Sunday, June 17, 2018

Big Piles of Melting Ice

Big Meltdown
6 x 6 inches Acrylic on Museum Panel, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in the USA.
I was thinking about ice melting and playing around with ideas, like an ice sculpture contest when all the ice was melting. I remembered helping with an entry in a contest up at Eagle Crest in Juneau, Alaska.Someone nearby was spraying colored water on their block of hard packed snow and it was getting a rainbow sort of effect. Not sure if it would melt out of the snow. Maybe a powdered paint would be better? More fond memories of the striking sculptures created that day.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Diligent Ants Taking over My Garden


Look to the Ant
8 x 10 inches Acrylic on Museum Aquabord, unframed, $195 includes free shipping in the USA.
My family name is Antel, formerly spelled Antell, and the family motto is "Vade ad Formicam" or Go to the Ant, meaning take a lesson from the ants. It is a Biblical quote, Proverbs 6:6. The motto is on the family coat of arms. I find it quite fitting as I am working very diligently (ant-like) at getting more little paintings done. But the grass is growing in the garden and weeds are everywhere this year. Lo and behold, there are ants everywhere. Not the big carpenter ants that I painted here, but tiny pavement ants that boil up out of the parched earth as I pull out the grass. I have been including ants in my flower paintings for years now. I just left the flowers out of this painting.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Petersburg Alaska Waterfall in May

Petersburg Alaska Waterfall
6 x 6 inches Oil on Copper Painted Museum Gessobord, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in the USA.

We were in Petersburg for the 17th of May celebration when a friend arranged a boat ride to see this interesting waterfall into saltwater. We were gorging at the Fish-a-Rama and enjoying all the wonderful music and dancing as well. Fond memories.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Inspired by Malvina Reynolds "Little Boxes" Song

Boxed In
6 x 6 inch Acrylic on Museum Gessobord, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in the USA.
I never know what memories will pop up when I am surrounded by my past in my studio. Sometimes the mind makes very odd connections with long past activities. In this case, it was guitar lessons with my daughter, where we first heard this song.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Inspired by a California Swimming Pool, Seen From the Air

Swim
6 x 6 inches Acrylic on Museum Gessobord, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in the USA.
Still having fun, but slowing down and thinking about where this was going. I remembered a swimming pool I had seen in a California yard from an airplane. It was such a fascinating shape but was like a jewel in a setting. That started this idea for a painting.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Just Having Fun!

 Laughing
6 x 6 inches Acrylic on Museum Gessobord, framed, $135 includes free shipping in the USA.
I was challenged by discovering paint markers. What fun! Where have they been all my life? Framed in black wood frame with hanging wire, dust cover and wall bumpers Framed size approx. 8 inches square.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Foot Trail Winter Access

Winter Trail
6 x 6 inches Oil on Museum Gessobord, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in the USA.
In the winter in Juneau, there were several places where a foot print trail was the only ingress and egress to a dwelling. Some of the little dirt roads just were not plowed years ago. They made lovely places to photograph the sun on the snow and shadows from trees.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Trail Marks on the Alder Tree Trunks

Alder Trees
6 x 6 inches Oil on Museum Gessobord, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in the USA.
If you have ever hiked in the snow, or tried to follow a trail on snow shoes or skis, you have probably seen different colors of paint on tree trunks. These mark trails and come in various colors, depending on the designer. Of course, you need tree trunks that are tall enough to stick out of the snow, or a climate that doesn't dump 40 feet of snow every winter like some places receive. This trail was marked in orange, a fine, happy color.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Like a Gothic Cathedral in Nature

Cathedral Grove
6 x 6 inches Oil on Museum Gessobord, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in USA.
I was out snow shoeing, looking for striking images of the sun on the snow. Another artist and myself, wandering about on snow shoes in Alaska. This wonderful grove of trees was at the bottom of the mountain that we were on the slopes of, with plans to make the summit. The snow was firm and we really enjoyed the day and the photos that we took. We did try painting some small watercolors of Mt. Roberts, since the conditions in the sun meant that the paint would dry. If you have ever painted on glaring white paper in the sun, you know what happens to your value relationships. If you wear sunglasses, the colors are off. One must choose between the two options however. We protected our eyes with sunglasses.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Tree of Gold

Cold Glimmer
6 x 6 inches Oil on Museum Gessobord, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in the USA.
The world is a different place when covered in ice and snow. The familiar becomes fantastic. Down in the canyon, this solitary tree stood. It brought to mind the Nordic Tree of Life.


