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I’m looking forward to better weather, and further excursions into the world of plain air work. This particular piece was done at Fishermens’ Terminal in Seattle, and became the study for the much larger painting of the same name.
I plan on offering a few more “flash specials” in the coming months, so if you are interested in studying landscape painting in the open air, keep your eye on this page. Announcements will be forthcoming.
If you have considered taking a Plein Air (open air) painting class, or would like to give classes as a gift to a loved one, now is the time to sign up. I’m offering a special from now through New Year’s Day 2015, 8 Plein Air Session Credits for $250 (normally $380) and 16 Plein Air Session Credits for $500 (normally $680.)
Classes are held in the Greater Seattle area, including the Eastside, Snohomish and Snoqualmie areas. We meet for four hours per session, usually from 10 AM to 2:30 PM, with a half hour for lunch. You are not required to take all classes, and do not lose session credits for missed classes. Unused session credits carry over to next year’s Plein Air season.
Classes include ongoing demonstration, frequent critique and hands-on instruction. Information covered includes advice re. equipment and materials, setting up the palette for plein air, composition, color, and other matters, with frequent reference to historical examples.
The Plein Air season begins approximately mid-April and goes to approximately mid-November, depending on weather conditions. Last year we had over 30 Plein Air Sessions during the course of the season. Class fees do not include equipment or materials. Please see my Classes page for further details.
A few more items found while searching Google for recently auctioned paintings:
This work was on eBay, priced optimistically at $10,000 with current bid at $7,000. It was purchased at Foster White Gallery in 1985 by the Columbia Club, at the top of what was then called Columbia Tower. I’m not sure how the current owner acquired it. It has slight damage, a small tear. (more…)
Sometimes it’s fun to Google your name and see what turns up. On rare occasions works that have been consigned to secondary market galleries or auctions are listed in the return on query, and these are a few of those. In some cases the works were returned to the market as part of an estate, after the original collector has passed away. In one of the instances here (Red Moon) the work was stolen from a medical clinic in Bremerton. I had seen the work pop up on eBay, alerted authorities to it but found them unresponsive, and finally saw it pop up at auction. Presumably the current owner does not realize that it was stolen. (more…)
This painting was initially done as a commission. The clients were a prominent construction and contracting family, and they were brought into Davidson Galleries for my first show. Their interior decorator had wanted them to see a sculpture that was in Davidson’s inventory, but they were really excited about a painting of the Kingdome that I had done, (and which is now in the collection of University Hospital.) The decorator “refused to allow them to hang a painting of the Kingdome” in his interior design, so they compromised on a commission of the Pergola.
When the painting was nearing completion, I met with the interior designer in a small frame shop. He took one look at the painting, and with over-the-top histrionics he informed me that the clients “did not like black and they do not like yellow.” I ended up doing an entirely different image of the Pergola, which they accepted, although they would have preferred that it pictured “her Corvette and his cement truck.” That painting is pictured below.
“Pergola, Early Spring” is now in the collection of Chicago Title Insurance. The image of “Pergola, Early Spring” above was taken by my friend Ryan Price, on a visit to the title insurance company.