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.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Sailing around Quartermaster, Quartermaster Harbor Sailboats,

Sailboats in Quartermaster.  Enough of a breeze to unfurl the sails and take advantage of the wind.  A nice day for a sail.  I like the light and shadow on the sail.   This one is at my show at PSCCU Credit Union here on Vashon through October.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Sailboat with Red Transom

A sailboat with a red transom plying the water between Vashon and Tacoma.  There's enough breeze to fill the sails and put some waves on the water.  A great day for a sail.  This one on display at  PSCCU credit union here on Vashon - through October.  Reception is October 7.  6" x 12" oil on panel.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Blue and Greem Summer Madronas

The view from my yard: from the top of the hill, across the valley, down to the water, and up the hill on the other side of Quartermaster Harbor.  The madronas grow with a twist to the trunks and lean out over the hillside to catch the sunlight that reflects from the water.  A larger painting, 36" x 48", on display during September & October at PSCCU credit union here on Vashon. 

Friday, September 2, 2016

Red and Gray Winter Sunset Madronas

This painting is going in a show of my work that I'm putting up today at PSCCU Credit Union in Vashon (Location: 9928 SW Bank Rd, Vashon, WA 98070)  A few years ago we had a snowfall in the yard and I happened to take a photo of the sun as it set just over Tahlequah.  The colors of the earth and the trees were all dark charcoal from the wetness of the snow with just a bit of red where the sun glowed through the trees.  You can't see the snow, but it influences the colors and the mood.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Night Ferry Southworth - View from Colvos Passage - Vashon Fauntleroy Ferry

The Southworth ferry dock is seen from the west side of Vashon.  This is a view looking north along Colvos Passage.  In the summer the sun sets far to the north; the sky glows above Bainbridge Island.  The lights of the ferry and the ferry dock are bright in the twilight.  Painted from photographs I took on location.  This painting will be showing at Dockton Pottery this weekend,  stop #19 on the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour.  The tour is the last two weekends in June, from 10 to 5 on the 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Surf Fishing - Gray Day at Pacific Beach - Painting of Fishing for Surf Perch in Washington SOLD

Painted on the Washington coast in May after a morning of clam digging.  The digging was over for the day, but chest- wader attired fishermen were standing in the surf casting for surf perch.  It was a gray day so the colors were very harmonious.  I used a cool gray for the sky and water, but  the waves picked up the  beach sand as they broke and turned a warm brown.  On my ETSY store.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Copalis River

A view of the Copalis River on its path to the sea on the Washington coast.  It was the last opening of spring clam tides and we parked next to a guy who was selling clam guns.  His season was over so he was in a chatty mood.  We both agreed this was a million dollar view.  

Friday, May 27, 2016

Gray Day Roosevelt Beach

Last week, we went clam digging on the Washington coast on the last open clam tide of the spring.    It was a gray day with headlands obscured in clouds and mist.  This was painted on location at the end of Roosevelt Beach. The bluffs are steep and formed of barely compressed orange sandstone.  The orange sandstone color lends a warm tone to the sand of the beach.  I like the lost headland. On my ETSY store

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Spent Rose and Two Rosebuds

These roses were left overnight in the studio and in the morning the open rose was starting to loose its petals, but the rosebuds were starting to show some pink.  I like the soft gray background color.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Madrona Study

A small study, 6 x 12, of the sun setting through the madrona trees in my yard.  The bark of the madronas is smooth and red brown on the upper limbs, and rough and lavender gray on the wide  trunks.  So when the setting sun shines through the trees, it sets the red bark afire.  A view I see often in the winter when gray clouds break at the horizon to let a sliver of sun shine through.  

Thursday, May 12, 2016

One Rosebud - Single Rose in Square Glass Jar

From a flower that grew in my garden. This rose comes from the root-stock of a grafted rose.  The rootstock is very vigorous and now there are two different species of roses growing from the same plant.  This is probably rosa Canensis, or dog rose.  The rose is a pale pink and has a single layer of petals.  I like the pale gray green background and the softness of the shadows.   
On my ETSY store

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Sailing Around Vashon SOLD

The sun is shining and this sailboat is heeling from the wind.  Nice way to spend a sunny afternoon. I like the way the sail disappears against the bright sky.
On my ETSY store

Friday, May 6, 2016

Yellow Rose Bouquet - Jar of yellow Roses, Father Hugo Roses in a Glass Jar, Spring Roses,

Another painting of the Father Hugo roses.  These roses are single - meaning they have only a single layer of petals.  The roses are also simple and clear in their pattern of lights and shadows.  The only difficulty is making a shadow in yellow - I usually aim somewhere between raw sienna and lavender, with perhaps a touch of green thrown in.  This one is a little larger 9" x 12"

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Yellow Roses Glass Jar on Gold

The Father Hugo rosebush is blooming again.  Two weeks earlier than normal, and covered in small yellow single roses.  This is a species rose, originally found in China.  The small roses have a short blooming period and a delicious fragrance with perhaps a hint of cloves. I painted this from a still life I set up in my studio.  I used a spotlight and cardboard shields to throw the back of the still life into shadow and add more drama.