Archive for April, 2010

Arbre de Jacaranda

April 30, 2010

This is my neighbor's tree. so many beautiful one's in Full Bloom here in Upcountry Maui. I always try to put a Y in my paintings for interest. Can you see the Y in the roadway?

Another Pochade

April 28, 2010

This was supposed to be super-quick, but I got hung up and spent way too much time on it.  My biggest problem is the gray wall – I just don’t know how to handle it.  Also, I find that when I paint outdoors I am less careful about mixing colors because I want to go quickly, and I have to do it over and over, which of course takes more time.  On top of that, I decided to use the little tubes of Bloxx paint that came with the pochade box – now I understand why people say to use good paint.  I’ve been using big tubes of cheap (inexpensive) paints, but these are much worse.  Impossible to mix a good dark green – all my mixtures went sort of milky.

The point of this exercise is to confront myself with as many problems as possible so that I can learn how to solve them, and today I realized that I’m only beginning this journey.

Anyway, this is number 21.

A Large and a Small Landscape

April 28, 2010

Hi guys – I’ve been away from the internet lately, but have done a bit of painting.  The first one is a large canvas and I based it on a photo I took of a site in Turkey.  My next project will be to do the same tree with the ruins of a temple to Zeus showing in the background – it was the most amazing place….

The second one is my first attempt at plein air on my own.  I wasn’t brave at all – I stayed in the back yard.  I found it complicated using my new pochade box (Julian and not recommended) The palette is so small and the wind picked up and kept blowing everything away. I had to re-do the statue a million times and I’m still not happy with it.  Part of the difficulty is the fact that the background is a dull gray wall, but I’m sure that there’s a better way to handle it.  Maybe this will become a series too!

So I’m up tp 20 – one-fifth of the way to my goal.  Now if I could just stay put for a while….

New “Silver Oak”painting

April 25, 2010

New"Silver Oak"painting

view of Molokini from Secret Beach

April 20, 2010

Another attempt at the waves both paintings done 12Apr10

“Secret Beach”

April 20, 2010

I loved to paint at Secret Beach near Makena on Maui.

fields in winter #19

April 13, 2010

I found this one in my sketchbook from March when there was snow on the ground.

“Across the Way”

April 12, 2010

I just over did the green here.

Spring Silver Oaks

April 12, 2010

Just trying to get pass to much green in my paintings and this is what came out of it.

18 of 100

April 8, 2010

Dashed this one off and then kept working and fiddling with it….
Ah well.
Spring and my gardening continue to “call me away” from painting. I just can’t seem to keep my fingers from digging in the dirt, moving plants, and making sculptures with the trimmings.