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June 2017
Ocean near Lincoln City, Oregon

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Background


I'm going to try to post a new painting on this website every month. It shouldn't be a great challenge because I make a calendar every year, so I can just post the picture for each month. All the pictures are watercolors that I have painted. I got into painting when I was 62. I explain the reason in the section, About Me.



I don't do my painting by the book. Typically, I never make a "sketch" or preliminary version of what I paint. I always work from photographs. The reason is that I'm a big fan of lights and shadows. When the lights and shadows are right, they stay that way for a few minutes. A photo freezes them so that you don't have to rush the job.

When I start a painting, I spend about ten minutes looking at the photos that I will use as the basis for the painting, I make a few pencil marks to show the outline of important details of the scene, like where the horizon is, but I'm most concerned with the composition of the parts. After I have some composition marks, I paint it. It usually takes 10 -12 hours to complete a painting. My style has been dubbed a mixture of pointillism and primitive conventions (the background details are treated as important as the main subject). The goal is generally to create a good interpretation of a place I'd like to be. Most of the paintings are 18" x 24" or 15" x 19".

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