Category Archives: Gravelly Beach

series of paintings from a backyard on the edge of Eld Inlet, Puget sound. include: oil, acrylic, watercolour, oil pastel, charcoal plus mud and bark

I picked you flowers (painting & poem)

Gravelly Beach, 2005, oil on canvas, Dave Olson

Picked you some flowers while I was out

Placed in a vase, slightly chipped

Perhaps you and the blooms will enjoy the view

I’ll be outside chopping wood

Trees, Shadow, Beach (& tubed paint riff)

Another en plein air oil-on-stretched-canvas painting view of Gravelly Beach for a bit of sunshine in your day.

Shadows & trees at the end of Puget Sound, 2005, oil on canvas

Note: Shall I make a batch of postcards for sale from the series?

PS Many folks don’t realize that VvG was an early adopter of pre-mixed oil paints in tubes and often used them direct from the tube (both in terms of not mixing colors, and sometimes not using a brush)… Previously, generally painters ground their own compounds and mixtures into oil paints in studio. Of course these convenient tubes allowed him to create very rapidly finishing a canvas or sometimes two in a single day outside.

For Hannah – Gravelly Beach #18

For Hannah – Gravelly Beach #18
For Hannah – Gravelly Beach #18

For Hannah – Gravelly Beach #18
16″x20″
acrylic on stretched canvas

Background about “Postcards from Gravelly Beach” painting series

“Postcards from Gravelly Beach” series is underway in my #ArtEveryDay series.

Backstory:

Lived in a trailer we rented from Bernice on Gravelly Beach Rd.

Some crazy shit went down with the house I owned in town which required a ton of energy and stress.

When returned home, i’d rush out to the backyard before the end of the sun with a basic oil painting set and an easel.

i painted the view in 20 or so ways, in half a dozen mediums, various sizes, styles and techniques – all of which you’ll see you’series, ll see during the next fortnight.

The freedom of painting re-sparked my poetic exploits as I started a spoken word literature podcast called Postcards from Gravelly Beach which featured my own work and works of my heroes.

I found it tremendously therapeutic to give my words and audience as well as cathartic to say the words out loud during a time of transition.

Wasn’t long after that on a trip to Europe, I wrote a significant sized cycle of poetry and painted a load of landscapes with a stack of sketches waiting for rainy days to finish.

In all, that Renaissance all started with about $20 worth of art supplies.

Curious to see which postcards folks enjoy the most.

#ArtSavesLives

Orion – Gravelly Beach #16

Orion – Gravelly Beach #16
Orion – Gravelly Beach #16

Orion – Gravelly Beach #16
9″x9″
oil on stretched canvas

Onisan – Gravelly Beach #15 (by brother Bob)

Onisan – Gravelly Beach #15 (by brother Bob)
Onisan – Gravelly Beach #15 (by brother Bob)

Onisan – Gravelly Beach
(by brother Bob)
charcoal

Vase – Gravelly Beach #14

Vase – Gravelly Beach #14
Vase – Gravelly Beach #14

Vase – Gravelly Beach #14
16″x20″
oil on stretched canvas

Pathway – Gravelly Beach #13

Pathway – Gravelly Beach #13
Pathway – Gravelly Beach #13

Pathway – Gravelly Beach #13
16″x20″
acrylic on stretched canvas

Stillwater – Gravelly Beach #12

Stillwater – Gravelly Beach #12
Stillwater – Gravelly Beach #12

Stillwater – Gravelly Beach #12
11-½ x18 / charcoal on paper (torn)

Fireworks – Gravelly Beach #11

Fireworks – Gravelly Beach #11
Fireworks – Gravelly Beach #11

Fireworks – Gravelly Beach #11
9″x12″ oil on canvas sheet

Night Spar – Gravelly Beach #9

Night Spar – Gravelly Beach #9
Night Spar – Gravelly Beach #9

Night Spar
9″x12″
oil on canvas sheet