Sunday, March 31, 2013

Day 132 Incense Burner?

Ned's Thing-a-ma-jiggy
Oil on Gessobord
6 x 6
Okay, upon closer inspection I now know it's not a vase. It's
certainly not a teapot (now I feel very silly for even thinking that).
Could it be an incense burner? I think I may just have to ask Ned.
This is the same still life set up as yesterday, just closer and
painted on a different surface. It's interesting to see how much
the painting surface affects the look of a piece. I have discovered I'm
less frustrated switching surfaces if I use a different type of brush on each.
I find it easier to paint on canvas with stiff hog bristle brushes and on
gessobord with much softer synthetic brushes.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Day 131 Another Vase from the Mueller Place

Another Vase from the Mueller Place
Oil on Canvas
5 x 7
I'm referring to the white vase. Now that I think of it though, it
might actually be a teapot. The very top looks like a tea strainer and
on the back there is a very teeny tiny spout. Whatever it is, I really
like it! I think I'm getting Ned used to the idea of me borrowing
items from his world travels. Let's see what I can make off with next time!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Day 130 - Ebey's Landing with PAWA

Ebey's Landing with PAWA
Plein Air
Oil on Canvas Board
8 x 10
This is a return to the plein air paint out this weekend. The first day, you might
remember, we painted at a snow covered Fort Casey. The second day we met
at one of my family's all time favorite haunts on Whidbey Island, Ebey's Landing.
Just a few patches of snow were left. This is the view looking south toward Fort Casey.
Sometimes you can even see Mt. Rainier from here - sometimes. There is a wonderful
hike up on the bluff that I highly recommend. It was great fun showing this place off to
the other members of the PAWA group.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Day 129 Pangur Ban and the Forget-me-nots

Pangur Ban in the Forget Me Nots
Oil on Canvas Board
5 x 7
After putting the kids on the bus, my neighbor and I often take a brisk walk
around the neighborhood. Upon returning from one of these morning jaunts
we discovered Melissa's cat Pangur Ban (Celtic for white cat) making himself
comfortable right in the middle of Melissa's patch of Forget-me-nots. I dashed
inside for my camera certain he wouldn't be there when I got back but sure
enough he was. Pangur Ban must have been comfortable indeed.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Day 128 - The Lighthouse

Lighthouse at Fort Casey
Oil on Canvas Board
8 x 10

If you saw my earlier post you have already heard how our first  PAWA paint out of
 the year turned out surprisingly snowy. Most people cancelled but a few hardy
souls made it out to paint. Standing in the sun with my snow boots and several
layers of clothing on it wasn't too bad and it was beautiful!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Day 127 - Thank you!

    I've been struggling on finding a way to store fabric for still life backgrounds. To be able to see them all at a glance instead of digging them out of the cupboard would be wonderful. I mentioned this to my ever resourceful neighbor and she suggested a rack with dowels to hang them on. Thinking this was a great idea I then turned around and described it to my husband. He, with just a slight bit of prodding, built and installed this wonderful rack for me. Aren't I the lucky one!
    So a HUGE thanks to Melissa for the idea and to Don for the creation and installation of my new fabric rack. You guys are awesome!

    I've been waiting for an overcast day to photograph more paintings. Washington never disapoints so this afternoon that's what I'll be up to. In the meantime, this is a plein air painting from our trip to Wyoming two years ago.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Day 126 Primrose visits Nicolai Fechen

     A little over a week ago my friend Dina and I took in the Nicolai Fechin exhibit at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle. A Fechin has to be experienced in person. The amazingly thick strokes of multicolored paint can't be enjoyed properly in any sort of reproduction. If you get a chance, I highly recommend seeing it. The fabulous Frye is free. There's even free parking and it's easy to get to. Click here for more info.


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Day 125 Pansies in Incense Burner

Pansies in Incense Burner
Oil on Gessobord
5 x 5
The lid to this Japanese incense burner has little holes
perfect for poking little pansies in.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Day 124 - Painting in the Snow

Friday morning I peered out the window in shock. Snow? How could it be? Today was the day I was supposed to drive to Whidbey Island and co-facilitate the first plein air paint out of 2013. Have I ever told you how much I dislike driving in the snow? I used to reserve vacation days specifically for snow days. A true perk of being a stay at home mom is that I don't have to drive anywhere on a snow day. Oh the things I will do for my plein air group. So I packed up and headed off. It's March for Pete's sake, how much snow could there be? I made it to the middle of the island before I gave up and hid in a grocery store for a few hours. It did finally stop and I was able to meet up with those who could make it at a snow covered Fort Casey. It turned out to be a beautiful afternoon. Crazy huh?

Hiding in the Greenbank Grocery Store and Deli waiting for the snow to stop.

