Friday, August 20, 2010

"Makiki Heights Home"

8"x10" Oil on canvas

This is a recent painting that I "finished" a month or so ago, but this week decided to work on it some more and I think it is greatly improved.   Sometimes it is a good idea to do that -- go back with a fresh eye.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Another Still Life Reference Photograph

Thought you might like to see two of my recent still life set ups I photographed in hopes of painting them soon.  I photograph the flowers immediately after purchasing them before they have a chance to fade, like they would  if I attempted to paint them from life--fading before I finished the painting.  By taking photos of them while they are fresh, they are always at their best while I paint from the reference picture.   Let me know which photo you like the best or any other comment you may have.

Thank you for visiting  and please return often!

Still Life Reference Photograph

Sunday, August 15, 2010

"We're All In The Same Boat"

6"x8" Oil on Raymar Panel

More grapes!  I had intended to put this glass gravy boat in a painting long before now.  The title is a little misleading, because three wayward grapes went their own way and jumped out of the boat!  Kind of like people and true life!

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

"Hanging Out"

5"x7" Oil on Raymar panel

This was such fun to paint!  I had not painted grapes in such a long time.   Hope you enjoy!

Monday, August 9, 2010

"Near Monterey"

8"x10" Acrylic on canvas

This is a scene near Monterey, California, a place I enjoy visiting.  I used my imagination and added the girl and the seagulls.  Otherwise, the painting is pretty true to the actual area.

Friday, August 6, 2010

"Must Be 30-footer" - repainted

4"x6" Oil

This painting was a previous post in acrylic, but I was not happy with the painting over time and decided to go over the entire painting with oils; I like the result much better now.    This is a winter scene on the North Shore of Oahu when the waves do reach 30 feet or more at times during that time of the year.  There were actually 4 people out on the rocks taking in the power and beauty of the surf when I took reference photographs of this scene.  Somehow two people seemed the perfect accent for this painting and to show the height of the wave in its proper scale or perspective.