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.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Log Crossing Painting a Day on Copper



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I have the fondest memories of wandering through the woods as a child, playing in creeks and crossing the water on logs. Trails made by hunters and trails made by game were all fun to follow. Some trails were deliberately laid out and were shortcuts from point to point on roads like one from our house to near our school. Others were made by dogs that ran from house to friend's house or walked to school with us or came to school to meet us when school was out. (They didn't follow our trails when they roamed by themselves.) There was so much to look at during all seasons and hours of the day. We were never bored. May you all have interesting trails to follow!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Alaska Inside Passage Painting a Day on Copper



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Busy days this time of year. There are fun things to do and chores to do. Painting is fun, framing is a chore. These little stands for the small works are Arne's contribution to relieving me of the bulk of the framing effort for them. I do apply the copper strips around the edges, however, and put a coat of varnish on the back and the copper as well as the painting.

I think the next big painting will be another mountain. I do love the mountains and glaciers and the alpine trees and other flora that goes along with them. Everything has a rhythm to it. Daylight, seasons and creative effort ebb and flow like tides.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Big Leaf Maple in Autumn


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I love to walk the woodlands in the autumn. The smell of falling leaves brings poignant memories of my childhood. After the rains start mushrooms litter the ground, some barely visible and others gemlike, a few rather ghostly in their pallor.

Hardy cyclamen pop up along with the hardy amaryllis and autumn crocus. The camellia sasanqua Hana Jiman is begging to have her portrait painted. But the rain is falling hard and beating the blossoms to pieces.

I have just finished a medium size painting of the peony Festiva Maxima on a 22k gold leaf background that you will see in my December Newsletter this year. It received a lot of attention at last night's art walk. Now I need to figure out how and in what style to frame it. I have spent several months working on it, as it is a rather complicated composition.

The large painting of Hibox and Alta Mountains is nearing completion. Now for the delicious opportunity to decide what I will paint next.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

No Trees were Killed!

I was talking to Arne, complaining that I just didn't think the mini copper paintings I did were best viewed on a wall. I liked them on a table near a window or under a table lamp, somewhere where the light changed. This maximizes the effect of the painting on copper. As the light changes, the reflective effect of the copper changes the painting. I love that.

To display them that way, I needed some small stands of some kind, to hold them up. I asked "Could you make me something like a little easel?" He replied, "Let me think about it." He asked me for an example of what I was trying to display and I showed him this tiny 6" x 4" original oil painting on copper. After a bit, he went out to his shop and came back later with a prototype of a stand for this work. Thus started our collaboration to make unique works of art.

He knows I love the natural world and the beauty of the trees and all the other natural features of our surroundings. He loves solving problems and making things. He scrounges wood from neighbors who are pruning their trees and seasons it, so that he can make things out of it. So this is how he solved the problem.
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Would like to see more of these natural treasures displaying tiny paintings of nature? I will have some at my next open studio, 6-9 pm, November 14, 2009. My studio is number 2A in BallardWorks, 2856 NW Market Street, here in Seattle, WA.

The entrance is on the uphill side of the building, directly into the second floor. There are 2 floors of artists' studios above the the businesses, Art and Soul and Sev Shoon.

I am posting this work on ebay, so it will not be for sale at this event.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Painting Progress Report



I have been working on a series of 6 larger paintings in my studio, so the daily paintings have been sadly neglected. I still do my little studies in watercolor and pencil for the larger work, but they are for my own use so I rarely show them to others.I have finished the 24" x 24" works for the moment and am about to start another 30" x 40" work on canvas. I wish I could work on copper on these larger sizes, but copper plates that large are just too heavy. There is nothing like painting on copper for sheer joy of watching the brush leave gorgeous marks.

I complained all winter about the cold damp weather inhibiting the paint drying. Now I am complaining about how fast the paint dries. It was 91 degrees here yesterday and just too hot to think straight.

It is also time to publish my June Newsletter. I am hoping for a cool spell so my computer will behave. Without air conditioning, my computer (and I) get ditzy at 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Scoop at Walter's



This is a view of part of my paintings that are currently hanging at The Scoop. 20 out of 26 have not been shown before. I have had a number of folks stop in for coffee or ice cream or just to see what I have on the wall. You have through the 30th of May to see my work there if you have not made it yet. I am interested to hear what you think about the show.

I encourage you to take a break and enjoy my views of the Ballard neighborhood, if you have not all ready. I have been hearing the music of the ice cream truck, so it is time!

