Thursday, December 02, 2010

A New Approach

After watching the entire first season of Work of Art, I am inspired and challenged to put more of myself into my paintings ~ so to speak. What does that mean? It's not literal, I can tell you that. I'm sure it's about who I am, what I'm about and my individuality, complexities, neurosis, obsessions and indifference's. How to achieve that in my paintings is my newest endeavor.

This painting was done from two photos I took of my aging Arab. Long shadows, cold, gray horizon and warm foreground. Almost a dream like quality. I underpainted him with crimson and couldnt resist topping off my shadows with a cool indigo as is my standard to incorporate some muse of color not found in life. I wonder what, if anything that says about me? So, is it eerie? Creepy? Romantic?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Krain Corner

Krain Corner, oil on board. I met with a few of my plein air friends at the historical Krain Corner for a paint out recently and this is what I settled on for subject matter. I had been out by myself earlier at a different location and by now the sun was getting hot. I am learning that it makes a difference when the sun is on your palette and panel as it was here. My colors are, well, not exactly what I expected after I brought it indoors. But, I believe it certainly does reflect the warm mid afternoon sun at any rate.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Blake

I did this from a photo I took several years ago. This is Blake. At least he took his shoes off this time before going into the water...

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Another Deep Lake Day


Once again I find myself at Deep Lake looking for a suitable subject to spend my afternoon painting. This one was painted and repainted until I was finally satisfied with the way the background receded. After all, the portrait was of the tree and more specifically, the roots. Hopefully, the feeling of fall is picked up by the dashing of fallen leaves.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Deep Lake #6

I believe this is #6 anyway. I've been dating them but should probably number them. I will likely be back there again today. This one is a portrait of the log and I was afraid I may have to much going on in the rest of the painting but the more I look at it the more I am satisfied that the log was not overshadowed by the background but, in fact, supported by it.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Deep Lake one more time...

Could be that I'm saying too much in this painting. The jury's still out as far as that goes. This painting is another tree portrait. I'm going to have to find a way to better scan or photograph so as to not get so many glares on the brushstrokes.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Deep Lake Again

I know it's been a while since I've uploaded anything. I've been out doing some plein air recently and just havent been photographing my work and posting. Hopefully, with fall, comes fewer household projects and more routine which includes artwork! This painting was done at our beloved "Deep Lake". I'm happy with the simplicity of this subject but struggle continuously with which information to include and which to leave out.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Ahhhh. It's been a while since my last post. I've been busy preparing for Art in the Garden which is this weekend. I have been able to do 3 miniatures, however, just to keep the brush wet:
For the record, I found strawberries to have a challenging translucent property that I'm not sure I was able to capture. It's likely, I'll be pursuing this again after this weekends show since I have some new information as to how to overcome this issue. All that said, I'm not terribly disappointed in how these three little beauties turned out. :)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Poster Award

Here's a picture of the painting I submitted. There are alot of techniques that I applied in this painting that apparently worked such as angles, edges and color: dark against light. If I could only apply all my learning in all my paintings... :)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Equine Art Show

Last week I had the good fortune to win the Thoroughbred Assoc. Equine Art Poster Award at Emerald Downs! What an experience! The opening reception was a fully catered event with free beer and wine and dozens of fabulous paintings to check out! I was in Heaven for sure. And to top it off, I found myself talking art with an artist who's art I've admired for some time now - Karen McClelland. Her work is stunning and I might add, won the 1st and 2nd place awards in the oil painting category.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Pepperments in Jar


Pepperments in Jar 5x7 oil on canvas
Back to the clear jar models but added the cellophane wrappers. These are fun little paintings. So much to see and decipher when painting clear objects. Who knew?

Silver Pot & Apricots


Silver Pot & Apricots 8x10 Oil on canvas.
Apricots continue to be a challenge for me as I'm hoping to achieve their soft, fuzzy skin and delicate color. Even their shadows cast on each other are more delicate in color.

