Trout Paintings

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Review

2014 was a great year for painting, I made a lot of progress in the quality of my watercolors but there is still a ton to improve upon. It was also a good year for showing my paintings having several solo exhibits at Atomic Pizza and Rolling River Distillery and two group shows at the Oregon Society of Artist even sold a few paintings to fund all the watercolor paper I've been buying.

Here are a few of my favorite paintings for the past year.

McMinnville Vineyard
15x22 - $300
Spring Showers - Willamette Valley
15x22 - $300
Wishing Well
9x12 - $95
Fuller's Cafe
9x12 $95
PCT - Mt Jefferson
9x12 $95

Misty Morning
12x16 $150
Edge of the Earth - Nehelem Bay St Park
15x22 $300
Sheets of waves - Ecola State Park
15x22 $300

2015 Looks to be a another good year of art I have several shows scheduled for the summer and just hung my paintings at  Anna Bananas in St Johns neighborhood for the month of January I have also entered the painting Edge of the Earth for the "Collective art show" at Gallery 360 in Vancouver. Check them out if you are in the area.
Somethings I hope to work on for next year are:
- establish more consistency in paint stroke and colors
- get better at painting human figures in street-scapes
-  and try some portraits in watercolor

 Thanks for looking and happy painting

Friday, December 19, 2014

A few new coastal scenes

I have recently had the bug to paint coastal scenes, perhaps its the winter weather and the fact I have not been on any outdoor excursions for awhile so to substitute I have been painting places I would rather be.

The first is Bixby bridge on California's Highway 1 in Big Sur, this is a pretty famous bridge that has been painted and photographed a lot for a good reason it's really incredible . This was a challenging painting because of the Bridge I tried to capture enough detail so it looks believable but not too fussy, also waves are really difficult to paint and the reason I have not attempted a lot of ocean paintings.

22 x 30  - $400

These next 2 are from the Oregon coast Ecola State Park near Canon Beach and Nehelem State park near Tillamook both beautiful rugged coastal areas after the first painting I think I am starting to get the hang of paint waves.
 this one  will be on display at Gallery 360 Vancouver Wa. in January
Nehelem Bay State Park 
16x22 - $300

Ecola State Park 
16x22 - $300

send me an email if you are interested in purchasing, thanks for looking,

Friday, November 28, 2014

Jefferson Park Cont.

Here are a couple more paintings from my backpacking trip to Mt Jefferson, this place offers an endless subject matter for a the landscape artist or photographer, and I will probably continue to do paintings based on my sketches and photos throughout the winter painting season.
This first one is a loose study of Scout lake, most likely done while drinking a beer and having kids yelling in my ear resulting in a pretty messy foreground but it helps focus attention on the mountain.

This second one is a painting of Mt Jefferson from Russell lake, our camp was in the patch of trees in the center of the painting.  I tried to capture the quality of light as sun was beginning to set in the west. A wash of raw sienna in the trees, lake and distant mountains creates a subtle glow of sunlight from the right and the scene gradually gets darker with washes of Ultra Marine blue  mixed with some burnt umber and a touches of alizarin crimson and hookers green.  I don't generally like sunset paintings but this one is subtle enough I think it came out pretty good.

thanks for looking.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Chinese Courtyard house

This was a recent painting I did for my sister from a photograph she took in Beijing. I think it came out all right but I am not  real happy with the roof texture.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Salmon River in Fall

Here are a couple paintings based on some sketches I did on a recent hike on the Salmon river near Welches Oregon, a beautiful little river running through the old growth forest on the west slope of Mt. Hood.

This is the ink and wash sketch done on on location.

the small painting based on this sketch

This was from a little bit up stream in the morning there was a mist coming off the river I tried to capture it in this painting. 

I have been wanting to do a simple pastureland scene for a while, this painting was painting from a picture of a Willamette valley farm, it was inspired my some of similar paintings by Joseph Zbukvic I think it came out pretty good, next time I will add cows.

Thanks for looking

Sunday, October 12, 2014

First Fall Paintings

As the air starts to cool and the weather turns wet its a signal for me to start painting again. Here are some of the paintings I have done so far this fall. All the paintings below are a smaller format 9x12 which allows me to do them relatively quick and with not as much pressure as a large painting.

"Canyon Colors" Highway 1 California - this was based from a photo I took looking east from Highway one a little ways south of Carmel by the Sea, this is one of my first paintings with my new Joseph Zbukvic Escoda Mop brushes, these are great brushes to work with.

"Big Sur" from the same trip as the painting above just a further South on Highway 1

"Russel Lake" - this was painting from a sketch  I did from my campsite while backpacking Jefferson Park wilderness

From the same backpacking trip this is Mt Jefferson as seen from the Pacific Crest Trail the lake in the painting above is located in the valley passed this line of trees.

"Go Andrew Go!" this is a painting based on a photo of my friend while doing the Beaverton Banks and Beyond bicycle century ride, this portion was on the Banks - Vernonia trail

"Ocean Side Beach" this was also based on a sketch I did on location at Ocean side Beach, Oregon.

Hopefully later this fall/ winter I will get more time to do some bigger and better paintings but this all I have time for now,
 thanks for looking.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Summer Time Sketches

This summer I have made it a goal to take my sketchbook with me on all my outdoor adventures in an effort to improve my sketching skills. Its much more challenging to draw and paint in Plein air (working on location) than it is from a photograph you must work quickly and deal with the elements and since I use a pen there is no erasing. The following are a few of my sketches done on location this summer and later watercolored at home.

