Nov 26, 2012

Ken Portrait

I finally had some extra time to finish this portrait.

16" x 20"
Pastel on Paper

As a side note the fixative I used on this drawing completely ruined it.  The color is gone, and all of the details are lost.  Never use Krylon products, ever.

Nov 20, 2012

Ken Pastel Portrait

I've spent some time lately working with Pastels and I have to say that they solve many issues that I have with painting.  I don't need to pre-mix colors, and colors are all consistent.  The downside of course is that there are only a handful of shades and values to work with in Pastel.

This is a portrait of one of my former students from my Portrait drawing class.

Ken: 16x20" Pastel on Paper

Deborah Varnished

I varnished this a long time ago and it was in a gallery for some time.  Now it's back, and I've moved and I can get a good photograph of it.

I'm hoping to get more time to work in my studio now that it is setup in Corvallis.  I am also hoping to get a chance to post more on the blog.

Deborah: 16x24 Oil on Panel

Jul 1, 2012

Charlie III

This is a final portrait that I did of Charlie III.  It is a 8 x 6in portrait done with the colors White, Yellow Ocher, Venetian Red, Olive Green, and Burnt Umber.

Jun 30, 2012

Charlie II - In progress detail

I've been working on this painting for awhile, but I've been unable to photograph or post images until now.  Here is my painting of Charlie II.  It will be a 24 x 16 portrait, and this is just a detail of the portrait.

Jun 13, 2012

Megan Red Chalk

Here is another red chalk drawing that I completed recently.  I just forgot to post it when I finished it a couple of weeks ago.

It's an 11x14 in drawing done in red and white chalk.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Jun 7, 2012

Charlie Sketch

I'm finally starting a new painting.  I spent a little extra time on the sketch for this one and it turned out pretty good (other than the offset eyes of course.)
I only used a couple of colors: Yellow Ochre, Venetian Red, Olive Green, Burnt Umber, and White.

And here is the Dry Brushed version of the start of the painting.

May 21, 2012


I've been working on this off and on for awhile now, and I finally finished it today.  I still might do some more work in the hair, but that is true about almost all of my other paintings.

The photo of this painting really didn't turn out very well so I'll have to retake the picture on day with better lighting outside (It's been dim and cloudy all day).

Apr 24, 2012

Denali Sketch

Here is another sketch that I'm spent 6 hours on.  I swear I am working on a long-term painting at the moment, I just haven't been photographing it.

Apr 19, 2012

New Painting Sketches

Here are some new painting sketches that I have been working on in the last couple of weeks.

Apr 8, 2012

Beer Bottles Sketch Sale

I'm finally putting all of my Beer Bottle Sketches up for sale. If you want them you can head over to my Etsy page and purchase one.

I have three more that just need a few small touches: A Narragansett with White Background, a Shock Top Ale, and a Full Sail Lager. If you think you might want one of these e-mail me and I can reserve them for you.

If you have a particular beer that you love, I can paint a commission just for you. Send me an e-mail or message me from my website telling me which beer you want to see in paint form.

Apr 6, 2012

Small Figure Studies

I've been attending a few evening painting sessions from the model. Here are some of the results.

Both were painted in a monochromatic nature using Burnt Sienna. The Redder version is Gamblin brand, and the orangier more fleshy version is Windsor Newton.

This one was Gamblin

This one Windsor Newton

Mar 30, 2012

Deborah Final

Here is my final version of my Deborah painting. I'll need to re-photograph after I varnish of course, but you get sense for what it will look like.

Mar 23, 2012

Deborah WIP5

Nearly complete. I need to spent a little more time on the hands, and maybe the hair but I'm mostly finished with it.

Mar 20, 2012

Deborah WIP2

I plan on doing multiple layers on this painting. This is the first coating.

Mar 15, 2012

Deborah Color Study

The start of a new painting. Here are some color studies to show how it will look.

Mar 14, 2012

Karin Final

I made a few minor changes. Now it is actually finished. 16in x 20in.

Mar 13, 2012

Mysterious Final

I keep changing the name of this painting. This is the final name change though.

It is an oil paint on panel and the size is 16in x 24in. To give you an idea of the actual size, the head is about 4in tall.

Mar 9, 2012

Mysterious WIP2

I haven't posted any images of this painting in the last 3 days of working on it. So I apologize for not showing any of the in progress steps. I've also included a close up of the face because the detail just isn't visible in the larger version.

Mar 7, 2012

Karin Painting WIP3

I just have little more to add on the back of the hair and I will be finished.