Bronze Tin & Fruit


Bronze Tin & Fruit 8x10 oil on canvas

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Silver Bowl of Apricots

Silver Bowl of Apricots 8x10 oil on canvas.
This was a fun painting. I'm really working to loosen up and enjoying every minute of it. Edges have become a priority for me as has reflected light. I've also been experimenting with background colors. I'm happy with the way this one worked out.

Monday, June 28, 2010


I wanted to post a picture of my new studio while in progress so you can follow along. The work is going so quickly though that it will likely be done next week! I still need to purchase my lighting but otherwise, I believe all the decisions are on track. I cant wait to move in!

Lemon Nectarine


Lemon Nectarine 6x6 Oil on Canvas
Back to my little paintings. This time I thought I'd work on a clear jar. I'm using a #4 filbert brush primarily with a #2 backup for tight spots but only if truly necessary. I prefer the larger brush strokes even on these little paintings for a painterly look.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Raining #3

Raining #3 16x20 Oil on Canvas
The finished product. Three herons fulfill the critter requirement. Fairly ghosty so as to not detract from the mood.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Raining #3

A work in progress:
Once again, I had the good fortune to design the cover for the Arts Alive! Poetry Jams annual poetry book. Given this years title, Rain In Thoughts, I wanted something especially pensive and dreamy. I knew I had to stay away from the reds and oranges this time and settled on blues for a peaceful, quieting mood. Sooner or later I will have to add the traditional critter, beast or being in a three pack. Hmmm..






Friday, May 14, 2010

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Deep Lake



Deep Lake appx 8x11 Oil on Board. Black ground.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Federation State Park

Federation State Park appx 8x12 oil on board.
Venturing out by myself this time my only real concerns were bears and bad guys. Neither of which showed up so it was all in all a great painting day. Unfortunately, this photo has some glare :(

Monday, March 15, 2010

Creek By The 18th Fairway, 8x11 oil on board
Another beautiful day at the golf course.
By The Grange, 8x12 Oil on Board
Hidden behind a some bushy trees and shrubs was this red barn and a couple of sheds.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

First Hole Oil on Board appx 8x11
A fairly bright day but chilly. We got the A-Okay to continue to paint here. There seems to be a plethora of landscapes here with varying levels and depths. I believe I could have stayed until my fingers were numb but my painting partner had other plans so we left after only one painting.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Third Hole #2 oil on board appx 8x11
This is the second of two paintings done yesterday. A view of the third hole of the Enumclaw Golf Course. Both of my painting buddies had left me alone to finish up the last half hour or so but all in all it was a great day of painting!

Third Hole

Third Hole oil on board appx 8x11
A beautiful day for plein air painting! This was the first of two done yesterday at the Enumclaw Golf Course looking back from the third hole. I was a bit unsure of how the golfers would take to a few painters setting up on their tee but we received nothing but positive responses. A bit inquisitive as to what we were doing but I'm inclined to believe golfers are a friendly bunch!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

This is a section of our circle driveway by the wood stack. I got soaked the day I painted this. I finally moved up to the house onto my covered deck to finish the painting. I believe I'm going to look into plein air umbrellas..

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Territorial View 10x20 oil on canvas. This is a view of Mt Rainier and the Cascades from my front yard. I did this one completely in the studio from a photograph. Guess I'm not hard core enough yet to stand out in the snow.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Cumberland #2

Cumberland #2 9x12 oil on board.
Finally made it out to paint on a beautiful day! My painting buddy and I drove around for some time before we settled down near the Cumberland tracks to start painting. It was such a beautiful day in our area and the sky was a rare blue. Ahhhh, to be back outside and painting...

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Random Shed 16x20 oil on canvas. This is actually a painting I did last year. I took a photo of this shed from a friends field and did the painting in the studio.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Elephant Garlic: 5x5 oil on Canvas. $40
Garlic, tomatoes, fruit, candy.... Food. Always a good subject. Sits still for hours and even days at times (or at least until the hot light begins to take a toll).

Monday, February 08, 2010


This is the view out my front door. I left out some fencing that didnt do anything to enhance the composition.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Sweet Tarts


The prodigal blogger back to posting.
As usual, painting whatever I can find in the fridge!