Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Nocturne Beach Daily Oil Painting a Day on Copper


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The mysterious moon is a powerful influence on the shore. The tides are driven by the moon, making the sea so much more alive and ever changing. Flotsam and jetsam, kelp, sea creatures, shells and driftwood are all gifts left by the tides, sometimes reclaimed by the tides. Walking the ocean beaches in winter really is the biggest treasure hunt of all. I am looking forward to doing that sooner rather than later.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

San Juan Beach Daily Oil Painting a Day on Copper


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Another day of dreaming of the summer beach. After all this snow, I really should be painting snow scenes.

Enough, I say. No more snow for now. There are still 8-10 inch piles of slush around. Not nice at all outside. Give me some nice clean rain to wash all the dirty slush away. Then, if we could have some more of the lovely clean white stuff, that would be okay as it lights up so beautifully under the city lights.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Rocky Beach Daily Oil Painting a Day on Copper


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Winter Solstice has come and gone and now the days will get longer rapidly. I am looking forward to more sunshine. These winter storms that dropped the 10 inches of snow kept what little sun we get from reaching us through the clouds. There is a little bit of blue sky today, so I am hopeful for a blast of sunlight on the snow. That will be a treasure to see with the snow laying thick on all the tree branches. The contorted filbert has turned to a mass of strangely interwoven sculptural shapes.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Silent Watcher Daily Oil Painting a Day on Copper


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The perfect perch for an eagle watching the shore. Such a fine, tall snag, this one had multiple perches to choose from. Rather unusual, I thought as I watched the sun slide behind the islands.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Snow Melt Daily Oil Painting a Day on Copper


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Out at Eagle Beach in Juneau, Alaska, there is a little picnic area with some very pretty rocks and trees by a pond. When I just had to go somewhere in the spring, this was a good destination. With only 40 miles or so of road, there weren't too many choices. I often took photos here or sketched the late winter beauty of the place.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Brrrrrrr!

I guess I am getting soft. It really isn't all that cold outside. Just in the 20's at night and 30's during the day, but I am really feeling it. I suspect the fact that I really haven't gotten my winter clothes out may have something to do with it. We have had such a balmy (though rainy) fall that I have forgotten to get out the wool, hats, scarves and mittens along with the winter footwear. I better do it soon.

Last week I was looking at blooming primroses in the yard and bulbs coming up, now they look like they have been frozen and thawed several times because they have. I moved the little fig in a pot into the garage, but was I soon enough?

I will have a painting ready for tomorrow, I promise, even if I paint wearing gloves.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Young Tree Daily Oil Painting a Day on Copper


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What a glorious world we live in. The morning began with clumps and masses of snow on every branch and twig. There is no sculpture that can compare with the shapes of snow on tree branches for complexity and interest. The ancient cherry tree across the road has massive dark limbs that have been pruned to unusual shapes. The snow laid on them like frosting accented them in a very graphic way. Then a glossy black crow posed on one to provide just the accent the scene needed. Last night the waning moon shone so brightly on the new-fallen snow that the night was more like day. I would love to capture it in paint, but I needed sleep.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Waterfall Daily Oil Painting a Day on Copper


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Waterfalls have always attracted me. The sight, the sounds, the freshness in the air create an engaging environment. Southeast Alaska has a multitude of waterfalls with its steep terrain and high rainfall. They are all beautiful in their own ways, falling like silver threads hung from the ridges of the mountains or tinsel on a Christmas tree. Norway has similar waterfalls adorning the mountains. I long to spend more time chasing waterfalls and less time on the minutiae of daily life.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sitka Logs Daily Oil Painting a Day on Copper


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Where they are logging the old-growth timber in Southeast Alaska, it is not uncommon to find logs 3-6 feet in diameter. Some of these end up on the beaches from time to time. There used to be a pulp mill in Sitka, and big saltwater yards of logs, so the beaches always had logs on every little island around there. They are some of my favorite things to paint.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Dreaming Tree


Oil on Copper 6" x 6" or 15cm x 15cm

The trees along our shores often have the most interesting shapes. I believe it is a result of the storms they are exposed to or the high winds. Also, it is only some species of trees that can tolerate or even require the special conditions of the salt shore. Sometimes they are inundated with salt water, other times it is only salt spray that lashes them. Sometimes they are drenched with rain for day after day and other days they are desiccated by intense sun reflected from stone or sand and drying winds.

