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Monday, May 28, 2007

Framing and other tasks

I haven't been posting new art recently as I've been a bit busy with a couple of other projects, namely framing up paintings for upcoming shows and building a deck. I've got another big construction project planned for the next couple weeks - a small studio! I'll be back and sharing new art as soon as the sawdust settles.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Moment of Sun - painting a day

"Moment of Sun" oil on canvas panel, 5x7", SOLD

I painted this little painting the same day I did this one. I was ready to pack up and go home when the fog started to break up, and the sun cast this great shadow across the roof of the barn. I cursed a bit for having cleaned up my palette, and then started mixing new piles of paint.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Periodic Table project

These are my two linocuts for the Periodic Table Printmaking project. It's being organized by Azure Grackle. Printmakers were asked to pick a element from the periodic table, and make a print. The only restrictions are the size (6x6"), and that the symbol and atomic number had to be present.

I chose Carbon because I was teaching about the carbon cycle at the time the project was announced, and I think global warming and climate change are the big issues of our time. Annie Bisset has also made prints that address the issue of climate change, and it's a difficult topic to encapsulate in a single image. I decided to focus on human impacts - driving, flying and deforestation.

Bohrium is a synthetic element named for Niels Bohr. Having drawn innumerable Bohr diagrams of atoms, the image of a Bohr diagram as a halo came immediately to mind.

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Fresh Hay Rows - painting a day

"Fresh Hay Rows" oil on canvas panel, 5x7", available at my Etsy store.

I woke up the other morning to dense fog, and knew I had to paint these little barns in the fog. The last time I was there, the grass in front of the barns had gotten really tall, so I was hoping to find the grass cut so I could see the barns. The rows of green grass peeping out from under the cut hay was a bonus.

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Blue Waters

"Blue Waters" oil on panel, 8x10" [$320+shipping]

After driving over to Tomales Bay last weekend, I stopped for some oysters in the town of Marshall and then painted the kayak haul out at Blue Waters Kayak. According to their website, they're seeing gray whales in Tomales Bay right now, so it's a great time to get on the water.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Small Oak

"Small Oak" oil on board, 8x10" [$320+shipping]

I did this little study of a small oak on the way to the coast last weekend.

On a more technical note, I'm changing the host for my website, so if you notice any strange glitches, please feel free to drop me an email. Apparently it takes a couple of days for all the world's name servers to figure out where my images are.

And the other news of the day is I've heard from the Mill Valley Fall Art Festival, and I'll be there in September. I think I've got a lot of framing to do in the next few weeks. If you'd like a little postcard with my show dates and locations sent to you, let me know and I'll add you to my snail mail list.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Line of Eucalyptus

"Line of Eucalyptus" oil on canvas, 12x24" [$900+shipping]

I started this painting outside, and then ran out of time, so I finished it in the studio. It's from the same location as this little painting.

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Sunday, May 06, 2007

Frog in a Dish

"Frog in a Dish", oil on canvas panel, 8x10" [$320 + shipping]

This rubber squeaky toy frog has been kicking around my house for years. I don't even remember where it came from. I'm not sure why it was painted yellow and black like a poison arrow frog, when the shape is more like a bullfrog. Nobody thought to ask a biologist I suppose. I thought I'd take another stab at the "totally today" bowl, focusing just on the shape of the bowl and ignoring the pattern on the outside. (thanks Linda!).

The weather today was warm and sunny, and I spent the day painting at the coast. I'll share the results once they've had a chance to dry a bit.

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