Monday, July 29, 2013


 Summer Barn (12x16)

Been out barn sketching again. They end up on a lot of artists canvases, but they're a vanishing breed. I've done 3 the last four evenings; partly as an exercise to incorporate a man-made structure into a colorful landscape, and partly as an escape from my suburban existence to where I want to someday live. I will include this one in my upcoming solo show of landscapes entitled "Summerland" opening September 6th at Brian Marki Fine Art in Portland, OR

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Barn Storming

 Historical Remnant (9x12) o/c

I found this old barn on a country road outside of Easton, MD during Plein Air Easton last week... The farmer wasn't home and I was a little leery of setting up on his property without permission...but I did it anyway. I figured a good little painting could be worth the possible trespass ticket, but an imagined load of rock salt in a shotgun made me paint as fast I ever had before, and I think produced a decent little gem...

Relic (16x20) o/c

As I was packing up to leave,  a renter of one of the many barns on the property drove up and said he thought it was fine to paint there, so I repositioned my easel and did this larger version... It came out alright too, but I think the smaller piece is the best one. Sometimes our best work is done under pressure, imagined or not...