Welcome! This blog began as an assignment in a digital art class. That was in 2008. I decided to keep it going as my art journal. It is fascinating for me to see how a painting develops, so this is where I post my painting progressions and exciting new things I find on creative blogs and websites. I hope you will learn along with me about painting, drawing and all kinds of art.


Bright October, New Hampshire Coast

 This painting went faster than I expected.

I think I like it. I will sign it.

Bright October, New Hampshire Coast - oil on canvas panel, 12" x 12"

Thanks for viewing!


NH Coast - Day 2

New Hampshire has the shortest coastline of any state.
The Atlantic Ocean washes its shores for 18 miles ... sometimes recorded as only 13 miles!
... and we drove all of it.

Matt used to do winter sea bird surveys there as an undergrad at UNH. We stopped at the spots he thought were the ones they used for the surveys. 

It was amazing to hear him talk about doing that work
 in the wind and cold of a NH seacoast winter. 

One guy counted the birds through a spotting scope or binocs -
 the other had to have bare hands to write.

Brrrr ... sounds brutal ... and I live in Alaska!


New Hampshire Coast painting - Day 1

Back from our recent east coast trip, I felt the need to paint something from one of my photos. I did paint en plein air, and will post those soon. But wanted to get this going.
 It is on a 12" x 12" prepared board made by Ampersand, 
9mm thick and with a canvas-type texture. 
It is a very nice surface for the oils, brush & knife.

Thumbnail sketch,  2" x 2", pencil