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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Max train - Portland Street-scapes

Recently I have switched my focus from ink and watercolor sketching to doing more studio watercolors (no ink). This is due to the colder weather and shorter days, there is just less time to sketch  outside. I have been working off of reference photos taken around my office in downtown Portland. With this switch to more traditional studio watercolors I am concentrating on simplification, composition, values and color harmony with less focus on details.

I am finding the local light rail "Max" trains are a good focal point for these street-scapes because they add a nice element of movement and interest to the painting.

My recent inspiration has been the watercolors of Andy Evanson and Chien Chung Wei both have a great loose approach to painting street scenes.

These pieces are available for purchase, email me if you are interested.

Thanks for looking!
Slow Crossing - 9"x12" Watercolor on 140# arches rough paper

SW Alder and 2nd Ave- 9"x12" Watercolor on 140# arches rough paper

Morning Coffee - 8"x8" Watercolor on 140# arches rough paper

Friday, September 14, 2018

Summer Plein Air Sketching

Its been ages since I have updated the blog. This summer I have had quit a few opportunities to sketch on my Outdoor Adventures, I thought I would share  a few of them. These were all sketched Plein Air using the following materials:
- Lamy Fountain Pen - Fine Tip
- Moleskine A4 landscape watercolor sketchbook
- Graham watercolors
- Escoda paint brushes

Send me a message if you are interested in purchasing any of these pieces.

Clackamas River Oregon - Camping/ Fishing  trip  
Clackamas River, OR
Clackamas River, OR - Indian Henry campground
small wild rainbow trout

My good friend Ritchy and I hiked to Bagby Hot springs, we ended up not going to the hot springs but hung out at this beautiful spot on the river. I wish I had packed my fly rod this hole was filled with decent sized trout. We ate lunch here and I accidentally cut my friend's hand reaching for a beer falling off a log Sorry Ritchy!
Collowash River near Bagby Hot springs

Moulton Park, Lewis River, WA
This is a nice day trip only 45 min from Portland, great spot for swimming however the water is crazy cold. This old pedestrian Bridge is one of my favorites bridges I have ever sketched, I hope to get back here in the fall to sketch the changing colors.

I have been practicing sketching directly with watercolor with no line work, this is pretty difficult but makes for fun loose sketches. I hope to develop this skill more.
Lewis River, WA - Direct to watercolor with no Line work
Line work done on site painted at home

Pamelia Lake Backpacking:

Took the boys on their second backpacking trip this time we spent 2 nights to one of my favorite spots in all of Oregon the Pamelia lake wilderness just below Mt. Jefferson.
Mt Jefferson from Pamelia lake

Pamelia Creek

Pamelia Lake, Direct Watercolor with no line work

 Thanks for looking!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

New Portland Urban Sketches

Its been sometime since I last posted any Urban Sketches here are a few that I have done around Downtown Portland recently. These are all available as Greeting cards email me if you are interested in a set.

Paddy's Bar and Grill
SW Yamhill and SW 1st

The Gilbert Building
SW 3rd Ave 

Cafe Ponte
SW Naito and SW Yamhill

Yamhill Pub
Yamhill and SW 3rd Ave
Portland University Building

Friday, November 11, 2016

Catching up on some sketches

Its been forever since I have posted any new work. Below are some sketches from various trips this past spring/summer. All the following were sketched on location in my Moleskine sketchbook some were water-colored in plein air others where painted at home.

Central Oregon Adventure Trip:

Smith Rock,Oregon

Smith Rock, Oregon

Painted Hills, Oregon

Richardson Rock Ranch, Oregon

Willamette River:

Upper Willamette River fly fishing trip, Oregon

California Coast Vacation:

Lovers Point, California

Lovers Point, California

Monterey Harbor, California 

Point Lobos, California

Thanks for looking!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Sketching the Portland Japanese Gardens

Its been an especially wet winter this year in Portland limiting my outdoor sketching opportunities.
However earlier this month my office did a tour of the Portland's fantastic Japanese gardens in Washington Park, to generate some ideas for a design project. The weather turned out nice and I got a some quality sketching time in below are sketches done on location and water colored at home.

Wooden Bridge

Two Cranes

Koi Pond Path


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Catching up on some Summer Sketches

Its been a long time since I have posted any sketches, here are some sketches from various trips since late summer.

Crater Lake - August 2015 - managed to squeeze in some sketching while I visited Crater Lake for the century bike ride.

Williamson River - a really nice river and place to camp outside of Crater Lake National Park.

Cape Lookout - Oregon Coast Aug 2015

Rogue Pub - Portland OR, Pearl District

Benson House - Portland Or 

Outdoor sketching is a bit "sketchy" with the current wet weather so I hope to focus on some more traditional studio watercolors if I can find the time. 

thanks for looking!


Friday, August 7, 2015

Art Show Bare Bones Cafe and Bar

Its been a busy summer with a lot of sketching, cycling and some painting not to mention project deadlines, so I have not been keeping up with the blog much. I wanted post an update that I am having a show at Bare Bones Bar and Cafe in the Belmont neighborhood the month of August. There will be an art opening tonight for happy hour 4-7. Come check it out if you are in the area.