In response to such shaping forces they develop idiosyncratic postures and attitudes. Sometimes the shapes are achingly beautiful. The shapes can also be contorted and bunchy to the point that the tree looks more like a bush and as such loses its tree-ness. Trees are fine beings to contemplate.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Water Drainage


Oil on Copper Sheet 6" x 6" or 15cm x 15cm

The magical valley of the Skagit River is incredibly fertile land and as you can see from all the drainage canals between fields, it is well watered as well. When you see the water in a ditch it generally means that is the level of the water table in the area. For growing crops that is wonderful because it acts like subsurface irrigation. However when we have a lot of rain or warming in the mountains that suddenly melts a lot of snow pack, the Skagit floods all these fields, leaving behind sediment. If it is only a little sediment, no problem, but one year, there was as much as 6 feet of sand deposited on some areas of fields and all the fertile soil was buried too deep for the crop roots. I watched as some farmers brought in huge bottom plows that could turn the buried soil up to the surface again and other farmers loaded and trucked sand to dump elsewhere on their property other than their best land. This was a genuine disaster as this farmland is some of the finest in the country and a huge proportion of the frozen peas in the US are grown here and many other crops are grown here for their seeds for the seed companies. There are also orchards, berries, grains and bulbs grown here. Snow geese and swans overwinter here, eating the winter barley or wheat.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Quiet Contentment

If only I could be as easily happy as a well fed cat with a sunny window to sit in. The human condition seems to demand more effort from us to find happiness than just sitting in the sun, watching birds fly by out of reach.

I find my happiness in working towards goals. I have not been setting as many goals lately. I have been trying the cat method of happiness, eating well and sitting in the artificial sun of my computer screen. But you know what? It gets a bit boring pretty quickly. But I will just have to put up with a bit of boredom as I must get my December newsletter published and sent. It is a big job and takes a lot of computer hours to get there.

As usual, when I can't paint is when I have all the great ideas for paintings, so I am writing them down in a sketch book for later inspiration when I can get back to the paintings.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Hill Top Daily Oil Painting a Day on Copper


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This farmhouse was at the top of a little hill in Wisconsin. The leaves had already fallen from the trees and blown to where fall leaves go in windy places. The October sun was low in the sky and rather thin where it shone. Cool, growing cooler, I would say. The days were still pleasant enough to enjoy a little exploring of the lovely farm country of rolling hills and hidden ravines.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Rainy Day Thoughts

The best place to be on a rainy day is in the Inglenook. If you have one, that is. The next best place is next to the kitchen stove, especially if food making is in progress. Since I have no Inglenook, I will settle in the kitchen and watch a pot bubble or keep an eye on whatever is in the oven. I sit and read my art books while sipping tea at the kitchen table waiting for the next step of cooking projects.

It is warm and cozy in the kitchen, and the light is brighter here, or at least seems so. My memories of my mother or my grandmother in the kitchen are treasures to me. I can summon their presence back with an odor of baking pie or bread. Best of all, were my mother's sticky buns. No one could ever match those.

I would sit at a table and shell pecans so that she could make a batch of buns for our next day's breakfast. She would have them all set up in the pan and raised in the refrigerator, ready to pop into the oven first thing in the morning just so we could have them warm from the oven for breakfast. How she spoiled us all.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Night Stalker Daily Oil Painting a Day on Copper


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Night is a very different experience away from the city. The night sounds are different. Frogs instead of sirens, although that does not mean the absence of danger. There are night stalkers about.

The sky is so much larger in the countryside. The moonlight is often bright enough to see to walk down a path or road. And when the moon is dark, the Milky Way is almost as bright where the air is dry and crystal clear.

I especially remember once walking by starlight in Portugal in October. The sky was like a basketful of diamonds thrown across a velvet cloak. The air so cold and clear that night, the stars shone steady without a twinkle and the Milky Way lighted my feet.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Head in the Clouds

I awoke this morning to sumptuously thick fog. It has persisted way past noon, unlike a typical autumnal fog. This must be a low-lying cloud. So all morning, I have been walking around with my head in the clouds. I feel like I am on a mountain top and all the surfaces are spangled with dewdrops. The smoke tree is particularly resplendent.

