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  • Charlie & Buffy, oil on canvas, size unknown (approx. 40 x 30 inches), copyright ©1983

I was sent this image of a painting that I did in 1983, by a person who had recently been gifted the work by her mother. The painting is of Spokane artist Charlie Palmer and his dog Buffy, behind his house on Ash, north of Gonzaga University. I haven't seen the painting since it was sold, shortly after it was completed.

Charlie & Buffy, oil on canvas, size unknown (approx. 40 x 30 inches), copyright ©1983

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I was sent this image of a painting that I did in 1983, by a person who had recently been gifted the work by her mother. The painting is of Spokane artist Charlie Palmer and his dog Buffy, behind his house on Ash, north of Gonzaga University. I haven't seen the painting since it was sold, shortly after it was completed.

Charlie & Buffy, oil on canvas, size unknown (approx. 40 x 30 inches), copyright ©1983

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  • Highway 14 Turnout, oil on panel, 16 x 20 inches, copyright ©2019

Early this month I participated in the Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2019 event and exhibition at Maryhill Museum. This was my fourth year, and fortunately was not beset by extreme heat, high winds and a 14,000 sq. mi. grass fire, as per last year.

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Early this month I participated in the Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2019 event and exhibition at Maryhill Museum. This was my fourth year, and fortunately was not beset by extreme heat, high winds and a 14,000 sq. mi. grass fire, as per last year.

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  • Juanita Beach Park Apunte, oil on panel, 12 x 9 inches, copyright ©2019

I went painting on a Sunday with a few of my students, to Juanita Beach Park in Kirkland WA. It was a hot day that was barely mitigated by shade that we found along the creek.

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I went painting on a Sunday with a few of my students, to Juanita Beach Park in Kirkland WA. It was a hot day that was barely mitigated by shade that we found along the creek.

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  • Raining Bridge, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, copyright ©2003

The second in my Winter Lecture Series, Studio Practice for the Plein Air Painter, will take place on Saturday, December 8th, at 1 PM in my Panther Lake Studio. It will cover a broad range of material, from practical aspects of plein air painting, to the history of plein air painting and its contemporary incarnations. 

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The second in my Winter Lecture Series, Studio Practice for the Plein Air Painter, will take place on Saturday, December 8th, at 1 PM in my Panther Lake Studio. It will cover a broad range of material, from practical aspects of plein air painting, to the history of plein air painting and its contemporary incarnations. 

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  • The Old Junk Store, oil on panel, 24 x 30 inches, work in progress copyright ©2018

This is a work in progress, an old junk store in Snohomish WA. I've worked on this over several sessions, usually with students also painting. The traffic is pretty thick, and often parked cars obscure the view of the storefront. 

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This is a work in progress, an old junk store in Snohomish WA. I've worked on this over several sessions, usually with students also painting. The traffic is pretty thick, and often parked cars obscure the view of the storefront. 

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  • Blueberry Farm Apunte, oil on panel, 9 x 12 inches, copyright ©2018

This was a quick alla prima study done at Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm in Bellevue. It was painted on gessoboard panel. It may serve as a study for a larger painting.

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This was a quick alla prima study done at Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm in Bellevue. It was painted on gessoboard panel. It may serve as a study for a larger painting.

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  • Plaza Guemes, Buenos Aires, oil on canvas, 76 x 96 inches, work in progress, copyright ©2014

I will be offering a series of lecture/demos this winter. They will take place in my studio and will cover the following subjects:

Lecture 1: Painting Really Large in a Really Small Studio
Lecture 2: Studio Practice for the Plein Air Painter
Lecture 3: Realism - Two Hundred Years of Revolution

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I will be offering a series of lecture/demos this winter. They will take place in my studio and will cover the following subjects:

Lecture 1: Painting Really Large in a Really Small Studio
Lecture 2: Studio Practice for the Plein Air Painter
Lecture 3: Realism - Two Hundred Years of Revolution

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  • Off 151st (Snohomish), oil on panel, 20 x 16 inches, copyright ©2018

This is an alla prima (at one sitting) painting of a favorite view of the Snohomish Valley, above Hwy 2. It's easy to see the level of particulate matter (ppm) in the color of the sky nearest the horizon. It's the smoke. I once read that the pollution around Paris made the Impressionists' skies more interesting. That which doth not kill us makes our paintings stronger.

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This is an alla prima (at one sitting) painting of a favorite view of the Snohomish Valley, above Hwy 2. It's easy to see the level of particulate matter (ppm) in the color of the sky nearest the horizon. It's the smoke. I once read that the pollution around Paris made the Impressionists' skies more interesting. That which doth not kill us makes our paintings stronger.

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  • Smokey Joe's, Snoqualmie WA, oil on panel, 12 x 24 inches, copyright ©2018

I was invited by my friend Mehdi Fallahian to participate in a plein air paint out in Snoqualmie Washington. I encouraged a few of my students, Bin Li, Liz Talley and Min Zhong,  to participate as well.

I drove to the Duvall Park & Ride, where I joined Bin and Min in Bin's truck. We then went off together to the event. As soon as we arrived I knew what I wanted to paint. There was an old boxy tavern named Smokey Joe's, about a block off Railroad Avenue on King Street. I set up across the street, and did the painting alla prima.

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I was invited by my friend Mehdi Fallahian to participate in a plein air paint out in Snoqualmie Washington. I encouraged a few of my students, Bin Li, Liz Talley and Min Zhong,  to participate as well.

I drove to the Duvall Park & Ride, where I joined Bin and Min in Bin's truck. We then went off together to the event. As soon as we arrived I knew what I wanted to paint. There was an old boxy tavern named Smokey Joe's, about a block off Railroad Avenue on King Street. I set up across the street, and did the painting alla prima.

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  • Hiram Chittenden Locks (Ballard), oil on panel, 18 x 36 inches, work in progress copyright ©2018

Sometimes a new start is abandoned before it really gets going. Then after several months out of sight and mind, it seems to awaken a spark of inspiration. This is just such a beginning. Normally this would be a subject for my Painter's Workshop page, but I thought I would share it on my Home page.

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Sometimes a new start is abandoned before it really gets going. Then after several months out of sight and mind, it seems to awaken a spark of inspiration. This is just such a beginning. Normally this would be a subject for my Painter's Workshop page, but I thought I would share it on my Home page.

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