Facing North


Facing North Low Res
Facing North, 2016
Acrylic on Panel
12″ x 24″

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

Dan’s Tractor

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Eastern Washington Relics

Eastern Washington Relics, 2015
Acrylic on panel
11″ x 14″

I had to pull in to check out these two nice old tractors down on road 12. The nice lady at the residence said sure, go paint away (thanks!). So as the sun was going down I set up my easle and painted for about an hour getting the basic composition and values down. I then took a few photos and added detail back in the studio.

The original sky, clouds & trees I had were too dark and defined so I lighted up the background quite a bit to make the tractors stand out.