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 .