Sunday, March 19, 2017

Mt. Rainier in Blue and Pink

An 8 x 0 original oil painting of Mt. Rainier in late afternoon.   The mountain is viewed across the water as the sunlight turns pink and lavender.  The painting is characterized by saturated color and loose bold brushwork.  On my ETSY store

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Metal Bowl with Clementine Oranges on Pink

This was painted in January. The saturated colors and bright contrasts were an antidote to the gray weather and the short days.  Even though the colors are bright, they are limited; just pink orange and neutral grays and browns.  On my ETSY store.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Low Silver Bowl and Three Clementines

Painted this winter when the clementines were abundant.  I like the limited colors and contrast between very saturated colors and neutral grays and browns.  On my ETSY store


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Red Onion on Gold

The shadow side of the onion is a bit cooler - towards violet, and the lit side is a bit warmer towards red.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Red and Gray Winter Sunset Madronas at CVG show


Selected for the 2017 Washington State Juried Art Competition (The CVG Show).
Jan. 21- Feb. 25, Wed.  11 AM-5 PM, Sat & Sun. 12-4 PM.,  Collective Visions Gallery,   331 Pacific Avenue, Bremerton, WA

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Purple Onion on Green - Kitchen art

A purple onion in strong light with loose onion skins.  I like the cool pink colors reflected on the shadow side of the onion. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Silver Pot and Clementines on Pink

I use paper and fabric as backdrops in my still life compositions.  Sometimes I use very neutral grays and sometimes I go wild with color.  The oranges and pinks are close to each other on the color wheel and create harmony, but are different temperatures (warm and cool) and create drama. On my ETSY store

Monday, January 9, 2017

Bllue Teapot with Clementines

The clementines are in season, and not only are they good to eat, they are lovely to paint.  I like the saturated color of the oranges next to the dark complement of the blue teapot.  This is one of several clementine paintings that I did in response to dark and gray weather.  A bit of tropical sunshine in my studio to chase away the winter. 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Clementines on Pink

When it's gray and wintery outside, it's time for some cheery clementine oranges on a pink tabletop.  I like the limited palette.  I used a neon pink paper for the tabletop which created interesting colors for the shadows.  The cool pinks and purples are exciting against the warm oranges browns and reds.  I also like the smooth gessoboard surface, it allows me to create lots of texture which offsets my tendency to fussiness.   On my ETSY store

Monday, December 19, 2016

Daisies in a Jelly Jar, Summer Bouquet in White and Gold


Painted this summer when the daisies in my garden bloomed. I like the fast brushwork in the background and the simple color scheme.  On my ETSY Store

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Car Show

Painting from a car show of a two-tone green antique car with white sidewall tires. On my ETSY store

Friday, December 9, 2016

Pt Robinson Llighthouse


One of the small paintings I did for the Artist Studio Tour.  The important thing about painting small is to simplify the composition.  Too much detail is very busy in a small size.  I moved the fuel shed, the fence and the large metal light tower a little to the left until they left the picture altogether, and I took out the chain link enclosure on the back of the building.  It still looks like the Pt Robinson lighthouse-just simplified.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Red Grapes on Black and Gray

This is a favorite idea of mine- a backlit subject silhouetted against a dark background.  I like the strong design created by the sharp contrast.  The play of reflected and translucent lights in the grapes
creates a nice feeling of three dimensions in a shallow space.  I also like the contrast of the warm grapes against a cool gray. 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

New Paintings at 2016 Holiday Art Tour

I hadn't posted for a while because I hadn't taken any pictures.  These paintings are at the Vashon Holiday Art Tour Stop #32 Pink House painters in Burton opposite the post office.  I took these paintings with indoor lighting so the colors are a bit off.  All these are framed. 
Sailboats at the dock 8x10 - one of several I painted from a scene from the Center for Wooden Boats at Lake Union in Seattle.
Car Show 4 x 6 I do like old cars - to look at, not to drive - I'm not great at a manual transmission.
Cove Beach Shack  A sunny day on the west side of Vashon.
A sailor balancing his small sailboat as it heels in the wind.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Coming up this weekend.  I'll be showing paintings of sailboats, paintings of ferries, Vashon scenes and still lifes. 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Long Legged Bug

        I collect dead bugs to paint.  I had this one in my freezer for several months because I knew I was going to paint some smaller paintings for a miniature show in December.  Technically not really a miniature painting since it is not smaller than life or 1/6 scale;  this bug is painted life size.  I wound up using a very small brush to paint those very long legs.    This painting is mounted on a gray board and framed in a very narrow metal frame with the outside dimension of 6" x 6" On my ETSY store

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Red Grapes on Gray

Not very red grapes; more like pinkish with green and gold and bits of magenta.  I put the spotlight above and slightly behind the grapes which makes them glow from within, and also casts lovely lights and shadows on the grapes and the stems.  The problem was the grapes were very tasty and my subject material kept getting smaller as I positioned and re-positioned the grapes.  I tried to create a "hole" in the middle to allow the viewer to enter into the space.  A slightly smaller painting 5" X 5"  On my ETSY store. 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Blue Teapot with Sunflowers on Gray

This beautiful blue enameled teapot was a gift and had to be painted.  I like the shape and the color and enjoyed painting the yellow flowers.  I placed this pot at eye level so I had to suggest roundness with shadows and highlights The sunflowers are the last of the season; I chose them for contrast with
the dark blue pot.  This one was fun to paint.  On my ETSY store

