Thursday, March 29, 2007


Latest page from the sketchbook. Doesnt look like I will have any paintings to post this week and I wanted to get something in here. I really need to do more non work realated work....sigh....

Monday, March 26, 2007

March 22 2007

Second time at this pretty good spot. Last time I painted here it was all hot and dry (see August 03 2006 post)....and I left out the trailer park in the foreground again.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Charles Bargue Drawing Course

Finally picked up this figure drawing book- Gerome is my all time favorite, and my figure drawing sucks, so obviously Im pretty excited about this one. Its a perfect match for Donald Grahams Composing Pictures- another exceptional academic type of textbook for artists. Both are totally out of print-
The Charles Bargue I found at Bud Plant-
If you want a classic figure drawing book- this is probably one of the best.

Monday, March 19, 2007

March 15, 2007

Forgot how nice it is to get a quick landscape in with the warm setting sun on my back. Full on Spring weather up in Marin- great colors the hour before sunset, and nice to hear the birds and see all the animals emerging as it starts too cool off from the increasingly warming afternoons. Kinda like these little canvas boards- after painting on masonite I now can really appreciate the tooth of the canvas.
7x5 oil on canvas board

Thursday, March 15, 2007


First of the afterwork Spring time series- now that day light savings is upon us, the golden hour of colors is much more accessible to me. Seems though that its still not quite enough time though- I set up and had probably 20 minutes before the sun went down behind Mt Tamalpais. Should continue to get darker later as the days go by. Thank goodness for that.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


This is the last time I dont use a hat when painting in the sun. I always thought it was just to look cool- like youre some southwestern artist with your hat- but now I know why you need to paint in the shade. Kept wondering why my colors were so off and super dark when I brought a landscape home...Not that theyre ever that accurate- but I get it now....

Tuesday, March 13, 2007


Back out for lunch. Was using these little paper towels and made such a huge mess- had to wipe the board and started over about half way through my hour session. Been a long time since I went ahead and just started over. Sometimes you really want to- but after a few moments things start to come together. Im pretty sure this wasnt one of those days-

Friday, March 02, 2007


Another rainy lunch spent under the freeway overpass.