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.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

2016-05-19 Virtual Paintout (May 2016 - Maine)

19 May 2016 -  Stockton Springs, Maine
14" x 18", water miscible oil on unstretched canvas
This is for Bill Guffey's Virtual Paintout.  I ordered a couple more colors of water miscible oil paints,  but in the meantime settled on my current pickin's, which don't seem to mix very well at all.  I was channeling Gabriele Munter a little for this one.

Monday, May 16, 2016


16 May 2016 - floral abstraction
16" x 12", water miscible oils on hot press cotton paper
We moved from a urban, industrial neighborhood to a long-established residential one, so I was amazed by all the blooming trees, shrubs, and plants as our first winter here turned to spring.  Flowers were everywhere.

There were even flowers in our own yard (planted by previous owners).  The flowers in our yard survived in spite of me, now into our second spring here.  Or at least some of them have...  I admire flowers and all those pretty gardens in our neighborhood, but I'm afraid both my thumbs are permanently black.  Part of it, or most of it is I much prefer to paint flowers and gardens rather than tend to them.

Previous owners even created a fruit garden in our backyard, which must have brought them great joy and satisfaction.

Well, I pretty much destroyed it all, both through neglect and active hacking.  The new deck and ongoing construction activity also did our yard no favors.

Now, especially since we've cleared out much of the home renovation debris, which for a long time had been piling up in the backyard, I've been trying to spiff the space up. I've been transforming what remained of the garden into more lawn.  This probably sounds like sacrilege to garden enthusiasts.  My sole idea, though, was to create more room for Nigel to run around in.
from 12 May 2016 - our backyard as it is now, minus some raised flowerbeds, sprawling raspberry bushes, and (dead) potted blueberry bushes.  We still have an apple tree, a badly placed pear tree, and some amazingly resilient clumps of strawberry plants.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

update on the home renovation

Yes, we are still in the midst of the home renovation (but closer to the end).  After sitting in stasis since mid-late December 2015, our contractor made more progress on our fireplace area this month.
3 May 2016.

4 May 2016

6 May 2016

9 May 2015.  We chose a black hexagon title.  Next up is the mantel surround.

5 May 2016.  Nigel patiently waits.


12 May 2016 - based on view of Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Portland, Oregon
18" x 24", acrylic on unstretched canvas
I went back to acrylics for this one after my experiment with water miscible oil paints, falling back on the familiar (though thanks very much for the encouragement, Steven :).  It's the same view as the one I did in gouache in April, a couple of posts ago.

And because any post is made better with Nigel, here's a picture of him enjoying a tennis ball he happened upon.
This is actually from a few weeks ago, 21 April 2016.  Nigel is typically only interested in tennis balls if he finds them.  Ones we give him are distinctly meh.

Friday, May 6, 2016


6 May 2016 - based on view of Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
14" x 18", water miscible oils on unstretched canvas
I gave water miscible oils a try.

It may be the fault of my very limited palette or my limited technique, but I wasn't impressed with the performance of the paints in terms of pigmentation and mixability.  I tried Holbein Duo Aqua Water-Soluble Oils.  Feel free to weigh in on this truly exciting topic :)

I'm not sure if I'll continue to soldier on with these paints or try another medium... or go back to acrylics.  I've also been curious about casein paints, but of course that means doling out more $$$ to indulge, so we'll see.

I was inspired to try a different paint medium after reading an article in Scientific American about how plastic-based art and artifacts in museums are beginning to show deterioration 40-50 years out, including an acrylic Andy Warhol painting.  Not that I am generating museum-quality art :) but I like to think that I can look at my intact paintings forty years from now rather than wade through a pile of plastic dust.

I also started ruminating over the environmental impact of adding acrylic paint debris into the ecosystem every time I paint.

This riveting drama is to be continued... till the next exciting installment...

As you can see, Nigel can hardly wait!

Friday, April 29, 2016


29 April 2016 - based on view of Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Portland, Oregon
7" x 10", gouache on cold press watercolor paper

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


26 April 2016 - a lovely spring day
digital art (Krita)

Friday, April 15, 2016


15 April 2016 - based on view of Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Portland, Oregon
18" x 24", acrylic on unstretched canvas

Thursday, April 7, 2016

2016-06-07 springtime with Nigel

7 April 2016 - Nigel and I (well, the fictional version of Nigel, and not really me me) admire a hummingbird
digital art (Krita)