Tuesday, September 13, 2016

No. 744 Schack Pumpkins

Schack Pumpkins
Oil on Cradled Wooden Panel
12" x 12"

Last week, I went to the Schack Art Center in downtown Everett for an arty party. The goal was to create paintings for an auction to raise money for children's art programs. Jennifer provided these glass pumpkins as a subject to paint. The Schack has a hot shop, a place to blow glass, and they are known for their glass pumpkins. Schack-tober Fest starts next week, complete with a pumpkin patch in the gallery containing over 700 glass pumpkins! Can't wait to see that!
For more info on Schack-Tober Fest click HERE.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

No. 743 Peonies in Blue Vase

Peonies in Blue Vase
Oil on Linen Panel
5" x 7"

 Another piece from my peony painting stage earlier this summer.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

No. 742 Peonies with Possibilities

Peonies with Possibilities
Oil on Linen Panel
7" x 5"

Festivals and travels over for the summer. Anika is settled in her dorm at the University of Washington. Meg is getting ready to start high school. Sigh. What do they say, "The only constant thing is change?"

Time to refocus and get ready to resume oil painting classes. I missed my students and am really looking forward to laughing and painting with them again.

Friday, August 19, 2016

No 741 Stehekin Nocturne

Stehekin Nocturne
Oil on Linen Panel
9" x 12"

Returning to the Stehekin trip, I painted this on the deck of the house we rented.
Aaahhh, what a great trip.

Running around working on last minute details for the Fresh Paint Festival tomorrow. Don and I did most of the set up this evening. Thank goodness for tall, helpful husbands with long arms!

If you can come to this great waterfront, art festival be sure to stop by and say hi!
For more info on the festival click here.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

No. 740 Wallace Falls Hike - Plein Air

Wallace Falls Hike - Plein Air
Oil on Linen Panel
5" x 7"

I feel like this is one of my best plein airs to date. My daughter's and I went hiking with friends on a trail not too far from home. I stopped part way in to paint along the river while they did all the hard work hiking up to the falls. I think I had the best deal. This painting sold at the Coupeville Arts festival last weekend.

Here's a little video of the festival:


And of course the link if you're not seeing the video

Now we're on to the fabulous Fresh Paint festival in Everett this weekend!
Here's another link if you would like more info on this great festival.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

No. 739 Teapot and Lemons - Genie not Included

Teapot and Lemons - Genie Not Included
Oil on Linen Panel
5" x 7"

I don't know why this teapot reminds me of Alladin's lamp but it certainly does.

Everything is trashed! The house is trashed, my studio is trashed and even a part of the backyard is trashed getting ready for the festival this weekend. Will it all come together? We'll see...

Flash back to last years festival with Meg helping out. Gone are the red curtains, tulip banner and golden backboards.

If you think you can make it to the festival my advice is to come Sunday morning. You also might consider driving up by Anacortes and down the island instead of taking the ferry. If you decide to take the ferry you can keep an eye on wait times via their website. Here is a link to their webcams.
The girls and I will be located near Toby's Tavern in site 197. I'm pretty excited. I have a spot on the water side of the street. You should be able to see Penn Cove right through my booth! Click here for a map to the festival.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

No. 738 Perrin Peonies

Perrin Peonies
Oil on Linen Panel
5" x 7"

I enjoyed Dennis Perrin's workshop on roses so much I went ahead and took another one on peonies. :)

The big news is our return to the Coupeville Arts Festival this weekend. This will be our third year. Somehow I got a bee in my bonnet and decided to redesign my booth. After spending a couple of weeks on it, I am questioning that decision. Hopefully all the work will be worthwhile. Speaking of that, I'm not done yet and I have two and half days to go! Better get back to work!

If you would like info on this great art festival held on beautiful Whidbey Island click HERE.