Friday, October 26, 2018

No. 883 Gus McManamen

Gus McManamen
Oil on Canvas Panel
6" x 8"

Sure, life is busy with a painting a day challenge so why not add a kitten to it? Not busy enough? Okay why not add two? Are we completely crazy yet? YES!

Yet to be painted - Mousse (as in chocolate mousse) McManamen

Even with the huge distraction of two kittens the painting challenge continues. A huge thank you to everyone that has subscribed to my YouTube channel. Much appreciated!! I've heard you are not receiving notifications of the newest video being posted. When you are on YouTube click on the little bell next to the subscribe button for my channel and I think that will do the trick. In the meantime here are some links...

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I have a vague memory of the "HERE" links not working in the email version of this post. If that's still the case here are the two links:

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

No.882 Fall on Highway 2

Fall on Highway 2
Oil on Panel
5"x 7"

Wow! Fall is spectacular right now up in the mountains. I was really lucky to spend several days painting and taking photos in the Leavenworth area. A big thank you to Jodie and Bruce for letting me stay at their cabin. I'm just wonderstruck at all the beautiful fall color I saw up there.

On a separate note I've started a new project! I'm returning to my original 365 day painting challenge but this time I'm documenting it via time lapse video. This way you can see not only the paintings but also how they are created. I will post video twice a week. It's been a struggle to add all of this to my regular schedule. I hope to find shortcuts and get into a rhythm soon. I probably won't post daily to my blog this time though. If you'd like to keep updated on my progress I would love to have you subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Click HERE to view the first video.

Friday, August 17, 2018

No 881 Rainier Over Ebey's Landing at Sunset

Rainier Over Ebey's Landing at Sunset
Oil on Linen Panel
5" x 7"

It was a lovey evening at Ebey's Landing on Whidbey Island with super clear skies. Skies so clear you could actually see Mt. Rainier!

This is one of many paintings that found new homes last weekend at the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Fair. Thank you so much everyone for adopting one or more of my paintings! It is much, much appreciated. I hope you enjoy them immensely!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

No 880 In the Garden at Captain Whidbey Inn

In the Garden at Captain Whidbey Inn
Oil on Birch Panel
5" x 7"

Almost there! Mostly packed for the festival in Coupeville this weekend. A few loose ends here and there. Meg and I will head for the ferry tomorrow morning. Looking forward to getting this party started!

If you are planning on coming (it's a terrific arts festival so come if you can!) my recommendation this year would be to come on Sunday. The weather looks absolutely perfect, 70 degrees and sunshine. Sundays are usually a little more relaxed too. Be sure to get there early when parking is ample and it's easy to move from booth to booth. I'm in booth 197 on the waterfront next to Toby's.
Hope to see you there!

Click here for the festival website.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

No. 879 Sequim Lavender Fields

Sequim Lavender Fields - B and B Family Farm
Oil on Canvas Panel
5" x 7"

In the middle of July I traveled with two of my students to the beautiful Sequim lavender fields. It was a great trip, the sent of lavender wafting around us as we painted those beautiful purple rows.

I found my all time favorite coffee drink, a lavender and honey latte, at the Hurricane Coffee Shop
in downtown Sequim. It sounds a bit odd but it was fabulous!!

Thanks for letting me tag along Connie and Carol!

Som of my photos from the B and B Family Farm.

Monday, August 6, 2018

No. 878 Claudia's Irises

Claudia's Irises - Plein Air
Oil on Canvas Panel
7" x 5"

In class we had a whole month of painting irises in preparation for painting in Claudia's lovely garden. We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to paint there a couple of different days. Claudia's husband, Dan, works long and hard in their garden and it shows!

Thank you, Claudia and Dan!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

No 877 Coupville Wharf at Low Tide

Coupeville Wharf at Low Tide
Oil on Canvas Panel
5" x 7"

Wow! I hope you are having a great summer. We've had an excellent one. Filled with lots of new places to explore and paint, I couldn't be happier. It's that festival time of year though. So it's time to settle down and get ready for the Coupeville Arts Festival. It will be my only festival this summer unless I get a last minute call from the Fresh Paint folks.

I've been redirecting a lot of my online activity from my blog to Instagram. So if you are on Instagram please follow me at scmcmanamen or 
It's much easier and less time consuming to post there so that's where you will see most of the action. :)