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


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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.