Saturday, May 5, 2018

Winter Sun on Snow

Winter Sun on Snow
6 x 6 inches Oil on Museum Gessobord, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in the USA.
I loved to go out on snow shoe or cross country ski adventures. It was always especially fine when the sun shone, creating wonderful shadows. Beware those tree holes. Sometimes they are quite narrow and deep, really difficult to get out of if you slide in head first as I did once!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Backpacking the Ocean Beaches

Winter Ocean Sunset
6 x 6 inches Oil on Museum Gessobord, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in USA.
We were hiking the beach on the Olympic Peninsula on a clear and cold day. When the sunset came, it was irresistible. I took a slide before rushing off for our little campsite in the forest. I knew I would paint it some day. However, I never thought I would paint it this tiny!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Early Blooming Pasque Flower Variant

Pasque Flower
6 x 6 inches Oil on Museum Gessobord, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in the USA.
This variant does not bloom as early as the wild version, but has twice as many petals and a more reddish purple color. The fluffy seed heads are as attractive as the blossoms and persist for months.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

May Flowers in Yards and Gardens

May Flowers
6 x 6 inches Oil on Museum Gessobord, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in the USA.

Walking the neighborhoods in Seattle in the spring is a wonderful way to exercise. Every tree and plant seems to be trying to win the attention of the honeybees and bumblebees that flock to all the flowers. April's flowering trees have faded, but now the perennials and shrubs burst into bloom.

Friday, April 20, 2018

La Bohn Gap Natural Rock Garden

La Bohn Gap
6 x 6 inches Oil on Gessobord Museum panel, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in the USA.

One of my favorite hikes was up to La Bohn Gap. It is the site of an old copper mine and had beautiful pieces of Peacock Ore laying around 40 years ago. The mountain goats kept the foliage pruned down quite a bit, so that it looked like an oriental garden, with rocks and water.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Another View of Robinson Park Lake

Water Garden
6 x 6 inches Oil on Gessobord, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in the USA.

I really should revisit this garden to see how it has matured. Perhaps I will try for a photography trip to some of the sites I have painted in plein air years ago, just to see what has changed. I will wait until the waterlilies are blooming for this site.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Robinson Park Lake

Robinson Park Lake
6 x 6 inches Oil on Gessobord, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in the USA.
I was with a group of plein air painters, spending a day painting in this marvelous park. I did take a number of photos when I was walking around deciding what to paint. I pulled them out and have used some of them for daily paintings. I really want to thank the gardner of this park for creating such wonderful views.

The biggest problem I had that long ago day, painting on location, was not having an umbrella to provide portable shade. The watercolor that I produced that day was much too dark for indoor viewing. I sat in full sun, with the glare of white paper before me. I had to add some Chinese White paint when I viewed that watercolor in my studio, to bring back the proper balance.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Painting of Historic view of Mendenhall Glacier circa 1978

Mendenhall Glacier Circa 1978
20 x 16 inches, Oil on Gessobord, unframed, $450 includes free shipping in the USA.

While I lived in Alaska, I painted many views of this glacier as it is so accessible. It has shrunk a long way back into the mountains since I took the photo that I painted this from. Now It is not nearly as interesting as it was then. Sometimes we would see large chunks of ice fall from the snout of the glacier that was over 40 feet high at that time. The fresh ice revealed a deep midnight blue color. This only lasted a few days before turning lighter and lighter, then white.

The Mountain in the background is Stroller White Mountain. The forested ridge in front is part of  Mt. McGinnis.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Water Gardens Extraordinaire!

