Blow Off

Study for a larger painting of a wave re-imagined from the coast of Maine. I am completely mesmerized by the drastic contrast in the color of the water from slowly swirling base to the all but pure white of the foam.

Oil on panel 7x9 inches

Study for a larger painting of a wave re-imagined from the coast of Maine. I am completely mesmerized by the drastic contrast in the color of the water from slowly swirling base to the all but pure white of the foam. Some day I hope to catch a ride with some brave sailor who can take me to the edge of the storm and see if my fear of not knowing where I am (in the ocean) will wash overboard and be gone forever. An maybe the 'perfect storm' will produce the paint(s) for the perfect wave. Paint, rinse brushes, repeat; paint, rinse brushes, repeat; paint, rinse brushes, sit back and watch the water.
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Notebook Lesson

The saying: 'An apple for the teacher' is as old as the hills and I often wondered why an orange wasn't the gift of choice.
Oil on panel: 7x9 inches

The saying: 'An apple for the teacher' is as old as the hills and I often wondered why an orange wasn't the gift of choice. Is it because back-in-the-day oranges were more expensive or just hadn't been invented yet? Balancing homework and all the jobs I had to do as a kid eventually ended up as a paint brush straddling one of each. Printing practice turned into full blown doodling which made a lot more sense than arithmetic (now more commonly know as math). Thank god they hadn't come up with that as a phrase. You do it.
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Moon Phase

Postcard for a friend as a test to see how some new tubes of watercolor work on different paper.
Morilla paper 4x6 inches

Postcard for a friend as a test to see how some new tubes of watercolor work on different paper. Seems like sometimes the paper has too much size or the pigment too much gum arabic to get the intended result.
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One in the Middle

One plum. Two pears. A blank palette waiting for the mix to begin.
Oil on panel: 7x9 inches

One plum. Two pears. A blank palette waiting for the mix to begin. The idea was to get some complementary colors working with the subjects. There were no complaints until it was time to test for ripeness. Perks for the painter I suppose.
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