Friday, March 27, 2015

Red Camellia, Round Jar

This camellia is just fabulous and flamboyant.  The leaves are stiff and shiny and the flowers have such strong contrast between the red petals and the yellow stamens.  Red is a difficult color to paint because it is so intense; to paint a dark red in shadow, the shadow has to be almost black and the light struck areas aren't really pink, they're still red.  It's as though the colors are vibrating in a spectrum that can't be captured by mere paint. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Yellow Daffodil, Square Glass Jar, on Blue

These were tiny yellow daffodils, multiple flowers on a single stem.  I'm really enjoying seeing all the varieties bloom; we planted so many last fall that we lost track of what was what, and now we've got surprises in white and yellow and orange.  I like the spring colors. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Six White Jonquil on Blue

The bulbs that were planted last fall have started to bloom and I have to paint them while the opportunity is here.  This jonquil has a small flower with multiple flowers on a single stem.  I like the blue against the white. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Sunset Creek

I enjoy painting late afternoon and twilight.  The colors are harmonious and the whole scene is shifted to warm oranges and reds.  This is a view of a creek near the Nisqually Wildlife refuge. Painted from photos I took on location. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Pink Camellia on Gray

Another pink camellia painting.  The flowers are so dense and soft and the leaves are so stiff; there's a lot of textural contrast.   I like the lights in the glass jar.  These flowers last only a day or two in a bouquet, but will stay on the bush for a week.  They are among the first flowers of spring.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Pink Camellia on the Table

Spring has come early to Puget Sound.  The camellias are putting on a show.   The flowers remind me of roses (but no scent) and the leaves are waxy and stiff.  When the weather gets wet, as it often does in spring, the petals turn brown almost instantly.  12" x 12" On my ETSY store

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Misty Day and Pushki

Another small  painting of pushki.  These large plants have white umbrella shaped clusters of flowers and are common in Alaska.  This painting will be in a show at Artique Ltd gallery in Anchorage in September.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Kodiak Tidal Creek

A view of a low lying creek near chiniak on Kodiak Island, Alaska. At this point, the creek is tidal and bordered by black sand.  A spruce forest covers the distant hills.  I like the gray colors and misty sky. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Pt Robinson Lighthouse in Gray

A view of the Pt Robinson lighthouse from the shore.  This is a rework of a painting I painted last year. Below is the previous incarnation.

In the newer (top) version, I like the color of the sky better and the foreground doesn't seem so overwhelmingly brown.  But there was a lot of dashing brushwork and drama in the earlier version.  To me, the older version seems like a sketch and the newer version seems like a painting. 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Two Carnations in a Glass Jar

The carnations lasted beautifully and I managed to get several paintings.  This is the last for a while; now I have flowers in the yard clamoring for my brush.   The painting is a closeup of a simple bouquet with only part of the glass jar visible. I like the bright stiff red flowers against the gray background. I like the dark gray and how it contrasts dramatically with the light green of the flowers and stems. Painted from a still life I set up in my studio.
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Red Carnations with Green Wall

A painting of red carnations with a bit of green in the against the wall.  I've kept the colors minimal; red and green are complements and when you mix them together you get gray.  I like the light striking the flowers. 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Three Red Carnations in Square Glass Jar

Bright red carnations in a square glass jar.  I like the saturated reds against the dark grays. 
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Four Carnations Glass Jar

I picked up a bouquet of  carnations at the grocery- such  a bright vivid red.  Then, of course I had to paint them.  I like how just a few spots of dark shadow tell the direction of the light.  I also like the reflected light on the surface of the water.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Glass Jar and Crocuses

We have been having warm weather while the rest of the country is inundated in blizzards and snow.  Here the crocuses are blooming.  My daughter planted lots of bulbs from tiny species flowers to these giant hybrids.  I put a shield above the still life to throw a shadow across the background.  The lights hit the front of the vase and the tops of the petals and make interesting shadows on the tabletop.
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Saturday, February 21, 2015


A study of pushki flowers from Kodiak Alaska.  Pushki is a member of the parsley family.  Its foliage contains chemicals called "furanocoumarins" which unite with the DNA in skin cells to make photosensitive compounds. With exposure to to sunshine, people who have touched pushki can have severe rashes and blisters.  I like the beautiful umbels of flowers and the huge foliage. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Two Tangerines on Brown

Tangerines are a favorite subject, especially when I'm in the grocery store looking at the gorgeous contrast between the fresh leathery green leaves and the bumpy orange skin.  I always have good intentions when I buy them, but somehow it takes me days to get around to painting them, and by that time the leaves are starting to brown and curl up.  These were fortunately painted within the first day or two of acquisition.  A lot of the lights in the tabletop were done by wiping out.  I use a smooth gessoboard from Ampersand which allows me to work back into painted areas and lighten and remove pigment. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Sunflower and Salvia on Gray

