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.


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





Ten Pink Roses

A painting of a thank you gift.

Ten Pink Roses, 12" x 16", Acrylic on canvas panel
Ten Pink Roses, 12″ x 16″, Acrylic on canvas panel, $400
My wife got these roses for a thank you from a student she worked with. They weren’t in the house long before I decided they really needed to be painted. I knew theses flowers would soon die and go away, but by painting them they live on!
This was the first time I’ve tried to paint roses and it was quite a challenge. I don’t have any of those one-swooping-brush-stroke-pedal techniques, so I just do what I do and tried my best to capture these beautiful shapes. The finished painting ended up having a kind of wispy translucent quality as though there is some kind of breeze blowing them around.
For the set up I put the dog’s pillow behind the flowers for a background. I originally had the table edge going at an angle and you can still see it in the background.
One other funny thing to note is a lot of times about half way through a painting, without even trying, I’ll see some kind of face. Can you find the face I see in this painting?
Here’s a photo of the set up.




Leaf faced guy with a moth. Is somebody ready to pounce?

Mothman, 12" x 16", Acrylic on canvas panel
Mothman, 12″ x 16″, Acrylic on canvas panel, $300
I found this leaf faced guy hanging on a post while wondering around Mount Vernon, WA. I couldn’t resist that face surrounded by the greenery and twisting vines. I added the moth for a little visual interest.
Here’s the original photo.