Thursday, April 17, 2014

Green Onions on Gray

Scallions on a light gray tabletop with a darker gray shadow across.  Even though the tabletop is gray, I see green and purple and gold in the neutral grays.  When arranging the scallions I try to come up with a good division of space and some interesting shapes.  
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dockton Net Shed with Poles

A view of a net shed in Dockton - low tide in the late afternoon.  I don't know what the poles near the shed are about - maybe remnants of another dock? 
I like the light and the contrast of the greenish blue hills and the reddish blue beach.  On my Etsy store

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Joe's Chickens in Sunlight

Joe has been keeping chickens for several years. The flock has diminished several times because of raccoons and hawks and eagles, but then Joe gets more chickens and I have more subject matter. I like the dark interior framed by the doorway - it adds drama.6" x 8" oil on panel. On my Etsy store

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Backlit Ferry

The sun and the ferryboat lined up perfectly to get this high key (light value) scene.  The water was dancing with little lights and sparkle was everywhere.  Actually, there was too much sparkle, so I suggested it with a few dots and simplified as much as possible.
6" x 12"

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Silver Cup Green Grapes on Gold and Purple

I like the translucence of green grapes, they can be such fun to paint.  And I love the brown shadow in between the tabletop and the wall.  What is that color?  It just works. 
On my Etsy store

Monday, March 31, 2014

Bowl of Limes on Pink

A clear glass bowl of limes on a pink tabletop.  Bright top light created shadow ripples on the pink tabletop.  I like the dark raspberry shadow. 
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Friday, March 28, 2014

Two Tangerines with Leaves on Pink


Another exploration of deep shadows and top lighting. This time it's a brightly lit pair of tangerines with leaves and stems still attached.  I threw a shadow across the back of the still life setup to create drama and simplify the composition.
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Glass Bowl of Tangerines on Pink

Another bowl of tangerines or clementines, this time with the light on the side and a lovely purple shadow on a pink tabletop. 
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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Yellow Green Grapes on Teal with Purple

I put these yellow green grapes on a piece of glass on top of a piece of greenish paper on my tabletop.  This gave me interesting reflections as well as dark shadows.  I used a cardboard shield to throw a dark shadow across the back of my still life.  And I trimmed the cluster of grapes to make the shape of the cluster more interesting.  And then I ate the trimmed grapes. 
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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Green Grapes, Glass Reflections on Lavender

When I paint grapes, I do a bit of trimming with a pair of scissors in the clusters of grapes so that I have "holes" to paint.  These empty spaces add interest and give the viewer a path into the middle of the action.  I put a piece of clear glass on top a piece of lavender paper for the tabletop.  And I used a cardboard shield with my lamp to throw a dark shadow across the back of the set up.
 On my ETSY store

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Blood Orange Slices

These blood oranges have a brownish red color.  Not as pink as a ruby red grapefruit.  The entire tabletop was white, but I dropped the value lower so that I would have enough contrast to paint the light struck areas. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Top Lit Limes in a Silver Bowl

Another exploration of dramatic lighting and deep shadows.  The limes are top lit, the tabletop is lavender and a small orange reflection from an unseen object adds contrast and drama.  I especially like the shape of the reflection of the cast shadow on the underside of the bowl.
On my Etsy Store

Monday, March 17, 2014

Yakima View II

A scene painted from photos I took near Yakima Washington.  The flat valleys are irrigated and intensely farmed and the surrounding hills are dry and bare.  The hillsides turn blue and purple in the bright sunshine. 
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Silver Cup Three Slices of Lime

More deep shadows and bright top light.  The reflections on the silver cup were fun to paint and keep simple.  The combination of gray with pale pastel pink is very attractive. 
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Lime, Lime Slices and SilverBowl

I'm experimenting with deep shadows and top lighting.  I like the way the silver bowl melts into the shadows. 6" x 6"
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Monday, March 10, 2014

