This table and chair set will be available at the Heron's Nest this next month. I've had it for around for a while but it is definitely one of my favorite pieces in this style. I am mostly working in oils now but will do a piece or two on commission. They take a lot of time but I love the happy nature of these pieces.
This is half of a portrait I am working on of 2 brothers. Still have a few changes to make on this this and then onward to the other half. I'll try versions from a few other photos to see what comes out best. Portraits are still a real challenge for me to capture the right essence. Working hard...
I finally finished my big sneaker. I really like how this came out in the end. I think I'd even love it really big. Anyway, I will probably be making prints of this one as the original is going to be in a show I have coming up in May and June at the Silverwood Gallery here on Vashon. I am also going to have some of my furniture in the Heron's Nest on Vashon next month (Nov/Dec) and I will be doing the Vashon Art Studio Tour the first 2 weekends in December with lots of paintings to sell in every size and price range...
I've been working hard on this today, after I got my mosaics done. It has a lot to go. All of the brightest lines are a combo of 3 or 4 colors so it is taking a while with lots more detail to put in. I should add that this is 18"x 24". I liked the small quick version and wanted to do a bigger one with lots more depth. Hopefully done tomorrow??
I haven't posted in a few days because I have been really busy with this mosaic project for our chicken coop. I't is not grouted yet but at least I got them up today and could take a picture. There is a lot of little mirrored pieces in it and they take forever to cut by hand. There are also stones and the glass is all recycled. I love to add color to the outdoors. We have long wet winters in the northwest.
This is my art for today. I've been working on this for a while and it finally got put up today in our meditation studio. It was a bit hard to photograph in today's light but I love how it came out in real life. This little building is a hand built labor of love just for creating great head space on a daily basis. My husband is an incredible builder. Here's hoping it works really well...
This is my entry for Karin Jurick's blog Different Strokes from Different Folks . The original photo was of a lot of rooftops and I cropped it a bit and added my special touch... This was fun yet challenging as I don't normally paint cityscapes. I definitely learned a lot.
Finally finished painting my green sneakers after a night of quiet with my cat. I think he is glad to be home at long last. I may end up putting in some more details in this painting after it dries a bit. Sometimes I need to let them sit and take a look with fresh perspective in a day or so.
I ended up with a full weekend and finally got to painting today. Obviously this piece is not finished so I thought I would include the actual subjects in the photo as well so you could see my view. This is about 50% done, I am guessing... I love green sneakers. I had some in high school, maybe even junior high, that were kelly green and suede. My Mom thought I was crazy, but now she understands. Wish I had them to paint now.
I love the crinkles in this drying pepper. The only downfall here is my camera... whenever I have to photograph something with lots of variances in red ( from pinks to deep brownish reds) my camera fails just a bit. There are lots of color shifts in this that aren't easily apparent. Anyway, I needed a break from shoes. Who knows what tomorrow will bring...
Back to more shoes today. I'm studying them hard for a series I'm planning on later. These smaller pieces will the predecessors for some much bigger works in a few months. This one was challenging also. I think part of it is that I'm working with light backgrounds and white is never white...
I wanted to paint this baby's sneaker today. Somehow it was SO hard. The first attempt was somewhat of a failure and then I started a whole new painting with different light on it that I could control better. The first one was window light and I was having trouble mixing the right shade colors. I think it is better in the final version but will have to let it go and think on it. Pink shade colors with light showing through in places was challenging.
Painting small today as I went back into the boot, yet again. It's one of those paintings that might never be done. This little squash, on the other hand, was sweet and quick. It's very textural as well. This was fun after all that detail. More shoes coming this week. I found some really special ones this weekend digging through Goodwill's last chance outlet - the dregs of the dregs. I had to purell my hands a lot after I left. Can't wait to put them on a canvas.
I think I am done with this old brown boot but it got hard and my head needs a break. I think I need to let it sit for a few days and look again. I will put a price on it when I feel completely finished. Somehow, I want more contrast but I was also struggling with reflected glare in my studio today and I lost perspective. Any thoughts about this one? Thanks for the continuing comments. Sometimes it feels like I paint in a vacuum and it is good to hear from the outside world about my work... K
I am an artist living on an island in the pacific Northwest. For the past year I having been painting exclusively in oils, mostly on board but also some canvas. For a few years prior to this, I painted furniture with acrylics in a style reminiscent of art from Oaxaca, Mexico. For many , many years before that, I was a professional french horn player. Life circumstances made me choose to put my instrument down permanently and this blog is evidence of my creative spirit coming out in different form. I love the practice of daily painting and after all the years in classical music, daily practice feels essential to art as much as it did to music.
All paintings are sold unframed with an option for framing.
Contact me for more information or if you are interested in a painting listed in the archive. Some works are in galleries and some are still available. I try to mark what has been sold right away after a show.