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Saturday Morning Coloring Book

24″ x 18″ on 140 lb. Watercolor paper

$150 unframed/$250 framed

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Fiat 124 Spider

22″ x 17″ on 140 lb. Watercolor Paper Private Collection

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Bologna Italy

18″ x 24″ on 140 lb. watercolor paper
$150 unframed/$250 framed

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Organic Redneck

22″ x 17″ on 140 lb. watercolor paper
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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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San Francisco Stained Glass

24″ x 30″ framed $250

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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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