Sprague International I

A pallet knife painting of an old truck.

Sprague International I, 6″ x 8″, Oil on canvas board, Sold
I took some photos of a line-up of old trucks in Spraque, WA. This guy had quite the collection. Here’s a painting of one of the trucks. The photos were taken early morning with snow still on the ground. The trucks were all frosted up. Can ya tell?
This was done with a pallet knife while looking at the photo on the computer. 


An old door, a monkey, and a steaming street.

Ed, 12" x 16", Acrylic on canvas panel
Ed, 2012, 12″ x 16″, Acrylic on canvas panel, $300
This is a painting I did from some photos I took in Mount Vernon, WA. Not sure what this building was all about, but I loved the color and this old door. Thinking just a door would have been a tad bit boring, I added Ed, the monkey. Ed came from googling “monkey” and doing several sketches (see below).
When I used to paint from photos I would grid everything out so it would make it easier to get everything in the right place, but more often now I’m just going for it. I’ll sketch it out and adjust the painting as I go. I like this process a lot better because it creates layers of information. It’s not like I’m getting it just right on the first try. The texture on this painting was created by going back over what I had already painted and making corrections two or three times. I’ve always loved paintings where the sketchy under-painting is still visible in the finished work.
One small thing I really like about this painting is the steam rising up in the bottom right corner. I like it because it was totally unintentional. I put a wash of paint on the wall that was too runny and it ran all the way down the painting. Instant steam!
Some monkey sketches





November Gifts

Acorns & leaves. Fun stuff!

November Gifts, 11" x 14", Oil on canvas panel
November Gifts, 2012, 11″ x 14″, Oil on canvas panel, $300
Lydia, my wife brought these acorn nuts home from a tree by her work thinking they would make a nice painting. They sat around for a while and once I had some free time I went out back and plucked some dying leaves off our red oak tree and played around with the composition and came up with this painting. The abstract shapes in the upper portion is an old barn pulley.
One funny thing to mention is while working on this painting I kept thinking my drawings of the leaves were off. Each time I’d go back to a leaf it looked wrong as to what I was seeing. Come to find out the leaves were slowly shrinking and curling up because they were drying out. It had my brain spinning for a little bit. It was a fun painting though!



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.

Stratford Storm

Automotive paint explosion.

Stratford Storm, 24" x 24", urethane enamel on board
Stratford Storm, 24″ x 24″, urethane enamel on board (with 1.5″ deep painted edges), $1,500
I got a hold of a bunch of automotive & industrial paints (real tough stuff) from my dad who owned a sandblasting and painting outfit. One of the paint systems he used was no longer available so all the leftovers from that system ended up with me.
I build a few 24″ x 24″ cradled panels out of ripped 2″ x 4″ boards and hardboard. Then I primed them with a few coats of gesso, laid them on a tarp in the garage and started throwing paint. I also used a small pancake compressor to blow the paint around allowing it to mix on the board. I loved doing these paintings and plan on doing more. My dad just closed up his business which means there’s going to be a lot more excess paint to use up.
This painting was inspired by some photos I took along Stratford Road close to road 10 N.E. I see new things each time I look at this one, like the exploding green bear in the background. See his head popping off? What do you see?