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Friday, May 13th, 2011

I hope you have been following the Facebook updates HERE, I have found the process of posting there easy and successful, but this one is too big to be casual about. This month’s issue of Veranda Magazine features the project we did at the Marwood mansion for Mary Drysdale a while back, and I have been holding off posting any pictures of the job so as to avoid any conflict with their exclusivity. Now that the magazine has come out, I can start putting up photos.

Please go see the magazine itself, there are ten pages of beautiful images of the completed job. These are taken in progress as I had limited access to the house with a camera once it was furnished.


Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

I have been messing around with a Rising Tide Inc. Facebook page that seems easier to maintain than this blog, so check here for updates if you are bored.

We’ll see.

Here’s a couple of mural photos.

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

I should have posted these some time ago.

Long Time Part III

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Then in October I helped a friend sail his schooner from Portsmouth, Virginia to Key West,


This is the spinnaker, which I broke.

This is the briney deep blue sea, wherein there be whales. I saw them.

This is Miami.

This is the splash of a porpoise, following us into harbor. And Glenn.

And THIS is the marina on Stock Island, where I hung in hammocks.



 and with no good reason to hurry home, I stayed through Halloween. It’s the next closest thing to Mardi Gras, apparently.

This is what they mean by “painted lady” around here.

Wow, Part II

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

In August we drove the van, Sophie, to take my daughter Sarah to college in Boulder, Colorado, but couldn’t manage a direct path.

Instead we went via Niagara Falls, then across Canada to the Michigan Upper Penninsula,


and across the Dakotas. Of course we stopped to see the Little House on the Prairie homestead of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

And paused to pose as presidents….

And looked for aliens…..

Wow! It’s been a while. Part 1

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

The last time I posted was in May!

It has been a dry summer for Rising Tide as far as decorative painting goes, but not for me. I have been on three distinct personal adventures to make up for the general shortness of work around here, beginning with a two week trip in July  to Oregon to visit my family.

This is me at the beach in Bandon. That’s my mom out there picking up rocks and stuff.

At the end of my brother’s block in Brookings. 

One of these might be the house I lived in in Portland in 1966. Substantially rebuilt, so my parents are no help.

Too Cool for School

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009


All the gang at Rising Tide took time off from the daily recession and spent a lovely weekend at the beach in Rehoboth, DE. Here we are exercising our extreme hipness.



Too bad I forgot to get pictures of us in the hot tub…..

Still Puttering

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

A little more work to do. I’ve developed the third character and he turned out to be a dwarf of all things! I think this is a scene from Rigoletto. Who knew that was floating around in my subconscious?

I refined the faces, added highlights to the columns, and changed the drapery. After several layers of glazing various items, everything was feeling brown, so it needed a blue counterpoint. The fabric was not draping very well, so I got out my Graham Rust book The Painted House, to find some examples. This works better on both counts. 

I think I will varnish it and glaze the perimeter darker one more time. Also, Sue and I were discussing a cheetah on a leash in front of the railing. We’re already over the top, so why not keep going?

That’s what it needed.

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

I have been stewing over my mural.

Technically it has been going pretty well, the figures are developing, the forms and colors are pretty well balanced, but more and more I have felt unsatisfied. There is no drama, no action or story, no dynamic tension between the characters. Yesterday it hit me: It needs a third character. 

Most design relies on the triangle. In space planning and home decorating it is efficient for movement. Consider the ideal kitchen balanced from sink to stove to refrigerator. In aesthetics it is used to create visual movement and tension. You want the eye to flit from focal point to focal point in a pattern that opens up the image and covers more ground than just back and forth between two objects. In storytelling a third person expands the possible interactions from two to six: not just what I think of you and what you think of me, but also what you and I think of her, and what she thinks of you or me, so the complexity and hence the interest expands rapidly. 

In a storytelling image, the triangle fills both needs, expanding the possibilities of the story, and helping the viewer’s eye to keep moving from point to point. In this instance, I also need something more dynamic. Both of my figures are passive, so I need some action. I sketched for an hour or so this afternoon.

Next I have to make some decisions regarding this character. I want him a bit creepy and unwelcome. Creepy clown? Creepy Old Bald Guy? Creepy old bald guy in a clown costume? I have to think about color too.


Monday, March 16th, 2009


Every day I get an hour or two to work on this. I pinned it up on Thursday, March 5th. Yesterday Sarah and I went into the studio for a couple of hours and she sketched out the barrel vault based on an image in a book I have called Palazzi of Rome, while I worked on the marbles. Today I painted the vault, and once it is good and dry, and I have finished the other elements, it will get a nice juicy raw umber glaze to put it deeper into shadow. I really don’t want those putti calling too much attention to themselves.