Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Roswell Wigeon 16" x 20" acrylic

This painting has been completed for an auction benefiting the restoration of Roswell Marsh which is scheduled to be restored as a wetland. The marsh will be dedicated to Paul Ralstin, who has played a vital role in wetland conservation through various roles with Ducks Unlimited, on August 14th & 15th in Boise, ID.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Evening Waters 18 x 14" acrylic $3200

John Briggs, an expert on the subject of creativity, wrote in his book Fire In The Crucible -

"Probably from time to time nearly everyone has felt the rise of their unique vision into awareness - as nuances, as uncanny moments, as a fleetingly strong sense that a mix of different contours and feelings one has about the world must somehow go together. These instants of vision are extremely tacit. They are sensations we have no words or forms for and which other people don't seem to experience, or at least don't experience in quite the way we do."

I like to call this an aha moment and I had one of these recently at the Metolius River in Central Oregon. A early evening thunderstorm had just rolled through and left some wispy patches of fog hugging the water on the river. Noticing this I went for a hike along the river to observe this unique weather and came upon this flyfisherman. The evening light, the fog, the woods and the water all fit together perfectly. It was an aha moment!

This painting will be available during the Fall Classics Show through Ponderosa Art Gallery in Hamilton, MT from August 15th - September 13th. For more information you can call 406-375-1212.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Coaster Poll

One of the following images will be produced as set of 4 absorbant drink coasters. You can pick your favorite by taking the poll to the right.

Coaster #1 - Winter Hideaway

Coaster #2 - Puppy Eyes

Coaster#3 - Into the Open

Coaster #4 - Cardinal & Blossoms

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

California Covey 12" x 24" acrylic


This painting of a covey of quail was completed almost a decade ago when I was living in Bend, OR. The rock is volcanic and the habitat is high desert. The moss indicates that water is nearby which would naturally attract these quail to this spot.
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Monday, July 6, 2009

Yaquina Head 6" x 7" acrylic


Today's daily painting is of the 93 foot Yaquina Lighthouse tower which is located on a narrow point of land jutting due west into the Pacific Ocean 5 miles north of Newport, Oregon. Winds and rain have hammered this lighthouse since its beginning in 1872. It took approximately one year, and over 370,000 bricks to construct Oregon's tallest lighthouse. The light has been active since Head Keeper Fayette Crosby walked up the 114 steps to light the wicks on the evening of August 20, 1873. At that time the oil burning fixed white light was displayed from sunset to sunrise. Today, the fully automated first order Fresnel lens runs on commercial power and flashes its unique pattern of 2 seconds on, 2 seconds off, 2 seconds on, 14 seconds off, 24 hours a day. The oil burning wicks have been replaced with a 1000 watt globe that, according to the US Coast Guard generates over 130,000 candlepower.
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Thursday, July 2, 2009

November Teal 16" x 20" acrylic

November in the Central Valley of California can be a foggy place as clear cool nights ignite the formation of tule fog. As the sun rises on these calm mornings a battle is waged to try and burn off the fog creating some spectacular and often surreal lighting. This is one such scene as a flock of greenwing teal circle outside a set of decoys getting ready to bank in and land.
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