Glass Bowl with Clementines

The lighting is directly above these small tangerines, giving strong shadows and bright highlights.  The bowl was hard to paint because  both sides were visible.  I kept going from side to side; trim a little here, even it up on the other side, add some more, take more off. Sometimes when I have a problem I will make a paper pattern, fold it in two and work on it until it is symmetrical and then unfold it and trace it back on to the painting. 
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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Rose Fence

A view from Vashon Island.  I pass by this fence on my trips to and from town.  Most people plant flowers by their house, but this thoughtful landowner planted roses on his fence by the roadside for everyone who passes by to enjoy.  I am always thrilled in the spring when the first roses start to bloom.  Painted from photos I took on location. 
8" x 10" acrylic on panel
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Friday, February 28, 2014

Evening Ferry with Velvet Hill

Late afternoon ferry from Vashon to Fauntleroy. The setting sun highlights only the side of the ferry.  The late afternoon shadows make the hills of Vashon look like dark  brown velvet, and dark clouds fill the sky.  The water picks up an unusual yellow green color. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Manzanita Beach

A very summery view near my home.  Looking south from Piner Point on Manzanita beach towards Tacoma.  The tide was out and the sky was blue and the sun sparkled on the water.  Lots of tidepools loaded with seaweed, little fish, clams and sand dollars.  Slightly larger 16" x 16" - done from photographs I took on location.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Stiped Towel and Orange Slices

This is a slightly larger piece, so I thought I'd try some pattern.   I found a piece of blue and white striped towel and kept the colors simple, everything blue or white except for the orange slices.  I  subdued the reflections in the dark blue vase and the coffee cup because the striped pattern was taking over. I also lightened the fabric to reduce the contrast and simplify the painting.  A fun exercise.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Path to the Beach


A view of pale sandy beaches and shore pines.  Thanks to Oswald West, governor of Oregon in 1913, when the Oregon legislature declared the Pacific beach a public highway. Every few miles along the coast Highway 101 is a road to the beach,  public access and miles of open shoreline.
Painted from photos I took on location.  
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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Waiting for the Ferry

A painting of a summertime subject from several years ago.  Two young women, sitting on the curb, waiting for the ferry to Vashon.  I like the warms and cools in the skin tones, and the interesting poses.
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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Ferry From Southworth

Sun shines through the clouds and turns the water silver-blue-gray.  This is a view of the north end ferry as it crosses in front of Blake Island on the trip from Southworth to Fauntleroy in Puget Sound.

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Wooden Boats

From the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle.  I think these are both small wooden sailboats, one with a mast, one the mast taken out, used for rentals and lessons at Lake Union.  I like the lines and shapes of boats - the curves are very subtle and fun to draw.
6 x 12 oil on panel
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Friday, December 27, 2013

Lake Gertrude Summer

When we lived in Kodiak we would picnic at Lake Gertrude at Fort Abercrombie.  Now, the brown bear population has increased in the area so you might think twice about a nice walk around the lake.  A summer view from the beach back towards the hills. 
6" x 12" oil on panel

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Two Garlic on Gold

A small painting of sprouted garlic.   The sprouts enliven a very neutral subject.  I set the subject on a sheet of glass to have a bit of reflection to paint, too.
4" x 4" oil on panel
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Six Garlic on Gray and Gold

These garlic were from a huge bargain bag.  But because we can't eat garlic fast enough, they were starting to sprout.  So I get a new painting subject.  I like the gradations from dark to light in the background and foreground.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tangerine on Red

Another small tangerine painting.  Highlights show the pebbly texture of the fruit and the smooth leathery shine of the leaves.  I like the harmonious colors.
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Monday, December 16, 2013

Tangerine on Black

Another small painting (4" x 4") of the tangerine with its leathery green leaves and slightly pear shaped body.  I like the leaf shadow on the round tangerine

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Tangerine on Gold

This tangerine has been sitting in my fridge begging to be painted.  I like the leathery green leaves.  This one is painted in a smaller size than usual - 4" x 4"

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ninilchik Church in Spring

A view of the Russian Orthodox church in Ninilchik, Alaska, with early spring grasses hiding the brown fireweed.