Dan’s Tractor

Dan's Tractor
Dan’s Tractor, 2016
Acrylic on Panel
19.5″ x 34.5″

I spotted a few tractors along Stratford Road and finally one day I pulled in and talked to the owner. Turns out he parked the tractors on the canal when he was a teenager and there they sat for some 40 years. I took some photos and here is the first painting. To see how I created this painting check out Adventure to Art article Creating Dan’s Tractor.

Red Tractor

Red Tractor, 2015
Acrylic on panel
11″ x 14″

This is the same tractor in the “Tones of Barcelona” painting. This time I used a different photo and it’s painted from a different color scheme from the color combo book. Again, I added blue and a little yellow to give the painting some life.

This painting won Best of Show in the 2015 Soap Lake Winterfest Juried Art Show.

Tones of Barcelona

Tones of Barcelona, 2015
Acrylic on panel
11″ x 14″

Another nice old tractor planted in a field on off of Road 12. Nobody was home so I ducked under some barbed wire to snap a few quick pics.

I’ve mainly been using synthetic brushes, but I bought a few natural bristle brushes and what a difference. The natural brushes really gave this painting a feeling like it was painted with oils.

Also, for this painting I opted to alter the colors from the photo. I desaturated the image on my screen so all I was looking at was a value photo (just lights and darks, no color). Then using a color scheme from a book “The Designer’s Guide to Color Combinations” I mixed my paints to match those colors instead. I feel this helped simplify the painting and to give it a mood that otherwise wouldn’t have shown up had I painted from the photograph’s colors. I did add some blue which wasn’t in the color scheme to give the painting a little life. Love it!

This painting won Best Painting in the 2015 Soap Lake Winterfest Juried Art Show.

Eastern Washington Relics

Eastern Washington Relics, 2015
Acrylic on panel
11″ x 14″

I had to pull in to check out these two nice old tractors down on road 12. The nice lady at the residence said sure, go paint away (thanks!). So as the sun was going down I set up my easle and painted for about an hour getting the basic composition and values down. I then took a few photos and added detail back in the studio.

The original sky, clouds & trees I had were too dark and defined so I lighted up the background quite a bit to make the tractors stand out.

Red Bridge 1

Red Bridge 1, 2015
Acrylic on panel
11″ x 14″

This red bridge is located at the Japanese Garden in Moses Lake. I started this painting on location in a vertical format (see Red Bridge 2) and then with photo references back in the studio decided to change it to a horizontal format. I also left items out to try and simplify the painting.

Stone Lantern

Stone Lantern, 2015
Acrylic on panel
11″ x 14″

This is the second attempt at painting this stone lantern at the Japanese Garden in Moses Lake. I adjusted the composition from the actual scene to make a more pleasing layout. Mainly lowering the horizon line and decreasing the size of the houses in the background. I also made every attempt at making the lantern and two trees next to it feel like one shape.


A pallet knife landscape.

Sagebrush, 15" x 24", Oil on board
Sagebrush, 2006,  15″ x 24″, Oil on board (with 1″ deep painted edges), $450
This is a painting I did from a photo I took out in the Black Rock area. The photo was taken in the early morning hours looking west. It was a frosty morning. I did this painting around the same time I did the Old Boat painting; and like that painting, I used only a pallet knife here also. I like this one a lot because the orange toned board peaks out throughout this painting (though it’s kind of hard to tell in this photo). I still think it needs just a hint of some buildings off in the distance for balance. Maybe next time.