TM9040 Clearing 40×36 oil on panel

So many storms, so many gray skies – it was such a pleasure to finally see the blue returning. Rambunctious rollers and lifting clouds say it all. Enjoy.


Breeze Please Studies

TM9037 Breeze Please #3 7×7 oil on paper

TM9038 Breeze Please #4 7×7 oil on paper

The joy of movement and color when you look up and see leaves flickering against a bright sky is almost indescribable. Almost. And when it’s all reflected in the pond, who can resist?¬† The sense of abstraction and reality co-existing is part of the fun. More to come….

Link to other Breeze Please paintings.

The Greater Symphony

TM9035 The Greater Symphony 36×54 oil on panel

Life is music, and when I feel and hear the thunder of a great wave I think of the symphony – all the instruments in unison bring a moment to absolute pitch and excitement. Part of me still feels that thrill later when I’m painting the wave, pulling all my knowledge of oil painting and monoprint into capturing the moment. I love the droplets and the spray, and the weighty mass of the water. More difficult is painting the shallow, quiet, salty lace of the foam and ripples. In The Greater Symphony, I layered straight painting with rolling on thin films of paint to imply the density of movement and spontaneous quality of the foreground. The warmth of the sand balances the green/blues. Calm and thunderous. Yin/yang. Enjoy. Details below.

TM9035 The Greater Symphony – detail

TM9035 The Greater Symphony – detail

Toward Evening

TM9034 Toward Evening 36×40 oil on panel

The bar of turquoise on the horizon was the starting point for this meditation on evening. There’s a hint of coral in the sky, more like an afterglow and counterpoint to the turquoise, along with a ghost of teal green near the shallows. Like the colors, the action in the water is predictably rhythmic and soothing. Maybe it’s a painted lullaby…..enjoy.


As It Was Meant to Be

TM9033 As It Was Meant to Be 36×60 oil on panel

Of course there is no one way for the ocean to be, or a wave, but in my imagination this is what I see – a luminous wave in a watery world, making my acquaintance on a sunlit day. ¬†This is my meditation wave, the one that gets me through, the one I remember. And it’s for you too. Enjoy.

TM9033 As It Was Meant to Be – close-up from right of center

TM9033 As It Was Meant to Be – detail from foreground

Poem for a Playful Wave

TM9032 Poem for a Playful Wave 36×54 oil on panel

Some days, it seems like the waves are teasing me, with each crest sliding and dancing its way to shore. I hardly have time to see what’s happening before another little surprise bounces its way toward me. Later in the studio, I have just as much fun figuring out ways to capture those hiccups of water and splash. Details below. Enjoy.

TM9032 Poem for a Playful Wave – detail from left of center showing splash and spume

TM9032 Poem for a Playful Wave – detail

Adventures with Paint

Transitioning weather – the most interesting time to be outside. On a brisk day such as this one, plein air painting would be impossible, but with a camera I can record the moments and remember them back in the studio. Once I start the painting, I hardly look at he photos – they seem too stiff. Instead, I let the paint itself slip and slide around, taking advantage of the viscous paint to simulate the movement of water – more fun, less predictable. Enjoy!

Technical painting notes: The paper is heavy, rag paper, sometimes smooth watercolor paper, other times printmaking paper like BFK or Stonehenge. I always prime it front and back with a coat of acrylic gesso or shellac to seal it, protecting it from the acids in the paint. In doing the painting, I use quantities of Winsor Newton Liquin medium to thin the paint while maximizing adhesion and dry times.