Adam Houston

American Impressionist Oil Painter

Gravel Road

Towards the back of Seaside there is a place where the paved road turns into a gravel road and it’s this perfect little treelined street. At that time of morning (7:00) no one is out and it feels like you are the only person there.

Pines at Watercolor

This one was painted outside along a lake inside Watercolor. There were a ton of people around and I don’t like people coming up to me so I hiked out a little bit. This one reminded me a bit of my trees from October and it was fun to try one in the wilderness after all that practice.

Seaside Gazebo

No. 169 is from inside Seaside. Towards the northeast of the community there is this little roundabout with a Gazebo in the center. I had gotten out early to try and capture some of the sunrise light and liked the way the light hit this guy.

30a Pines II

This is another painting off the road on 30a in Florida. It’s a decent start but there was so much going on in the image that I was having a hard time boiling it down. I was painting with too big of a brush to really finish anything this size but it serves it’s purpose. This is one for sure that I want to come back to later.

30a Pines I

No. 167 was taken from the road on Highway 30a. I love that drive down 30a and there are so many areas where you see the ocean on your right and these lakes/ponds on your left. This one needs some work but it’s a good start. I think once I get through a big set of these beach scenes I will circle around and paint this again.

Clock Tower at Watercolor

This is a painting of the clock tower that is with all the shops at Watercolor in Florida. I had to sketch this five or six times to figure out how all the different elements fit together before trying to paint this. It looks easy once you get it down but all the detail was dizzying at first.

Two Pears and an Apple

This one is sort of a warm-up exercise. We went to the beach for Thanksgiving and I have a new set-up to paint while away from the home studio that I wanted to try out. The new easel is a Guerrilla Painter Thumb Box and I also bought a brush carrier so I can start painting plein air.
When we got in it was really overcast and rainy so I had to set-up inside to give it all a try. They had some really nice fake fruit so I sat down and painted what I had. It was good to try this out indoors and get my feet wet while it was nasty outside.

Barn X

I wanted to try and do 162 just like I had done before. It’s close but not quite the same. The barn is a little wonky. This canvas was totally covered in yellow ochre before starting so any space that would normally be white is golden. Gives it a nice warmth.

Barn IX

I was trying to do what I had done in 162 but this one did not feel as good. After looking at them together I think it might be the extra trees that made 162 better. The weight is all wrong if there is just the single tree so this one may be the last like this. Also, I only painted the dark areas and there were huge chunks of white. Next time I think I am going to add a tone to the whole thing so it’s all covered before I start.


For 162 I decided to use a slightly different approach. This time I painted the whole thing in Burnt Umber, let it dry and then came back on top with the color. I wanted to make the underpainting super loose and then only put a small amount of color on as needed. So if you look in the trees you can see all that funkiness but it still feels tight. This one is probably one of my favorites for the year and it was really rewarding to make some progress after working at these. I loved the process too and plan on trying that again.