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






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.



A nice old car in Cle Elem.

Antiques, 8" x 10", Oil on Canvas Board
Antiques, 8″ x 10″, Oil on Canvas Board, $300
I found this nice old car in front of an antique shop in Cle Elum, Washington. This is the second of two paintings and this one was done in more of a free style way compared to the first. In other words, I was trying not to match the photo exactly, but to use it as inspiration.

Retired Truck 2

An old truck found on while driving around Mount Vernon, WA.

Retired Truck 2, 9" x 12", Oil on canvas board
Retired Truck 2, 9″ x 12″, Oil on canvas board, $200
While driving around and getting lost on some country roads near Mount Vernon, WA I noticed this nice old truck someone had parked in their front yard as lawn art and I took a few pictures with my camera.
I painted this while using one of the pictures as inspiration.
This is an oil painting done with a pallet knife which allows for some pretty gnarly effects.

Old Boat

The “Old Boat” painting!

Old Boat, 24" x 33", Oil on Board
Old Boat, 24″ x 33″, Oil on Board, NFS

Here’s some lawn art! This boat happens to be displayed in our front yard. Why? Because it’s a funky old boat and I love it. The questions I ask is where’d it come from, who used it and how the heck did I end up with it? Actually, it came from my mother-in-law’s place out in Marlin, WA. Someone was trying to use it as some kind of planter and we dug all the dirt and weeds out, threw it in the truck and brought it home. Not sure whose it was before that.

This painting is somewhat of a transitional painting for me. This is when I was still painting solely from photos and I was trying to make the painting its own instead of copying the photo exactly. The photo was great but the painting needed to be something else; something beyond the photo. By using only a pallet knife and keeping the paints relatively thick it helped me to focus more on the painting and not worry so much about painting every detail in the photo. I did this back in 2005 and it just recently won Honorable Mention and People’s Choice awards at the 2012 Soap Lake Winterfest Art Show!

We brought the boat home about 10 years ago and it’s still out in the front yard. Only now it’s nicely landscaped and has ornamental grasses and grape vines growing around it. Maybe someday I’ll paint it again.