Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Waves and Particles

Waves of kelp on a particulate cobble beach in the Pacific Northwest.  Ahhhh, beachcombing.... endlessly fascinating.  I should wait until I can get a better photo before posting, but who knows when the sun will shine again?  This is a study to determine if I want to paint it larger.  I'm thinkin' yes.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Always Ourselves We Find in the Sea

Do you know the ee cummings poem?  "Maggie and Milly and Molly and May.... went down to the beach (to play one day)  They find singing shells and languid stars, are chased by bubble blowing "horrible things" and May comes 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."

That's what this painting is about.

Thursday, February 23, 2012


How can you resist when he is so darn polite about it?  ....and, when you're done playing ball he can have a snack too.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Point Made

Making points, or stirring the beast?  Always in question when dealing with cats.

Monday, February 20, 2012


I think I like this one.  I know I like the subject;  a favorite bird, the varied thrush sings as the late afternoon light slips through the forest.   This is "ants in the pants" season for wanting to spend more time outside!  I'm looking forward to some day hiking and backpacking soon.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Too Tired To Read

I think we can all identify.... some days are just too full to stay awake in the evening.  Besides being nervous for Matt in the WA State Swim finals (he did great by the way), there was all that family to organize.... just a little too much for a growing girl.  Nitey nite, RubyDo.

Monday, February 13, 2012

A Fine Balance

I watched my first gymnastics meet in person the other day.  While the viewing is challenging (a very visually and energetically busy place) you can certainly feel the focus and concentration of the athletes.  This wasn't an upper level meet but it's pretty cool to see how poised these kids are.  This painting was an experiment, I think it could be better, painted on a smooth surface and maybe in a larger format, but I really like the tension in the composition.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sandpiper on a Stroll

If you're calm (and hold your coffee cup just right) you can stroll along with the wave of sandpipers collecting breakfast on the morning tide.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Beyond Pearls

This is a smile that left the world too soon.... her essence remains.  In sympathy.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Smooth Round Stones

Rocks are endlessly fascinating to me, ocean beaches are particularly good places to appreciate their myriad forms, colors and textures.  "... and May came home with a smooth round stone, as small as a world and as big as alone."  ee cummings.  Always makes me think of you, Diane and the rest of the BABC crew :)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

I'll Take the Bay

I was taken by the inquisitive, I'll-do-whatever-you-want-me-to-do, look of the this lovely bay horse.  He's really giving me the itch to ride again.  This is my favorite painting style, especially for the small paintings... more gesture and feeling than detail or precise color matching.  Wouldn't you just love to take him home?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Year of the Dragon...

Specifically, the leafy sea dragon.  While clearly not a scientific rendering, this critter does exist in the waters around Australia.  The wonders of reality can barely be imagined!