Monday, April 9, 2018

Chickens Sheds Trees Yard SOLD

I 'm so glad thet neighbors have chickens; I get to paint them without having to raise them.  I like the looseness and sketchy quality of this painting.   I had a lot of elements in this painting so I unified the chickens by putting a "spotlight" on them- it's a clearly defined area of sunlight in the foreground.  The sunlit area also touches the edge of the canvas in the foreground, creating a visual pathway to enter the painting. This one will be at VIVA Vashon Island Visual Artists studio tour during the first two weekends in May.  At Stop # 9 in Dockton at Gale Lurie's Dockton Pottery. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Red Pepper on Red

This red pepper is posed against a red background so the whole painting is a painting in red hues with variations in saturation and value.  All the reds are contrasted nicely by just a bit of green in the stem.  On my Etsy store

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

White Mums on Teal and Lavender

Chrysanthemums from the grocery store, available just before the spring flowers are out in my yard.  I set up the still life with a bright overhead light and threw the background into shadow for strong contrast.  I like the purple shadows on the tabletop and in the flowers.  I also like contrast between the tight and loose edges in the flower petals.  On my ETSY store.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

First Daffodils

Not a subtle painting. The bright yellow of the flowers is repeated in the yellow ochre of the background giving a strong color dominance to the composition. The painting is mostly high key (light values) with just a touch of dark in the green stems. I like the cheery color and simplicity of composition- spring is here!  On my ETSY store

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

White Crocus in a Square Glass Jar

The Crocuses are short lasting flowers and if you put them under a spotlight to paint you have to paint quick.  They go from closed to open to over in a few hours.  I like the square glass jar, probably an inkpot - my new favorite vase.  On my ETSY store

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Daffodils and Crocus, Spring Bouquets

The first daffodils of the season.  I usually leave them outside because I hate to pick them and denude the flower bed.   These lovelies lasted for a couple of days and at least two paintings.  On my ETSY store.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Single Mum and Round Vase

This is a simple painting of a single flower in a small round vase, but the close values and color harmonies make it interesting.  Most of the painting is a light middle value with a very small splash of pure white highlights and an even smaller splash of dark darks.  Both the flower and the vase dissolve into the background in places.  I like the saturated gold and the cool pink - they make a nice contrast for the white flower.  On my ETSY store

Thursday, March 15, 2018

I haven't cooked the small artichokes, so I don't know if they are immature or just small.  I like the dull colors and matte finish of the artichokes; no shine and no sparkly highlights. The blue green color of the background is harmonious with the yellow green color of the artichokes.  The subdued textures and harmonious colors are enlivened with touches of purple and orange.  On my ETSY store. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

White Camellias in a Glass Jar

Camellia Sasanqua blooms in November and December next to my front door.  It is a fragrant camellia with a delicate white flower,and a fabulous perfume.   I love the contrast of the stiff leathery leaves and the baby-skin soft petals.  I also like the dramatic contrast between a lot of high key whites and grays and the dark stems and leaves. On my ETSY store.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Blue Bowl with Lemons SOLD

A thrift store bowl with two lemons.  I think this is a French cafe au lait bowl.  I like the shape and size and it is a great color.  I like the messed up edges around the lemon as though the lemon were dissolving into the background.  Or maybe that's lemon oil evaporating into the atmosphere under the bright lights of the still life setup.  I also like the colors on the edge of the shadow. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Tahlequah Night Ferry

The ferry at night on the run to Point Defiance as seen from Jeff and Marla's house on the south end of Vashon.  I like the colors vibrating in the water.  This one will be at Vashon Island Art Studio Tour this weekend.  Stop #12 at Dockton Pottery 25913 99th Ave SW. 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Lavender Ferry SOLD

A summer evening when the light is low and warm.  Solid hills become insubstantial and the ferry takes on a different color.  A view looking west toward Southworth.  This painting will be at  Dockton Pottery, stop #12 on the Vashon Island Artist Studio Tour the first two weekends in December.  See you there 25913 99th Ave SW, Vashon, WA.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Black Teapot and Three Oranges

It's the Vashon Art Studio Tour this weekend.  This painting will be at stop #12 on the tour at Dockton Pottery 25913 99th Ave SW, Vashon, WA. First Two weekends in December 10am to 4pm. 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Pewter Pitcher and Persimmons

The pitcher is probably pewter or possibly tarnished silver plate.  I like the dark dull gleam of the surface with just a little bit of shine on the worn areas.  This one is in Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, Winslow Washington in December.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Cherry Tomato Lineup

