Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Today I worked on the main boat with all of the rigging. The sails I did make translucent to give the work some drama. That boat in front of it I will also bring more into focus with light. The sunlight up in the sky I also brought down into the water.

Now its not done yet and I do have quite a bit of orchestration to work on. The foreground water I need to make more lively, either by bringing some sunlight into it or playing up the froth on the water. With the crit being tomorrow I'll see how much I can get accomplished by then. Right now its off again to work at the duplex. I need to get the last and final section of the redwood screwed down on the deck.

Richard Boyer

Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday, Aug.18

Today I blocked in the sails and worked some more on the water, laying down some richer colors.  I'm still trying to figure out how I want the lighting to look. A darker foreground with a shot of sunlight in the middle might make for some good drama. Then I could play up the translucent sails.

Yesterday we painted all the ceilings on the down stairs level and the last remaining bit of porch railing…it was a long day. My son and I will head out to get some more redwood for the last third of the deck.

Richard Boyer

Friday, August 15, 2014


Worked some more on the large boat painting. With a scene like this, boats in front of a city, its best to get the background blasted in first. So I worked on the sky and city of Stockholm, trying not to get too detailed with it all. The background can not compete with the foreground ships and their rigging. I'm going to put three boats it with some of them catching light through the sails; this should add some nice drama to the work.

I've been busy the last few days. We have a duplex we are going to sell and it needs a lot of work done to it to get it ready.  This is the one where we had to get a lawyer to evict some tenants.  The back deck is also being re-built, a rather large one at 20x30 feet; but its always been a strong selling point for getting tenants. I'm on the home stretch with that project then its on to re-painting the inside.

Tomorrow we are having a large yard sale with all the stuff we hauled out of the duplex. The lawyer said we had to keep it for one month after the eviction. Now its time to get rid of the junk!

Richard Boyer

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tuesday, Aug. 12

It was a good three week vacation, starting out with a trip up to Seattle to see my brother and pick up my son, Victor who has been crewing on a one hundred year old boat for a week. Scott and I were allowed to tag along on a three hour sail with them. I shot a video of it with my phone and hopefully the link will work here.

After the sail we were driven to the airport to catch the evening flight over the arctic to Sweden. Didn't get in until evening the next day and were then subject to a three hour drive up to Halsingland.

Here is a picture of the farm near Kilafors, with a lake near by its the perfect spot for all the kids and cousins to hang out for weeks on end.  I gathered up several of the relatives for photo shoots for future paintings. Everything from hanging laundry in the wind to rowing boats on the lake. I took over 3000 pictures.

Here is another evening shot across the road. The sun never really got much below the horizon, so blinds on the windows are a must for sleeping in summer. 
After two weeks up there we headed down to Osthammar and then Stockholm. 

I took in the museums with my daughter and starred at the Zorn paintings for a long time. She finally nudged me away from them and told me to move along.  We spent most of the time in Stockholm walking around taking shots under the evening light. The three days we were there we must have wandered 30 kilometers.
Now we are back to reality in Salt Lake.

I blocked in this 30x40 for the Mockingbird Gallery, Jim wanted a nice big sail boat painting with story skies.

Richard Boyer

Friday, July 18, 2014


Today I'm flying up to Seattle, dinner with my brother out on the town. Tomorrow we pick up my son who has been crewing on an old three masted boat up in the San Juan Islands. He said if we meet them in the morning we can come aboard for a free three hour sailing trip. That sounds like fun.

In the evening we both fly out to Stockholm. So it may be a while before any entries on the blog.

Richard Boyer

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


I worked on this small 9x12 painting that I started on location with Dutch Mostert. It was actually just a few hundred yards down the road for yesterdays painting.  I was inspired by David Curtis from England, he has become a master at such beach paintings. in fact I took a few of his books with to show Dutch and to help me with getting the values better. Curtis has published three books about painting on location in southern England.

This one I painted on Friday, we had gone farther down the coast under cloudy skies and I figured it was better to get some kind of a painting done instead of photographing grey skies. At least with a boat you can have some fun with the colors and reflections.

Richard Boyer

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


I'm back from Coos Bay.

I had a great time and stayed as a guest at Dutch Mostert's home with a view over the inlet. Could you imagine waking up to this every morning!

The drive took longer than I expected, 15 hours in total, an hour of which was spent waiting in road construction. Oregon seemed to be doing every small road at the same time. So quite a few times I would be waiting 15-20 minutes for some pilot truck to take the crowd around some dump-truck.  That morning we went down to the museum to unload all my paintings and I judged the show, picking out the best of show and four merit awards. they had the names covered over to be fair.

On Saturday they had the banquet dinner. The museum gave me a fine introduction and I went up in front to announce the winners. The painting that caught my eye the most was done by another A.S.M.A. signature member, Austin Dwyer who had done a painting of two boats above the halfway mark close to the top of the canvas, most of it showed the rolling sea. The composition was strong and as it turns out two of the merit awards went to his students. 

During my stay there we went out most days to do some plain air painting on the beaches. Dutch really knew the area so for me it was fun to find all these hidden spots to paint. Many of which I am sure to do larger versions of.

Richard Boyer