11 x 14 oil
The days are cooler, the river is low now, but that won't last with the coming rains, and it's less appealing to get out to paint, so I find myself in the studio dabbling on this and that. I was drawn to the very abstract nature of this above, which is much more true to life than it leads one to believe.
12 x 12 oil
I love the look of stone under water, and I liked the raking light across Oswego Creek, but this one didn't seem headed toward resolution so I left it as a sketch of a possibility.
Sometimes Nature is so magnificently lush that a photo does what a painting cannot do. This is along the Columbia River in the Gorge.
I have also been working at portraits lately, again. For me it is continually a struggle of focusing on finding a likeness and realizing I'm not really making a good painting. I guess that's why I still consider it practice, a part of the long road of self-education I face. On the plus side, it is getting easier to quickly get at a likeness, no matter which method I use to begin, so it gives me courage to continue. One day I hope I will slow down and pay more attention to the painting process itself.
Copy of a John Singer Sargent
Yesterday I joined Instagram for the first time (I am really reluctant to sign into all these services that mine me for personal information) and I realize that what other painters use Instagram for is what I have been doing with this blog. It may or may not prove to be more useful to me, but at least I am able to follow some great images from others that I would otherwise miss.