Friday, December 28, 2012
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
A painter never gives up on summer... even, or especially, on these short, dark days. My friend Donna at Morgan Creek Farm sells the most beautiful flowers during the farmer's market. This is where she makes all those luscious bouquets. Light breeze on a warm day, I smell summer!
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Saturday, December 8, 2012
I haven't painted much except for illustration work so it's always encouraging when I start up again and I like what comes off the brush. The gorgeous old maples on my place are always a source of inspiration, but challenging to interpret. I'm amazed at the profusion of life that inhabits each tree which is a complete ecosystem of it's own... in perfect balance. I like the strong triangular shape of the trunks intertwining as they push up against the sky and the delicacy of licorice fern embedded in thick moss jackets draped on the trees.
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Thursday, December 6, 2012
Happy to report that this painting, "Edge of the Sea" was accepted into the Collective Visions Gallery Show in Bremerton. It wasn't the one that I thought might make the cut, but there you go.... never wise to second guess the juror. These were the specs.... 327 artists from 79 Washington cities submitted 896 artworks for consideration by the juror, Alfredo Arreguin. From these, Alfredo selected 128 pieces for inclusion, any one artwork had less than a one in seven chance of being selected for the show.
This one was inspired by the ee cummings poem "Maggie & Millie and Molly & May".... do you know it? Here's a bit of my favorite part; "Maggie & Millie & Molly & May went down to the beach (to play one day)"..... they did all kinds of good stuff but skipping to the last verse..... "May came home with a smooth round stone as small as a world and as large as alone. For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it's always ourselves we find in the sea."
Have you seen all the stones in my house? I believe May and I must be kindred spirits!
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Saturday, November 24, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
I'm pleased to report that this painting sold in the DPW auction and that all proceeds have gone to relief efforts in the wake of hurricane Sandy. Just remember there is a"Calm" that follows every storm... as we westcoast-ers get our first major rainstorm of the season.
Also a heads up notice about ANY web based transactions. The scammers are out there! My buyer got a notice from a
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Sunday, November 18, 2012
Memory of a peaceful summer evening, last light, flat water, dip, swish..... ahhh. Memory, what a blessing to have the capability to re-imagine an experience. I'm thankful to have so many good ones and the tools to enliven them again.
Friday, November 16, 2012
|postcard painting, see DPW for sales info.|
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Misty the Jersey calf is very curious about the new dog in the neighborhood and not shy about coming up to the fence for a little conversation. Arna is also intrigued and lays down and eats grass right along with her. Misty also has a new baby calf buddy, MoJo who causes quite a stir with her cavorting. Lots to see on the farm during dog walking expeditions.
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Monday, November 5, 2012
Comes with his own gloves, ready to work! This little bundle of cuteness was painted on a textured base (which you can't see very well digitally) but it "feels" like straw so I'm happy. I also kinda like the "z" composition. What's adorable in a photo is sometimes devilish to paint from (successfully). Have fun with all your chores this week.
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Friday, November 2, 2012
Buddies sharing an intimate lunch on a summer afternoon. Make nice not mean is the rule for most horses... just another thing we might learn from them. (especially at this time of year... did you see the video of the crying 4 y.o. little girl? my sentiments exactly!
With the rain and darkness, this is that really hard to photograph paintings time of year. I neeeeeed to get an indoor light box set up, one of these days.... soon. No matter how good the photography (I do take pains to represent my work accurately) it's good to remember that a back lit screen is an entirely different medium than an original painting and this image will never look exactly like the real thing. The subtleties of reality are lost in translation, "virtual" has limitations. Reminds me that I spend too much time in front of this computer. I'm going outside....you?
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
A moment of calm.... dedicated to our friends out east. The proceeds from the sale of this painting in the DPW auction will go to the Red Cross and their hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Many artists from the Daily Paintworks Gallery are helping to raise funds to help our neighbors in need.
Click here to bid on this painting, Thanks for your support!
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
This is what my road looks like right now. I love the bigleaf maples, they aren't as colorful as the vine maple but their giant yellow and sienna leaves glow against the evergreen forest. I did a quick internet search to find out that the dark spots with green rims are a fungus called speckled Tar Spot (Rhytisma punctatum). It's common to see in the late summer, but this year seems to have been a particularly good one for it. Some of the leaves are covered in leopard spots, but apparently the fungus doesn't cause much problem for the trees.
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Monday, October 15, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
This piece epitomizes what I think of as maternal instinct, in this case across species, but nonetheless.... It's not just the face, but the whole composition; squared up shoulders - elbow - large hands - grip on a slightly squirming animal. Soothing, protective and/or subtly stifling?.... it's a fine line :)
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Thursday, October 11, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Friday, October 5, 2012
This little fellow will be hibernating soon, in the meantime he's showing off his finest fall fashion with a lovely feather boa of a tail. This is from high up on the east side of Rainier above tree line on alpine tundra. Everything is a blaze of glory storing up all that heat for the coming winter.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Love puppies! Wasn't sure about posting this one. The sentiment is there and there's parts I like alot but dam it's hard to blend acrylic for a smooth surface. I got all cocky after the chicken eggs I guess! I do like this better in person, but it's still kinda whonky in the color department. Animals have always been more forgiving than humans.