Mar 6, 2012

New Painting WIP1

I still haven't come up with a good name for this painting.

New Painting Color Study

Publish PostHere is a color study for a new painting that I'm starting.

Mar 5, 2012

Karin WIP2

Here is my update to my Karin painting. I need to spend one more day repainting the eyes nose and mouth. I think I'm also going to fix the scraggly looking hair in the back. I just need to wait for the paint to dry.

Feb 29, 2012

Karin WIP1

This is the start of my new Karin Painting.

I still have quite a bit of work to do in all of the areas that I already painted. The only problem is that it might take about a week for the paint to dry to the touch and I can't add paint until that happens. I piled my titanium white on so think for this painting trying to really show my brushstrokes, but that means longer paint drying time.

I like to save my paint, especially the white, from day to day. Adding dryer would force me to discard large piles of chunky dry paint at the end of the day. I hate throwing away unused paint, I sometimes work late in the evening just to use up the remaining paint form that day's painting.

This painting looks like a limited palette, but it actually involves quite a few colors: White, Naples Yellow, Cad Orange, Cad Red, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, and Burnt Umber.

The painting is done on masonite panel and the size is 16in x 20in.

Feb 27, 2012

Karin Study

I've started a new painting, and this is the color sketch. I'm trying to work with more muted skin tone colors, and have a white or whitish background.

Feb 22, 2012

Two Bottles

Two new bottles in the last couple of days.

Feb 17, 2012

Old Speckled Hen 2

I finished another beer bottle. This is a re-painting of one that I did earlier. It is a little sharper with brighter colors.

Feb 16, 2012

Cordula Final

I finished my Cordula portrait. There was a little bit of sinking-in in the hair and on the cheek. I'll have to varnish and re-post at another date, as usual.

This was done with oil on panel and is 16in x 12in. The paints I used were White, Yellow Ocher, Cad Orange, Cad Red, Sap Green, Burnt Umber, and Ivory Black.

Feb 15, 2012


This is a quick little painting that I did for my sister's birthday. Happy Birthday Jessi!

It was painted on a 4in x 7.5in panel

Cordula WIP2

I am almost finished with this portrait. I need to spend more time on the eye and the hair.

I tried to stick to a pretty limited palette for this one. I only used White, Yellow Ocher, Cad Orange, Cad Red, Sap Green, Burnt Umber, and Ivory Black.

Feb 9, 2012

Cordula WIP1

I've started a new painting. I wanted to push the red and greens to a very high chroma, which means that they will be very vibrant reds and greens.

As usual I start with the darks and work my way up to the lights.

This was done with oil on panel and is 16in x 12in.

Feb 7, 2012

Asteria Final

Here is my final version of Asteria. I spent some time on the background painting large parts of it with a palette knife. This made a very choppy appearance to the background that just isn't fully noticeable in this image. There is also a little sinking-in on the neck and arm making them appear lighter.

This is a 20in x 16in painting that was done on a panel using the following colors: White, Yellow Ocher, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Orange, Burnt Umber, Ultramarine Blue, and Ivory Black.

Feb 3, 2012

Karin Final

Here is my final red chalk drawing of Karin. As usual I'll probably look back at it a week from now and make some changes.

18 x 13 in Red and White Chalk on toned paper.

Feb 2, 2012

Karin WIP

I'm working on a new Red Chalk portrait of my Sister in Law. I hope she likes it.

Jan 31, 2012

Asteria WIP

I've been working on this painting and forgetting to post any work in progress shots. So here is the nearly completed painting, I still need some small adjustments and to re-paint the background. I also need to get a better photograph of it.

Jan 23, 2012

Negra Modelo

Another weekend, another bottle.

Jan 19, 2012

Bottle Sketches

Here are some sketches of bottles that I have been working on lately. I will be doing about six or seven more, and will probably try and redo the Old Speckled Hen painting. Anyway. I hope you like them.

Jan 10, 2012

Start of a new Painting

Here is the first couple of days work on my new painting. I have yet to decide a name for it. If anyone out there has any suggestions be sure to post a comment.

For this painting I am spending a great deal more time on the underpainting with the hope that I might do some glazing over the top of it to get the right colors. I am purposely making the face much lighter than it will be in the final work so that the lightness will shine through the glazing making the skin more luminescent.

In this stage I am only using White and Black paint. I primed the canvas with Burnt Umber.

Jan 9, 2012

Bing Xun Final

I finally finished this painting. There was a great deal of sinking in in some parts of the background and the sweater. Of course I'll re-post a varnished version of this painting when I get around to varnishing it 6 to 12 months from now.