Saturday, January 19, 2013


Hibiscus Bold
12 x 9
In this winter weather, I am returning to some old photographs of Hibiscus that I originally painted in watercolor.  The intervening years of experience and change of medium reveal interesting changes in my approach.  I find that I still appreciate the original composition.  However, my drawing skills have grown tremendously, allowing me to move objects and lines that I never would have adjusted before.  In the oil paint, I have considerably more range of color expression available to me. I am less focused on the details and more aware of the overall effect.  A revealing benchmark painting.

Friday, January 18, 2013


Coastal Mist and Pine
12 x 9
Winter is the perfect time for finishing up plein air paintings.  Each painting is a little memory from the past summer.  I remember it was pretty cool in Newport when I started this painting.  Cool is relative.  Right now, I have zero desire to go outdoors and paint.