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
|7 x 5" see DPW for sales information|
Chicken in a box, sharing her eggs, how nice of her after all that hard work! This is one of Sherryl's chickens, not sure if it's the one that likes to peck Jessie. Go ahead, stick your hand in there and find out :) I like the contrast of textural feathers and shavings with the smooth, multi-shaped and multi-colored eggs.
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Saturday, September 29, 2012
|7x5" see DPW for purchase info.|
I love everything about the autumn season.... even the shortening days give a little extra impetus to getting outside as much as possible. I know that some are squeamish about snakes, but hey, this handsome striper is gorgeous and not a threat to us at all. Just meandering its way through the maple leaves, lovely.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
|8x6" acrylic, see DPW for purchase info|
The song, "some-one to waaaatch o-ver me" keeps playing in my head and since I'm a better painter than singer here you go :) I like the gestural quality and monochromatic color scheme of this... not to mention the "flying nun" shadow on mom's shoulders from her relaxed, sleeping in the mid-day sun ears. Mom's are guardian angels after all.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
|6x6" see DailyPaintWorks for purchase information|
Here's a colorful mallard drake riding his wake across the farm pond. We see the occasional widgeon and goldeneye along with mallards on our small pond. They seem to take turns with the geese, heron, kingfisher and swallows.... not everybody at once. I wonder who books their reservations.
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Saturday, September 22, 2012
|8x10" acrylic, see DPW for purchase information|
It's not uncommon for me to hear "that doesn't look like your work" from people about one painting or another. It's true, I have never decided what I want to be when I grow up and so I just keep experimenting. I can't decide if my lack of commitment is a fault or a blessing, but I'm easily led down new trails, so you can continue to expect the unexpected from me periodically. This painting is one of those. Although there's plenty of "me" in it, clearly it's a pattern painting all the way when most of the time I try to paint shapes. I like it, just enough recognizable detail to place me right next to that wooded pond with a ruffle of wings and a whaak, whaaack..... Not all those who wander are lost. Welcome to Autumn, an oh so wonderful time to wander :)
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Friday, September 21, 2012
|6x6 see DailyPaintWorks for sales information|
The warm, dry colors of fall are creeping through the forest, replacing the greens of summer. Rustling leaves, a light breeze.... change is in the air, can you feel it?
My "Coastlines" show of paintings inspired by kayak trips around the PNW was a great success, if sales are any judgement. Thank you everyone! The show has been replaced by the Peninsula Art League's Fall Show. Head in to the Kimball coffee shop & gallery to see what local painters have been up to.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Friday, August 31, 2012
Poised on the brink at Glacier View Point on Mt. Rainier. You can watch time from here where it drifts by in the mist, the mountain appearing and disappearing... We were treated to a gorgeous day full of wild flowers and sky, a young bear and whistling marmots, what could be better than that?
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Saturday, August 25, 2012
|6x6" acrylic, see DPW for purchase information|
Puppies! Who could resist that little voice.... "can I pet your puppy?" Puppies are magnets for all sorts of people from shy little girls, to tough guy biker dudes at the farmers market. This is Donna's (the flower seller from Morgan Creek Farm) new golden retriever pup. Smiles all around :)
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Thursday, August 23, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
BABC members Bob Gordon, Miz Jill and the Commodore himself came to see my show of new paintings at the Kimball Gallery today. We have shared so many extraordinary adventures together, it's a pretty amazing group of friends... including the ones in absentia. I am blessed. :)
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
This collection of paintings showcases our extraordinary PNW coastlines. Inspired by kayak trips from Haida Gwaii to Vaughn Bay, it's dedicated to my friends, mentors and fellow scalawags of the BABC, you know who you are. Barely Adequate Boaters Club members have been plying coastal waters for decades, their adventures are the stuff of legend (or at least some great fish tales). Organizational skills of Commodore, CW "Crash" Clark and his best Mate, Miz Jill, are only surpassed by their fishing prowess. Our ensign is adventure and we know how to find it. Pacific Coastlines have much to offer the most intrepid heart and it gives me great pleasure to share a glimpse of it with you.
The show runs from August 21 to Sept. 20 at the Kimball Espresso Gallery 6950 Kimball Drive, Gig Harbor WA (253) 858-2625
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Thursday, August 16, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The Bunsby Islands off the NW coast of Vancouver Isl. are sea otter haven. The Checklescet Bay Ecological Reserve was set up to help them reestablish their range after being decimated by hunting by the 1800's. (in 1911 an estimated 500 sea otters remained scattered in small groups from northern Alaska to California) They are thriving here, enjoying a kelp bed on a hot afternoon, flippers held high to cool off in the light breeze. Happy otters. :)
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