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. 


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.

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.