Saturday, June 25, 2016

2016-06-25 Mookie the Small Grey Cat

25 June 2016 - the Small Grey Cat makes an appearance.  We miss you, Mookie :(
digital art (Krita)
I created this for my website,, which I'm in the process of building.  Sure makes me miss our small grey cat, though.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

2016-06-23 landscape, Nigel

23 June 2016 - based on view of Errol Heights City Park, Portland, Oregon
7" x 10", gouache on cold press watercolor paper
23 June 2016 - "You will do my evil bidding" (or "I'm about to fall asleep...  Can't... keep... eyes... open.")

Thursday, June 16, 2016

2016-06-15 landscape

15 June 2016 - based on view of Kelly Point Park, Portland, Oregon
8" x 10", gouache on Arches Oil Paper (since I'd purchased this as part of my now on-hold water miscible oil experiment, I thought I'd try it with gouache.  Seemed to work out.)
With the gouache paintings, I'm scaling back down to 8" x 10" and 11" x 14" due to paint consumption and ease-of-framing considerations.  And storage space.

Actually, in the last few months or so, now that our house remodel is sort-of winding down - sort-of - I was able to organize all, yes, all, of my artwork.
As incredible as it seems, this is all of the artwork I've done and decided to keep over the course of my life, including drawings and paintings from when I was a kid.  A couple more boxes may be just outside the picture, but that's it).  It sure seemed like a lot when we moved...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

2016-06-14 landscape (another for June Virtual Paintout), Nigel

14 June 2016 - Silverado Trail S, St Helena, California (2)
11" x 14", gouache on unstretched canvas
 Here's another for Bill Guffey's June Virtual Paintout.  I think I'll stick with gouache paints for now and shelf the water miscible oils.  I find gouache easier to work with than the oils, but more persnickety compared to acrylics.  Over all I'm finding that they do what I want them to.

15 June 2016 - Nigel wants me to play with him.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Happy Birthday, Nigel!

10 June 2016

You can see Nigel is super excited that it's his birthday today.
Nigel turns four years old today!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

2016-06-09 landscape (for June Virtual Paintout), Nigel

9 June 2016 - based on view of SiIverado Trail S, St Helena, California, for Bill Guffey's June Virtual Paintout
7" x 10", gouache on cold press watercolor paper

from 7 June 2016 - Nigel letting me know it's time to stop painting and spend some quality time with him

Sunday, June 5, 2016

2016-06-05-2 landscape

5 June 2016 - very, very loosely based on view near Errol Heights City Park, Portland, Oregon.  Enormous liberties taken.
7" x 10", gouache on cold press watercolor paper

2016-06-05 landscape (version two)

5 June 2016 - based on view of Sellwood Park, Portland, Oregon
18" x 24", water miscible oils on unstretched canvas
Version one is in the post before this one.

Thursday, June 2, 2016


2 June 2016 - based on view of Sellwood Park, Portland, Oregon
7" x 10", gouache on cold press watercolor paper
I found an interesting discussion on the longevity of acrylic paints on James Gurney's Gurney Journey, a topic I briefly brought up a few posts ago; he also cites the Scientific American article (also summarizing it very nicely).

More interesting were comments by Mark Golden, co-founder of Golden Acrylics, who certainly has a stake in defending the medium :)  He asserted that controversy regarding acrylic paints is unwarranted and has recurred periodically since their inception.  His point was that conservation of acrylic paintings is different, not more difficult, than other mediums, and each medium has its own challenges.

In the meantime, in efforts to try and cut down some on my use of plastic (a hit-and-miss endeavor, for sure), I'm still interested in transitioning to other mediums.  I may do more with gouache, which I used largely before switching to acrylics some years ago.

I switched to acrylics because of gouache's fragility and its reactivation property, in my mind more a pain than an asset.

I'm still experimenting with water miscible oil paints but finding I'm not so fond of how poorly they thin and clean up.

I guess every paint medium has its pluses and minuses.  The same can be said about pretty much every arty product... and life in general :)

In other, more exciting news, Nigel is awesome as usual.  He may be the exception to the "pluses and minuses".  He is pure doggy goodness.

From 18 May 2016.  Nigel being awesome.  He decided to rest inside a circle for some reason (a Zen enzo circle, perhaps?).

Friday, May 20, 2016

2016-05-20 Virtual Paintout (May - Maine) - 2nd painting

20 May 2016 - Mud Creek Road, Lamoine, Maine
12" x 16", water miscible oils on unstretched canvas
Here's another for Bill Guffey's Virtual Paintout.  Going for a more somber vibe.