Saturated orange makes a nice contrast to the dark green.   The greens and oranges are nearly complementary and make a dramatic but simple color scheme.  I frame the 6 x 6 painting by mounting the painting on an 8 x 8 gray backer board and then frame that in a narrow wooden frame.  I like being able to paint to the edge of the panel and this floater frame allows the whole painting to be visible.   This one will be at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts in December.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Southworth Ferry from Vashon Heights, Sunset

It's Art Studio Tour time again.  I'll be showing lots of paintings at Dockton Pottery the first two weekends in December.  Hope you can come.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Barred Chicken

I like the pose of this Plymouth Rock chicken.  The pattern on the plumage comes from bars of pigment (black) and bars of no pigment (white)  I wanted to suggest the pattern without painting too tightly.  This painting is about the exciting and dramatic color contrasts between the red comb and the green grass, and the exciting and dramatic value changes between the white and gray and black feathers. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Two Cherries and White Cup SOLD

This is a high key painting - most of the values are light with just a small amount of dark value in a few shadows and in the dark shiny color of the cherries.  The high key makes the painting feel like a dazzling sunny scene, though in this case it's a dazzling bright spotlight to the right of my still life setup.  I like the looseness of the highlight on the lip of the cup- it feels as if the atmosphere around the highlight is vibrating with the light.  This one is going to Bainbridge Arts and Crafts in December.  

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Three Zinnias

A bouquet of the last flowers of summer in a glass jar.  I lit them from the top and painted them in high key colors with just a little bit of strong darks to make the lights all the more interesting. I like the sense of volume and space around the flowers.  This one is going to Bainbridge Arts and Crafts in December.  

Monday, September 25, 2017

Three Rowboats

A group of three rowboats, tied together.  I probably left out the line that was securing the last boat to the dock.  Painted from photographs. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Sailboat, Two Sails

A brisk breeze and two sails to catch it.  Sailing around Vashon in the sunshine.  Painted from photographs.  On my ETSY store

Friday, September 15, 2017

Six Rowboats

I had fun playing with the colors in this piece.  Small rowboats are tied to the dock to enable folks to get back and forth to their boats moored offshore.  Painted from photographs.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Silver Pot and Three Sweet Cherries SOLD

Sweet cherries from Canada are still in the stores-so I get to eat some and paint some.  These three are admiring their reflections in the shiny metal pot.  I like the lighting in this painting.  Sometimes I spend almost as much time setting up the still life as painting it. The composition has to be interesting before I put paint on the canvas.  If I want the painting to look good, the set-up has to look good.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Three Sweet Cherries and Silver Creamer SOLD

I have another bag of tasty cherries in the fridge- I keep saving them, but usually forget to paint.  Such remorse when I finally throw them out, un-painted and un-eaten.    I like the silver creamer.  Shiny metal things demand close attention.  I aim to simplify but keep enough information that it still looks shiny.  

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Peonies and Pewter Pot SOLD


The last of the peony paintings for this year.   They are lush and fragrant and surprisingly durable;  hence the many paintings. I like the softness of the sheen on the pot and the warm shadows on the peonies.  On my ETSY store.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

White Pitcher and Red Cherries

It's cherry season and I'm having cherry fever.  I like this painting because of the pale blue plate.  It's a very delicate color to use against these dominant dark red cherries.  On my ETSY store

Friday, July 7, 2017

Painting at Edmonds Art Festival Show SOLD


Hurrah!  Red and Gray Winter Sunset Madronas won a first prize in painting at the Edmonds Art Festival Show.  This is a local art competition in conjunction with the yearly art fair.  It's an honor to have my painting chosen so I'll brag a bit. 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Two Peonies on the Table

Another painting of peonies while the flowers last.  I like how very lush and full the petals are - layers and layers of pink petals all with the sweetest fragrance.  Painted from a still life I set up in my studio.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Two Peonies One Open

 A 6 x 8 original oil still life painting of two pink peonies lying on the tabletop. One is just opening, and one is completely open. The peonies are fragrant and lush, and remarkably sturdy. I like the way the light touches the flowers - I used a cardboard shield to control the shadows and throw the background into shadow. The shadows give a nice sense of volume.   On my ETSY store

Thursday, June 22, 2017

One Peony, One Bud, Silver Vase

One flower, one unopened bud and a silver vase to add some shine.  I kept everything in the shadow except for light falling on the pink peony and the tabletop.  The opened peony is very pale, but I had to deepen the shadows in order to make the highlights stand out.  I like the soft edges on the metal vase, and I like the light that just skims the open flower.  On my ETSY store.