Thursday, May 28, 2020

Bowls. Teapots, Cups, Plates, Fruits, Flowers


It looks like I've been busy painting (I wish), but  these are pieces from last year that I finally posted on my ETSY store.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Pewter Pot Tangerine and Eggplant SOLD

 9 x 12 original oil still life painting of a pewter pot, tangerine and small eggplants against a dark background. Painted while I was taking a workshop with Qiang Huang last spring. I enjoyed the opportunity to try on another artist's methods and colors and see how he did it. The final result was a little bit looser and with more varied color than I usually achieve. 
On my ETSY store

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Black Teapot and Eggshells

6x6 original oil painting of a black ceramic teapot and three brown eggshells.  A tonalist painting done in shades of black and gray except for the warm brown of the three shells and a faint tinge of pink in the interior of the translucent shells.  On my ETSY store

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Lake in Glacier Park

A sunny day at Glacier Park.  Painted from a photograph taken by a friend who likes to hike.  I like the color of the blue hills surrounding the lake.  On my ETSY store

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Peonies in a Silver Vase

I find peonies to be great fun to paint, but you have to do a lot of squinting to avoid overworking them.  Painted last spring -I'm eager to paint them again (I love the way the studio smells when I'm painting peonies!)   On my ETSY store

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Beach Path

Original oil painting, 8" x 10" of a secluded beach on the Oregon coast. We had been driving through a canyon of trees for miles with glimpses of light but no view of the water. And it was only after we stopped in the trees and stepped off the road and found the path that the view opened up.   On my Etsy Store

Monday, March 9, 2020

Sailboats at the Dock

8 x 10 oil from Seattle at Lake Union at the Center for Wooden Boats.  A spot to rent a small sailboat or take a sailing lesson.  This was painted from photographs I took on location.  On my ETSY store

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Silver Pitcher and Lemon

More blue and lemons.  Although blue is supposed to be a cool color, this painting seems summery to me.  We only get these turquoise blues in the warmest part of the summer.  On my ETSY store

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Lemons and Silver Bowl on Turquoise

A 6" x 6" painting of a bowl of lemons against a turquoise and blue backdrop.  The yellows greens and blues are analagous and feel like warmth and summer to me.  On my ETSY store

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Four Orange Slices and Black Cup

I've painted this cup many times.  This painting is a monochromatic color scheme with colors from saturated orange to black.  I like the reflections of the saturated oranges in the shiny black cup.  On my ETSY store.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Two Eggplant on a White Plate

Small painting of two baby eggplant.  I buy these 3" beauties at Uwajimaya in Seattle whenever I get the chance.  I like the contrast of the waxy shiny purples and the fuzzy green stems.  On my ETSY store

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Orcas Island Ferry

A view of the Tillikum ferry at Orcas Island in Washington State.  A change from my usual Vashon-Fauntleroy-Southworth ferry subjects. I like the contrast of the red-roofed buildings at Orcas Landing and the deep green firs on the rocky hillside.   Painted from photographs I took on location.   See on my ETSY store

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Two Eggplant

Tiny Eggplant from Uwajimaya.  Whenever I get to downtown Seattle I try to stop in at the Japanese grocery to buy these beautiful tiny eggplant.  Most are about 3 inches long and vary from lavender pink to almost black.  I like the soft glow of the highlights.  On my ETSY  store.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Oriental Teapot with Persimmon SOLD

This painting will be in the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour coming up the first two weekends in December, 7-8 and 14-15.  I'll be showing at Tour Stop #4, Quartermaster Cottage, opposite the Burton Post Office, 23819 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA.  Still life paintings, landscapes and paintings of ferries. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Red Onion at Art Studio Tour SOLD

This painting will be at Stop #4 on the Vashon Holiday Art Studio Tour the first two weekends of December.  I'll be showing  at the Quartermaster Cottage opposite the Burton Post Office 28319 Vashon Hwy SW.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Three Orange Tomatoes at Vashon Island Art Studio Tour

These three dramatic tomatoes are lined up to take a bow.  I like the large amount of yellow green balanced by the contrasting orange and red. Lush lighting provides exciting shadows and reflections. This one will be in the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour coming up the first two weekends in December.  I will be showing at Quartermaster Cottage, 23819 Vashon Hwy SW, opposite the Burton post office. Saturday and Sunday, December 7-8 &14-15 10am to 4pm

Monday, October 21, 2019

Vashon Ferry at the North End Dock SOLD

I walked a little ways down Bunker Trail to get this view of the North End ferry at Vashon.  The view is north towards Blake Island and the Kitsap Peninsula.  Late afternoon sunlight lights up the ferry against the blue water. In my ETSY shop.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Lavender Smoke Ferry at VYFS auction SOLD

