Friday, July 14, 2017

Trees Sheltering a Country Road

Trees V        8" x 8"       Acrylic on Copper Painted Wood (SOLD)

There is something about the sturdy trunk and spreading branches of a tree of any size that speaks of longevity, perseverance and stability. Standing strong in the face of storm or drought, the trees adapt as the world around them changes. I want to possess that same strength. I touch a tree and gather courage.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Hilltop House Original Oil Painting on Copper

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It is the quality of light and the shapes that move me to paint something. I love the light on houses that have a simple shape.There is just something so solid about the shapes revealed in this way. The trees of winter are a different proposition. Without their leaves, they are less solid and more of a challenge to paint without getting into painting every single branch. There are some artists that will paint every detail, but I am not one of them. I only wish to paint enough to let the viewer complete the idea for themselves.

Once again, I have shown the painting in two very different lighting situations so that you can get more of an idea how the copper gleaming through the semi-transparent oil paint changes with the light.

This particular stand is my very favorite as it looks like a rocky outcropping on the hillside.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Dawn in the Spring Fields Original Oil on Copper

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Can a painting look this different under different light? Yes! If you view this painting on copper by morning sun, the copper gleams pink from under the pale blue gray oil paint. When viewed by lamplight, the colors are more muted. I love this effect of mutability in a painting. It captures more of the reality of the light on the land. In the early spring, the air is cold, but the light is so warm as the sun rises. When the sun is higher in the sky, the light grows colder as the earth warms. I think that is magical.

These Skagit fields often have tulips or daffodils in them. Sometimes they are left fallow, other times they have a vegetable crop in rotation. Every year is different.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

North Douglas Island Waterfall 6" x 6"

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Southeast Alaska is the land of waterfalls. This one on the North end of Douglas Island is a beauty in any season. The biggest problem is where to stand to take a photo.

The copper under the painting reflects the light and changes the colors depending on the light source. The variance between these two photos shows the painting in pink evening sunlight and under an incandescent desk lamp.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Lombardy Poplars Tonalist Oil Painting in Desktop Stand

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I have always been attracted to the windbreaks made of rows of Lombardy Poplars. They delineate the farmers fields all across the US. The fragrance of leaves in the fall is one I will always remember from the bus stop where I waited as a child. What fun to kick our way through the drifts of leaves!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Calvert Island West Beach

6" x 8" Oil on Copper sheet on Birch plywood in a Birch Stand
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This wild Pacific Beach on Calvert Island is one of the prettiest I have seen. But everywhere there is evidence of storm waves running over the island. Well worth a visit if you get a chance. There is a great fishing lodge on the island that is accessed by float plane. Otherwise, visit by boat.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Hereford Cattle on Lopez Island Desktop Painting

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I have had an interesting time painting these petite paintings. In the tradition of Dutch Cabinet Painting or Religious Icons, these are intended to be viewed at an intimate distance. They serve as a sanctuary of the natural world, a meditation focus far from the madding crowd of holiday shoppers. A place of retreat, regrouping and decompressing.