Friday, October 5, 2018

One Plum, Italian Prune Plum Still Life

A small still life of a single Italian Prune Plum on a light tabletop against a darker background.  Painted this fall when the plums were so abundant that the branches were breaking under their weight.  I like the dull hazy blue of the plums and the rubbed areas that expose the red purple skin of the plum underneath. On my ETSY store

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Three Pink Peonies

Another one from last spring.  You have to squint a lot to paint so many petals.  I usually put in too much detail and wind up rubbing it out in the last two minutes of the painting.  On my ETSY store.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Sun and Dockton Marina

A sunny day view of Dockton Marina, with the "old" roof on the harbor building.  The new rood is an ugly shed roof so I revert to the shape that pleases me better. 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Two Pink Peonies Glass Vase


Another painting of peonies, painted a few weeks ago when the peonies were available.  I like the softness of these lush blooms.  You have to do a lot of squinting to simplify the values so that each flower looks 3-dimensional.  And then you get to go back and smush things a bit to make it soft enough. On my ETSY store

Friday, July 6, 2018

Peonies and Silver Vase

Spring peonies are here for just a few weeks.  I managed to paint a couple of pictures of them before  the show was over.  I love the lushness, the color and most of all the fragrance.  This one is in my current show at the Vashon Center For the Arts as part of the Summer Arts Fest.  The show is up through July 23rd.  19600 Vashon Hwy SW.  Open every day during July & August.   

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Blue Green Ferry

What is more Vashon than the Ferry?  We all use it, some of us every day.  It is a relaxing mini cruise or a source of aggravating frustration.  You have to be a special kind of person to live on an island.  This one will be in a showing at Vashon Center for the Arts during Summer Arts Fest.  My show will be from July 5 thru July 23.  VCA is open every day during July & August except Independence Day. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Walnut Tree


A view of Vashon looking south on the highway towards the cluster of buildings at Sound Minglement and Vashon Coffee Roasterie.  It's late autumn and the walnut tree still has some golden leaves.  This one will be at the VCA during the Summer Arts Fest starting July 5th,  Please come - lots of art from local artists.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Joe's Chickens

I'll be sharing the Koch Gallery with four other artists during July.  Don't miss it. 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Sunset Through Madronas SOLD

The view from my yard.  Looking from Maury Island across Quartermaster Harbor to the south end of Vashon Island.  This 16" x 16" painting will be at the Hardware Store Restaurant in Vashon at the VIVA Membership show.  Opening tomorrow,  Friday June 1, 17601 Vashon Hwy SW.  Public invited. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Black Cup Orange Slices

A still life of harmonious colors based on orange brown black and white.  This unframed painting is at the Vashon Art Studio Tour this weekend May 12 & 13.  It will be at the Dockton Pottery, Tour Stop # 8 opposite the old Dockton Post Office 25913 99th Ave SW,  10 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday. 

Friday, May 4, 2018

Cove Motel


The old Cove Motel - the Mosquito Fleet stopped here.  This painting will be at Vashon Island Visual Artists Spring Art Tour at Dockton Pottery (opposite the former Dockton Store) 25913 99th Ave SW.  This weedend May 5 & 6 and next weekend May 12 & 13th from 10 to 5.  Visit Dockton, see art!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Sailboats in Quartermaster Harbor

Art Tour starts Saturday.  Visit Dockton, see paintings at Dockton pottery!
A view from Burton towards Quartermaster Harbor: small boats moored in the harbor. The mooring buoys are permanent anchorages and are regulated according to placement and spacing. I might have moved the boats a bit closer together than they actually are for the sake of grouping the boats to make a nice painterly composition. And that's why the boats look like they might bump into each other. I've been known to move trees and buildings, hills and mountains; sailboats are relatively easy to move. 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Pt. Robinson Lighthouse

A sunny day view of the Point Robinson lighthouse looking up from the beach.  I will be showing this one at the Art Studio Tour at Stop # 8, Dockton Pottery - opposite the old Dockton store.  First two weekends in May.   May 5 & 6 and May 12 & 13, from 10am to 5 p.m.  Please stop by.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Spring Art Studio Tour

Two weeks until the art studio tour.  My name is NOT on the brochure, and I didn't get my name on the website, but I AM on the tour at Dockton pottery.  This painting of a blue smoke ferry will be at the show. 

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.