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.