As you probably already know, I was traveling through Alaska (Denali and the Kenai Peninsula) with a group from The Nature Conservancy. Alaska is vast! Many hours spent on a tour bus, boat or the Alaska Railroad (which is fabulous by the way… I highly recommend the train!) So I got my camera out, nothing fancy… a Canon G9… which I always shoot on automatic. I like not being in control and just seeing what happens. A lot of shots out the window were blurry… and I found that I liked that. Then, I decided to try to paint this effect so here is the result. I always like times when I can introduce abstraction into realism. Of course, the great painter Gerhard Richter who is well known for his “blurry” paintings was on my mind, too.
untitled (wilderness from the bus – Alaska study 5), 9″ x 12″, oil on panel, nfs
detail - the little white dabs are the raindrops on the window : )
reference photo. I love the rows of raindrops on the window, too!
this is a detail of the painting… I will rephotograph this under natural light… dark, rainy day here in Chicago today!
I thought this was finished, but I think I need to do just a bit more in the background. Here’s also the reference photo for this painting. I love all the greens! I had a lot of fun figuring out how to mix these using my restricted palette.
I’m thinking about leaving the bottom of this painting more unfinished. I took this shot at an angle to reduce the glare from my lights off the wet paint.
9″ x 12″, Alaska study (in progress)
untitled, 9″ x 12″, oil on panel, nfs
The view out the window of an Alaska Railroad train as we traversed the wilderness.
9″ x 12″ oil on panel (gessobord), nfs
“Morning Moose” , 9″ x 12″, oil on panel (gessobord), nfs,
Some new paintings (studies) based on photographs from this summer’s trip to Alaska.
not for sale
Another restricted palette (the same as Fall Wetland). But, this time the colors are more muted because I used the leftover paint from the Wetland painting and “mooshed” it all up… great fun! The green is from mixing mars black with cadmium yellow light. Nice browns from mixing mars black with cadmium red vermillion. I used the mooshed up paint to modify and soften the bright colors. White added to some mixtures and not others. All pretty intuitive and fun : ) I also used the palette knife quite a bit here as in Fall Wetland.
“Fall Wetland”, oil on panel unframed, $150.00, includes shipping within continental US
I severely restricted the palette on this one to cadmium yellow light, cadmium yellow deep, cadmium red vermillion and mars black. It’s been bitterly cold here in Chicago the past week and I’m feeling the warmth from this one : )
Just painted this little one today. Wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving : )
These are painted alla prima. I use Kolinsky sable brushes to paint these and I love the effects. Price $150.00 unframed and includes shipping within the continental U.S.
Fall Prairie 2, 9″ x 12″, $150.00 unframed, oil on gessobord
9″ x 12″ oil on gessobord — $150.00 unframed (includes shipping within the continental US). This is how I would frame these… maple floater frame from Metropolitan Frame.
Fall Prairie 1, 9″ x 12″, $150.00, oil on gessobord
summer’s last sail, 6″ x 6″ [sold]
I’m so happy to announce that a fellow WordPress blogger at — Licht Years — just bought this little painting. Susan is a fantastic photographer and if you haven’t discovered her work yet please check out her blog
. Every time I visit it’s like a breath of fresh air : )
“Ol’ Smokey”, 12″ x 12″ oil on canvas
This one has found a new home. I miss him already — that always happens with these animal paintings… believe it or not, I get attached to them! Also, thanks, M. for buying the rabbit paintings today!
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Many small paintings that I have posted here in the last few months are now for purchase using PayPal.
Shipping is within the continental US only for now, but I hope to expand that next year.
The paintings are all unframed and shipping is included in the price as well as any applicable tax.
I am frequently adding new little ones so check back soon.
Of course, the big ones are for sale, too. Costs will vary depending on shipping — inquire about price and shipping for those.
All are 9″ x 12″ oil on gessobord.