Triptych I – Norwegian Sunrise

6 02 2010

Final touches.

Two thirds done – ready to work on the reflections in the water.

The painting was completely dry after the lengthy break, so it took some effort to pick back up.  I paint “wet-into-wet”, usually making edges or color transitions smoother.

The blank triptych on the easle.


Miracles never cease – I managed to obtain a DSL line at the beach condo from Fairpoint, so I am back in business. It’s been a busy week, getting unpacked and set up, but I have started on this project. Here’s where we are.
I screwed together the three 48″ x 24″ panels with a couple of 1/4″ slats and got them on the easle.

As usual, I did a quick line drawing of the scene.

Line drawing (Triptych).

Then I toned most of the canvas with alizarin crimson for an overall reddish glow.

Toned canvas.

Here I am underpainting the major areas of the scene.


The triptych is complete, except for finalizing the unexposed edges, after it has been dried and disassembled.  As usual, there will be things I’d wished I’d done differently, but overall, for my first triptych (48″ x 72″, or three 24″ x 48″ canvases) I am pleased with the results.  Even my wife approves!

Artist with completed work.

The artist with the completed work.

Artist with completed work.

Shot from a different angle.

Here is the final version, the three panels still connected.

Triptych I - Norwegian Sunrise.


Painting Sabattical

22 01 2010

I am packing up my art materials and getting ready to head south to St. George Island, Florida for the month of February.  I plan to tackle the thre-panel sunrise commission project while there, plus a variety of other projects.  Unfortunately, there is no high speed internet available at the condo, so communications (updates to this blog) may be problematic.  I will submit updates if possible; otherwise, my next update will be some time around the second week of March.   Happy painting, ya’ll!!!

Nor’easter at Sandy Beach – $150 unframed

17 01 2010

This is another project that’s been on my to-do list for a long time.  Ocean Drive on Mt. Desert Island is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Maine, and Sandy Beach is one of the most popular stops along the way.  I caught it during a storm, with unbelievable waves crashing against the rocks and the beach in rapid succession.  Here is my impression of the event.  (I show three stages of development; the final version is yet to come…).  By the way, just down the road from here  is where several people were washed off the rocks by a rogue wave last fall, with at least one dead.  The sheer power of these waves is unbelievable.

This is the underpainting, on a 12″ x 16″ canvasboard toned with viridian green.

Stage 2 – blocking in some shape and color.

Added most of the details I wanted; some more refinement needed.

Here is the final version – on a 12″ x 16″ canvasboard.  Maybe someday it will turn into a major studio painting, 30 x 40???

The Marshes at Carrying Place – $100 unframed

15 01 2010

Another little nature painting.  I have wanted to paint this for a long time; I love wandering around in this area, enjoying the natural beauty and the wildlife.  I usually see blue herons when I come here.  This painting is oil on canvasboard, 9″ x 12″.  Price:  SOLD

The marshes at Carrying Place river, Hancock County, ME.

Oslojolle at Sunrise – $100 unframed

10 01 2010


This sailboat picture is from my visit to Norway last August – just painted it this afternoon.

This is the underpainting, on a 9″ x 12″ canvasboard, in oil.

This is the finished painting.  It’s nice to take a break from a big project and doing something quick and easy.

Here it is, cleaned up.  The price is $150, unframed.  To purchase any of my art, please contact me at

The sketch – underpainting

9 01 2010


This is the canvas toned with alizarin crimson, for an overall warm glow

Line drawing - simple, but necessary

Quick underpainting - wet paint!

The sketch is now ready for added detail and finishing touches.


6 01 2010

Here are the photos I’ll be working from.