Friday, June 29, 2012

White Cup Cherries on Gold

I kept the palette simple to unify the composition. This still life is toplit, so the rim of the cup and the tabletop are light. And the light is reflected back up under the cup and under the cherries too.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Seabold Hall Bainbridge Island SOLD

Done at a class on Bainbridge Island at Seabold Hall.  This is the building in which the class was held.  I painted quickly but chased a few shadows across the page.  I am fond of the patch of blue sky in the trees;  I kept it dark so that it reads as part of the background.  After I finished I realized that the peak of the roof should not have been on the edge of the canvas. 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Two Sailboats

Two sailboats silhouetted against the dark green hill of Maury Island near Dockton, Washington.  Late afternoon sun casts a yellow light on the sailboat, and turns the shadows lavender. 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Pt. Robinson Lighthouse with driftwood SOLD

The old Point Robinson lighthouse on Vashon Island sits low on the beach close to the point.   There is an ugly modern tower just to the left of this view but it didn't seem to go with the mood of the painting so I left it out.  This July 4 is the low tide festival this year --between 10 and 3 the lowest tides of the year will uncover rocks, sandbars, and tidepools that are not visible for the rest of the year.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Yellow Centered Jonquil Charcoal Wall

Another jonquil painting from this spring.  I like to paint flowers with simple structure.  Also, jonquils hold their petals for several days as cut flowers.  I like the strong turquoise and charcoal colors.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Jonquil with Vertical Blue and Turquoise

This was painted this spring when the orange centered jonquils were blooming.  I have discovered I really like blue and white together.  The smidgeon of orange and green and gold  contrast with the dominant blues and make them seem even bluer.   

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Single Cow SOLD

A very simplified background with sharp light outlining the cow's back and head.  I especially like the streak of orange in the background.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Cherries Cup and Bowl SOLD

A study in black and white and gray with some tasty cherries thrown in.  I especially like the white bowl which is painted light gray except for a few strokes on the rim of the bowl.  But it still reads as white!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tall Silver Bowl Three Cherries

Another painting of cherries again on gessoboard.  Although the surface is smooth, it creates texture by showing every detail of every brush stroke.  I like the suggestion of shine and reflection. 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Three Red Cherries, Black ,White, Gray

I found cherries in the store and managed to paint a few paintings before I ate all the cherries.    This is smooth gessoboard rather than Raymar panel; the brush strokes are more apparent and maybe a little looser.  It also makes it easy to wipe out an area because there is no texture to hold pigment.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Twisp River Trees

Last fall on a visit to the east side of the Cascades we drove up the Methow Valley and found this stand of golden trees near Twisp.  It was a perfect fall day with warm sun shining through golden leaves.  The next day was overcast and rainy, and snow was falling in the passes as we scooted home before winter.  This painting is in my show in Anchorage this June at the Artique Ltd Gallery.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Nason Creek Fallen Log SOLD

A view of Nason Creek near Lake Wenatchee.  Low angled sun breaks through the spot where the tree has fallen.  This painting is in my show at the Artique Gallery in Anchorage this June.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Near Chiniak SOLD

View of a tidal creek on the road to Chiniak on Kodiak Island.  A very cool and misty scene with lush green grasses and very gray sand.  This painting is in my show at the Artique Gallery in Anchorage this month (June)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

White Sand Beach SOLD

The white sand beach is at the end of the road at Monashka Bay on Kodiak.  Late afternoon sun turns the mountain pinkish orange.  This painting will be in my show at the ArtiqueLtd Gallery in Anchorage in June.