Old Church in Infrared

Night Scene Pastel

Cape Kiwanda Haystack Rock at Night, pastel on hardboard
An experiment: Here I've used the rough side of hardboard (aka Masonite) to paint with pastels. Many layers were involved with acrylic fixative in between. While I wouldn't recommend this method, it was certainly interesting.

I took the photo of this painting outdoors near noon. Although it was a  cloudy day the overhead light was more than sufficient to emphasize the strong grain of the board, as you can see. Depending on the light angle, this grain may or may not be so visible. Furthermore, the painting is dark and the acrylic fixative is glossy - so that in certain subdued lighting situations, the pastel painting appears to be basically just black with maybe a little line of horizon showing.

Oh, you know, I have some paintings over at fineartamerica, too. And if you're there, you might want to check out some other people's  oregon paintings

Two Color Exercise

It's just an exercise, so try to not be horrified. Sometimes I get stuck and feel like I can't do anything. I'll go for a while without painting then I'll come up with an exercise just to snap myself out of it. You can try it too!

In this case, my idea out of nowhere was a watercolor using just two colors (randomly chosen from my paint box: Indanthrene Blue and Raw Sienna) and one brush (#10 flat sable).

I had an image in mind of Cape Meares (Oregon Coast) point, a man on the beach with a walking stick and some rocks and driftwood in the foreground. -- Starting with a very light wash of raw sienna over pretty much the entire paper, I then drew in a far shoreline (base of cape) with some indanthrene blue and whisped around some sky to make the clouds appear. I then darkened the hillside with more raw sienna and added indanthrene blue shadows, a horizon line and some wave details...

On a side note, I really don't like Indanthrene Blue; to me it's too saturated and stainy. But I studied under AWS master Domenic DiStefano and he loved it, so I  always have a tube in my box. I was just glad to be able to use some of it. :)

By the way, there was no preliminary drawing here, I just started painting. The approach of abstract impressionism lets your mind fill in the details from minimal information. It works. -- The little guy with the walking stick was drawn-in with near-straight Indanthrene, and straight out of the tube paint was used for the foreground driftwood and rocks.

Well, the point of all of this is, one can always challenge oneself just to do something different. It might not be pretty but it's always a learning experience.  Like I said, try it!

I sent that painting out on Monday the 18th of last month so we should be hearing from our winner soon. And I still have some prints to give away....

A Winner ! And more...

I've also decided to draw 2 runner up entries. The first runner up will get the painting of the winner is not available. Otherwise the First runner-up and the second runner-up will each receive a random signed print from my last art show! I know, it isn't as good as an original painting but I really wanted to say thank you...



The drawing was totally random. I don't know how I could have made it more equal. In a way I kind of wish everyone could win. That's why I decided to draw two runners-up because I also have couple of prints here.

The winner of the painting, as drawn by Bob: Marjorie Dawson via Google Friendconnect.

First runner-up: Rhonda Rogalski Photo (@Google) gets a print!

Second runner-up: JLynnPro @Google gets a print.

Be sure to get in touch with me, with your snail mail addresses!

Thank you so much for making my life temporarily exciting. :)

Wave Study / Oceanside Watercolor - GIVEAWAY

watercolor study waves Oceanside, giveaway painting free
This 9" x 12" watercolor painting started out as a wave study and I just ended up turning it into a painting. It was an accident, I swear. So here is the weird part; since I was just doing a watercolor experiment, I grabbed the paper that was closest to me; Bienfang Canvasette. It's a 182 lb paper-impregnated canvas - usually used for oils or acrylics.

Canvasette makes the painting look different. It has lots of texture, for instance. And for all I know it will easily last for the next 500 or a thousand years but I can't be completely sure. So I've decided to have a contest and give this painting away to some lucky person or sentient being.

Yep, it's a giveaway of a probably otherwise collectible piece of original art.  I've given a little thought as to how to do it so here is my idea:  Comment on this posting. You just have to do it in a way that will make it possible for me to identify  and contact you if you win.  See my suggested routes below...


  1. You must comment on this post to win, and don't do it anonymously or I won't be able to figure out who you are to send your painting to you. However, I do NOT want you to post your email address because you'll get spam. So please do one of the following:
    • Friend me on Facebook (see sidebar for a link) then tell me your facebook name in the comments below.
    • Follow me on Twitter and give your Twitter @ handle in the comments below. As with Facebook, you'll find a link to my Twitter in the sidebar of this site.
    • Follow this blog using the Google Friend Connect panel in the sidebar, and mention your Google ID/name below.
  2. One entry per person/follower/friend.
  3. There must be a minimum of 10 entries in order to have this giveaway, otherwise it seems silly. I mean, if fewer than 10 people care, why bother, right? So tell your friends! The more the merrier.
  4. Not open to family members, sorry. You guys already get freebies from time to time.
  5. Contest ends on April 15, 2011 at 5 PM Pacific US time. Shortly thereafter, if we've had at least 10 separate people entering for this painting, I'll have a third party draw a name from a bowl and I will attempt to notify the winner. If I don't hear from you by the following Monday, I will have my third party draw a second name. One way or another, this painting is going to a new home!
  6. Oh, and you have to promise to send me a picture of you, posing with your new painting. :)

    It is an experimental work, as I said. It's kind of  a weird surface for watercolor - but it still could have some value someday.

    So lets see some comments/friends/followers whatever, k? And as I said, tell your friends. I think I'm supposed to add 'no purchase necessary and void where prohibited by law' so there you go.

    Spread the word.