Saturday, July 18, 2015


I painted this from a photograph I took back in 2010. It's been germinating in my head these last 5 years, but only last week did I decide I knew how I wanted to go about painting it.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Summer Fields

The fields have gone from impossible green to unlikely gold, and soon they will be harvested. It never ceases to amaze me how the same piece of land can look so completely different, depending on the season and the light.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Landscapes From Train Window

I wanted to capture the main impressions you get from a fleeting landscape as it passes by the window of a train. I usually can't resist the temptation to paint as much detail as possible, and this is not supposed to be about detail at all.  To keep it loose, I worked very wet, and I used a flat one-inch brush for just about everything in each painting.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Another view of Esslingen

I recently had time to visit Esslingen again. Here's another painting of the church towers.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Rathaus, Esslingen

The Rathaus is what we, in America, would call city hall.  If you think about it, that makes a lot of sense.

I had a request for a small (7 x 5 inches) painting of the old Rathaus in Esslingen.  It's taken me a while to get around to it, but once I got started, it moved along nicely. I'm happy with the result.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Harbormaster's House

Yes, I know. Watercolor is loose and splashy. Everything is supposed to be wet and runny.  Nobody told me that when I started, and by the time I'd been doing it long enough to have some sense of the norms I'd already decided what I like.

I still try to work wet on wet and do work that looks more like traditional watercolor (like the one below) but subjects like this - interesting architecture - will probably always appeal to me, and I like painting them this way.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Winter Blues - Or, Painting Neuhausen

Blue is an important color because it can convey a lot of information about things like temperature and spatial relationships. Our eyes read a shift toward blue as an indication of distance, and blue shadows look cooler than their surroundings. That means that a winter landscape, with all its shades of blue, presents a lot of unusual technical challenges, most of which made themselves known as I was working on this painting.

This is a view of Neuhausen during last weekend's brief snowstorm, which was interrupted by moments of bright sunlight.