Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Silver Bowl Tangerines on Pale Green

Another in the tangerine series.  I usually paint the same subject for a while until it gets too squishy to move easily.  I'm really enjoying the reflections in the silver bowl.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Silver Bowl Tangerines on Pink SOLD

Gotta love those shiny bowls.  When I first painted this I had more distinct reflections of the tangerines - and it did that unfortunate mental jump of creating a cartoon face.  Once you see it, you can't not see it.  So I removed detail from the reflection and dulled it down and the face went away.  It's easy to get caught up in the details but then get surprised when you step back and really look.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tahlequah Sunset

This is the view from my yard towards Tahlequah on the south end of Vashon Island. I painted this sunset several months ago when the sun was still setting to the south.  It's fun to do these quick plein air studies, and this was so convenient - right in my own back yard.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Oranges on Black and Gray

These oranges seem especially saturated - probably because the blacks are so very neutral and make the colors pop more.  I really enjoy setting up these still life compositions with a cast shadow across the background-- it enables me to get such interesting angles in the shadows and reflections. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Orange Slices, Glass Jar, on Lavender

Back to those orange slices.  And the oranges have been so tasty, too.  I like the orange/lavender color scheme and enjoy that little bit of yellow and splash of blue that keeps it interesting.  Still working on those lost edges.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Orange Slices Green Plate Leaning Right SOLD

These orange slices lean so that the light is coming through the slices producing a marvelous translucent color.  I really like those intense colors together.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

View from Hake Road SOLD

On Maury Island looking north towards Dockton from Hake Road.  First it was forest, then it was farmland, but now it is filling up with houses on five acre parcels.  Every houseowner clears their property towards the view and plants trees to screen the neighbors.  The trees are coming back, slowly but surely.  

Monday, May 2, 2011

Bandon Lighthouse SOLD

This is one of the paintings I'll be showing at the Barnworks during the Vashon Spring Arts Tour.  May 7th & 8th, and May 14th & 15th.
This lighthouse is at the mouth of the Coquille River in Oregon near the town of Bandon.  I liked the way the light felt intense and hazy at the same time.  All that sunlight and moisture washes the color out and makes everything seem soft and insubstantial.   This view was from the sand dunes looking south and west towards the sea.  The far hill is on the other side of the Coquille River.