Clackamas River from Lazy Bend Campground
Unfortunately this was the location of a large forest fire that has been burning for the last 2 weeks so much of the forest in this scene is burned to a crisp.

Ocean Side Beach, OR
this was a challenging sketch because it was crazy windy that day at the beach hence all the kites and windsurfers

Backpacking Trip to Jefferson Park, OR
Fly fishing Scout lake

Mt. Jefferson from campsite

Russell Lake from campsite
Bays lake

Here is a picture of me in on top of Park Ridge action!

Now that it Fall and the weather is starting to turn,  I hopefully will be doing more painting at home. My plan is to use some of these sketches as a basis for a new series of landscape paintings. 

thanks for looking

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Art Show at the Distillery

Its been a long time since I have last posted anything, for 2 main reasons 1. its been a super busy summer especially August so there has not been a lot of painting going on and 2. our computer took a fall that busted the hard drive so there was no way to post even if I had been painting, the computer is fixed now so I thought I ought to give an update. The month of August I had the privilege to be the featured artist at the Rolling River Distillery in Portland, a small family run operation that makes an excellent vodka, I got to show my paintings in their tasting room. Here is a link to there site: Rolling River Spirits
 I sold 3 paintings 2 to the owners who are really cool people and one to a couple visiting from DC. here is a shot with me and the Spirits maker himself notice his awesome facial hair
one reason I have been so busy in August is that I have been training for my first 100 mile bike ride so I have been trying to log as many miles as possible with an already full schedule I rode around 500 -600 miles in august (including the 100 century ride), here is a painting I did inspired from one of my favorite rides in Portland's west hills of a old barn on Skyline Blvd.
here is one more painting from earlier this summer, I must disclose I copied this from a very accomplished watercolor artist but I feel its good to do this every once in awhile to try to learn the ways of the masters. While no where near as good as the original I really like how it came out the atmosphere reminds me a lot of a Portland winter.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

California Vacation Ink and Watercolor Sketches

We just got back from a family vacation to California, My wife and I got the chance to ditch the kids and do a side trip to the coast by ourselves. Since I was did not have to chase crazy 3 year old boys around the beach I had time to do some sketching. Most of these were sketched on site and later painted at the hotel room. The First Stop was Carmel by the Sea, this was a quick sketch of the view from the hotel patio.
the town of Carmel is filled with art galleries and expensive restaurants it is great place to walk around I wish I had more time there to sketch this is one of the cute little restaurants.
Carmel is also home of the famous 17 mile drive. we decided to do it on bike instead of driving here are some sketches of the great ocean views.
Next was a long drive down Highway 1 to Pismo Beach, along the way we made several stops in Big Sur that provided a lot of inspiration for future paintings this stretch of Coastline was some of the most spectacular and rugged scenery I have seen on the Pacific coast. Here are a couple sketches from Pismo Beach
This was a great trip and I hope to do a few paintings based on these sketches and the hundred of photos we took, thanks for looking.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Downtown Portland Scenes

I am continuing to paint a series of street scenes close to my house (North Portland and St. Johns) and close to my office since these are places I see almost everyday they hold more meaning and it will be fun to look back at them as the city changes, they are kind of a snapshot in time through my eyes. The first painting is of Fuller's Coffee shop, this is classic diner with that specializes in Rubens, hash and other greasy fare this place is one block west from my office in the pearl district so I walk or run by it almost every day.
This next one is a painting of the 10th and Alder Food carts. Portland has a ridiculous amount of food carts scattered in "Pods" throughout the city, some of the best food in the city can be found at these little carts and they are some of my favorite places to get lunch.

Friday, May 30, 2014

St. Helen's Marina

I went Salmon fishing few weeks ago on the Columbia River (Multnohmah channel) My friend keeps his boat at this Marina in St. Helens. This area on the Columbia is what I think of as the quintessential Oregon with lots of trees, a big river and fishing boats. Here is a sketch and 2 paintings of the same scene the first was a quick study and the other I spent a bit more time on and added some dudes fishing I imagine their boat broke down so they had to settle for fishing off the dock. The one guys is puffing on his pipe it looks a little bit like his face is deformed but water turned out pretty good.
He I am with a salmon my friend caught.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

St. Johns

Here are a couple paintings from one of my favorite neighborhoods in Portland - St. Johns, a neighborhood that looks like it hasn't changed much since the 60's in fact "Tulips" the neighborhood's bakery has been in operation since the 50's and the same family owns it. This first painting I actually did a couple of months ago is of the St. John's cinema on Lombard the main street in the neighborhood. (This painting has been sold!)
This second painting is a Dive bar the "Wishing Well" just down the street from the theater, this is not the type of Dive bar that hipsters have made popular in an effort to be Ironic, no this is a genuine creepy bar that I am very curious about but too scared to enter at the same time. Joseph Zbukvic said that every good painting should tell a story or else it's just a pretty picture, this is great advice that I plan to use. I think including people in a landscape painting helps to tell a story . In this painting I imagine the women is running across the street to catch a bus and the man under the Wishing Well canopy is just trying to get out of the rain but has no intention of going inside. I know it's not the most exciting story but it helps give life to this mundane street scene.
Thanks for looking.