Saturday, April 30, 2016

Beach Squall

 
Beach Squall
Oil on Panel
16" x 20" unframed
 
 

 
 

This painting captures a winter squall coming onto the beach.  All I could do was snap a few photos and run for cover.  I would prefer to have had the time for a plein air painting, but often nature doesn't cooperate, so it was painted in the studio.  I think I was able to capture the immediacy of the moments anyway.
 
The scene is of the beach near Bob Straub Wayside in Tillamook County, Oregon. The Painting is currently on display at Ryan Gallery in Lincoln City, Oregon.
 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Neon Night


Neon Night
Acrylic


Artist:  Walt Wirfs
Acrylic
Size: 18" x 24"
 
Working with acrylics after years of working in oils was a challenge.  My goal was to capture the neon glow of a sign at night and felt that I could only do it with the transparency of acrylic paint.
 

The sign is one of Jacksonville's icons, located on California Street in the center of town. The tavern is always open and always hopping.  Jacksonville's historic committee bans the use of neon in the town  but this sign was "grand-fathered" in.  Originally Jacksonville was a gold town, and a hand-painted depiction of a prospector panning for gold along Daisy Creek was included in the sign.
 
 The painting is currently on display at the Rogue Gallery and Art Center in Medford
 
 
 


Monday, February 8, 2016

Karnak Plaza, Graphite

"Karnak Plaza"
Graphite by Walt Wirfs
From a photo taken by the artist
after returning from a visit to Luxor Egypt with his son, Matt
Size:  11" by 14"
Currently displayed at Art Presence Gallery, Jacksonville, OR
Finished 2010


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Kiwanda Mist

 
Kiwanda Mist
Oil by Walt Wirfs
Size:  16" by 20"
Finished Fall 2015
Currently on display at Ryan Gallery in Lincoln City, Oregon.


Chetco River Jetty, Oil

 
"Chetco River Jetty"
Oil by Walt Wirfs
Size:  9" by 12"
Finished Summer 2015
On display at Wirfs Studio, Jacksonville, OR


Wave, Oil

 
"Wave"
Oil by Walt Wirfs
Size: 8" by 10"
Finished 2013
Currently on display at Ryan Gallery, Lincoln City, OR


Huener Hill Barns, Oil

 
"Huener Hill Barns"
Oil by Walt Wirfs
Finished Fall 2015
Currently on Display at Wirfs Studio, Jacksonville, OR