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Crayons and Marbles


24″ x 18″ 140 lb. cold press paper

$250 Framed

I had tried painting marbles before with limited success. I think it just takes some observing. In this painting I returned to my favorite color crayons and added the marbles and a long piece of string. I used automobile detailing tape that was 1/8 inch wide to mask off the string and then masking fluid to mask off all the crayons and marbles. I then proceeded to put a blue wash over the entire paper. After removing the tape and masking fluid, I masked off the reflections on the marbles and the light on the crayons. Finally, I started painting crayons and marbles adding numerous glazes to get the colors the right value and intensity. I removed the masking fluid from the marbles and crayons and spent several hours adding and darkening shadows. I may have overworked this a bit, but I am happy with the results.

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Hey There Buddy!


30″ x 24″
140 lb. cold press paper

Private Collection

This might not hang in someone’s living room (maybe in their garage), but it is a painting that I needed to paint and really enjoyed painting. The drawing went down quickly with only modest changes. I like the juxtaposition of the small Nash Metropolitan and the hulking truck. The car comes back to the future and thinks these behemoths must eat little cars. The Metro is being squeezed off the road as the road stripes make no sense to the Metro either. It is a crazy new world! Continue reading

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Botanicals


30″ x 24″
140 lb. cold press paper
$200 Framed

This painting is loosely based on a photo I took. The flowers below the irises in the photo were yellow freesia so I changed them to daises. I did the drawing for this painting in pencil then decided to add pen and ink. Once I got started with the painting process, I realized, because of the dark colors, that the pen and ink weren’t really needed. I did about five or six layers for the blue of the irises. I initially intended to have the dark background fade to a lighter color as the eye moved to the upper-left; but the black background seemed to make all the flowers pop. Continue reading

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Olson’s Boat


24″ x 18″ 140 lb. cold press paper
Framed $200

This boat belongs to Diana Olson. She gave me a picture thinking I might want to paint it. She was right! This was an easy composition to draw with all the straight lines. I apologize for taking a bit of artistic license with her picture by adding numbers on the sail and adding some clouds on the horizon.

I saved the water to paint last because I wasn’t sure how to do it. Even though it is a bit impressionistic, I think the contrast between the sails and the water really makes the picture. I’m satisfied with how it turned out as long as I don’t keep looking for mistakes :). And where was Diana when the picture was taken? I think she must have been jumping out of the boat, took the picture and threw the camera to someone in the boat as she splashed into the lake. That’s dedication! Continue reading

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35 Ford

24″ x 18″ on 140 lb. watercolor paper

Private Collection

First, this was the most fun I’ve had painting. The painting is from a photo that I took at the Eugene Celebration but I failed to note the model and year of the car. So I started searching for it on the Internet. I could see what looked like a Ford emblem on the front so I typed in “1935 Ford”, just guessing at the year (although, hey!, it says 1935 right on the license plate) and . . . voila! . . . I discovered the entire world of 1935 Ford buffs. “So Biff wants to be a buff.” I was surprised that the bells and horns on the front of the car are original and maybe even the greyhound hood ornament. Continue reading

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Bicycles


30″ x 24″
140 lb. cold press paper
$200 Framed

Private Collection


This painting was from a picture I took in front of a bike shop near the University of Oregon. It was such a complex composition that I traced it onto the watercolor paper instead of drawing. It took me about 90 minutes to mask off all the spokes and white parts of the tires. I like the brightness of the front bike, the shadows and the bricks in the lower left.
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