The north end ferry in late afternoon sun traveling from Southworth to Vashon
Lavender Smoke Ferry will be at the Vashon Youth & Family Services second annual Home 2 Vashon benefit dinner will be held on October 19, 2019, 6-9pm at the O Space. There will be delicious food, great music, and an auction to benefit Vashon Youth and Family Services voucher program.
This program helps islanders in need cover the cost of necessary medical transportation, which is especially important for families struggling with severe or chronic illness. All of the funds raised from Home 2 Vashon will go directly towards this voucher program for islanders.
For tickets, click here

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

White Daisies on Turquoise

A bouquet of spring daisies against a blue green background.  Painted when the daisies first appeared this summer.  I like the turquoise and blue and green.  The analagous colors create harmony which is punctuated by the bright gold centers. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Daisies on Blue Stripes

Blue feels so summery, the color of the sky, a lake or the ocean.  Daisies are a great early summer flower, they grow on the edges of the roads and in the ditches in my neighborhood.  The spot of gold in the centers of the flower complements the blues in the teapot and in the background.  12 x 12 framed, at my ETSY store

Thursday, July 25, 2019

On the Pickleforks

The pickleforks are the two narrow walkways above the loading ramps of the Washington ferries.  Passengers can stroll and sun and catch a lot of breeze, and look for whales and sea lions and pirates.  Painted from photos I took myself, though I admit I was inspired by the work of Alex Colville. This painting will be in my show at the Vashon Center for the Arts, Summer Arts Fest.  Oil on panel 10" x 20."  My show will be up July 31 through August 12, and the opening is August 2, 6-9 p.m.  You're invited. 

Monday, July 22, 2019

Sailboats in Quartermaster

A Sunny day painting of the view from Burton to West Seattle.  Sailboats anchor in Quartermaster Harbor; fluffy clouds dot the turquoise sky, and the dark green trees of portage bring drama to the scene.  24" x 24" oil on panel.  This painting will be in my show at the Summer Art Fest at the Vashon Center for the Arts 19600 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA 98070.  The show opens Friday August 2; the reception is 6 to 9.  I hope to see you there. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

VIVA Membership show at Hardware Store SOLD

     A bouquet of late summer cosmos and zinnias gathered from our garden.  The light was placed directly overhead and added dramatic lighting to the bright pinks and reds.  Painting light reds can be a fun challenge.  If you add white to the mixture to make the red light, it turns a pasty pink, not at all like the intense red of the velvety zinnias.  I borrow a technique from watercolor and  paint the bright reds with transparently to allow the light of the painting panel to brighten the color. 
     This painting will be in the VIVA members show at the Hardware Store restaurant on Vashon.  The show opens on Friday June 7 from 6-9 p.m. The address is 17601 Vashon Hwy SW.  

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Art Studio Tour THIS WEEKEND

It's going to be a beautiful weekend for a drive - Come to Dockton on Vashon Island and see the art. Five different artists, pottery, stained glass, jewelry, weaving and PAINTING. 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Lemons on Turquoise - SOLD at the Spring Art Tour

It's time for the Spring Art Tour.   I like the saturated colors and shiny reflections in this one.  The turquoise and yellow dominate, but area of lavender-blue in the background keeps it from feeling like just a one-note song.  On display at Dockton Pottery 25913 99th Ave SW in Dockton just opposite the old Dockton Store - May 4 & 5 and 11 & 12 from 10 to 5.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Eggplant Painting in Spring Art Tour

Eggplant is one of my favorite vegetables.  Not just for eating, but also because the color is so deep and wonderful to paint.  This painting is very simple, but such lovely reflections.   This one will be at the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour during the first two weekends in May.  I'll be showing paintings at Dockton Pottery, 25913 99th Ave SW opposite the old Dockton Store.  Stop # 23 on the map.  Click here for a printable map

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Clementine and Teapot on Black, Dramatic Orange

I wanted the clementine to shine, so I put a spotlight overhead and stuck the black teapot in dark shadow.  Just a bit of reflection and a few highlights add great drama.  This one will be at the Spring Studio Tour.  I'll be showing paintings at Dockton Pottery, 25913 99th Ave SW, stop # 23 on the Tour. Maps are available at  The first two weekends in May, put it on your calendar.  Come see the art. 

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Springtime is Studio Tour Time

Still life of limes in a silver bowl on a pink tabletop.  This one will be at the VIVA Spring Studio Tour
First two weekends of May, the 4th & 5th and the 11th & 12th, from 10am to 5pm.  I'll be at Dockton Pottery- all the way down in Dockton, Stop # 23 on the tour, 25913 99th Ave SW on Vashon Island.  You need this painting! 

Friday, April 5, 2019

Dockton Marina

Morning sun lights the boats and shed of the Dockton Marina.   The tide is going out and puddles of water remain on the gray sand.  A larger painting 24 inches square.  On my ETSY store

Sunday, March 17, 2019

White Camellias in a Jelly Jar

The Camellia Sasanqua starts blooming in December and sometimes blooms all winter.  This year the cold snap in February put an end to the parade of fragrant white blossoms.  I like the soft petals against the stiff waxy leaves. On my ETSY store.