This painting was started on location and finished in the studio with photo references. In between starting and finishing this painting I painted Red Bridge 1.
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.
The colors of this old tractor really inspired this painting. It’s located down the road from my house in Moses Lake and every time I saw it I knew it would be fun to paint. I started this painting on location and finished it in the studio with photo references.
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.
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
A painting of a thank you gift.
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?
An acrylic painting of a jade plant.