Friday, May 1, 2009

American Classic House



I have been sorting through a number of plein air oil paintings that I have done on location to put together an exhibit titled "At Home in Ballard". It is on display May 1-May 30, 2009 at The Scoop at Walter's, my local ice cream and coffee shop. They serve Snoqualmie Gourmet ice cream, by the way, along with with coffee, tea and fresh squeezed lemonade, etc. Their hours are 6:00am-7:00pm M-Th, 6:00am-8:00pm F&Sa, 7:00am-7:00pm Su.

This exhibit of scenery in and around Ballard includes oil paintings of classic houses, flowers, waterfront, boats, the Locks, 24th street dock, views found in an alley, under a bridge or in a backyard. These locally inspired color-rich paintings express my love for this great neighborhood. Can you recognize the views?

Monday, April 6, 2009

Finches on Snowy Smoke Tree Daily Painting a Day


Oil on mounted canvas 10" x 8" or 25cm x 20cm
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We thought the snow was gone, then a sudden fall of large, fluffy flakes started and didn't stop until there was a fluffy coating on everything. It did not last long.

If you don't like our weather, just wait 5 minutes and it will be different. Today was gloriously warm and sunny. Now the weeds are taking off in the gardens and we are all trying to catch up on weed patrol. A few cherry trees in protected locations are in full bloom and the rest will pop as soon as we have several more warm days. I must check to see if there will be Japanese music concerts in the Tea Garden of the Arboretum again this year. I really enjoyed them last year when the cherries bloomed.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Red Velvet Cake Daily Painting a Day


Acrylic on Gessobord 4.5" x 6.5" or 11.4cm x 16.4cm
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Life is strange. I had not heard the words Red Velvet Cake since I lived in Millbrook, NC. I was in Larson's Bakery, deciding what looked good enough to paint when I saw this slab of Red Velvet Cake. Who would have thought to find this way out here. I thought this was a delicacy found only on the tables of innovative home baker's in the Southeast or maybe at a potluck or cakewalk in a church basement.

A recipe I once saw for this cake called for powdered cocoa and a whole bottle of red food coloring. I don't know if the recipe has been updated. If I had not read this, I would have suspected the colors were from beets. I wonder if that would work? I will have to give it a try. Kind of like carrot cake but red? Maybe with walnuts and Cream Cheese frosting?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Strawberry Tart Sweet Daily Painting a Day


Acrylic on Gessobord 4.5" x 6.5" or 11.4cm x 16.4cm
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I remember the first fresh strawberry pie I had. It was the most wonderful combination of sweet pie crust, fresh strawberries covered in a red glaze topped with whipped cream. This little tart has a cookie dough crust brushed with chocolate and a dollop of Bavarian cream under the fresh berries which have a clear glaze. I added the whipped cream as gilding on the lily. Yum!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Almond Tart Sweet Daily Painting a Day


acrylic on Gessobord 4.5 " x 6.5" or 11.4cm x 16.4cm
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Another delicious dessert from Pauline's in Ballard. Every cook turns out works of art in food, but some are a lot more interesting to look at than others. Food should please the eye as well as the palate while providing nutrition.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Meringue with Chocolate Sweet Daily Painting a Day


Acrylic on Gessobord 4.5" x 6.5" or 11.4cm x 16.4cm
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I have succumbed to sugar. There are a wealth of new cookie shops, bakeries and restaurants about and they are producing lovely to look at and super to taste delights. This was from a new place in Ballard, Pauline's. Silky white meringue dipped into dark chocolate is beautiful as well as tasty.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Eyeing You Daily Painting a Day on Copper


Acrylic on Copper 2.5" x 6" or 6.4cm x 15cm
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The frankly staring male gaze has an impact all its own. I am finding that eyes are really a lot of fun to paint. Every geometry is different and along with the differences in coloring, there is a lot to challenge an artist. Of course, sometimes colored contacts confuse me, but I am enjoying these challenges, exercises in seeing.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Barn Cats Washing up After Breakfast


Acrylic on Gessobord 8" x 10" or 20cm x 25cm
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Every Year I have been painting something special for the Masterworks show at Gallery One. It has been a real privilege to be included in this prestigious exhibition.

I painted these cats from reference material collected at my Grandfather's Farm. I spent many happy days there as a child and always loved to watch the barn cats when they got their breakfast. Of course, a vigorous bath was necessary after the milk poured over those who got their head in the pot at the first sign of the warm milk breakfast. The colors and types of cats varied depending on what had been abandoned at the farm by folks who no longer wanted their cats or kittens.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Eyes Right Daily Painting a Day on Copper


Acrylic on Copper Sheet 2.5" x 6" or 6.4cm x 15 cm
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As I look at eyes around me, I am struck by how seldom women look directly at someone. Just too confrontational, I guess. Eyes either to side or downcast. Am I wrong? Is there some other message in the indirect gaze?