I sit at my window and marvel how clear, rich and saturated the colors are for the first 10 feet or so, then rapidly become less and less saturated until about 200 feet away there is only gray. I love fog and foggy days, though I am glad I do not have to be out driving in this. But as an artist, there is so much to learn about color and perception on days like this.

Now, I can just see the disk of the sun enough to locate where it is. This is the kind of day I love to paint. So as I work at my chores for the day, I keep taking time to sit or stand in front of a window and memorize the moment. My head is in the clouds, but my feet are still firmly planted on the earth.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Moon Glow Daily Oil Painting a Day on Copper



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Memories of evenings on the beach. The grill is going and the kids are asleep on a blanket. All is quiet and there is just enough breeze off the water to chase away the mosquitoes. It just doesn't get any better than this.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Coasting?

What does coasting mean to you? How about traveling by a small boat along a shore to get somewhere? I have done a lot of that in Alaska and enjoyed seeing all the sights. But today I am writing about the other meaning of coasting, moving along on stored up kinetic energy. That is what I am doing with the daily painting as the holidaze is interfering with my painting discipline. There are only so many hours in the day and I am working on some larger works in my studio now. So there is less time to paint the little ones. (Besides, someone had to bake the pumpkin pie!)

Someday I am going find one of those materializer machines that I can smack my forehead against and whatever is visualized in my mind will be created instantly and come out a big chute. Until that happens, I am limited by what my hands can produce. And that means that not all my visualizations are created. Some fall by the wayside and others are postponed. Those that are the tastiest to me usually go to the head of the line and are created next.

Paintings can be luscious as pie. Thick, rich, vibrant colors and varied textures are good enough to eat. Meditative landscapes are as refreshing to me as a cup of Spring Dragon green tea, which I consider the perfect accompaniment to a sweet dessert. So I invite you to get your cup of tea and coast through some of my earlier posts and enjoy them.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Sunset Daily Oil Painting a Day on Copper


Oil on Copper Sheet 6" x 6" or 15cm x 15cm
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As you may have noticed, I am painting a lot of dawn, twilight and nocturne paintings lately. I have always wanted to explore the subtle colors of these times and the copper lends itself so well to the colors. The warm skies are the result of a thin layer of a pale, neutral blue-violet stroked very thinly over the reflective copper, so that depending on the viewing angle, the color varies.

I love blue violet, the color of the wild violets I found in the woods as a child. It is almost gray, almost blue or almost violet, depending on the lighting. This color is even more beautiful when seen against the orange pink of pure copper. Combined with the greens of vegetation, I am using a triad of the secondary colors, orange, purple and green.

If you have visited my website, you know that I love orange, my favorite color. It is strange, but my favorite color used to be green, but after living in areas of gray skies for years, I found myself drawn more to orange, especially the rich red-orange or burnt orange as it is sometimes called. This is a color that throbs with vitality. It is the color the sun takes on as I watch it sink behind the screen of the winter twigs of the nearby birch trees in winter. It is the color of free range egg yolks or pyracantha berries in the winter yards.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Day's End Daily Oil Painting a Day on Copper



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In the northern latitudes, night comes very slowly and late and doesn't last long. Wonderful days for camping and exploring. I expect this, and am dismayed when I visit areas closer to the equator and the sun sets suddenly, with little time for twilight. It gets dark way too fast and conversely there is little warning for sunrise either. Dark one moment and sunrise the next. I prefer the hour long transition from first gray light to the full sunlight.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Beach Logs Daily Oil Painting a Day on Copper


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Logs never stay on local beaches too long. They get cut up for firewood either for fires on the beach or at home. Most of the logs show signs of a saw now. Many have escaped from rafts or barges in storms. They have two sawn ends. The battered remains of whole trees are those who have fallen into the water from shore either on the salt water or in a river that drains to the sea. They have roots and/or broken ends.

I love the wood and the textures that result from the grinding on rocks and sand in the surf. It is fun to look for interesting small sized pieces of driftwood for the garden or crafts.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Rain Shower


Oil on Copper Sheet 6" x 6" or 15cm x 15cm


It was a blustery day as I stood in the fields painting the tulips. My easel was blown over several times. I watched huge clouds sail into the mountains and dump their loads of rain. I was so glad that the rain was over there instead of right here.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Cormorant Cove


Oil on Copper Sheet 6" x 6"

These diving birds are very common all over Puget Sound. They are a lot of fun to watch as they fish for their meal. When not fishing, they sit around and wait for inspiration to do something else. I would rather paint them than the seagulls who are always around the shore.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Excuses, Excuses!