Painting at a snow covered Fort Casey. Can you see the deer in the bottom
left corner? Deer are everywhere at Fort Casey.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Day 123 - Pansies are in

Oil on Gessobord
6 x 6
If you  want to know what flowers are on sale at the
local grocery store just check out what I'm painting on my
blog. You got it, pansies are two for $3 at Fred Meyer right now.
Definitely going to need some practice on these babies.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Day 122 - Tulip in Medicine Bottle

Tulip in Antique Medicine Bottle
Oil on Canvas
5 x 7

I discovered this really cool glass bottle with glass stopper in one of our antique
cupboards the other day. If I understand the family history correctly
Don's great grandfather was a country doctor. Winne, Don's mom, talked about
going on the rounds with her grandfather. I'm guessing this might be one of his bottles.
Family heirloom or not it is a pretty cool little bottle and I found it in my own house!
I think I need Don to dig out the other family antiques.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Day 121 - a little late

Lone Tulip
Oil on Gessobord
6 x 6

A bit of a late post today. The internet browser on my computer, where
all the photos of the paintings are stored, would not work no matter
how many times I rebooted it. So I gave up and went to bed.
This morning, while showering, it occured to me we had more than
one internet browser on our computer! The epiphanies that occur
while one is showering.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Day 120 - A Little Drama

Tulips with Oranges and Lemon
Oil on Gessobord
7 x 5
I really enjoyed painting with this rich, dramatic color scheme. If I remember
correctly I was listening (alright and singing - aren't you glad you
weren't here to hear that! My poor dog.) to music from Phantom of the Opera and
Le Miserables while I was painting it. So this seems like a fitting result.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Day 119 - Ned's Vase

Ned's Vase and Tulip
Oil on Gessobord
5 x 7
As the title implies the vase in the background was
graciously (well, mostly graciously) loaned to me by Ned
Mueller. You can't see it really well here but it has a beautiful
patina. Ned has several things I'd like to borrow (picture me gleefully
rubbing my hands together). This is just an ice breaker.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Day 118 - Painting at Mom and Dad's

Tulips at Mom and Dad's
Oil on Gessobord
6 x 6
One of the great things about having plein air painting equipment
is you're prepared to paint just about anywhere. I hauled my
painting equipment to my Mom and Dad's apartment and painted
away while Dad went shopping and Mom took a nice long nap.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Day 117 - They keep coming!

Tulips in Japanese Jar
Oil on Gessobord
6 x 6
These beautiful yellow tulips reminded me of peonies when
they opened. I guess Carol Marine has been having problems
with her tulips holding a pose as well. Her readers had some
suggestions. One was to put a penny in the vase, another to add
ice cubes and still another was to put them in the fridge for an
 hour before you paint them. My suggestion? Let them do
their thing. Meaning put them in the vase, turn on the light
and go do something else for an hour. After an hour or so they have done
all the moving they are going to do and they are much more willing
to hold that pose.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Day 116 - But wait there's more...

Orange Tulips with Glass Vase
7 x 5
Oil on Gessobord
Within a very short time of bringing these tulips in from the
garage they practically exploded! I turned my back on them
for a moment and they went from modestly closed to
"Hey baby, look at me!" wide open.  Not a bashful variety I guess.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Day 115 - Oh yes, more tulips

Tulips at Night
7 x 5
Oil on Gessobord
I almost forgot to post this one. The tulips with the red streaks
in the petals were very long lasting. I think I got a whole
weeks worth of paintings out of them. Money well spent.
I have to admit in the past I've turned my nose up at tulips.
So much money for a flower that fades so quickly. I've
noticed that setting them out in the garage at night really extends
their life span. Now I'm hooked.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Day 114 - Tulips with Black Vase

Tulips with Black Vase
Oil on Gessobord
5 x 7
There is something about this color combination that just turns me on.
I really had to simplify these tulips. It's too bad you
can't see the real thing because they are magnificent!
They practically make me weak in the knees when I study
them. Score another point for Central Market!
A quick daily painting just doesn't do them justice.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Day 113 - More Copper

Copper Tulips
5 x 7
Oil on Gessobord
Is it me or is there a whole lotta orange going on here!
I subscribe to an art blog called MAKING A MARK. The author
is Katherine Tyrrell and she writes about art for artists and art lovers. I
think she is based in London. It's a great read for anyone who can't get
enough info about art. Yesterday she talked about a botanical illustration
exhibit in London. Today she gave the link to the fabulous new website for Rijksmuseun
in Amsterdam. Oh my goodness you have to check it out. You can zoom
in on the photos of the paintings so tight you can see individual brush strokes
and cracks in the paint of a Van Gogh or a Vermeer. For the musuem
click here. For the MAKING A MARK blog click here.
Have fun!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Day 112 Love that Copper Cup

Copper Cup, Jar and Tulips
Oil on Gessobord
7 x 5
I have to admit I've really enjoyed painting this copper cup.
I  love the way colors reflect on it's coppery surface. The longer
I paint the more reflected color I seem to see. What a beautiful discovery!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Day 111 - Sunday Morning Tulips

Sunday Morning Tulips
Oil on Gessobord
5 x 7
This painting has a definite Sunday morning, coffee and croissants, reading
the newspaper and listening to some great music feel to it.
Happy Sunday!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Day 110 - Primrose goes to the Seattle Art Museum

Tulips with Book
Oil on Gessobord
7 x 5
Once again, I will say one of the true perks of doing a painting a day
is the excuse to buy gorgeous flowers. When I picked these tulips
out, I was so excited I almost started skipping.
Here is Primrose hiding in the shadows at the Seattle Art Museum. She was so
intimidated she was quaking in her boots or I should say on her little stand.
My friend Suzy, whom I used to share a cubicle with at GTE Directories, and I were there to
see the Treasures of Kenwood House exhibition. You know, the one with Rembrandt in it.
Oh, oh, oh, oh, that is a wonderful exhibition. I highly recommend it. If anyone knows
 a good place to park near the museum that doesn't charge $26 I'd love to hear about it! 
I want to go back and see it all over again.

