Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Cape Cod National Seashore Beach Forest: Trees I

Trees I
Acrylic on copper painted wood panel, 1 inch cradle, varnished

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!