This is my latest painting on birch bark and it soon turned into one of the most difficult to finish. The degree of detail is extreme. I used a brush made with five or six hairs! Trilliums have always been my favorite wild flower.
My thirty year love affair with Indian baskets continues. This it the first time I have painted a 'sally bag' basket from the Columbia River tribes. I found the grinder many years ago and it is a favorite piece of my collection.
Once again, I'm painting my favorite trees, aspen. I never seem to grow tired of them. This is an actual scene in Central Oregon that I have visited many times. This is the largest piece I have done on this new board created just for watercolor. It is somewhat of a challenge to get used to, but I love the vibrancy that I can achieve.
I painted this scene earlier this year and although it sold the day after I finished it, I wanted to share it with you. When standing in front of it, I actually feel as if I am there. I really enjoy the effect of suspending reality with paint, brush and a piece of board. It was a challenge to do, but the quality I achieved has reset the bar for all future paintings that I hope to produce.
This is a new format I have been perfecting over the last five years. The birch bark paintings are very time consuming, but I am happy with the results. To prepare the bark ,I visualize where the image will fit in between all of the irregularities. Then I do shaving with a razor blade and sanding. This is followed with up to twelve coats of primer. Each coat gets sanded and polished before I go on to the next one. As far as I know I am the only artist in the country doing gallery quality paintings on birch bark. I think that it may because no on else is crazy enough to attempt it!
Who doesn't love a stroll in a country garden on a warm summer evening?
These scenes are so fun to do and gives me the excuse to use lots of color.
The best part is that you will never have to pull a single weed here!
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This little guy has been a regular visitor under my studio window.
As summer view from the south side of the studio.
This is a view of the north end of the studio and the custom made desk where I create my watercolors.
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