Next we have Primrose near one of the statues in the outside corridor. She's looking a little more comfortable. Does
anyone else remember these statues being outside the Capitol Hill building?
And here Suzy gives her a boost so she doesn't look
quite so insignificant.  We all need a boost like that sometimes don't we? I know I do anyway.
All in all, a trip well worth taking.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Day 109 - Not a Primrose

Copper Cup with Tulips
Oil on Gessobord
7 x 5
I bought some exquisite tulips at Central Market a few days ago.
I'd never really thought about the quality of cut tulips before.
These beauties were definitely the top of the line.
I know where I'm purchasing my cut flowers from now on.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Day 108 - Still Traveling

Purple Primrose #3
Oil on Gessobord
5 x 5
The third and last in this particular primrose series.
Primrose out for a walk with my dog Loui. I'm being very silly I know.
I can't seem to help myself......

Primrose hangin' with the crocus in my front yard.

Primrose making a Costco run. Good thing it's an oil and not a watercolor
out in all this rain. What an exciting life I lead, right?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Day 107 Primrose on the Road

Purple Primrose 2
Oil on Gessobord
6 x 6
As this primrose painting is pretty darn similair to yesterdays I tried
to think of something to make it more interesting. An silly little idea occurred to me.
Why not take it on the road? A little like the traveling gnome. So here we have
the traveling primrose painting....

First stop, Elizabeth Kincaid's watercolor class. You see here two of
her absolutely amazing watercolors. I meant to take a picture that included
my fellow classmates but forgot until everyone had left. I'll get them next time.
I'll try to get Elizabeth in there too.

Second stop, having a teriyaki lunch with my hubby. He is the one
that makes this whole painting adventure possible. Thanks Don!

Third stop, visiting my mom and dad in their new retirement home. My mom
recently had a major stroke. After three weeks in the hospital she was finally
able to come home again with my dad. A huge thanks to all the people
working in rehab at Providence hospital. We're so relieved to have her back home again.
Time to go home and feed the family. I forgot to take a picture of the girls this evening.
I'll get them tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Day 106 Primroses are Back

Purple Primrose 1
Oil on Gessobord
6 x 6
The primroses I've collected over the last few weeks have been
merrily blooming their little hearts out next to my front door.
I couldn't let this valiant effort go unrecognized. I am sad to
report, though, that a few nights ago I set several of them next to my sidewalk to
catch some rain. The rain beat those poor little flowers to a pulp. Who
would've thought? Next year I'll know better.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Day 105 - Out on the Prairie

Out on the Prairie
Oil on Canvas
8 x 10
Plein Air
This is from a lovely late fall painting excursion near our property
on Whidbey Island. Our property is a jungle, really. It's always
so nice to come out to this open place and bask in the sun for a bit.
I have some outstanding news! I won 2nd place - small painting division
in Gallery North's Annual Miniature and Small Paintings Show. I'll
repost the piece that won tomorrow. I'm so excited!!! 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Day 104 - Catch up

Here is my "little" painting show at the Snohomish library. If you're thinking, "Wow,
she crammed a lot of pictures in a small space." You're absolutely right.
I entered three paintings in Gallery North's Annual Miniature and Small Paintings Show.
Tomorrow we head down to Edmonds for the artist's reception from 1 - 4pm. I expect
to be there around 2:00pm if anyone is in the area and would like to stop by.
There are some really amazing miniature artists in this area (ha, ha, couldn't resist).
I'm looking forward to seeing their new work. It's always amazing (now I'm serious).
I had a couple of requests to see the plein air painting of our cabin. I wasn't completely
happy with it, so I skipped out on showing the painting earlier. For the curious, I posted it below.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Day 103

Loosing Petals
Oil on Gessobord
7 x 5
These poor tulips were dropping petals as I painted them. I had
to paint quickly as painting from memory is not my forte. By
the time I finished, the white one was only a stem. And they
say there is no excitement in still life painting!
Setting up the display of paintings at the Snohomish library went
well this morning. I took a few photos which I'll post tomorrow.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Day 102

Yellow Tulips #2
Oil on Gessobord
7 x 5
My second painting from the PAWA paint-out.
I've been working hard all day getting ready for a display
of my artwork in the Snohomish Library. This is the third year I've shown
paintings at the library. My daily paintings and plein air
work are too small for the interior walls so they will be put in
a large display case in the entry way.
Well, I'm off to finish putting things together. I'll post a photo of the display tomorrow.