Wednesday, September 28, 2011

View at Kubota Gardens - oil on board 8 x 10

This is a painting of a wonderful garden just south of Seattle. The garden was started in 1927 by Fujitaro Kubota. He devoted most of his life to creating this wondrous garden that includes a lovely waterfall, bridges, lakes and meandering trails. It's an open park now that is maintained by volunteers. A must see!

Anna at Kubota Gardens - oil on board 8 x 10

Work in progress. I'm going to try to keep this one more simple compared to the last two paintings. 

Madrone Trees - 8 x 10 oil on board

These trees caught my eye while we were sailing in the San Juan Islands. They are located in a little cove within the Sucia Islands. It is one of our most favorite places to visit in the summer. 

Neighbor's garden - oil on board 8 x 10

I took a break from the trees and have been working on a few other paintings, which are still in progress, but thought I'd share. This one is from a picture of my neighbor's amazing garden.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Madrone trees update

Well, I worked on this quite a bit more. I'm not sure how much of that is noticeable. I feel I have kind of overworked parts of it and still have some undeveloped areas. I don't seem to know when to stop. With the wet paint it is challenging to do more at the moment, so I need to put it away. I'm used to using acrylics that dry quickly and even the water based oils do dry quickly as well. 

On the next painting I will have to work more on my value of colors - something I have a great deal to learn about. The whole color thing really boggles my mind. The other issue I have is trying to remember to squint and see larger shapes and values instead of getting caught in the details. Anyway, I gave this a shot. On to the next experimental lesson...and I can always come back to this one. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Madronas - oil on board 8 x 10

I have spent the past couple of years working in water based oils and just recently acrylics. I am now trying to teach myself how to paint in traditional oils. I have to admit, it's kind of overwhelming and a bit scary. But I'm up for the challenge and I'm excited to see how I can grow as an artist. Here is my first attempt at a real landscape painting and in traditional oils. I laid down the initial background yesterday and worked a couple hours this afternoon and refining it a bit. I'm pretty happy with how far I've gotten. I plan on doing more work on this one tomorrow, my trees need a bit more life in them. I'm trying to gain an understanding of value and natural colors. 

George - acrylic on canvas 6 x 6

Fleur - acrylic 6 x 6