Friday, March 20, 2015

New Painting

A few weeks ago, I was asked by an old friend to do a painting.  I knew him when I was in high school, and missed him when he moved away.  It is always good to hear from him, and when he wanted me to do a painting for him, I was more than glad to.  But, he wanted something big.  And big for me is a little scary.  I never like to spend several days working on something, then have it get away from me in the end.  And for big paintings, that possibility is greatly increased.  I have spent a week or more on something, and have it end up being a waste of time and paper.  But, I was up for the challenge this time.  My friend has a brother who is a great photographer, and he chose an image from a shot his brother had taken to be the basis for the painting.  And I went to work.  Two weeks later, I finish the painting, and am so happy with the result.  I liked it so much, I started another painting the same size, because I liked the impact it had.  This may have sparked a whole new enthusiasm for large work.  Now I just need to find a good place for 30 x 40" frames.

Anyways, I want to thank Jon Petty for getting me out of my comfort zone with the size of the painting, and his brother Nathan Petty for supplying such a great image.  Please check out more of Nathan's photography work at

Watercolor 22 x 30"


  1. Jesse, thanks! I love this watercolor painting. I can't wait to get it into my study. (First I need to get a study, then I need to pick it up from Nathan.) This is a visible reminder of the power of the ocean. Not just the size, which all surfers watch so carefully, but the power of consistency -- something worth emulating. This will now always remind me of a great lesson and a great friend whose art I happen to love. Thanks for the all the hard work you put into this.

  2. This is gorgeous! And I'm sure the photo on the website doesn't do it justice. Glad to see you stepping out of your comfort me inspiration!

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words. I appreciate the encouragement.