Sunday, October 28, 2012

"Cottage, Marin Headlands"

8x10" oil on canvas panel - sold

I challenged myself to paint this with one with a single brush. I used a #10 Utrecht 209-B.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

"Dubrovnik Harbor"

8x10" oil on canvas panel

This is my entry for this month's Virtual Paintout. I had fun exploring Croatia on Google Street View, what a beautiful country!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

"Silver Lake Sunset"

10x8" oil on canvas panel

I painted this from an image taken at Silver Lake in the Sierra Nevada last October. There had been severe thunder and lightning all day but the storm passed and we had a beautiful sunset.

Friday, October 19, 2012

"Cape Cod Summer 1975"

8x10" oil on canvas panel

This is a painting of my younger brother James standing in front of our cottage at Cook's in South Wellfleet. It was painted indirectly from a slide. I projected the slide onto a door and then photographed the projection. I uploaded it to my computer so I was then able to crop the image and adjust the color.

I don't have many family slides, I wish I had more. Slides are different from photos in that they usually don't get seen as often. The few I have rarely get viewed due to the hassle of getting out the projector and dealing with the cartridges. Yes cartridges, my slide projector is an aqua colored Argus 300 from the mid sixties.

The other thing about slides is their projected size and illumination. They recreate the past so vividly. Viewing these images made me realize I have hit the age where I can easily be swept up in nostalgia. I decided to fully embrace the experience by listening to "Afternoon Delight" radio on Pandora while I painted this image.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

"Looking Up At a Victorian"

10x8" oil on canvas panel

I'm going to do more of these. This was definitely a challenge due to the multiple vanishing points.

Monday, October 15, 2012

"Aqua and Chrome"

8x10" oil on canvas panel

I wanted to see how loose I could keep it and still have it look like a car. I discovered it's all in the highlights. It can be quite messy but once you put in the highlights it all comes together.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

"Mori Point Cypress"

10x8" oil on canvas panel

Mori Point is a beautiful spot about 15 minutes from home. Oddly enough, I only just discovered it.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Friday, October 12, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

"On Geary Looking West"

10x8" oil on canvas panel

Once again, I wasn't sure what street this was. I knew it was near Union Square, so I looked on Google maps and I clearly saw the tall building to the left. Geary Boulevard it is!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

"El Camino Real at Dawn"

10x8" oil on canvas panel

This is a study I did for the Burlingame paint out. I figured most painters would focus on the train station area so I went for something a bit different. I used this study to help me paint on the day of the event since the dawn effect doesn't last very long.

Monday, October 8, 2012


8x10" oil on canvas

I found this old car while walking around a boatyard called "Dock Town". 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

"Redwoods at Dusk"

10x8"oil on canvas panel

This is a scene from a walk at dusk in the small town of Bonny Doon, California.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

"Heading for Mexico"

10x8" oil on canvas panel

I saw this little camper parked at a local service station. I imagined it was having some last minute repairs done before heading to Baja for some sort of surfing adventure.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Thursday, October 4, 2012

"San Benito House" - SOLD

10x8" oil on canvas panel

The San Benito House is an old hotel on Main Street in Half Moon Bay, California. And yes, it really is that color! I painted this for an upcoming show at the Coastside Land Trust Gallery.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


8x10" oil on canvas panel

Another painting from the images sent over by my friend Nancy Colella. Thanks Nancy!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

"Winter Birches"

10x8" oil on canvas panel

This is my painting for this week's DPW Challenge. We're having a bit of a heat wave here in the Bay Area so it was nice to paint a cool snowy scene.

Monday, October 1, 2012

"Riding the F Market"

10x8" oil on canvas panel

I felt totally out of control while painting this so I was surprised that it actually sort of worked. There are so many reflective surfaces and light sources!