Belleview Water Lily / Lotus
6 x 6 inches Oil on Gessobord, framed, $135 includes free shipping in USA.
I was out with a group of plein air painters in the Bellevue area. Lots of new and exciting things to see and paint. Of course I took photos of possible paintings as well as the particular view I was painting that day. An embarrassment of riches! Framed in white wood frame with hanging wire, dust cover and wall bumpers Framed size approx. 8 inches square.



Saturday, March 31, 2018

Yellow Wild Waterlily

Yellow Wild Waterlily
6 x 6 inches Oil on Gessobord, unframed, $100 includes free shipping to USA.
I was always drawing and painting the wild flowers of Alaska, using pen and ink and watercolor. There were so many unusual species or colors. I wandered around a lot, searching for the plants and then returning to catch them when they were blooming. Often, this is how I found the best berry patches, so there were always rewards, even if the plants were past their prime or not yet blooming.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Alaska High Bush Cranberry II

Alaska High Bush Cranberry II
6 x 6 inches Oil on Gessobord panel, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in the USA.
This is another part of the same berry patch as the last post. It was somewhere up on Basin Road in Juneau many years ago. I have many fond memories of picking berries and making jam in Alaska.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Alaska High Bush Cranberry I - Viburnum edule

Alaska High Bush Cranberry I
6 x 6 inches Oil on Gessobord, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in USA.
I was wandering around the Upper Basin Road area in Juneau when I found a patch of berries illuminated by a shaft of sunlight. It was a perfect picture awaiting paint. They were pretty soft, so I did not pick them. They are tastier a little under ripe.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Today's Pansy

Today's Pansy
6 x 6 inches Oil on Gessobord, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in the USA.
My favorite Aunt's husband often wore grey suits with a muted yellow moleskin vest. I really grew to like that combination. So here I am playing with it again. It needed another element so I added the pansy. The bright yellow center of the pansy is such a perfect focal point.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Shouldn't We Have a Special Egg Cup, All Our Own?

Breakfast Ready
6 x 6 inches, Oil on Gessobord Panel, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in the USA.
My favorite Aunt taught me many things, such as how to eat a soft boiled egg. Teaching came naturally to her as she taught grade school when she was younger. She believed in ceremony and beauty in everyday life.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Flowering Quince

Flowering Quince
6 x 6 inches, Oil on Gessobord Panel, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in the USA.
This is my favorite flowering shrub. It blooms very early, usually by Asian New Year, and has a wonderful color in various shades of red. Sometimes this plant actually produces hard little apple-like fruits. It has thorns, so is not too friendly. I have also planted the fruiting quince which is an entirely different plant, more of a small tree which blooms as late as May some years.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Demitasse

Demitasse
6 x 6 inches, Oil on Gessobord panel, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in the USA.
What a wonderful chance to use the secondary colors of orange, violet and green together. These little cups have a painting by J.Burrows inspired by Van Gogh on them, and I have the tea mug, French Press and the tiny coffee cup version. Just could not resist the secondary colors.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Spring is Around the Corner!

Spring's First Bloom
6 x 6 inches Oil on Gessobord panel, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in USA.
This plant usually has buds that can be forced to bloom inside for Asian New Year celebrations, but this year we had an extreme cold spell that blasted the buds. I picked some anyway on my way to my studio, just in case a few would open. Hurray! Warmth and light encouraged them.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Cape Cod National Seashore, Beach Forest: Trees VI

Trees VI
8 x 8 inch Acrylic on copper painted wood panel with 3/4 inch cradle, $195 includes free shipping in the USA.
Some of these trees look twisted, bent and confused as to which way is straight up. I assume they have suffered severe winds all their lives and have contorted as they have grown. The tree grows as the sapling is bent theory. This kind of crookedness also occurs where there is permafrost that melts under the trees and they start to topple over but then the ground refreezes and stops the fall. The other place I have seen such is where sheets of soil and vegetation start to slide down a variable slope, stopping for years and then sliding further. Since the land seems flat and well drained, I guess this is the result of winds.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Cape Cod National Seashore, Beach Forest: Trees V

Trees V
8 x 8  inches Acrylic on copper painted 3/4 inch cradled wood panel
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This road was busy during the morning rush hour, but then it was mostly empty as I dawdled along stopping frequently to take photos or study some unusual feature. There is a peaceful feeling that comes from being in this kind of nature, wild, yet with a fine road to walk or cycle along. The trees here provide some shelter from the sun and would seem to be a fine spot for a picnic.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Cape Cod National Seashore, Beach Forest: Trees IV

Trees IV
8 x 8 inch Acrylic on copper painted wood panel 3/4 inch cradle, $195 includes free shipping in USA.

