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Venice Canal

22″ x 17″ 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper

$250 framed (shipping free in continental US)

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Coburg Home

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Family Portrait

24″ x 30″ Framed
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This was done for our first grandchild’s nursery.

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Queen Anne

24″ x 30″ 140 lb. cold press paper

$250 Framed

This San Francisco Queen Anne Victorian sits at the top of Pacific Heights in San Francisco. I brightened up the colors a bit from the original light beige to this brighter gold/yellow. I think If I were to paint this again, I would trace the image so to avoid the distortions I created when I drew the image. I think you have to either go pretty loose with these types of paintings or get it architecturally right. The windows on the second floor on the right side are on a curved wall which created some problems as well. I do like the decorative designs on the left part of the building (top and middle) and, in general, the depth the painting creates. Continue reading

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Coit Tower

24″ x 18″ on 140 lb. watercolor paper
Private Collection

I took the reference photo for this painting in San Francisco last spring. We were standing at the top of Lombard Street (the crooked part) looking east to Coit Tower and the Bay Bridge in the background. I did a quick sketch at the time and forgot about it.I decided to try this as a large painting (24″ x 18″) and have mixed feelings about the results. On the one hand I like the contrasts of the shadows on the streets, the trees and the tower. The hundreds of buildings I’m not sure about. I don’t know if they are too detailed or not detailed enough. They look a bit cartoonish to me.
I took some artistic license and took one or two buildings out of the picture to enhance the composition. I started by painting the sky then the trees. There are probably 40-50 trees in the picture. I continued to darken the trees and shadows until I had what felt like the right contrast. I then began working on the buildings. There are probably 100+ buildings that needed, in someway, to be defined as three dimensional without too much detail. I tried to mix up the colors of the buildngs without creating a rainbow effect. In reality, many of buildings are white or shades of white. Adding darks behind and to the left of buildings help them to pop out a bit. Continue reading

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Florence Bridge


Private Collection

I took the photo for this painting when we went to the coast three weeks ago. The bridge carries Highway 101 traffic from the north side to the south side of the Siuslaw River. The water isn’t normally this choppy, but I thought it made a better picture. I also left out the tree at the right and moved the rocks around along the river bank.The photo, below, was pretty drab as the day was overcast and it was beginning to rain. I’m guessing that the pilings in the water are a left over from the old bridge. The buildings on the bridge give interest as well as the green part of the bridge at the far right.

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