Saturday, April 28, 2012

"Last Light KVI Beach"

"Last Light KVI Beach"
oil on board, 4" x 4"
Getting ready for my Open Studio next weekend from 10 to 5 Saturday and Sunday. The next weekend will be open as well. Come on over to Vashon and see all the terrific art on the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour!! 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Cafe Fiore

"Cafe Fiore"
oil on canvas, 12" x 12"
This is a real departure for me but this is one of my favorite coffee shops in Seattle. It's up on the hill behind Golden Gardens and is a delight for the quiet neighborhood. It's right up there with Lighthouse Roasters on Phinney Ridge. I love the warm lighting.

Monday, April 23, 2012

"Well Played"

"Well Played"
oil on wood, 6" x 6"
I did a photo shoot for the cover of a local our local arts magazine a few months ago and was lucky enough to get some lovely shots of this very old cello. Fun to capture the aged wood, especially painting on wood. I think the instrument dated from the 1800's at least!

"Top Side"
oil on canvas, 4" x 6"

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


oil on canvas, 4" x 6"

Another tiny piece today and off I run to work with students...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


oil on board, 4" x 4"
A tiny painting of my cat Bob with his ears all lit up in the sun... I'm starting work on a really big piece as well and continuing my residency at the elementary school with a second set of huge paintings for the cafeteria. Busy, busy, busy.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Beach Cottages

"Beach Cottages"
oil on board, 4" x 4"
This is really tiny for me but I loved the idea of painting the ocean spray on these little cottages on the north end of our island. Not sure if I want to be there in the middle of winter though... This is right near the north end ferry dock on Vashon.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Red Dog

"Red Dog"
oil on board. 6"x 6"

This is my puppy Zoey. She is adorable and growing up quickly. Thought I would catch her at 6 months. I've tried to paint her a couple of times and somehow it's pretty hard but I like this one!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Overflowing PBJ

"Overflowing PBJ"
oil on canvas, 24" x 48"
commissioned work

I'm so glad to finish this today. It seems like I've been working on it for months, which is probably the truth. Big works just take time. I love adding the labels and jars in the background for this piece. I always love a great PB and J painting and otherwise...Double click for a closer view.

(whew, big sigh of relief.)

On to other huge food pieces for my shows later in the year!!

Beach Walking

"Beach Walking"
oil on board, 6"x 6"
These are some of my friends taking a lovely walk in the sun. I don't often paint people but I loved the light so much. Could be worthy of a larger painting later!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


oil on board, 6"x 6"

Hard to capture but so pretty. We have just a few bunches and they are so precious each year.

Saturday, April 7, 2012


oil on board, 6"x 6"

I thought I would paint part of the big picture I have been working on with kids. I have been in residence at our local elementary school on Vashon for weeks now with the Vashon Artists in the Schools program (VAIS). We have had an incredible change in our lunch menu to really healthy food and the art grant is for creating huge healthy food murals to go along with this. There will be six 5 foot by 7 foot panels painted by three classes. The first set is of salad. The kids tossed out a millions of ideas for what should go into the salad. Below is the first mural finished. It was painted all by the kids and is 5' x 14' long!!!! I'm very proud of their hard work. I should add that they are all in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade. It is a composite photograph as I could only shoot it in 3 frames due to size. There will be 4 more panels to come.

kids working...

"The Big Salad"
5' x 14' mural 
by Mrs. Berliner's multiage class
(click to see it larger!)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

French Doors

"French Doors"
oil on board, 6" x 6"
I love the colors that show through windows and doors in the evening. It always looks so warm and inviting.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Bottoms Up

"Bottoms Up"
oil on board, 6" x 6"
I'm loving the small chicken paintings right now...

Monday, April 2, 2012

Two Wishes

"Two Wishes"
oil on board, 6" x 6"

I love the idea of wishes just hanging out in the air on their way to a destination. Here's two for the day.

Sunny Day Pecking

"Sunny Day Pecking"
oil on board, 6" x 6"

Hoping for more sunny days for my poor chickens who have been enduring the deluge of Northwest weather...

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Just a Bit Muddy

"Just a Bit Muddy"
oil on board, 6" x 6"
Here is a little piggy friend I met on Vashon last year. He lives at the same farm as all the cows I was painting last summer. He was so inquisitive yet shy. I love animals. They are so refreshing to be around. There is just no other agenda going on with them.