Art, Landscape, oil painting, Painters, Painting, Urban Landscape

Mooring Dolphins

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‘Mooring Dolphins’ 24″ x 48″ oil on canvas

This is the largest painting I’ve completed in quite a while. It’s a favorite subject of mine. I don’t know exactly why I’m so fascinated by these mooring dolphins but I love painting them. This is another view from Kelley Point Park, looking across the Columbia River toward Washington.

Although I enjoyed painting larger, I really struggled to finish this piece or rather to decide when it was finished. I’m still not completely sure I’m done with it. Finishing is always tricky and I often decide that my energy would be better spent moving on to the next piece and trusting that it will build on the last one.

Art, Landscape, oil painting, Painting, Portland, Urban Landscape

Red Cadillac

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“Red Cadillac” 9″ x 12″ oil on linen panel

I’m not sure exactly what year this is – late 60s early 70s Coupe Deville. This place needed some classin’ up and the Caddie fits the bill, don’t you think? It’s appropriately parked next to what I believe was once a gasoline pump.

Art, oil painting, Painting, Plein Air, Portland, Urban Landscape

Abandoned Hopper

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“Abandoned Hopper” 12″ x 9″ oil on linen panel

Local painter, Eduardo Fernandez,  was kind enough to share a great painting site with me recently. We spent a beautiful Oregon summer day painting this amazing urban decay. A perfect day.

I hope to get a few more paintings out of this site.

Art, Landscape, Life, oil painting, Painting, Urban Landscape

Track Hoe

We’ve lived in our house for almost 30 years. When we moved in it was a quiet semi-rural road. Our property and the two on either side of us are large lots and have not changed much, over the years but further up the road, new developments have been built which has made the surrounding area more suburban, the road busier and that semi-rural feel has faded.

The road we live on has become more hazardous to walk on, as traffic has increased. There are no sidewalks and very little in the way of shoulder. So, the new project installing sidewalks on one side of the road is welcome, however, it is another step in the suburbanization of the neighborhood. They removed all the trees along that side and the road will feel wider and harder.

I’ve always loved this comic by Robert Crumb. I think it expresses my feelings well.

On Saturday, I set up my easel in the front yard and sketched one of the construction vehicles parked along the road.

Track Hoe   11 1/2″ x 11″ oil on linen scrap

Art, Landscape, Life, Plein Air, Portland, watercolor

July Evening at Jamison Square

Gail Vines and Don Colley

I haven’t been out sketching in a while but I joined my friends, Master Draftsman, Don Colley and Gail Vines, one of the founders of Portland’s independent art supply store, Art Media, on a beautiful July evening at Portland’s Jamison Square for a couple of hours of sketching and dinner.

7″ x 10″ ink and watercolor

Kids and dogs were splashing in the tidal pool and everyone was enjoying a perfect evening. We wandered over to Oba for dinner where we attempted to solve what’s wrong with the art today and on the walk home Gail demonstrated her tap dancing abilities.