One class a month is what I like to call "party day". We set up still lifes and have class in the morning, then walk to a nearby restaurant for lunch and return to paint some more afterwards. I get to take off the mantle of teacher and join in on the fun during the post lunch session. Best idea ever!
Peggy designed this still life set up. I fell in love with her jar of wooden spools.
Wow! I have so much to be thankful for I don't even know where to start. A wonderful family, a comfortable home and a beautiful place to live are my foundation. Then there are three years of daily painting and all the blessings that has brought - a growing business, new friends, recognition and last but not least an opportunity to teach a wonderful group of students. Oh my, I think I'm going to have to find some tissues!
Oh no, I won't forget about you! I'm so very thankful that you take the time out of your busy day to read my humble blog. It means the world to me! Thank you.
So what do you do when you finally have the opportunity to paint in plein air, you pack up all your gear and hike to just the right spot only to find you've forgotten your brushes? You've got it, you use your palette knife! You know, the one you normally only use for mixing paint. I once heard an artist say she used her credit card when she found herself without brushes or palette knives.
This painting, by the way, was from my wonderful trip to England this summer.
The September theme in the oil painting class I'm teaching was "Learning How to Paint Glass". Wow! We had some great work come out of that class. We started the month painting upside down, black and white photos of glass and ended painting from life. This was my "painting from life" demo.
I had a fantastic birthday this year in Vancouver, B.C. We chose a hotel right next to Stanley Park. I had hoped to get out and do lots of plein air painting but the weather just wasn't cooperating. I did take hundreds and hundreds of photos though. :)
The fall color was simply fantastic!
The totem poles are some of my favorite features of Stanly Park.
This handsome fellow was right next to the walkway in the park.
And here is my handsome fellow. Thank you, Don, for a very special birthday!
They had the loveliest pansies and violets at Molbak's this fall. One led to another until I came home with a whole flat of them in a glorious variety of colors and sizes. Sadly, this was the only picture I painted before the cold, fall rains took their toll.
Some more flowers from the U- Pick patch outside of Snohomish. I tried to stop there today after class to refresh my stock. I was very disappointed to find it was closed for the season. I had visions of sneaking in to cut some of the few remaining flowers I could see from the road. Then reason returned...
This is an amazingly peaceful place to hang out - during the week. A slight breeze, migrating geese flying overhead, house sparrows chirping in the barn and the occasional family strolling by looking for the perfect pumpkin all make this a wonderful place to paint.
I went a little bonkers the other day. I stopped at a farmers market on Marsh Road just outside of Snohomish and discovered U-pick flowers were only 20 cents a stem. What a deal! Many flowers came home with me...
This funky old barn is in Ronald, a tiny town outside of Roslyn on the east side of Snoqualmie Pass. I just love to paint in this area. The vegetation isn't as dense as it is here on the soggy, west side. A wall of vegetation doesn't make for a very interesting painting so the open spaces of the east side are quite a breath of fresh air.
I have been on a quest to find these ceramic bottles for a couple of years.
One of my favorite artists, Alexander Zimin, uses them beautifully in his still lifes. This summer I was thrilled to discover them while shopping with my sister. There they sat glowing in a window display of a thrift shop on the island. It was meant to be.
There were so many wonderful things to see and do during my visit to England this summer that I completed just a handful of paintings while I was there. This was one of them. Thank you, Renee, for letting me steal some of you beautiful hydrangeas and this lovely art deco vase. :)
Some photos from my sister's home town of Tadcaster, England...
Irises in Renee's garden.
Some views from our daily walk through town.
The church Renee and Andy were married in three years ago.
After each major event since the beginning of summer I think, "now things will slow down". Ha! That certainly hasn't been the case. I still remain optimistic that soon I will return to a more consistent blog posting schedule. This was painted late this summer after dropping my sister off at the airport in Vancouver, B.C. It's my first attempt at painting water lilies in plein air.
VanDusen Garden is well worth a visit for a pleasant afternoon stroll. You can even purchase a picnic in the onsite café to enjoy on the lovely grounds .
The demo from the second day at the Fresh Paint festival in Everett. The dahlias are a spectacular variety from my backyard. I don't know what possessed me to take on a complicated flower like dahlias as a public demo, but there you have it.