I have been working hard on some mosaic projects this week and spent many hours today with glass. The birdbath is finished and shown down below. I'll post the other mosaics as I finish. The 2 paintings are from earlier this year and will be for sale in my upcoming shows or by inquiry.
Just a small study of this old key on my cherry floor. I've been working a lot on more mosaic projects for some local auctions. This picture isn't the best as my light at night isn't great for photos. I'll update it tomorrow. (Updated 3/28)
I actually painted these apples some months ago but didn't get them right so today I'm practicing reworking an older painting with new knowledge. I like the cooler colors of the subject on the warm background.
Today was a day of framing and putting things together so I am going to post some of the furniture that I painted before I started oils. These are done in acrylics on wood and top coated many times for wear and tear. I occasionally still paint a few pieces and will have some for sale in my studio for the Vashon Island Studio Tour. It runs the first 2 weekends in May. I will also have some photos, jewelry, and of course oil paintings for sale. My big show is the whole month of June at The Blue Heron Gallery on Vashon with two other fabulous island artists, watercolorist Donna Botten and metal and glass sculptor Mike Urban.
I had a lot of trouble photographing this tonight so I will post a better picture tomorrow in the daylight. It is really a pink lollipop and my camera just couldn't adjust in indoor light. Maybe it's waiting for me. I love a good lollipop...
I can't keep myself from painting one of my soft orange cats every once in a while. It amazes me how comfortable they can be anywhere, even in the most precarious positions. Bob the cat, as you might be able to surmise from the name, has a very short tail.
I spent most of my day in a kindergarten classroom helping with an auction project. I will post pictures when it's all finished. We made a beautiful mosaic birdbath with recycled glass. I did get a little time to paint. Bright light coming through a tulip- always an eyeful of color...
Today I am posting a painting I did about a month ago that will be in my upcoming show. The day I decided to put my horn down permanently after 29 years, I took a picture. I've been waiting to paint it until I thought my skills could do it justice. I will probably paint it again on a larger scale but I love the looseness of this small one.
"Finished Practicing" oil on board 9x12" SOLD
This is a larger painting from a few months ago as well. It will be in my upcoming show. It is entitled "Garden Fresh" oil on board 18x24" . I did a small painting today but can't get a photo of it just yet due to glare. I will post it as soon as I get a good shot.
Here is my offering for today. I love the way light shines on the pulp. I am working towards a 3 person show I am involved in at the Blue Heron Gallery on Vashon Island this coming June. The next few months will be a mix of larger works and small studies.
Here are 5 more from last month. I'll put a few more in tomorrow after I photograph some more. Check back to see sizes on everything as I will go through and add those too. Some of the first paintings I posted are quite large. Most of the more recent paintings are smaller and 90% are oil on board. Just a few are oil on canvas.
One year ago I began my adventure with oil paint. For many years prior I was a professional French Horn player. Many life circumstances made me choose to put down my instrument and and pick up brushes. Many thanks go out to Pam Ingalls for getting me started and guiding me well. And so I have come to a place, one year later, to embark on the ritual of daily painting. I will first post my favorite paintings looking back over the year before. I have been trying to keep up a schedule of one painting a day for the past month and loved the work ethic. The next post will show the best of these and then I will post as closely as I can to one per day. Coming from the field of classical music performance, daily practice is essential to growth. And so I start...
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.