A painting from last fall when the Italian white sunflowers were blooming in the garden.  They lasted until late in the fall.  I had meant to paint them for months and finally at the last possible opportunity I picked a bouquet of late summer flowers.  There are salvia and catmint, some flowers from the broccoli which had bolted, and even a bachelor button from the previous year's volunteers.  12" x 12" oil on panel.
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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Tangerines on Blue Stripes

Two tangerines on a blue striped cloth.  I really enjoyed playing with the complementary colors.  The blue stripes were very dark, but got lightened up quite a bit in the painting.  If I had worked from a photograph I might have felt constrained to leave them very dark, but since I was working from a still life that I had set up, I changed everything all over the place. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Yellow Sunflowers on Blue

This painting was originally Yellow Sunflowers on Gold, but I was looking at it last week and decided the Gold had to go.  Now I have a turquoise background and blue/lavender shadows which I like better.  I think the colors express the idea of "sunniness" that sunflowers imply. Here's a link to the previous version.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Two Vashon Ferries

Two ferries at the Vashon north end ferry dock.  The sky is dark, and leaves the hillside in shadow, but sunlight hits the two ferries at the end of the dock.  12" x 24" oil on panel.  This one will be in the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour, #9 on the map at Plum Lodge BnB, 14210 SW Reddings Beach Road.  Click here for map  Hope to see you there

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Ellisport View - Low Tide

This is a view along Tramp Harbor towards Ellisport on Vashon Island.  When the tide is out the flats are covered with soft green seaweed.  The piers in the background are a remnant of the Ellisport dock that was used by the mosquito fleet. 
This painting will be in the Vashon Island Artist Studio Tour.  Stop # 9 on the map at Plum Lodge Painters, 14210 SW Reddings Beach Road.  Maps available here

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Holiday Art Tour

This one is North End Ferry 6" x 12".  Hope to see you at the tour. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ferry at Fauntleroy

 Another ferry painting, this time, the ferry as it is coming in to dock at Fauntleroy.  I like the backlit subject.  Usually an object that is backlit is seen in silhouette and is dark, but by keeping the values high the entire painting seems infused with light. This one will be at the Vashon Artist Studio Tour, stop #9,  at 14210 SW Reddings Beach Road, during the first TWO weekends in December.  6" x 12" oil on panel.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Sailboat on the Beach

The owner left this dinghy on the beach of Quartermaster Harbor today; a temptation to kids and adults to climb in and  push off.  But without sails or lines or oars,  it might not be a long trip.  This painting will be at stop # 9, Plum Lodge Painters at Plum Lodge Bnb, on the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour during the first two weekends in December.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Red Sunset Ferry SOLD

The Vashon-Fauntleroy Ferry late in the afternoon when the sun's rays are low. The distant hills are in shadow and the hills and ferry have turned red in the sunset light.  I will be showing this one at Plum Lodge BnB, #9 on the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour during the first two weekends of December.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sailboat at Lake Union

Painted from photographs I took at the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle;  a small sailboat reflected in the smooth water of Lake Union.  I will be showing this one at Plum Lodge BnB, #9 on the Vashon Art Studio Tour during the first two weekends of December. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Sunset Ferry and Blake Island SOLD

 A view of the Vashon-Fauntleroy Ferry as the sun starts to set behind the Cascades.  I will be showing this one at Plum Island Painters  -#9 on the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour. The tour is the first two weekends in December.  Get an online map at  Vashon Island Art Studio Tour .  24" x 24" oil on panel.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Castle Rock Cape Blanco

Another plein air sunset painting from our recent trip along Highway 101.  This was painted atCape Blanco State Park near the Sixes River.  Evening mist was gathering, the sky was changing color rapidly, and Cape Blanco was casting a shadow across the marsh. I like the suggestion of a last bit of warmth on Castle Rock. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sunset Ferry on Dark Gray Green SOLD

Sometimes the Northwest weather is so colorless that everything seems made of charcoal.  And then a sliver of sun peeks through late in the day.  Just enough to light up the side of the north end ferry at the end of the ferry dock. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Blue-Gold Smoke Ferry SOLD

Another Vashon-Fauntleroy ferry painting.  I like the sunlight and smoke on the ferry.  Painted from photos I took from the other ferry that travels the same route.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Clam Beach at Orick

Painted on scene at Orick, California.  The sun was setting and a mist was rising from Redwood Creek and all the colors were turning pinker and peachier.    It was about 6:00 and the sun would set in a hour, so I didn't have time to get picky in choosing a site to paint.  I just put my easel down at the first spot.  It was exciting to see the colors change as the sun was setting.  I thought I put a lot more colors into my painting because of it. 
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