Gnarly trees under the spell of moonlight. Interesting shadows and hints of colors not seen during the day. A mystical, magical time, when everything seems possible, if only we have the thoughts or words to describe our desire. A full moon provides an amazing amount of light when the air is crystal clear.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Cape Cod National Seashore Beach Forest: Trees III

Trees III
Acrylic on copper painted 8 x 8 inch wood panel with 3/4 inch cradle, varnished, ready to hang.
The trees in this forest are survivors. They have weathered the hurricane winds and blasting ice storms that sometimes batter this coast. As a result, they are not the perfectly symmetrical cones or spheres that trees become when they are growing in a more protected location, isolated, with no competition for nutrients or sunlight or water, or dry land for that matter. As a result, these trees have terrific character. They twist, turn, grow lopsided, or even horizontal occasionally. I cherish these shapes and seek them out in places that are marginal for tree growth and survival.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Cape Cod National Seashore: Trees II

Trees II
8 x 8 inches Acrylic on copper painted wooden 3/4 inch cradled panel, ready to hang, $195 includes shipping in the USA.
This particular painting technique lends itself well to highly textured images. Lots of trees, wild flowers, brush, back lit by the sun. This is the beach forest along the road that runs the length of Cape Cod. It is a lovely drive, but I was so distracted that I forgot about getting to Province Town in time to enjoy it.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Cape Cod National Seashore Beach Forest: Trees I

Trees I
Acrylic on copper painted wood panel, 1 inch cradle, varnished
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I spent a week in Cape Cod to attend a 2 day conference and the rest of the week I collected photo references and painted plein air. It was as wonderful as I had heard and I really enjoyed every minute of it.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Ultraviolet Elephant (framed)


Ultraviolet Elephant
6 x 6 inches framed to about 8 x 8 inches, oil on panel, $125 includes free shipping in USA.

I was looking around for a subject to paint and remembered a purple fabric elephant that a friend had given me. I do love the color purple and tend to gravitate to objects that are any of the range of colors between red and blue on the color wheel. The fact that the Pantone color of the year is Ultraviolet cinched the selection. How could I resist?

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Yellowstone Winter

Yellowstone Winter Hot Spring
20 x 16 inch Oil on Gessobord, unframed, $450 includes shipping in USA.

I was cross country skiing with friends in the bitter cold of -5 degrees F when we came across an unfrozen creek. Not warm enough to steam, but warm enough to remain liquid. Made for a great photo for later painting. I have such wonderful memories of that trip.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Breath Scented with Violets

Violet French Mints
6.5 x 4.5 inches Oil on panel, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in the USA.

The White Eyed Violet inspired longing for the Labrador violets that bloom in my garden. Much too cold for that so far. But one thing leading to another, I thought about their fragrance. Next, I thought about Proust writing about a young man who fell in love with a woman whose breath smelled of violets. I remembered that I just happened to have an empty tin of violet scented sugar encased anis seed, often called French Mints in the USA. The real name is les Anis de' Flavigny.  I love the shape of the tins so I keep them to reuse for other purposes.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Variable Violet

African Violet with White Eyes
6.5 x 4.5 inches, Oil on panel, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in the USA.


This violet caught my eye and I gave it to a friend. She moved and did not have enough light to get it to bloom and gave it back to me. I did not recognize it at first as it was blooming a solid magenta. But then in the winter, the blooms developed the huge white eye and I remembered seeing it before. So this violet has a winter dress and a summer dress. A curiosity.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Perky Pansies

Winter Pansies
4.5x6.5 inches Oil painting on panel, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in USA.

