Wednesday, October 14, 2009

My House at Dusk #8 Acrylic 9 x 12

The "squirrel bucket" hangs outside my work room. The squirrels quickly learned how to climb down the rope and get peanuts from the bucket.

My House at Dusk #7 ACrylic 9 x 12

Back in the forgotten corner of the yard - we built a study for Philomena - a quiet place where she can do her legal work. I sometimes cut out photos and stick them on paintings for fun. I have discovered it can be a good way to check your perspective. Thus "Keri" appears. Keri was our pound puppy for 17 years.

My House at Dusk #6 Acrylic 9 x 12"

I did this one sitting on the back steps in case you are wondering why the horizon line is so low.

My House at Dusck #5 9 x 12 Acrylic

This was done after a day's work when it was getting dark. I had to stand and do the sketch as one foot more to the left and I would be in the pool. Yes the tree really is blue. It's not a tree anymore. After it died I morphed it into a sculpture.

My FIrst Plein Aire painting 8 x 10 acrylic

Watercolor 9 x 12

A practice work based on a Rowland Hilder demonstration. I did this one in 2003 as a learning piece. Rowland travelled on the Lusitania about two weeks before it was sunk by German U-boats. Rowland went on to live to age 94. You never know. My dad was standing by the train tracks when he was about ten years old and the trolley flew off a passing train and landed quite close to him. Dad is now 95. You never know how close you may have come to an early demise.

Tulip fields Acrylic on Pine board 11 x 24"

This is painted on a pine board with three layers of gesso as a base. No references--from my imagination.

Capuccino 9 x 12 Acrylic

From a photo taken by my daughter. I had already toned the canvas board greens and the cups and plate were light green so I decided to make my cups and plate burnt sienna/brown.