Dragon Fountain

I guess I’m slow at digesting experiences. It was a year ago that I spent a month painting in Italy with the Jerusalem Studio School Summer Program in Civita Castellana and I’m just now starting to turn those experiences into paintings. The time spent with a community of painters focused on painting exposed me to a variety of ways of thinking about painting and I’ve felt a little undirected as I allowed things to percolate and make subtle changes to my painting. Here is a piece that will be in an upcoming show in Portland.

Dragon Fountain 12" x 24" oil

Dragon Fountain
12″ x 24″ oil


“Observing observing” – group show at Prographica in Seattle opening on Sept 12

I’m very happy to have been invited to paint for an upcoming show at Prographica Gallery in Seattle. The piece below will be included with the work of many fine painters who’s work I’ve admired.

"White Cup with Spoon" 36" x 18" oil on linen

“White Cup with Spoon”
36″ x 18″ oil on linen

About “Observing Observing” Sept 12th – Oct 31 2015

At Prographica, we’re curating a show about “… how artists who observe, observe.” The title implies, of course, that, somewhere along the line, artists who use recognizable imagery, work from direct observation when creating their art. This show is about that observation.
Because the show is about “observation”, we have selected as a thematic constant, the “white cup.” Why a white cup? Because it is ubiquitous and carries no emotional baggage.  It is the “observation” that is paramount, not the cup.
As source material a white cup is not difficult to paint.  But, it is damned difficult, to make interesting. And, so, it is a challenge of a peculiar sort. A challenge analogous to that of a film actor in an all-important scene, where there is a close-up, no action, and no dialogue. For an actor, such a scene takes some considerable talent to pull off and make interesting. For an artist, too, it takes considerable talent to pull off and make interesting the observation of a white cup.

Curated by Eric Elliott, Michael Howard & Norman Lundin.

Artists included in the exhibition are: Brian Blackham, Fred Birchman, Sarah Bixler, David Campbell, Kimberly Clark, Dean Fisher, Cable Griffith, Laura Hamje, Kenny Harris, Amy Huddleston, Carrie Kapp, Matt Klos, Kathy Liao, Judy Nimtz, Elizabeth Ockwell, Anne Petty, Bob Schlegel, Bill Sharp, Graham Shutt, Jordan Wolfson & Evelyn Woods.

The show opens on Sept 12th with a reception from 2 – 4pm. If you’re reading this and will be in Seattle, I hope you’ll drop by and have a look.

3419 East Denny Way Seattle, WA 98122 206-322-3851

Prographica Gallery Website


Camping trip sketches

I spent a week camping along the Metolius River in Central Oregon. The Metolius is spring fed so it was running normally but the other lakes and rivers in the area are very low. The mountains had very little to no snow on them. I’ve never seen some of these mountains without snow. It’s difficult for me to understand why we’re still talking about whether climate change is happening even as we’re experiencing the damage.

Having said that, the Metolius offered the illusion of a healthy environment, for now, at least. Here are a few sketches I did from the camp site. Click on the images for a larger view.

"Early Afternoon Metolius River" watercolor and ink

“Early Afternoon Metolius River”
watercolor and ink

"Tent Camp" watercolor and ink

“Tent Camp”
watercolor and ink

"Metolius River" watercolor

“Metolius River”

"Woman Reading by the River" watercolor

“Woman Reading by the River”


One more white cup

White Cup on White Cloth  16 x 12 oil

White Cup on White Cloth
16 x 12 oil



Updated White Crockery

Here’s an updated image of a painting I posted earlier but kept working on.

Bill Sharp - White Cup and Plate 11.5 x 14 Oil

White Crockery 11″ x 14″ oil on linen


In the interim

I took a trip to the Oregon Coast recently and spent some time doing watercolors. Here are a few.

Haystack Rock Oregon ink and gouache in sketchbook

Haystack Rock Oregon
ink and gouache in sketchbook

Arcadia Beach State Park Oregon watercolor and pencil

Arcadia Beach State Park Oregon
watercolor and pencil

Arcadia Beach State Park Oregon watercolor

Arcadia Beach State Park Oregon

Rocks near Chapman Point Oregon watercolor

Rocks near Chapman Point Oregon

I’m painting now for two shows this fall. More info to come.

Thanks for looking.


White Crockery


White Crockery 11" x 14" oil on linen

White Crockery
11″ x 14″ oil on linen

I haven’t been posting much lately for various reasons, one of which is that I was hoping to move my blog to a new website I’ve been trying to get going but I’ve had a difficult time finding someone to help me with it. I’m not familiar with web development. It doesn’t seem like it should be this hard to get a web site up.



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