Big name for a small painting. I know. This is from a forest near me in Agren park and one day during soccer practice the sun just burst through the tall trees changing all the light around the area. It was spectacular. It really warrants a large canvas. Maybe soon.
Working on a commission and this is my first try. She is such a cute terrier! There will be more to come along with her companion Chester. I love animal faces! Not quite finished but I have to let it dry before I can add the final details.
I don't know where the time has gone but I have been feeling exactly like this bee... busy, busy, busy. My show at ArtsWest will have a reception this week but other than that my life has been taken over by the needs of children, parties at school, auctions, birthdays, and Halloween. It's always the craziest 2 weeks for me each year. So, I'm glad to get the chance to paint today. I find it hard to be creative with out some moments of quiet. I should be in my new, bigger studio by the end of the month in time for the Vashon Art Studio tour with friends Laura Strand Whitmore and Diane Fox.
I painted this fellow once before in another pose but I wanted at least one more chance. He really stole my heart as he tried to get my attention but seemed shy all the same. What a beautiful creature!
This is my second painting of this same subject. I bought a few new colors and painted this version with a completely different palette from the set I normally use. I loved some of the new ways to mix colors. More to come.
Another tiny piece for me while I work steadily on larger pieces... The island has many of these Madronas with their beautiful peeling bark and orange interior. This is just a quick glimpse while we still have days of sun here in the Northwest. We don't see this kind of blue sky forever.
This piece has been on the easel for a long time and has had many transformations. I didn't like the background colors before. I tend to think the dark brings out the subject better for my purposes. This was really a lot of work and I'm happy with the outcome. Hopefully this piece will be part of my show at the Artswest Gallery in November and December in West Seattle. It should be a great show!
We went to the Puyallup Fair last week and enjoyed seeing all the animals so much. This beautiful goose wasn't so sure about us and watched for a while before venturing closer. I haven't painted many works this tiny but I really enjoyed this one.
This was my bug, I should say my last bug, but I had to sell it as we don't have a garage. It was quite challenge to paint as it had such a crazy paint job. You would recognize it if you ever saw it. I'll paint another one someday, the actual VW bug I mean.
Getting ready for my big show and just squeezing in a few small paintings while I can and hope they dry in our hot weather. I can't do this later in the year when we are steeped in rain. We have had an incredible summer in the northwest, the kind that makes you not even think about leaving in the depths of November rain. I have soaked every minute of sun I can.
Here is one of my favorite frog friends that occasionally hang out in my blackberry bushes. They come for the fruit flies once the berries are on. It's a tree frog no more than an inch. Nature is amazing.
I'm on a VW roll. Guess I am missing mine. Yes, this is the Grand Tetons in the background. My Dad lives in Wyoming so it's about the other state we get to sometimes. They are sure a sight to behold on a clear day. My very first car was a cherry red VW bug but it didn't have the top down feature. It sure was pretty though...
I have been working on this for quite some time as it is huge. I see a couple of things I'm going to soften now that that I have it photographed (like the red reflection on the bottom edge!) but I like the overall piece. It was also a bit hard to photograph due to it bing such a dark piece as well. The only way I get to eat one of these in my house is to buy them with almonds as the kids don't like almonds!! More for me.
I guess I could have also called this "Hippy Van" but it just seemed to be happily on its way down the road, not worrying about speed or anything at all. I miss my bug dearly now that it is summer but it's the winter that kills an old car out here. Maybe I will have another one someday... only if we have a garage too!
These three make up my "Angry Birds" trio. They are all hens and are pretty tired of putting up with the rooster. I have seen them all take after him on occasion so thought I would capture the mood. I wish I had a stare that good, it might keep the kids in line!
I finally finished this piece (large version). I might do just a few teeny, tiny touch-ups now that I have it photographed, but I really like how it came out... These apples are so red and shiny, two of my absolute favorite things to paint!
I've been wanting to paint these for a while but it was a challenge just getting my hands on some. Eventually I spent the time to learn to make them from scratch at home. They came out terrific! Now, it will only be okay if we don't pull our teeth out consuming them.
I love the challenge of this all white stunning creature. It was a workout for my brain and I was painting late into the night. I usually don't do that as I can lose my sense of color after dark. I like how this turn out though... Maybe a big painting to come??
This is me in the local paper, The Beachcomber, in a photo by Liz Sheperd. I don't usually toot my own horn, but Liz wrote a really nice article about me in her Artful Life series this past week. I am truly grateful for kind words from Liz and Pam Ingalls as well. I don't love the limelight in general but this is terrific exposure for my work and my upcoming show in September on the island. Here is a link if you are interested!
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.