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Dark and Handsome Eyes Daily Painting a Day on Copper


Acrylic on Copper Sheet 2.5" x 6" or 6.4cm x 15cm
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More eyes to watch for. Or is that watch out for? Why paint eyes? They are so varied yet made up of the same basic ingredients.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Copper Queen Eyes Daily Painting a Day on Copper


Acrylic on Copper Sheet 2.5" x 6" or 6.4cm x 15cm
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I have had a lifelong fascination with eyes. There is something about the look of them, or the way they are gazing that continues to amaze me. I find myself staring at eyes to the point of rudeness sometimes. So I thought I would have some fun and paint a few for a change.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Inside Passage Daily Painting a Day on Copper


Acrylic on Copper Sheet 6" x 8" or 15cm x 20cm
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One of life's most fantastic experiences has to be cruising the Inside Passage on a small ship. Take your time and really explore this beautiful region. The scenery is ever changing and very wild for the most part. This painting was done from a sketch I made while on the M/V Snow Goose from Bellingham to Prince Rupert.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

West Beach


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

This was an experiment trying a new media combination. So I used a slightly warped board for this and now am sorry as I really like the way it turned out. Why is it that the experiments are sometimes the best work? Perhaps it is because I relax and just paint rather than over analyzing what I am doing and have more fun? Just another mystery of life. After this is thoroughly dry, I will put it in the freezer for the temperature shock test to see if it will survive shipping okay.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Headland Daily Oil Painting a Day on Copper


Oil on Copper 6" x 6" or 15cm x 15cm
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The beautiful wild beaches of Canada are exquisite for beach walking. So much beauty yet so much evidence of Nature at her wildest and most changeable. The storms that come in across the water can be so violent, but when the sun shines, the sand welcomes bare feet.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Pruth Bay Daily Oil Painting a Day on Copper


Oil on Copper Sheet 6" x 6" or 15cm x 15cm
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Waiting for paint to dry seems to be my fate. I think I just might go back to painting in water media. At this time of year, they dry faster than the oil does. But then, all media have their strong points and their drawbacks and so much depends on the artist's intent as to deciding which media will work the best.

After being blessed with sunshine for a number of days, we are back to the rain pattern. But the spring bulbs are beginning to show their leaves and the buds are fattening on the trees so I know spring will be here soon enough. I plan to enjoy the coziness of winter just a bit more before then.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Nordic Blue


4" x 6" Acrylic on Arches CP watercolor board

I have been working on my taxes and that always wrecks my painting schedules. So I have painted something a little different to amuse myself. I love eyes, the windows to the soul and I want to paint a series of eyes. This is the first of the series and these are the eyes of the resident troll of the house. I will post more copper paintings later when they are dry.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Twilight Ocean Beach Daily Oil Painting a Day on Copper


Oil on Copper Sheet 6" x 6" or 15cm x 15 cm
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This is another painting from reference material I collected in Cape Cod a few years ago. What a beautiful place! I really enjoyed my time there, walking the beach and absorbing the essence of the sea.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Salt Marsh Daily Oil Painting on Copper


Oil on Copper 6" x 6" or 15cm x 15cm
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I love to hold these copper paintings under a light on a dimmer switch and watch how the image changes as the illumination changes. It is just like watching dawn or twilight. Of course, that means that I need bright illumination to take a photograph as well. This is a challenge in Seattle, so I have moved to putting these on a scanner. Much easier!

This particular marsh is on Cape Cod, from references I collected when I visited there in 2004. It is an especially beautiful place and so accessible. We have a lot of salt marsh here, but you need a boat to see much of it.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Blue Water Daily Oil Painting a Day on Copper


Oil on Copper Sheet 6" x6" or 15cm x 15cm
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Just before the snow fell, I was walking up to the bluff for the view out over the water and saw this striking color. There was an unreal intensity to the blue of the horizon on the water. I studied it for quite a while as I wanted to paint this unusual effect. The color persisted as long as blue sky was over Bainbridge Island, so I assume this was a reflection of that blue sky. Whatever it was, the sight nourished my soul and raised my spirits by the beauty of it.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Island Shore ------ Sold


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

Finally I can come back to the blog. I have been working frantically on a painting that had to be sent off today. Of course, we have had wretched weather with cold, dark, snow and no light to photograph my paintings let alone paint them.

I really much prefer daylight to paint by and the days are getting longer and longer now very rapidly. Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah!