Adam Houston

American Impressionist Oil Painter

Trees at Pooles Mill

Finally done – another 100 in the books. It seemed like I had to go back to the trees one more time and as it worked out they are closing out the year. I think I learned more from painting those stupid trees than anything else this year and am glad I got to do a big one of them. At 18″ x 24″ this is one of the largest things I painted all year and it was a completely different process.

This was a fun year and I think I made more progress in 2011 vs. 2010 even though the work may not have been as finished or as varied. I’m starting to learn how to paint and that was what this was all supposed to be about.



Barn XI

Here’s the next to last one for the year. I had bigger plans for 199 & 200 but ran out of time and had to fall back to a barn I had started back in November. I had the base down and painted the rest of it today. Actually it was kind of fun to circle back around to this guy after so many of the paintings from the beach.


Two Pomegranates II

Here is the last (I think and hope) of the pomegranates. It felt like I had too much white in the shadow areas of 196 so I toned that down and gave it move Alizarin and Cobalt Blue in those deep areas. It helps too that this canvas is a little larger.



Two Pomegranates I

Same basic set-up but now with two pomegranates. Hard to believe after being SO far behind I am this close to being done for 2011.


Pomegranate III

This is the last of this first group and I think I like it best. I used a base of Burnt Umber and it was at about 50% opacity so the base was relatively dark. I just like being able to let the raw/toned canvas show through instead of using a color to lighten it.



Pomegranate II

Second of the pomegranates and it’s pretty similar to 194. This one uses less white and has a nicer red but the other one felt more round.


Pomegranate I

Here’s the first of the pomegranates. I decided to do three that are the exact same to see how close (or how not close) they look when I am painting the same subject at essentially the same time. I was also experimenting with different base colors. The one started on a light yellow ochre.


Three Bosc Pears II

Here is a larger version of the same scene in No 192. It felt really good to work on a stretched canvas again and have a little more room to work with on these guys. This is the last of the pears too – finally time to move onto the pomegranates next.



Three Bosc Pears

No. 192 has three of the Bosc pears. I wanted to get into a little bit of a groove before attempting three in a single painting. I think this will be the last of the 6 x 8’s for the year. The rest of the ones I have planned are on nicer (gallery wrap) or different sizes canvas. If my count is right I’ve done 55 of the 6″ x 8″ ones in a row so it’s nice to see the final one of these for the year.


Bosc Pear II

For this one I wanted to really work on the tones (vs. 190) and give it a lot more warmth. After looking at the two together No. 190 looks a little peakid. It’s still not 100% accurate color wise but I think it skews in a better direction here.