Eye of the…hook?

Fort Casey, on Whidbey Island in Washington State, is full of interesting sights. Built in the late 1890s, the fort is located on a strategic point at the entrance to Puget Sound. On late Saturday afternoons during summer, it’s common to see a convoy of cruise ships leaving Seattle for Alaskan waters.

While preserved as a state park and National Historic Monument, age is catching up with the concrete and metal. Lime leaching out of the walls and rust eating away at metal make the fort a favorite place to photograph texture and color. My painting “Flight” was inspired by a stairway there.

On a recent visit, this rusted…something…caught my attention. I love how the jagged shape of it reaches into the sky, with the “eye of the needle” barely hanging on. The dilemma will be, what format to paint it in? Tall & narrow, conventional rectangle, or square? Decisions, decisions…

Progress – tall paintings

A couple of weeks ago I shared a tall painting that was in progress. This marks a new direction in my work over the past year. The tall, narrow format allows for a real emphasis on skies, one of my favorite subjects. (I’ve also flipped it to wide and short, as in “Spotlight,” the Appaloosa painting.)

Here is an update on the San Juan Island painting, which is nearly finished. The new one, depicting Mt. Rainier, is in the “roughed in” stage. It will get quite a bit more work in the foreground, and most likely some more color in the sky.

New mini-class: Seeing Detail

> Saturday, Sept. 16, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the Bellevue Daniel Smith store. <

Starting to prepare for a 2-hour, hands-on class focused on identifying detail in a scene or subject. No, don’t run away!

It’s about seeing all of the information that is present, not rendering the fine print. We’ll experiment with a variety of methods for choosing which details are important to the story you want to tell with your drawing or painting.

More details coming soon!