered washes for the wood and even added two more layers after I thought the painting was done. Some of the stamps are real stamps and others are ones I invented.

Favorite parts of the painting? The Duesenberg car stamp and the shadows of the white strings.

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39 Buick

Giclee Print: 30″ x 24″ on 140 lb. watercolor paper
$150 Framed
I took the reference photo for this painting last September. I wasn’t sure I wanted to paint this car because I only have two thirds of the car showing. However, I was really challenged by the reflection of the Model A in the side of this 1939 Buick Special.I started by masking off all the areas that would remain white. I then did a light blue-gray wash over the entire car. I added some bright blue across the fenders, around the door, on the roof and on the hood. I gradually did layers of gray for the Model A until it began to turn black. I add the two figures at the left.

Next I started successive layers of an indigo, Van Dyke brown and cerulean blue mix on the Buick body. In most areas i did 5-6 layers. Once the body color was done I began working on the back wheel and the inside of the car. My penultimate task was to paint in Gary’s Coffee shop in the background. The reference photo didn’t show this, but since I’m going to display this painting at Gary’s, I thought it would be a nice touch to show the shop in a painting.

Finally, to finish the painting, I softened edges, cleaned up lines, scratched in some details, and added another layer of paint to the body of the car.

It seems all my paintings have areas I don’t care for and others that I do like. This one is no exception. I struggled with the front wind shield. The reference photo was no help and I wanted to have some reflection. In the end, I gave up and left it alone. The parts I like best are the rear wheel area and the reflections in the back side window.

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