There is no photo today because I couldn't photograph my latest work while the sun was shining. I just am not happy with the photos made under artificial light of the copper. I don't get as much glow.

The sun was shining brightly on Saturday. However, I was at the Toastmasters International Conference, learning to be a better public speaker. It was a wonderful event and the educational sessions were especially informative.

Sadly, it was the first day in some time that was actually sunny here. Maybe the sun will shine tomorrow?

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Beach Stump


Oil on Copper Sheet 6" x 6" or 15cm x 15cm

There are so many beautiful islands in Puget Sound. It seems that there is a painting waiting in every direction. How to choose when surrounded by such beauty is the real challenge. Whether you travel by boat or by car, this land is full of the peaceful beauty that makes me want to sit a while and contemplate.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Ancient Tree


Oil on Copper Sheet 6" x 6" or 15cm x 15cm

I am drawn to trees with character. Those who seem to have weathered the storms of life and have stories to tell. I found this one when I was out plein air painting in the Arboretum. I think children have swung from the branches and adults have wished they could. It seems so welcoming with its wide open arms.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Moonrise


Oil on Copper Sheet 6" x 6" or 15cm x 15cm

That period of the day when the sun has set but the sky still has a pink glow is my favorite. The colors are muted and shifted to the red. Often the breezes have died down and the birds either set up a chorus of chatter or grow silent. Dark slides across the land and gradually the lights appear as signposts of humanity. The moon rises and may even be bright enough to see by in a rural area with few other sources of light to affect our eyes. At such times, the moon holds my gaze.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Mt. Baker


Oil on Copper Sheet 6" x 6" or 15cm x 15cm

The San Juan Islands offer many views of our mountains. I especially love the contrast of flat water with vertical peaks. It seems the epitome of our terrain in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Dawn


Oil on Copper Sheet 6" x 6" or 15cm x 15cm

Watching a sunrise through a fence line of trees, I was struck by how the tree branches formed spaces like the windows of a Gothic cathedral. Beauty is everywhere and inspires us all. Celebrate every sunrise.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Poplar Windbreak


Oil on Copper Sheet 6" x 6" or 15cm x 15cm

After much more experimentation, I have settled on a system to produce panels to paint on. It has been another large learning experience, but I now have a system.

Now I must get back into the groove of producing the paintings. The weather is gloomy now with heavy black clouds prevailing. I miss the sun, especially when photographing the paintings. I prefer daylight to photograph by and it has been so dim lately that I must do my photos at noon for enough light. It is the famous Seattle weather pattern.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Watching Paint Dry

Thanks to a miscalculation on my part, I am reduced to watching paint dry for who knows how long. I won't go into the details here but the cold and damp weather are influencing my ability to convince the paint to dry. We have lost our sunshine and with it the easiest way to encourage drying. Ah well, it is the season.

So I am going on a two week vacation to allow the paint to dry before I start posting and eBaying again. That way, surely the paint will be dry before I need to start handling the paintings. (I hope)

So please come back in two weeks or so to see the latest work.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Driftwood -SOLD


Oil on Copper Sheet 6" x 6" or 15cm x 15cm

Logs in the water are a real navigation hazard in the Pacific Northwest. There are so many trees washing down rivers with every flood or falling over a wave-cut bank. Even with the beaches being scrounged for firewood, you can usually find a log to sit on and watch the sunset.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Leaning Tree - SOLD


Oil on Copper Sheet 6" x 6" or 15cm x 15cm

Evening on the water is a symphony of light and color. The evening sun reflecting on the rocky headland glows and the sky is a shimmery sort of pink. The water is nearly calm and reflects the sky where it is flat.

Monday, October 20, 2008

The Shed


Oil on Copper Sheet 6" x 6" or 15cm x 15cm

Farms always have a collection of outbuildings. The form follows function, so is usually a clue as to the purpose. Sheds allow items to be stored closer to where they are used or to keep poisons and flammables away from the curious, whether man or beast.

