Saturday, December 29, 2012

Making Way

Afternoon cruise aboard working tug "The Joe".  Good times!

Friday, December 28, 2012


RIP Cricket, little blue eyed mini-pony off to meet her maker.  Sometimes the vet needs a hug too.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Roadside Attraction

They may not be reindeer and it's good to pay attention, but I'll take the distractions along a country road over the crazy chaos of city driving, especially this time of year.  Get ready for a white Christmas :)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Winter Wren

A small shape with a lovely voice coming from the summer dried bracken fern.  You see the most wonderful things jogging along a country road.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Arranging Summer


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!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

In Balance

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.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Edge of the Sea

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!