Friday, October 31, 2008

Laura in Costume

Last night was Open Studio Night at OSU.  One of our favorite models, Laura (in preparation for Halloween) decided to wear her old punk outfit.  I made a couple of contour drawings which I hope will eventually become watercolor paintings.  It was much more impressive in bright red and black, along with her 6 inch heels.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Philomath College, Oregon

This was my first decent attempt at a Charles Reid style watercolor.  Of course I took the liberty of adding the architectural caricature in order to add interest.  This was also my first use of the Guerilla Painter Watercolorboard that I recently bought.  This device stretches the wet paper and adds the raised deckle edges.  I now have to figure out how to frame it so that the print does not touch the glazing.
I had previously been allowed to go into the attic of this 1860s building that is now the home of the Benton County Historical Society. The second image is a photoshop manipulated image inside the attic.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Apple Tree, Fort Hoskins, OR

Wednesday was one of the last plein air trips for the season and we went to Fort Hoskins. Unfortunately there was no fort, however there was a large field of apple trees to paint.  I started this oil on site but the sun was too bright and I had to finish it later.  I think I am starting to get the difference between real oil painting versus coloring canvas with oil.  What do you think?

Friday, October 10, 2008

Corvallis In Wonderland

I got a bit carried away with my watercolors however it was fun.  This is a caricature of our Arts Center which is located near Central Park in the heart of Corvallis.   The Arts Center used to be a church and is near the Disciples House.

Friday, October 3, 2008

More Depot Bay

I just had to do more paintings at Depot Bay. The first is a caricature of the bridge in watercolor. The second is an oil painting of the entire bay, 180 degrees, compressed into my usual 12X16 format. It clearly demonstrates that this is indeed the smallest harbor in the world.