I had a horse once who could open any latch that he could get his teeth on. Most gates and even barrel latches were easy for him to open. Of course, the large amounts of time available to worry the latch made it possible for him to figure out the new ones. He never went anywhere when he got out. He just came up to the house to talk although there were times he let other stock out that had more wanderlust than he had.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

West Point - Daily Oil Painting a Day on Copper


Oil on Copper Sheet 6" x 6" or 15cm x 15cm

One of my favorite painting spots is behind a supper club. There is often band music in the background. This evening, a saxophone was playing as the sun went down.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Pathway - Daily Oil Painting a Day on Copper


Oil on Copper Leaf 6" x 6" or 15cm x 15cm

This quiet scene is the essence of fall. Golden leaves in heaps waiting to be picked up. I love the smell of the poplar leaves and was delighted to find this path fragrant with their perfume.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Waiting - Daily Oil Painting a Day on Copper


Oil on Copper Sheet 6" x 8" or 15cm x 20cm

There is something about water that is very soothing to a troubled soul. I have often gone to sit near some body of water, watching the waves, or the ripples caused by fish or insects or frogs. Almost hypnotic, the patterns of movement wash away my cares. Some things are best in solitude. Perhaps that is the allure of fishing, just another way to watch the water.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Farmhouse - Daily Oil Painting a Day on Copper


Oil on Copper Leaf 6" x 6" or 15cm x 15cm

I love the houses that dot the farm country. They have a simple elegance and functionality that you don't find in suburbia. I usually find a windbreak of evergreen trees planted nearby, as farmers are attentive to the micro-climates of the land.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Valley View - Daily Oil Painting a Day on Copper


Oil on Copper Leaf 6" x 6" or 15cm x 15cm

I have spent many hours wandering around painting and photographing the Skagit Valley farmlands. They hold my interest with all the changing seasons and crops making views like pieced quilts in earth shades and greens with other accent colors.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Riverside Daily Oil Painting a Day-SOLD


Oil on Copper Leaf 4" x 6" or 10cm x 15cm

Our rivers can be real rip-roaring torrents in the spring or when we have a sudden warm spell in the winter that melts the snow. Even large boulders go rolling downstream and logs batter the bridge supports as they careen towards the Puget Sound. The shallow quiet low water of the fall seems to be a place of peace, disturbed only by the fish.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Low Water


Oil on Copper Leaf 6" x 4" or 15cm x 10cm


In the fall, the rivers drop to their lowest levels, exposing all sorts of debris we don't see at higher water levels. This is the time to look for artifacts on the river bank or interesting rocks, or even a little gold panning in some streams. Who knows what treasures are to be found? Just watch out for rusty fish hooks!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Planting Time


Oil on Copper Leaf 4" x 6" or 10cm x 15cm

The summer crops have been harvested and the fields have been planted with the winter grain. It will soon be up, providing vivid green in the autumn landscape. When the snow geese arrive, it will be just what they are looking for.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Sunflowers Daily Oil Painting on Copper -SOLD


Oil on Copper Leaf 4" x 6" or 10 cm x 15cm

Up in the Skagit Valley, behind a farm produce stand heaped with pumpkins was this field of sunflowers. It was way too much to put in one painting, so I edited out the foreground. Maybe it is still a lot for one painting. I am not sure. Perhaps I will try this one again without the barns and vehicle.

Sunflowers are wonderful to paint in closeup. They are such sturdy flowers with stems like tree trunks and large, shapely leaves. The seeds are tasty as well.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Fall Mist Daily Oil Painting on Copper -SOLD


Oil on Copper Leaf 4" x 6" or 10 cm x 15"

So often in the autumn conditions are just right for the morning air to be heavy with water, misty, even a very fine light rain, yet with the sun trying to burn through. These are the days I cherish for the unique lighting effects. Fortunately we get a lot of this in Seattle.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Red Barn Daily Oil Painting on Copper -SOLD


Oil on Copper Leaf 6" x 6" or 15cm x 15cm

Red barns are a wonderful counterpoint to the green of pastures and woodlots. I love to have the ready made complementary color scheme in place before I start. Now I have a confession to make. That barn was a weathered gray when I saw it. When I painted this little painting, I felt the colors were a bit blah, therefore I painted the barn red.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Apple Blossoms Daily Oil Painting on Copper -SOLD