The short, grey days of January were getting to me, so I visited the local plant nursery for some color therapy. These pansies were so captivating with their bright colors I just could not resist taking them home.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Catherdral Basin Falls

Cathedral Basin Falls
6"x8" Oil on mounted canvas, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in the USA.

This park is so much more to human scale than the area just over the mountain at Lake Louise. Here, the trails are shorter and the nooks and crannies in the mountains much smaller and easier to access via a great trail system. Lots of waterfalls, lakes and streams in the flower bedecked meadows. In season, the golden Larches reign supreme for color. But the best color lasts only a day or two before the yellow to orange needles all fall from these deciduous trees that look green, similar to spruce in the summer.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Water Cascading Down to Deer Lake in Canada

Rushing to Deer Lake
8"x6" Oil on mounted canvas, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in USA


I was hiking in the area around Lake O'Hara when I saw this unusual view of Deer Lake. It seems that the water in the mountains is either frothy white or dark with little in between. Rushing downhill or quiet and still in a basin, the colors only vary when glacial flour is present.
 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Persistence in the Face of Adversity

Tree Growing from Rock
8"x6" Oil on mounted canvas, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in the USA.

I suspect that this tree is older than I am. I was drawn to the unusual sight of a tree apparently growing out of bare rock in the salt water of Auke Bay, Alaska. The constant rainfall provides the fresh water and the tree is a tough species. Maybe Alpine Spruce? The tree is thriving where it is. Clearly a key to success that I shall emulate.


Friday, February 2, 2018

Eagle at the Juneau Airport

Eagle "Touch and Go"?
6" x 8" Oil on panel, unframed, $100 includes shipping in the USA.

I was always looking for chances to photograph eagles in Juneau. The best location was the dump. However, creeks full of spawning salmon worked out well in season. One of the joys of living in Alaska!



Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Waterfall Below Lake Oesa in Little Yoho National Park, Canada

Waterfall below Lake Oesa
6"x8"Oil on Canvas Panel, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in USA


I was camped with the Seattle Mountaineers in 1971 when I first saw this waterfall. This whole area is most remarkable for wildflowers, interesting geology and mountains. The trail system makes it more accessible than many other places.


Monday, January 29, 2018

Alaska Braided River

Alaska Braided River
unframed Oil on panel, 5"x7" $100 including free shipping


It is hard to visualize the scale of these glacier fed rivers. They carry immense loads of sediment and when running fast roll boulders along. This creates an ever changing  landscape in the Great Land of Alaska. If you have not seen the Interior of Alaska, I recommend you visit at least a little bit of it. You will soon find out why small planes that can land on water are so popular there. Few roads but lots of little lakes. Superb fishing from a float plane!





Saturday, January 27, 2018

Alcan Highway III

Alcan Highway III

Unframed 5" x 7" Oil painting on panel, $100 including free shipping in USA


Mountains, mountains and more mountains. Trees sometimes, but more often lots and lots ot water. Bog, muskeg, shallow ponds, small willow bushes all add up to good animal habitat. Moose, bear, wolves and lots and lots of silly little rodents that stand up at the side of the road, less than a foot tall, Maybe they are waiting for a ride? They remind me of mountain pika. Maybe they are pika? 



Thursday, January 25, 2018

Alaska Snag (Standing Dead Tree Trunk)

Alaska Snag
5" x 7" Oil Painting on Panel, unframed
$100 including free shipping in USA


I must confess, this may have been on the Alcan Highway or the Cassier Highway. I have driven both several times. Unfortunately, neither one has helpful road signs labeling the mountains that one can see. Sometimes the road maps are not very helpful as well, so many mountains and so few names. Is it not wonderful to have mysteries still found on a journey?

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Mt Juneau with Head in the Clouds

Mt. Juneau with Head in the Clouds
 5" x 7" Oil Painting on Panel, $100 includes free shipping in USA

Up above the streets (at that time) on Douglas Island I saw this view across the channel. I knew I wanted to paint it, but it had to wait for its turn. I have a closet in my mind that is stuffed with images to paint. If only there were more hours in the day...