I'm in the middle of Wyoming and even though I had good intentions for painting on my trip, I realized that it is really time for a break. I have been painting hard every day for months. I will be back to it next week. Traveling is good to clear the mind
My smallest cat sat perfectly for this photo and I've been wanting to paint it for a while. I softened this a bit around her nose after I took the photo so I will update the photo in the morning in good light. She is so sweet...
The rose I painted the other day is still beautiful so even though I had a crazy day of projects for my kids school and things to finish I still managed to get another small version of this done. I will repost the photo tomorrow in better lighting. I have trouble getting the true subtle colors in photos taken at night. (updated 6/17)
This is my first formal attempt at PB & J's. I will be painting more as the subject is challenging and intriguing for me. It's such a lifesaver for those of us with kids...
The birdbath is a collaboration with the students in my daughter's class and will be permanently in the organic garden at her school. The multi-age classes take care of this garden and it is truly a special place.
will be available at the Auction for VIPP in August.
(VIPP is Vashon Island Pet Protectors)
I've been working hard on my art cat this week and it is almost finished. Obviously this is in my other style which is influenced by the art of Oaxaca, Mexico. I painted a small oil painting today as well but is not worth posting here. It is a new subject for me and I want to work on it in better light so it will have to wait until tomorrow...
This is a graduation gift for a dear niece/cousin friend of mine who is graduating from college this week and looking forward to a wonderful life ahead... A job well done and best wishes Grace! (This will be coming in the mail but needs to dry for about a week...)
This is part of a new venture I love where a bunch of painters paint from the same photo and interpret in it their own way. The blog is called "Different Strokes from Different Folks" and is run by gifted artist Karin Jurick. They do a new challenge every 2 weeks and this is my first entry. I love to see what everyone paints.
I just wanted to thank all of the people who came to my opening last night at the Blue Heron Gallery and to those who will continue to come and check out my work for the next month. I feel so grateful to be chosen as part of this show and for all of the support from the directors and staff at Vashon Allied Arts! It was a lovely event.
I tried to paint tonight after spending the day with my family but after feeling frustrated with too little light, I decided to leave it for tomorrow. I usually stick it out with a painting once I've started but my lemon and wedge was worth wiping off and starting fresh with more energy. I have committed myself to painting everyday but I have been working Really Hard lately and maybe this qualifies as my day off... Check back tomorrow for something new.
My show is up at the Blue Heron gallery and there are 28 of my paintings up. And so a New Era begins on my blog. I will be posting prices with everything that goes up from now on and will be selling directly. Contact me for info or larger photos. Soon I hope to link these to paypal so you can buy right from here. Tomorrow I will put up standard prices for sizes and options for framing as well.
After days of framing and putting up the show, I got to paint again today. I had a beautiful peach and had to try to paint the softness and colors of it...
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.