Oil on Copper 6" x 6" or 15cm x 15cm

I went up to the Skagit Valley to paint tulip fields but was distracted by the tree in full bloom. A true embarrassment of riches. Beauty surrounded me in some of the most fertile soil of our area.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Granma's Flowers Daily Oil Painting on Copper -SOLD


Oil on Coppper Leaf 6" x 6" or 15cm x 15cm

Picket fences always remind me of my Grandmother. She raised a huge variety of flowers all around the house but she insisted on having a fence around the whole yard with the gate always kept closed lest a wandering cow or other 4-legged critter ruin her work. Sheep are especially bad for loving the taste of roses. Goats will eat all of the garden and even climb the trees to get to the tree leaves or fruit. I can remember getting a real scolding for tearing through the gate and not latching it securely on my way from the barn up to the house. She could survey the whole of the kitchen garden and back yard from the kitchen porch and caught me in the act.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Rocky Shore Daily Oil Painting on Copper -SOLD


Oil on Copper Leaf 6" x 6" or 15cm x 15cm

To me, rocks, trees and water are the magic three for a landscape. I relish the vertical trees contrasting the flat water and the rough, solid rocks contrasting the transparent airy sky. Life and art are all about contrast. Without contrast, it would be pretty boring. I can't see light unless I see dark, or color without knowing greyness. I can't live in peace unless I have known turmoil.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Mown Field Daily Oil Painting on Copper -SOLD


Oil on Copper Leaf 6" x 6" or 15cm x 15cm

When young, I spent hours on a Farmall Cub mowing. I kind of liked to see the end result of neatly laid down grass. I love the smell of drying hay but never liked the itchy neck from working in the hayfield.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Rainy Spring Daily Oil Painting on Copper


Oil on Copper Leaf 6" x 6" or 15cm x 15cm
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Nothing better than the rich but subtle colors of trees budding out in the spring. I grew up in the mountains and thought dirt roads were the normal roads. Only super highways were paved in my mind. The best part of the dirt was the puddles. I loved to watch the water splash up as we drove through them. The roads were single track except for passing places every so often, so we honked before driving around blind corners. More fun for a kid. Honk, splash, honk, Look out for that deer!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Woodland Fall Daily Oil Painting on Copper -SOLD


Oil on Copper Leaf 6" x 6" or 15cm x 15cm

A wonderful Autumn morning with the leaves beginning to color and a bit of fog hanging in the air. How fresh it all smells. This choice bit of woods in the city is one of my favorite walks.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Corn Field Daily Oil Painting on Copper -SOLD


Oil on Copper Leaf 6" x 6" 15cm x 15cm

The sweet corn is ripe. Start the water boiling before you pick it and serve with wedges of lime to rub the ears with before salting rather than butter. We have some of the best sweet corn in the country coming from our Skagit Valley. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Orchard and Vine Daily Oil Painting on Copper - SOLD


Oil on Copper Leaf 6" x 6"

This fine small farm grows and sells a variety of foods and flowers. Diversification seems to be the way to have a little more security than the monoculturists have. It also makes for a much more interesting scene. A little of this, a little of that.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Lakeside Morning Daily Oil Painting on Copper -SOLD


Oil on Copper Leaf 6" x 6"

I was early to the morning meeting of some plein air painters who were going to convoy to a new painting location. I wandered around the parking lot with my camera, wondering why we were going somewhere else to paint when this view was so choice.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Salt Marsh Daily Oil Painting on Copper


Oil on Copper Sheet 6" x 8"

Our salt marshes are incredibly productive environments, yet we rush to fill, drain and otherwise dispatch them. Not only do they provide nurseries for many commercial species, but they are also homes to many birds as well. I love them for the random patterns that develop between the greenery and the water. I cannot imagine such interesting shapes myself.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Calvert Island West Beach - Sold


Oil on Copper Leaf 6" x 6"

I was privileged to visit Calvert Island on the M/V Snow Goose cruise up the Inside Passage. This is an especially wild and wonderful place with evidence of violent storms everywhere. The sandy beaches were especially nice with no plastic litter in evidence.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Shore Pine Daily Oil Painting on Copper - Sold



What is the bird watching? The bird appeared from nowhere and flew off again without giving me a clue about what he watched so intently. It must have been a potential meal for it to be so interesting. However, the birds steal shiny things they find around here, and I once saw a raven pecking very industriously at a shiny pyrite crystal in a rock on a beach.