Facing North

 

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Facing North, 2016
Acrylic on Panel
12″ x 24″
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A friend needed a painting for an auction she was doing for the Soap Lake Elementary/Middle School so I thought I’d have another go at this old McCormac International. I had a 12″ x 24″ frame so that dictated the size ratio.

Facing North in frame Low Res
In the Frame

DJ’s Truck

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Dj’s Truck, 2015
Acrylic on Panel
11″ x 19″
NFS…commissioned piece for my son

This is a painting of my son, DJ’s Chevy Blazer. I painted this for his grandmother who wanted to give it to him for Christmas. His aunt took the photo, which is great. I really enjoyed this painting. See how I created this painting in the Adventure to Art article Creating DJ’s Truck.

Dan’s Tractor

Dan's Tractor
Dan’s Tractor, 2016
Acrylic on Panel
19.5″ x 34.5″
$350

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

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

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Tones of Barcelona, 2015
Acrylic on panel
11″ x 14″
$200

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.

Seating for Two

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Seating for Two, 2015
Acrylic on panel
11″ x 14″
$200

With my new acrylic paints and new brushes I set out to give them a try. Two unwanted kitchen chairs in front of the ’65 Ford was my subject. I sketched it out and got the basic composition down. After about one an hour and a half I took a photo with my phone and brought everything into the studio. Bringing the image up on the computer, I proceeded to add detail, focusing on the head light and the left chair. I think I like my new acrylics.

Red Bridge 1

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Red Bridge 1, 2015
Acrylic on panel
11″ x 14″
$150

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.