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

Paintings & photos, framed (at last)

Did some framing, some legacy pieces from childhood, some by my Mom & my friend Marty‘s silk screen/block print creations, original Nick Bantock and signed/numbered prints – And 13 of my Gravelly Beach series painted in 2005.

Do you notice how the Gravelly Beach ones are “floated” in the frame? These pieces are painted (in various media) on canvas sheets and then mounted on wooden cradles then on matte board in a deep frame under acrylic/glass.

Going to take a little while to process as well as hang it all but so happy to check this off the list. Long time coming. (In a way i think) I found it hard to make new paintings when all these other paintings are just sitting in folios and boxes / Gotta respect the work.

Here are a couple more (the one on the left and the right, not the center) from my Gravelly Beach series. {These are on stretched canvases and rather large so didn’t put them under glass/acrylic}

Definitely don’t have the wall space for all of it at once, “there’s also a lot of other art already in the collection – but some will hang in the barn and I’m looking for a cafe/gallery that I can do a rotating exhibit at. Importantly though, they are now protected as a lot of those were moved around and getting smashed and deteriorated.

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

Driftwood – Gravelly Beach #10

Driftwood – Gravelly Beach #10
Driftwood – Gravelly Beach #10

Driftwood
16×20
oil on canvas