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...