Friday, October 21, 2016

Blue Enameled Teapot - Teapot with Flowers - Sunflowers and Blue Pot

Another painting in a small format - this one is for the masters in miniature show at the Blue Heron -Vashon Center for the Arts gallery coming up in December.  I like the top lighting and the warm gray color that contrasts with the cool blue pot.
This one is 4.5 inches square.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Plums on a Branch - Italian Prunes - Still life of Plums- Blue and Purple Fruit

I painted these plums several weeks ago from the last of the Italian plums that were in the orchard.    There were so many plums that the tree branches were bowed down from the weight and touched the ground.  They looked like clusters of grapes. 
I like the dusty blue and how the dark purple shows through the light blue.  Painted in a smaller format 4x4. On my ETSY store.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Holiday Art Studio Tour

The Holiday Art Tour is seven weeks away and I just got a copy of the brochure cover from the tour manager.  And that's a detail from one of my paintings on the cover, so I'm showing it off and letting everyone know well in advance that I'm showing paintings in December at Quartermaster Cottage in Burton along with Jan Wall and Donna Botten.  Put it on your calendar.  The painting of the red ferry will be at the show - along with other paintings of ferries, island scenes, still lifes, and more.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Three Cherry Tomatoes

Three cherry tomatoes from my garden - we're having wet and rainy now, but these are in the greenhouse so they're still doing summer.  I like the strong dramatic shadows.  Created from a still life I set up in my studio - in a bit smaller size.  I'm sending three pieces to a small painting show and he frame can only be 6" on the outside so this painting is 4" x 4." I am trying to make the painting simple and readable from across the room, but, because it is so small, I want to pack it with detail to make it interesting close up.   On my ETSY store

Monday, October 10, 2016

Six Green Onions on Turquoise - Scallions in light and shadow - Spring Onions - Kitchen Vegetable Art

These scallions are from the grocery store and have short stubby roots.  The ones we grow in the garden have long tresses that are difficult to paint--it's too easy to get caught in the details and try to paint every root hair.  So I actually like the store-bought ones better (for painting, anyway).  On my ETSY store
 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Pewter Jug and Four Tomatoes - Kitchen Still Life - Metal Pot and Vegetables -Cherry Tomatoes and Reflections


The season for cherry tomatoes is almost over.  Here are four Sun Gold tomatoes posed with a small metal vase.  I like the glow of the dull metal and the diffuse reflection of the orange tomatoes.  I put a cardboard shield between the spotlight and the jug and threw the back of the painting into deep shadow.  I like the lost edges where the pot disappears into the shadows.  On my ETSY store.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Small Vase of Zinnias Leaning Right - Two Zinnias in Square Glass Jar

The dark shadow in the background breaks up the space into two unequal parts and makes the painting more interesting.  The diagonal shadow leaning left opposes the flowers leaning right and makes a nice balance.  I like the dark pink centers of these pale peach zinnias.  On my ETSY store.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Pewter Pot and Three Tomatoes - Bright Cherry Tomatoes and Metal Vase

Dark shadows hug a small pewter pot and leave three cherry tomatoes in bright light.  The metal pot picks us warm colors from the tomatoes.  I notice when I paint that sometimes the edges of dark shadows have a halo of orange or magenta.  I'm not sure if it's really there or if it's a product of the lenses in my glasses bending the light at these areas.  I notice it, so I put it in.  But I can't remember seeing this in my youth before I wore glasses or bifocals.  Do other people see this?

Friday, September 30, 2016

Zinnias in a Round Jar with Top Light - Bouquet of Fall Flowers - Autumn flowers in Glass Jar

These zinnias came from a farm stand just down the road.  They are bright and sturdy with brightly colored centers and they last and last.  Which is a good thing, because I usually wait until the flowers have wilted before I decide to paint them.   Most of the painting is high key (light in value); the small amount of dark intense color is what makes the painting look so light.  On my ETSY store

Thursday, September 29, 2016

En Garde - Five Green Onions on Blue Green - Bunch of Scallions - Kitchen Garden Vegetables Oil Painting

En Garde - green scallions posed with swords crossed. 6" x 6" original oil still life painting of 5 green scallions on a blue green background. Painted from a still life I set up in my studio. This painting is sold fresh from the garden and unframed.  On My ETSY store

Monday, September 26, 2016

Golden Onion in Shadow SOLD

Golden Onion in Shadows - Kitchen Onion in Dramatic Light - Thespian Onion Gives Emotional Performance - Audience Cries.  6x6 original oil painting of an onion on a tabletop in strong side light with minimal color and strong shadows.  A dramatic rendering of a kitchen onion with just a bit of crimson on the tabletop to suggest the fate that is about to befall the vegetable.  
A tonalist subject, basically a round ball on a horizontal plane with very little color.  It's all about describing the lights and shadows and making the onion glow.  On my Etsy store.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Zinnias Square Jar Toplight - Summer Flower Bouquet- Vase of Zinnias- Autumn Flowers

These flowers are from a farm stand just down the road.  They are sturdy and bright and have  colorful centers to contrast with the pale peach petals.  The painting is mostly high key, (that is, light in value); even the background is pale. But the dark shadows in the flowers let you know where the light is coming from and they keep the painting from being washed out and boring.  On my Etsy store.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Zinnias Square Glass Jar - Fall Flowers Bouquet, Vase of flowers, Pink Zinnias

These zinnias are from a farm stand just down the road.  These hardy flowers are going strong even though it has been dry and warm.  The petals expend their energy on color on the face of the flower, the backs are pale and tan  and reflect the strong side light.  I like the strong pink color, and the pink centers.