Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Back to work

Home again.  Had a great visit with my large family (around 40 members showed up).  Haven't touched a paintbrush in over a week, and I can hardly wait!  I am going to try to get out this week, but it is very cold, so I will have to paint fast and do small paintings.  Will put something for you to look at on tomorrow's post.      Mike

Monday, November 28, 2011

Monterey Clipper in yard

                                                12"x16" Oil on linen                                                        
I really enjoy boatyard painting.   There is almost always a lot of clutter and interesting activity, and boats, of course.  This particular work was prompted by my admiration of the subject boat, a historic hull type of the California fishing fleet, called a "Monterey Clipper".  It is frequently seen in the paintings of the early west coast plein air painters;  it was much beloved for it's graceful bow and sheer line.  Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.  I attended a very large family reunion in Covington, La over the holiday, and a Thanksgiving dinner around New Orleans,is really a dieter's nightmare.  I'll be eating small portions of healthy (ugh!) food for the next month.                                     Mike

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Last Farm on the road

                                                     14"x18"   Oil on linen
From cold winter snow in my last blog to a hot summer day!  This  is a scene I painted with my Cal. Wednesday group.  I set up on the road next to my good friend, Jeanette Wolff, who does watercolor, oil, collage, gardening, home decorating, etc. etc, and is the most creative person I have ever known.  If I remember correctly, she did a daring watercolor composition with wild colors.  Actually, I don't really have to remember.  Her watercolors are always daring compositions with wild colors.  I'll put a photo of her in one of my upcoming blogs.                          Mike

Saturday, November 19, 2011

New Hampshire snow

                                                         9"x12"  Oil on linen
I like snow paintings.  I just don't like standing in snow.  It is beautiful when you view it from the warm side of a closed window.   I did this from a photo I took from my car a few years back.   Just so you won't think I'm a wimp, I did open the window for a split second to snap the shutter.  Later, in my studio, with a hot cup of coffee in one hand, I really enjoyed doing the painting.               Mike

Friday, November 18, 2011

Quick sketch


Above is a very flattering quick sketch of me painted last year on one of my return visits to California.  The artist is Anita Hampton, well known plein air artist.  In several previous blogs, I have mentioned that I go painting in California with many fine artists.  Some of them are well known like old friend , Anita   Old friend is a term of affection, in this case, not a comment on actual age.  Below is a photo I took of her one day, when she was hard at work in her studio.   Hee hee!                     Mike  


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Once again

                                                     8"x10" Oil on linen panel

So many people said that my painting "One more Monday" (blog of June 2nd) was their favorite of all my  works, that I decided  to do a slightly different version in a smaller size.  The small plein aire study, along with the larger studio piece were sold long ago, and I can't seem to find any photos of the original scene, so I tried to capture it from my memory alone. I have photos of the earlier paintings, but that never works  for me.  Anyway, here it is.   Hope you like it.     Mike

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


                                                     11"x14" Oil on linen panel

This painting was actually titled "At the Fuel Dock", I believe, but when I finished it and leaned it against my french easel, a gust of wind picked it up and blew it off the end of the wharf.  There was only one boat on that side, and when I raced over to see if it was floating-----it had landed, paint side up, on the aft deck of the boat.  I climbed down, retrieved it totally undamaged, and one of the people watching the incident offered to buy it.  Happy ending!   I have had a few similar experiences I will tell you about some time in the future.        Mike

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Cambria beach vista

                                                   12"x16" Oil on linen panel

Considering I lived in a beach side community for a great portion of my life, I have not painted many empty beach vistas.  I've painted people on beaches, boats on beaches, umbrellas on beaches,etc.   This, I believe may be the only one of it's kind.  Probably a good thing.  If I were doing this again, I'd make changes. I was with my friend Anita that day, and she did a much better painting.        Mike

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Gray day at Peggy's cove

                                                  8"x10"Oil on linen panel
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 Some blogs back, I talked about doing another "gray" painting, and one of my photos of Nova Scotia caught my attention, again.   The shacks on the water are typical of that region and, on that particular day, seemed to be deserted.  The dramatic starkness of the scene came across beautifully in the camera shot; I'm not sure my painting  captures it as well.  In any event, I did get away from the bright, color filled work that I normally do.  Hope you like it a little.    Mike

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Motif No. 1

                                                 4"x 6"  Oil on board
I mentioned before that Rockport, Mass. is one of my favorite places on earth.  This little sketch of the red fish shack was done on location a few Octobers ago.  It is said that this is the most painted scene in the U.S.-- hence the title.   I did a very large work later in the studio from this study, but let it get away before I remembered to take a photo.  That has happened more than once, unfortunately.        Mike

Monday, November 7, 2011

Peggy's cove in winter

                                                        16"x20" Oil on linen

Peggy's cove is probably the most photographed and painted spot in Nova Scotia.  I painted there a few years ago and also took many photos.  This was painted from one of the photos, but I decided to make  it snow a lot more with my brush.  I have seen many other photos in magazines and calendars from this viewpoint, and the house on top has changed colors several times.  It must be interesting to the occupants to know how famous their property has become.        Mike

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Another just talk

Today I will not be posting art.  For the first few years, I did not bother to photograph my work, and since I have posted quite a few paintings, I am in danger of running out of photos.  If I did a small painting a day, like many of the daily paintworks crew, I'd be OK, but I don't.  If I get involved with my gallery work, it may take a while to complete, and in that time I'll have days with nothing to show.  I am going to try to post two or three paintings a week until the end of this year,at least, and then decide if I will continue or not.  Have fun,   Mike

Friday, November 4, 2011

Cerro Romauldo

                                                 9"x12" Oil on linen panel

This beautiful mountain is one of the "Nine sisters", a group of volcanic peaks just north of San Luis Obispo,Ca.  I was painting with my old friend, George Gibson, he doing a watercolor and me this little oil.  We set up about 9am. and quit about noon for lunch and critique.  George was kindly, but totally honest in his assessments of paintings, and this time, thankfully, he liked what I did.  When my work (or his own) was not up to par, he would acknowledge it, kindly, in my case.  Since his own paintings were almost always spectacular, he was usually just quiet when we viewed his.    I miss him.       Mike

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Leafy pastoral

                                                12"x16"  Oil on linen panel
I cringe when I see the title of this painting.  Sounds like Keats or Shelley was advising me.  Those of you who are artists will understand, though, I'm sure.  Coming up with titles for paintings when you have done similar work many times over, gets to be a challenge.  I sure failed the challenge on this one!   Anyway, it was a beautiful day and we had a great lunch afterwards.   You do the same.    Mike