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.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Camellias on Turquoise

6 x 6 original oil painting of a bouquet of this winter's Camellia sasanqua in a glass jelly jar. The flowers not only bloom in winter (in December and January), but they also have a delightful fragrance. I like the stiff waxy leaves against the soft single petals.  On my ETSY store

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Ferry at Fauntleroy SOLD

The Fauntleroy Ferry dock in West Seattle with a ferry loading and offloading cars, trucks and passengers.  The western sun puts a shine on the water, dissolves the distant shore in a pale haze and throws most of the ferry into shadow.  I like the reflections and movement in the water. 

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Blake Island Sunset

A view of sunset across Puget Sound.   Blake Island is silhouetted in the foreground and the Olympic Mountains are hidden by low clouds.  Painted from photos I took while traveling on the Vashon-Fauntleroy ferry.  On my ETSY store

Monday, December 31, 2018

Green-Brown Smoke Ferry SOLD

A painting of the Vashon Ferry against a green-brown hillside. The ferry is pulling away from the shore late in the late afternoon and the smoke from its engines softens the hillside. Yellow sunlight lights up the side of the ferry and the smokestacks.  This painting is at a fund-raising auction for O Space on Vashon "The Golden Age of Mardi Gras Fundraiser & Auction" on Friday Feb 8

Monday, December 10, 2018

Ferry at the Dock

 The Vashon - Southworth - Fauntleroy at the north end ferry dock  The dark green hills and sunlight accent the ferry.  This painting is on my ETSY store

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

It's Vashon Art Studio Tour time- First two weekends in December

A small painting of a black calf with a red earring.  Jan Wall, Donna Botten and Gretchen Hancock will again be showing pastels, watercolors and oils at the Pink House in Burton.  Right on the highway, opposite the Burton Post Office - 23819 Vashon Hwy SW.  Please come & take a look. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Autumn Bouquet Zinnias and Cosmos

Zinnias and Cosmos in a small glass jar against a gray background.  An exuberant explosions of color for the end of summer.  I used strong top lighting to define and organize the shapes of the flowers.  And I positioned the tabletop at eye level to simplify the table.  This one will be in the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour the first two weekends in December - showing at the Pink House in Burton 23819 Vashon Hwy SW.  Everyone invited. 

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Lighthouse at Night SOLD

Almost night at the Point Robinson Lighthouse on Maury Island.  The 1915 Fresnel lens inside the lightroom was working until 2008 when it was replaced by a less romantic plastic beacon mounted on the walkway atop the tower.  I moved the light back into the lightroom and also moved the modern radar tower just a little bit to the right until it left the painting altogether.  I like the moodiness of the scene.  This painting will be in the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour the first two weekends of December at the Pink House in Burton 23819 Vashon Hwy SW.  Make plans to come and see. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Silver Cup and Cherries SOLD

Painted when the cherries were in season.   You can either balance the cherries so they stand up or try to make the stems go where you want.  Can't do both.  A mostly high key painting in warm gray with just a small amount of darks and a pinch of white highlights. This one will be in the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour at the Pink House in Burton 23819 Vashon Highway SW during the first two weekend in December.  Stop by.   On my ETSY store

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Three Cherries

Three dark sweet cherries on a glass tabletop against a gray background.  The bright overhead light casts strong shadows and reflected light bounces up against the undersides of the cherries.  I like the faint reflections in the glass and the overall high key of the painting.  On my ETSY store

Monday, October 29, 2018

Five Cherry Tomatoes SOLD

Its the end of October and still the cherry tomatoes in the greenhouse are growing and ripening.  These make a nice lineup for the bright lights of the still life setup.  This one will be in the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour at the pink house in Burton 23819 Vashon Hwy SW December 1st and 2nd, and December 8th and 9th.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Ferry with Sparkles SOLD

Here's an opportunity to buy one of my ferry paintings at an online auction and to support a good cause at the same time.  I just donated "Ferry with Sparkles" to the Vashon Maury Cooperative Preschool's 3rd Annual Online Holiday Auction, which will run from November 19th through December 2nd.  here's where to bid - auction is on NOW
This is a view of the Vashon-Southworth Ferry as seen from north end dock.  It is a hazy day, but a bit of sun shines through and adds sparkles to the water.   

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 SOLD

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.