Archive for the ‘Local Knowledge’ Category

Better Than Summer

October 29, 2013

IMG_0296You never know when the weather will be nice on the Oregon Coast. I had to get outside today and paint! I rarely paint plein air style, I’m not that great at it, but I really enjoy it.



Art Show This Coming Saturday

May 20, 2013

vista flyer2I’ll have new artwork on display for one day at the Vista Pub in Brookings, Oregon on saturday. We’ll also be unveiling a commissioned piece of Natural Bridges that they hired me to paint. If you’re in the area, please come out and support my art. 15% of profits will be donated to the Friends of the Brookings-Harbor Aquatic Center.

Local Knowledge: Adventure Week

June 14, 2012

Last week I had a visit from an old friend named Daniel Looman whom I hadn’t seen in 10 years. I promised him a great week full of adventure, however, the week was far better than I expected. I’m someone who does my best to appreciate where I live, but after that week, I realize there is so much more exploring to be done. Daniel sent me some photos of the week. I posted almost all of them in this post, because I enjoy them so much. Enjoy.

Local Knowledge: Quick Pic Inspiration

January 31, 2012

Hiking on the Oregon Coast you’ll find many great things both large and small. I’m always looking for a new idea to paint, and natures a great inspiration. Here are a few pictures taken during leisurely walkabouts.

Coastal succulents: hearty and stunning.

Sand, water, and wind.

This rock really likes the ocean nearby.

Rock candy.

Freshwater tubes.


Local Knowledge: Mulch Maker

January 23, 2012

Recently, my area was pelted with 8 inches of rain in 48 hours. Creeks and rivers rose to levels I hadn’t witnessed before. Flooding occurred, and some people dealt with property damage. Landslides washed out roads. However, I’m always amazed at the resilience of this area to weather heavy storms. This one was no exception.

The video posted here is footage I took when a break in the storm occurred. It would have been an opportune time to beach-comb, since most of the material I paint on is found this way. I hadn’t checked the tides, so I wasn’t expecting what I saw. Watching shore-breaks made of logs and twigs is kind of hypnotic. Not to mention that it smells incredible due to the mulching taking place. You can’t hear it on the video, but logs are making great twisting and crunching noises. There’s irony finding peace in something that would grind you to a pulp; a bit like a moth drawn to a flame. We regularly surf with debris in the water; you learn quickly how to spot and dodge it. There was no chance of dodging destruction this day.

Local Knowledge

December 19, 2011

The area I live in is beautiful and inspires a lot of my art directly or indirectly. Be it the ocean and it’s powerful waves, interesting lines on rock formations, the redwoods, local rivers, etc. In a kind of contrast to this majestic natural order are the people that interact with our area on a daily basis. They’re also inspiring at times, but are…human, and therefore kind of funny. Whether it’s intentional or not. This weekly blog entry I’m calling “Local Knowledge” will give you a sense of the beauty, admiration, humor, or bizarre sights I encounter on a weekly basis. I’ll keep it fair by posting my own awkward moments when they occur (I’m brave enough). I’ll have to cherry-pick those since they happen hourly.

I’ll start this week with some inspiration. Our area has lots of natural bridges and caves. Here’s one my wife and I found recently that I wasn’t aware of until this year. I’m slightly ashamed that I didn’t know of it earlier in my life, since I’ve spent so many hours in the water within eyesight of it over the past 30 years. I’ve explored so much of this area, and it was right under my nose. Don’t bother asking me where it is, I won’t tell. The thrill of discovery is much more exciting than the knowledge of it’s whereabouts.

Yep, They’re Out There

September 8, 2011

Surprisingly, having spent nearly thirty years surfing sharky waters, I’ve never seen a great white (knock on wood). I’ve had friends who’ve been bumped, some multiple times. I’ve been out in the water twice at spots where a day later there was an attack or a bump (knock on wood again). Hopefully my life will follow the statistics, and I’ll never see one or be attacked (my knuckles are getting sore). I’m sure they’ve been around me when I’ve been surfing. I’ve had that eery feeling many times.

Here’s a video someone recently posted on YouTube. It’s not too far from where I live, and just in case I had forgotten that they’re out there…this just reminded me.

Little Blake

August 2, 2011

Welcome to the world little buddy!

Monday Morning

July 18, 2011

Here’s what I saw first thing this Monday morning outside my studio.

My New Studio

April 21, 2011

After about a year and a half of working on it in my spare-time (and with the help of others), I’ve finished my studio! I quickly took pictures of it, because I know it will never look this pristine again. I’m excited for all the new creative experiences that will happen in this space. It was important to me to give it a good feel, since I’ll be spending a lot of time here.