Wednesday, July 24, 2013


This is the second painting in my new project, The Boats of Opua. This is the Nunki. Like many of the other yachts berthed at the Opua Marina, it's from an international port...San Francisco! I can often pick out these boats as they have a lot of equipment on deck, including solar panels, but the Nunki didn't give any clues other than the name of the port written on the stern. Maybe she's been in port for a while.

Other than three crossings across the Pacific by passenger ship, I'm an armchair sailor. I've read Joshua Slocum, Sir Francis Chichester, Robin Graham's Dove, and a dozen others. I've also read biographies by those that didn't make it, including Survive the Savage Sea.  So I look at the yachts berthed in Opua and wonder where they've been - part of the reason for this project.

The Nunki
The Boats of Opua, 8" x 6" oil on board
Unframed, US$125 plus $7 shipping

Monday, July 22, 2013

The Boats of Opua

This is the first oil in a new series titled, The Boats of Opua. As I live a mile from the Opua Marina (Bay of Islands, New Zealand) and I've always been fascinated with boats, I thought this would be a fun series. At 6" x 8", the boat paintings are a little bigger than the 5" x 7" bird series and are more intricate so they're a little higher in price. But like the bird series, my purpose for painting them is to understand how to paint without laboring over unnecessary brush strokes.

Boats of Opua 1
Original oil on gessoed board
8" x 6" unframed
US $125 plus $7 shipping


Thursday, July 11, 2013

A new project!

It is always difficult for me to get back in the painting mode after I've not painted for a while so I've decided to work on a little boat project while in New Zealand.  It's a logical project as I live in the waterfront community of Opua, Bay of Islands. Opua is not much more than a little grocery store/post office, a cafe and restaurant and lots of businesses that cater to the yachting community; sail makers, marine engine repairers, etc. As it is the first port for international yachts arriving in New Zealand after crossing the Pacific, there are almost more yachts than houses!

Dry Dock
10" x 8" oil on panel

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Enjoying the cool in Beaver Creek, Colorado!

I feel sorry for those of you who are sweltering in other parts of the U.S. as I am enjoying beautiful temperatures (in the 70's!) in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Today I'm visiting one of the galleries that carries my work - The Walt Horton Fine Art Gallery.

Edge of Autumn
12" x 9" oil on gessoed panel
Walt Horton Fine Art Gallery