Painting the Sea and Sky Like This Calms My Nerves

This year has been a struggle for me as I live my artist’s life with ongoing depression and rising anxiety. Some might say I’m just another “tortured” artist, but it has taken me 20+ years to become accustomed to what “normal” feels like for me. And how I feel has changed alot this year for me.

So, as I work to get back to my own normal, one of my trusty therapies is my painting process. And besides trees, the sea and sky is one of my most favorite subjects. Painting the expansive sea and the ever-changing sky along with a nice, crisp horizon line holding them together almost always calms my nerves.

See what you think (and feel) with my latest sea and sky painting below. It’s titled No. 6 but is the only larger sea and sky painting to date that I’ve completely finished and mounted on panel. Click the painting or the link below to view it on my website.

Sure wish we were there in No. 6, don’t you?

Thanks for looking and for supporting my art!

“Oregon Coast Sea and Sky No. 6”, oil and metallic watercolor on panel, 12 x 12 inches, $400 (available on my website).

Special Offer: 2012 Winter Sojourn Paintings on Sale Now!!

I’m excited to announce my upcoming 2012 Winter Painting Sojourn on the Oregon Coast, January 10 – February 7, 2012!

I can’t wait to stay in my usual spot in the tiny town of Oceanside, Oregon and get my fill of inspiration from the mighty Pacific, the lush and rugged coastline, wicked winter storms and the ever-present horizonline.  In fact, let’s make that “HorizonLine”, and use it for the name of my latest series of paintings that I’ll be painting while on the coast.

As in past years, this is where you come in… I’ll be pre-selling a limited number of my new HorizonLine paintings to everyone before I head to the coast.  With a color of your choosing, I’ll then paint your original 12 x 12″ painting during my sojourn, whilst I soak up all that inspires me there.  Comment here or email me to order yours – I can only paint a limited number!  Here are the details:

HorizonLine Paintings (Winter Sojourn, 2012)

Special Sojourn Price: $150 (regularly, $275)

Description: Each painting will be inspired by a color of your choice in my new HorizonLine style.  Original paintings are watercolor on paper, mounted on gallery-wrapped, stretched canvas.  Canvas edges will be finished with acrylic paint and ready to hang with a clean, frameless look.  Each painting will be a finished size of 12 x 12 inches and protected with a final varnish with a UV filter.  Finished paintings will be available for pick-up at a special studio exhibit on First Friday, March 2, 2012 (paintings can also be shipped for $15/each).  I guarantee that you’ll love it, or I’ll return your payment!

Nine of my new "HorizonLine" paintings

Where in the World is Oceanside, Oregon??

Since launching my 2011 Winter Painting Sojourn Shareholder Opportunity, lots of folks have asked me where, exactly, is Oceanside, Oregon? 

Oceanside is a tiny town perched on a rugged hillside overlooking Three Arch Rocks and the Pacific.  It’s a rather quiet, sleepy place in the winter… just one coffee shop and a part-time restaurant are open.  I need to travel about 6 miles on a winding coastal road to get to Tillamook for grocery shopping, the library and the world-famous Tillamook Cheese Factory.

Pretty much directly west of Portland, I’ve found Oceanside to be the perfect refuge for my sojourn.  I hope you’ll share in my inspiration by becoming a Shareholder and get your exclusive flapjack that I’ll paint while I’m on the coast!

Oceanside, Oregon (in the yellow shaded circle)... my winter sojourn spot!

Oregon Coast Winter Sojourn: Special Art Offer for You!

I’ll soon be on my way to the stormy Oregon Coast for a month of creating art… my 2010 Winter Sojourn!

And since this is such a creative time for me, I’d like to share that by offering special original watercolors that I’ll paint while I soak up the inspirations of the rugged Oregon Coast between January 10 – February 13, 2010.

This year, I’m offering a pre-sale of two painting sizes at 1/2 of my regular prices:

  • 10 x 10 inches…………….$100
  • 22 x 22 inches…………….$375
Winter sunset over the Pacific from my painting spot in Oceanside, Oregon.

You will choose the style of your painting from my Elemental, Jewel or Fossil styles, as well as the color palette that I will create with.  Each painting will be unmatted and unframed, but I can canvas-mount or frame your painting starting at just $75.

If you’ve been thinking about a larger original painting, I will also be able to create two or three larger commissioned paintings (30 x 30″ or larger) during my Winter Sojourn.

To take advantage of this special offer, please email or give me a call.  But hurry, this offer will expire on January 10, 2010!

Here are more samples of my inspiration:

Cool, foggy, rainy, stormy... these are a few of my favorite things.
Cool, rainy, foggy, stormy... these are a few of my favorite things.
View from my painting spot in Oceanside, Oregon.
My painting table in the "turret" room.
Town of Oceanside from the beach.
Another January sunset over the Pacific... how do I get any painting done??

Oregon Coast Special Art Offer

I’m on my way to the Oregon Coast!  I’ll be painting with fresh inspiration from the rugged coast and winter storms for just over a month this year.  And, I’d like to extend a special offer to my blog readers and art lovers to purchase an original watercolor in my Elementals or Fossils style that I’ll create while on the coast.

Elementals in Blue and Green

Elementals in Blue and Green, watercolor on paper, 27 x 27″

Each painting will be approximately 10 x 10″ (unmatted, unframed) and is priced at $100 (1/2 regular price!).  I’ll be working in my most popular palettes of reds, purples and metallic golds and coppers.  I’ll also be painting in new colors inspired by the rugged and lush Oregon Winter coast: vivid purples, rich blues, shades of white, greys, silvers and blacks, and lush greens.

To order your original, send me an email with your request, specifying one or two colors you’d like me to work with.  Follow that with a check made out to me for $100 mailed to my studio address (2110 Market St, Studio #1, Denver, CO  80205).  After I return to Denver, you will have a choice of several originals I created by visiting my studio in person or by viewing snapshots I email to you.

I guarantee you’ll love your Oregon Coast inspired art or I’ll send your money back!  Visit the Original Art section on my website for more examples of my Elementals and Fossils.